Imagining Autumn | A Playlist + An Improvisation
September in Morocco is basically still summer. Sometimes, to my chagrin, that heat even creeps its way into sunny October afternoons, squashing any hopes of pulling out that light leather jacket at the back of my closet any time soon.
The thing is, I’ve always adored the transition seasons. Spring and fall, where change and regrowth are fluid and palpable in every living thing and often stir up a sense of restlessness in all of us. For this reason, I cling on to any small hint or whiff of autumn that I can find in the Tangier air, already feeling that restlessness in myself a bit before the season itself comes alive. I do so by savoring the early morning chilly breeze that smells faintly like dry leaves, by walking through markets overflowing with crisp apples and bright orange wedges of pumpkin, hacked off with machete knives, and by fully enjoying that moment when you need to put on a light sweater as soon as the sun goes down. I hold on to what I can and recreate the rest in my imagination.
This is the time of year when I crave change. In general, I am not a fan of staying stagnant in one place or mindset and fall tends to reawaken that need for transition. I crave newness in the form of turning inwards towards creative incubation and warming flavors.
To try to conjure up even more fall than is visible around me at the moment, I have been spending slower mornings with hot mugs of lemon water followed by coffee with a hint of cardamom, reading and journaling as the sun slowly emerges from behind the buildings across the way. I have been baking things with more spice, more butter, more fall produce- things like apple crisp, brown butter cookies, and pumpkin-infused halwa. I’ve been taking longer, brisker walks at all hours of the day, enjoying the cool breeze coming off of the sea.
While doing all of these fall-minded things, I am constantly listening to the kind of music that conjures up even more autumnal feelings. The kind of music that brings to mind images of red, yellow and orange leaves swirling in the wind. This is the soundtrack of my nostalgia-filled autumn imagination and I would love to share it with you. Click below to listen on spotify:
I also happened to choose a song from this particular playlist for my weekly #thursdayimprov video, that I share regularly on instagram, and I thought I would share it in this space as well. The improvisation task I was working with is a study in crossing lines and converging paths, which also felt like a new-ish way of moving and experimenting to dance me even further into fall.
So pop something laced with cinnamon into the oven, make a cup of tea, put on this playlist, close your eyes and imagine your ideal autumn. If you are lucky maybe it is already alive around you, which in that case, make sure you fully embrace it. Feel that restlessness and move into this season of gentle transition.