Season Of The Bliss: An Almost Top Forty Of Swoonful Tunes

People really fucking love Fall. It’s interesting because I commented a few weeks ago to someone that all of the celebration of beauty of this particular season is also a celebration of death. As September folds into Oct to Nov to December vibrant trees and flowers react to the waning sunlight and shorter days in the Northern Hemisphere and produce vibrant leaves.

The shock of color is one final act, somewhat the climax of the year, before we sloth off to Winter Solstice. Those leaves once so vibrant fall to the ground, become become ash, dust and soil if we don’t rake them up, and become fodder for regrowth next Spring. We’re finding beauty in the inevitable death, the continual cycle of life. I’m not too sure we truly embrace it from that approach.

The occasionally still warm days lead to crisp nights and cold mornings, and the darker longer hours overnight tend to make us want to cuddle up in safety as well. That seeking of safe shelter can be a boon to intimacy. It is Scorpio season after all. There’s nothing that makes you feel more alive than experiencing a la petite mort.

And so we have the inspiration for our latest mix. In the liminal space between Summer and Winter, we have a opaque spread of Jazz, Pop, Lounge Soul and Popcorn spreading more than a decade (although neatly ensconed in the Neptune in Scorpio years of the Fall of 1956 through the Fall of 1970). Softer, more intimate, more for your slower dancing to get closer with someone after a (spiked?) Cider?


  1. Joanie Sommers – Early Autumn
  2. The Impressions – Satin Doll
  3. Pat Thomas – Don’t Wait Too Long
  4. The Four Tops – Maybe Today
  5. Freda Payne – Sweet Pumpkin
  6. Kim Weston – Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)
  7. Jerry Butler – Who’s Gonna Be Your Man?
  8. Shirley Ellis – Such A Night
  9. Roy Hamilton – I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
  10. Berna Dean – One Gal In Town & 5 Guys Hanging Around
  11. Mitty Collier – Down In My Own Tears
  12. Walter Jackson – A Blossom Fell
  13. Connie Francis – Gone With The Wind
  14. Damita Jo – Dinner For One Please, James
  15. The Vibrations – I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  16. Dionne Warwick – Unlucky
  17. Martha & The Vandellas – Old Love (Let’s Try Again)
  18. Lenny Welch – I’m In The Mood For Love
  19. Timi Yuro – Stardust
  20. The Temptations – Try To Remember
  21. Barbara McNair – The Real You
  22. The Supremes – Little Miss Loser
  23. Marvin Gaye – Funny, Not Much
  24. Maxine Brown – Now That You’ve Gone
  25. Joe Williams – Kansas City
  26. Rosemary Clooney – Give Myself A Party
  27. Blossom Dearie – Our Day Will Come
  28. Aretha Franklin – How To Murder Your Wife
  29. Mel Carter – When I Fall In Love
  30. The Marvelettes – Tie A String Around Your Finger
  31. Jean DuShon with The Ramsey Lewis Trio – Night Time
  32. Baby Washington – You And The Night & The Music
  33. Mary Wells – A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
  34. Brenda Holloway – You Can Depend On Me
  35. Dakota Staton – Meet Me At No Special Place
  36. The Dells – My Baby Just Cares For Me
  37. Jackie Verdell – Bye Bye, Blackbird
  38. Freddie Scott – That Old Black Magic
  39. Ruby & The Romantics – Every Day’s A Holiday