CARMIFY: September Playlist

Summer is slowly but surely coming to a close. That means, besides swapping strappy sandals for sturdy ankle boots and flowy dresses for thick knit sweaters, fall and moreover the month of September resembles the beginning of a new, cozier and more laid-back season. However, the opposite is also being introduced. A hectic pace that is. Hectic because of the fashion week in the style meccas London, New York, Milan and Paris as well as the excitement about starting a new year in school or going off to college and university. September brings a lot of changes that may make some of us feel a little numb at times. So it is probably best to stay undefeated, enjoy the lazy Sunday mornings and maybe meet someone new. Because after the summer break and the stress that is to come lets not forget what a wonderful world we live in and just jump right into the new season. 

 

FRANK SINATRA – THEME FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Who doesn’t want to wake up in the city that never sleeps? Especially during the 7th and 15th of September, when the New York Fashion Week takes place. It’s the time when American fashion designers, such as Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren, as well as other international talents introduce their collections for Spring/Summer 2018 to the world and bring their creations to life. The metropolis at the East Coast of the United States is regarded one of the most eclectic cities there are, making it especially interesting for aspiring and renowned artists.

 

During the Sixties the painter and filmmaker Andy Warhol set up his ateliers, the „factories“ here, John Lennon and Yoko Ono dedicated a whole studio album to the Big Apple and Martin Scorsese directed the movie “New York, New York”, which the song that praises the city so much is about. Contrary to popular belief, Sinatra did not actually write the theme for the movie himself. It however, gained popularity as he started to make it a part of his concert repertoire and is now the unofficial hymn of the home of the Upper East Side, Central Park and endless dreams.

MAROON 5 – SUNDAY MORNING

Well, summer is officially over, which means it’s ready to get prepared for those cooler days many people seem to despise so much. But the more gloomy days actually do have a certain charm to them. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t (from time to time) enjoy a rainy Sunday morning, where the only thing one can really do is lay in bed, roll around in their sheets and read a good book or magazine? Because when the sun isn’t shining there is no excuse to leave the house and hence less of a „feeling bad“ about staying at home doing nothing. American alternative rock-gone-pop-band Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” portrays that exact mood of just taking it easy and cuddling up under your comforter. The song was released in 2002 on the debut album „Songs About Jane“ which, not surprisingly, is a compilation of songs about Jane, Adam Levine’s ex girlfriend. So while the singer seemed to have stolen his covers and been sharing some skin with someone or at least wished he would have, it’s also perfectly fine to just enjoy some alone time. Because we all know that things can get so crazy and life gets hard to do – so let’s enjoy the days that allow us to do nothing at all and postpone our worries until tomorrow.

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THE BEATLES – HELLO GOODBYE

Hello fall, goodbye summer! While the warmer days are coming to an end, let’s not be sad about it and start getting excited for what is to come: a nice walk in the park without being covered in sweat when returning home and lighting some candles for a more cozy atmosphere. For all the fashion lovers out there, at least we can start wearing our beloved ankle boots and leather jackets again – if we ever actually stopped. The repetitive Beatles song from 1967, which actually turns fifty this November, was in fact one of John Lennon’s least favorite songs. He stated he would only really like the end – so stick to it and you might understand why that is. Plus singing along won’t be that hard; after listening to it three times max you won’t be able to get it out of your head for at least the first week of September.

ASHER ROTH – I LOVE COLLEGE

September is way more than a new season. It’s more like the beginning of a new period that everyone awaits during summer recess. However, not only fashion fanatics are excited for a new phase but also many students around the world. When the holidays are over many have to face a new part of their life, which is going off to college or university. Whether you stay in your hometown, move away to a bigger city or even a different country, a lot of times you can hear the voice in your head (and probably your relatives) say “now the serious part of life begins”. That of course can be a little intimidating at first, but like always, every challenge in life is there to be accepted and the harder it may seem at first, the more likely you are to grow with it. So take it easy, relax and love college, just like Asher Roth used to. He may have enjoyed it for some different reasons – as you’ll hear in his song – but you’ll get the essence. So stay focused, study hard but don’t forget to party a little – because the serious part of life just seems so much better with a dance floor around.

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ELVIS PRESLEY – WAY DOWN

2017 is the year of anniversaries – musically speaking. In January we celebrated what would have been British all-rounder David Bowie’s 70th birthday with a live show featuring some of Bowie’s former band member and the Beatles’ eighth studio album with one of the most recognizable covers ever, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turned fifty in May. Not to forget, the king of rock, Elvis Presley died forty years ago. So let’s celebrate his iconic black quiff and out-of-this-world hip swing by rocking and rolling the last song he released before passing away on August 16th of 1977. So let’s go way down where the music plays.

Text by Vivian

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