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by Linda Ryan

September 23, 2011

Friday Mixtape: The Boys (and Girls) of Fall

by Linda Ryan  |  September 23, 2011

People can say what they want about global warming and climate change. Like, for example, "The ice is melting!" Or, "No, it's not. You're a hippie!" Whatever the reason, though, more than half the country sweltered under record temperatures for extended periods this summer. Scratch that: they sweltered under record temperatures for the entire summer. And let's face it: you don't really care about the whys and hows behind the blindly oppressive heat when you're melting in the middle of it. The only real question you want answered is, "Where can we go where there's air conditioning?"

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we're still waiting for summer to arrive. Here's a fact: people were still skiing up at Lake Tahoe over the 4th of July holiday weekend! The 4th of July is supposed to be about barbecues and sunny skies, swimming and sinking your toes in warm sand the exact opposite of skiing. Traditionally, our summer comes in May, teases for a couple of weeks, and then disappears into "June gloom" until sometime in September. The best time to visit San Francisco is the first week of October, but I have a sinking feeling that our beloved Indian summer is going to give us a miss this year.

I'm not super-big into the whole, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" adage. To me, that's a defeatist attitude. I'm more of a glass-half-full (make mine a sauvignon blanc) kind of person, with a dash of "not going down without a fight" thrown in for good (feisty) measure. So while I must admit that yes, summer is over and fall is upon us, I don't have to make the transition gracefully. But I will. Which brings us to this mixtape.

Here are a handful of gloriously classy songs that celebrate the fall season. Some sing of rainy days. Others of loneliness. All are perfect when enjoyed by a cozy fire. (OK, sure, a heater will do.) And all sound positively fabulous when heard from your MP3 player while bundled up in a winter coat with the sharp sting of the wind on your face. Hello Kitty rain boots are optional, of course.

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