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Battle of the Songs: What is Your Go-To Autumn Song?

It’s been a long time since I did a Battle of the Songs segment. When was the last time? Was it at the beginning of July? I think so. Nevertheless, I am back and ready to bring on the battles. This time, it’s about autumn songs!

The theme for this Battle of the Songs is a bit seasonal. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we will be entering into a new season next week: autumn. Between all the seasons, I love autumn and spring the best as they have their beautiful scenic views. Spring here in Japan has the gorgeous cherry blossoms. I really enjoy stepping outside in the mornings and looking at them. But also, fall has its own beauty with the vibrant autumn colors.

By the way, if you are in the mood to read or listen to autumn songs, check out these three posts:

Which Song Are You Playing in This Late Autumn Season?

Reflecting Back This September With Earth, Wind, & Fire

What Hot Drink Will “Really Get You Goin'” This Fall?

The Gorgeous Scenic Views of Autumn

The hustle and bustle of city life here in Nagoya can be tiring or perhaps overwhelming sometimes. There can be times where you cannot see anything involving nature as you have work or commitments that leave you little time to go anywhere. Also, there might be not enough nature nearby to truly take a day and relax with it. However, with my schedule, I am going to have a four day weekend next month. I will be able to leave the city and take a breather with nature.

True, I could stay in the city to enjoy nature in the parks. However, there are a lot of wonderful places to see autumn colors in Japan. Mostly in the mountain regions like Nagano Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, and others. One of my favorite places is in Kamikochi, Nagano Prefecture.

Part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is a popular resort that is along the Azusa River and in the middle of volcanoes and mountains: Nishihotakadake, Okuhotakadake, Maehotakadake, and Yakedake. It is only open to the public from the beginning of April to early mid-November. Kamikochi is free to enter, however, you have to take a special bus or taxi to enter as the area doesn’t allow cars in order to keep the area’s natural beauty. And of course, there are places to stay within the Kamikochi, whether you prefer a hotel or camping. 

Autumn Foliage Wonderland: Kamikochi

I went to Kamikochi in October 2015 with a bunch of friends. I lived in Nagano for about two years from 2012 to 2014, but never had the chance to go to Kamikochi until I moved to Nagoya. Pretty ironic? Nevertheless, my friends and I went for a day trip, so we woke up very early, rode in a friend’s car, parked it and took a taxi inside. As autumn was underway, the nature all around us was changing to beautiful hues of yellow, red, and orange. It was a bit cold, as we were in the mountain region, but it was a sight to see. Words cannot truly express the beauty of Kamikochi! I recommend going to Kamikochi to anyone is planning to go to Japan.

Leisurely Taking a Car Ride in Gorgeous Autumn Foliage

If you cannot go to Kamikochi, no worries! You can still enjoy the beautiful autumn scenes anywhere around the world. You might take a stroll around or even take a leisurely car ride to enjoy them. And, what makes it even more extraordinary is having music to accompany those views. This Battle of the Songs is all about songs for that perfect autumn view.


OFF COURSE – “I LOVE YOU”

What do you imagine when you hear the words “fall” or “autumn”? Is it the beautiful autumn colors? Is it the taste of autumn treats that involve pumpkin spice or chestnuts? Is it the crisp mornings with a hint of frost touching outside’s greenery? 

OFF COURSE’s 1981 song “I LOVE YOU” embodies the third feeling mentioned above: the crisp mornings with a hint of frost touching outside’s greenery. You can hear it in the first beat where the piano comes in slowly with a prolonged synthesized note. Within the first 30 seconds, the vocals come in with a subtle mood with a simple percussion set. My favorite part of the song isn’t in the beginning, but at the end with the hook after the bridge (where they used an actual radio announcement of the death of John Lennon) with such gusto and power.

The lyrics also hint an autumn-like feel with September being mentioned in the pre-chorus:

Washed away, Washed away
Towards me.
Isn’t it painful,
your white skin
Ah, when September quickly comes,
I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU


What’s wrong?
I feel anxious in my changing spirit
You make me happy
Ah, when September quickly comes,
I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU


No one can replace you
I hope you stay here
Ah, when September quickly comes,
I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU

The lyrics are very simple as there is not much of a chorus or even verses. However,  “I LOVE YOU” is a beautiful song with it’s slow tempo, Kazumasa Oda’s mesmerizing and soothing vocals, and the calm, autumn-like melody. 


Simon & Garfunkel – “Leaves That Are Green”

OFF COURSE is labeled as a folk-rock band (Japan is obsessed with folk music, since the 70s), so I looked for an artist or song that was in a similar vein as OFF COURSE. Voila! I came across Simon & Garfunkel and the song “Leaves That Are Green”. But please, listen to OFF COURSE’s song too and judge each song evenly (because I know there will be people who will vote for “Leaves That Are Green” without listening to OFF COURSE because they know who is Simon & Garfunkel).

“Leaves That Are Green” appears on the 1966 album Sound of Silence. It is a typical late 60s folk-rock song with the upbeat tempo and features an interesting melodic line on a The Fender Rhodes keyboard (correct if I am wrong). Also, you know it is a typical Simon & Garfunkel song when you listen to the harmonies during the chorus and the main instrument is a folk melody. “Leaves That Are Green” is an upbeat autumn song for any occasion, whether you are listening while strolling in the park, full of autumn foliage, or taking that scenic car ride.


Who Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor of the first-ever “Battle of the Songs”? Tell me in the comments below! Also, tell me why you choose a particular version! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

I am also part of the “Battle of the Bands” blog collection. After you vote, please visit the other battles from this blogger circle. There are really exciting battles!

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