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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
I can admit that I am not ready for the cold weather. Recently, I have been sleeping in a cocoon of blankets during the nighttime. Using the heater here in Japan is very expensive, so you have to be creative and think about other ways to keep yourself creatively.
But the cold weather hasn’t stopped the positive vibes flowing in the mornings. Excellent breakfast with a homemade latte makes the mornings even brighter. But, what makes it genuinely fantastic is this one unknown song from a well-known singer.
Late Autumn’s Joys
There is a chill in the air during the mornings. The first signs of frost start creeping on our plants. The color-changing leaves from the different kinds of trees begin to fall off from branches. Ginko. Maple. River Birches. Their leaves cover the ground like a carpet of many colors: red, brown, yellow, and orange. What a glorious sight in the morning on the way to work.
Our taste buds also change during the autumn season. We usually crave seasonal fruits like pears, apples, and persimmons or nuts like chestnuts. Instead of plain coffee, we will add a little bit more milk to that blend or put a little cinnamon in it to make it taste like autumn: exotic, fresh, and soothing. We also have drinks like pumpkin spice lattes, cinnamon teas, or something with ginger. Speaking of cinnamon, my go-to afternoon tea time set is a hot chai latte with Biscoff cookies. Warms the soul right up!
I’m in THAT Mood
A beautiful autumn morning isn’t complete without music. That’s right! Music, at least for me, is an essential part of my morning as it sets the mood of the day and inspires me. I have been recently listening more oldies, 90’s R&B, soul, and jazz during the mornings. Actually, I was listening to The Beatles last night while working on my blog. It was quite relaxing!
Recently, Spotify recommended me “I’m In a Philly Mood” by Daryl Hall from the famous band Halls & Oates. This song is not like a typical song that you would hear from Halls & Oates. This is an entirely different sound. It is much smoother and more relaxed than the discography of the legendary soulful rock band.
One thing about the instrumentation that I love about is the high-pitched synthesizer bits throughout the song. Then, there are those fantastic soulful keyboard runs before the start of the chorus. This high-pitched soulful synthesized sound is refreshing and helps you get into the song’s groove. Finally, during the opening part, I love how the deep-bass synthesizer and the guitar compliment each other.
The Final Word
I can admit, “I’m In a Philly Mood” has a special place in my heart as Philadelphia is my dad’s hometown. But, it isn’t just that. It is the laid-back atmosphere and the soulful groove that attracts me greatly. These two together, along with the instrumentation, make “I’m In a Philly Mood” a perfect morning song for late autumn.
What is your go-to song for this late autumn season? Tell me in the comments below!
About the Artist
Daryl Hall is an American musician that comes from the Pennsylvanian borough of Pottstown. He hails from a musical family as his mother was a vocal coach and his dad was a professional singer. During his college years, Hall, along with four other students, formed the group the Temptones. They were a hit among the black Philly soul scene. The group won competitions and even released a couple of singles under the label Arctic Records.
Hall met John Oates at Temple University while riding the same elevator after fleeing from gunfire during a musical competition. The two found out they had similar interests and musical styles. They even suggested that they should perform together. The two came together to form Hall & Oates in 1970 and released their first album, entitled Whole Oats, in 1972 under the label Atlantic Records.
They released a couple of albums under the label. But, none were very successful. They decided to end their contract with Atlantic Records and signed with RCA Records, where they started to see success. Their first Top 10 hit single was released in 1976, entitled “Sara Smile.” A year later, another single named “Rich Girl” peaked #1 on the charts.
During the next ten years, the duo released more hit singles and albums while refining their sound for a newer generation of music listeners. During their hey-days, Daryl Hall released his first solo album, entitled Sacred Songs, in 1980. He went to release several other records over the years as well as participated in various musical events like Live Aid, Farm Aid, We are the World sessions and the 1994 FIFA World Cup.