Autumn is officially here, which means tis' the season for cozy nights in, cool weather and all things Pumpkin spiced. It's that time of year when sandals are traded for comfy boots and fun nights out on the town in shorts turn into early nights of "Netflix and chilling".
Music typically acts as the soundtrack to the various changes of life, and the transition from Summer to Fall is no different. With the impact that the shorter days and fewer hours of sun has on people's mental health, music can also be a form of medicine by invoking warm, nostalgic feelings during the reclusive Autumn season.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is a helpful way to navigate the Fall blues. When it comes to marrying music with mental health, the organization says:
"Music is a form of sensory stimulation that provokes responses due to the familiarity, predictability and feelings of security associated with it. Music therapy for clients with mental health concerns uses musical interaction as a means of communication and expression. Music therapists implement programs with groups or individuals that display a vast continuum of needs, from reduction of anxiety to deeper self-understanding."
What better way to welcome the cool breeze of the Autumn leaves and ease the angst of seasonal changes than with a warm, mellow playlist of songs that instantly spark nostalgia and take you to that place of happy Fall memories. Here's a list of Hip Hop and R&B songs that remind us of Fall.
"Autumn Leaves" - Chris Brown ft. Kendrick Lamar
"And I" - Ciara
"Heard 'Em Say"- Kanye West ft. Adam Levine
"Summer's Over Interlude" - Drake & Majid Jordan
"Leaves" - Miguel
"October Song" - Amy Winehouse
"Someone Like You" - Adele
"Good Morning" - Kanye West
"Jungle" - Drake
"Talkin' To Me"- Amerie
"Fallen" - Amerie
"If I Were A Boy" - Beyonce
"I Care 4 U" - Aaliyah