By Jared Dangremond
Autumn brings about a certain nostalgia for the acoustic guitar. Not the kind you hear down your dorm hall picking a half-hearted “Blackbird” or strumming a slightly out of tune “Wonderwall,” but the gentle kind that reminds you of the outdoors and makes you feel earthy. Maybe it’s the falling leaves or the cool autumn breeze but something about the season makes an acoustic sound very appealing.
Acoustic music is more of a style than a genre and it exists on an impossibly wide spectrum. From a large folk sound like Mumford and Sons to stripped-down ethereal vocals like Imogen Heap, acoustic music has something for everyone. It’s always a crowd pleaser, but it is a dish best served in a casual setting, probably at night. I’ve also found it is paired best with pleasant company and deep, existential conversation.
I gave the following songs a test run on a backpacking trip in the North Georgia Mountains this past summer. Don’t get me wrong, I can “nae nae” with the best of them, but unwinding to these songs after a day of hiking with a small fire going was something beyond compare. I invite you as well to take a listen to these acoustic tunes that breathe the very essence of the season.
You can check out the Spotify playlist here: http://spoti.fi/1KAIfye