Your Next Playlist

by Jette-Mari Anni

And just like that, we’ve reached the middle of the month! Leaves are falling, the air is sticky with pumpkin spice, and Halloween is halfway cancelled. What isn’t cancelled is the classic tradition of rediscovering all of your favorite scary movies. For others it’s the season of coziness, nostalgia, and last sunny days outdoors. Whichever you prefer, here’s how to put together your ultimate October playlist:

  • For those romantic walks down the Naperville Riverwalk, with beautiful trees in full color, consider some Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong, especially if you can get some of that original vinyl crackling sound quality to it!
  • For outdoor adventures and chores, I recommend some sunny 70s vibes. Nothing creates an epic dance party while raking the leaves like “Bennie And the Jets” by Elton John, or the right mood for the last cookout like “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf. Others to consider include Bad Company, The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, and Aerosmith.
  • Scary movie scores have so many tracks I could recommend, especially instrumentals for enjoying dark, rainy nights. Chris Duffy, the creator of Duff Stuff (Thursdays from 8-10PM), which is all about movies, nominated his two favorites: Ennio Morricone’s work on The Thing from 1982, and Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from Scream. Some songs are completely changed depending on where they’ve been featured. “Hip To Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News has all the bloody scenes from American Psycho burned into our minds. Or is it just me?
  • Finally, the good news about the music world is that whatever season or mood you’re in, there’s no need to ditch your favorites! Try listening an all-time favorite, but a fresh cover or an alternate version I personally love the acoustic version of Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” that we play. Perfect chilly mood for this season!

What’s an absolute must have on your playlist for October? Let me know!