09/22/2014 09:21 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

An Autumn Walk in the City Playlist

This playlist might seem a bit New York City centered, but that's because it's where I walk. It's mellow, even a bit melancholy, since autumn and winter are moody times for me. But it's also filled with happy memories that remind me of happy times. I could walk miles and miles listening to this music. In fact, I do.

Autumn Walk in the City

1. Free the Animal / Sia
Oh, Sia, she just gets me going and hits all the right notes. This is a good way to start a walk...Free the animal!

2. Winter in my Heart / The Avett Brothers
A little depressing, but one of my favorite Avett Brothers songs.

3. Coffee / Sylvan Esso
If I am walking, I've already had my coffee. But this song reminds me just how good it was

4. In a Sentimental Mood / Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Quintessential New York, it's like the sound is ground into the sidewalks.

5. Beyond the Horizon / Bob Dylan
This Dylan song reminds me of a country club version of an old Duke Ellington song, even though it's totally new (well, new for Dylan, that is).

6. Autumn in New York / Billie Holiday
Need I say more?

7. Skylark / Bette Midler
My all-time favorite Bette Midler song (music by the great Hoagy Carmichael. Heard it first when I was 14. Now I personally know just how important she is to the city of New York, and I'm so proud of her.

8. New York City Serenade / Bruce Springsteen
My 8-year-old asked if this was Bach. "Even better," I said. "It's Bruce." And my favorite line, "no, she won't take the train," makes me smile because it's true for me, too.

9. Remember Me (Original Mix) / Blue Boy
An old song I only just discovered. And now we are grooving!

10. Bridges / Broods
A new song I heard on the radio (XMU). I know nothing about the band except that I like this song.

11. Down in the Hole / Bruce Springsteen
New Bruce. Let's just say when he switches voices in the middle of the song, I feel it in my deepest soul.

12. Love Is the Law / Paul Kelly
It almost sounds like a U2 song, but Paul Kelly is the Bob Dylan of Australia. I adore him.

13. Love and Anger / Kate Bush
If I lived in London, I would walk to see Kate Bush in concert for the first time in 35 years and scream and cry with everyone else. Except it's sold out. Forever.

Thanks to Spotify, you can stream the entire playlist here:

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