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Everything about autumn is endearing. The crisp air, the leaves on the trees, fall foods, falling temperatures, Octoberfest beer. Between the sunshine of summer and the desolateness of winter is an intermission of beautiful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.
The spookiness of October is plain. Clouds have a dark, complex, scary semblance. Wind whistles eerily, as though conjuring spirits, and chills to the bone. Beyond the candy and horror movies, as wonderful as they are, is a genuinely otherworldly feel and spirit.
Irish mythology claimed that during October, and especially on Halloween, the veil between the flesh and spirit worlds was momentarily lifted, thinner than it is the rest of the year. Anybody who has felt a chilling October wind knows that this is true.
To celebrate Rambling On is creating a month-long mixtape called All Souls. The name is inspired by the Catholic feast of All Souls (Nov. 2) which commemorates the dead. Priests wear black vestments, haunting requiems are sung, and prayers are said for the faithful departed.
This theme fits the other-worldliness of October, autumn, and Halloween well. The All Souls mixtape will be revealed song by song each day throughout the month on Twitter (@RamblingOnMN). We'll feature our Top 10 Halloween Songs leading up to the holiday.
Songs will, ideally, span the many genres that Rambling On covers: rock n’ roll from its inception to today, blues, country, soul, and more. If you have any ideas we’d love to hear them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, comment on our Facebook page, or get ahold of us on Twitter.
October has the eeriest, coolest feel of any month. Our All Souls mixtape aims to capture it in all its glory.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.