Do you associate songs with seasons? →
[More:]I've been gradually working my way through my iTunes collection, listening to everything in it and assiging songs to playlists so I can choose things to match my mood. Early on I created playlists for the four seasons, because I'd noticed that I tended to associate certain sounds, songs, or bands with summer, winter, autumn or spring.
What amazes me as I go through this is how consistent the association is. Often, I'll hear a song playing (right now, Richard Shindell's 'Cold Missouri Waters'), and drag it over to the playlist I feel like it belongs in (in this case, Autumn), only to find that some time ago I had already assigned that same song. I suppose these are very deeply embedded sensibilities.
It's hard to identify any Pandora-like categories that really unite the seasons. If anything, spring might be slightly brighter and higher pitched and major key, with lots of bold ascensions (Yes' Starship Trooper and the Who's Love Ain't for Keeping are spring songs). Autumn songs are darker, more acoustic, and tend to fall into some of the traditional modal forms. Winter's are ...well, cold. And summer's tend to be things from the 70s, bombastic cock rock, and languid, groovy, jammy things.
Thoughts? If you do think in seasonal categories with songs, what are some examples of each season for you?