Songs to cheer you up in gloomy weather

By Sarah Contreras

This weird transitional weather has me down. It’s gray, it’s drizzly and it gets dark at 5 p.m.

I’m a big fan of breaking out my scarves and hats, but I need a little sun to counter the frost. We’ve been handed some considerably dark and dreary days lately, and my happy-o-meter is leaning toward E.

I’ve tried a number of pick-me-ups on the gray days: I have a vase of orange tulips on my coffee table, I’ve poured lemonade and consumed ice cream cones, I’ve made my bedroom smell like the beach. None of it has really worked.

Then I realized I’ve been going about it all wrong. The only thing that really ever perks me up is music (and a plate of pasta). So I made a playlist of songs that are as comforting as a cup of hot cocoa or a pumpkin-scented candle. I know I can’t be the only one suffering from the blahs, so I’ve decided to share it with you. Curl up with your either your favorite book, your kitten, your paramour or a cup of tea (or all four) and enjoy.

1. Towers: Bon Iver

2. I and Love and You: The Avett Brothers

3. So Sorry: Feist

4. Coffee: Copeland

5. Anonanimal: Andrew Bird

6. Pink Moon: Nick Drake

7. Whole Love: Wilco

8. Jacksonville Skyline: Whiskeytown

9. Wasted Hours: Arcade Fire

10. Blood: The Middle East

11. No Joy In Mudville: Death Cab for Cutie

Scene has so generously compiled these songs into a neat and tidy Spotify playlist, which can be found on our Facebook page at