Kaleidoscope: Cozy November Edition


They say that scent is most strongly associated with memories out of any of the other senses. In my own experience, I can definitely agree with that sentiment whenever I’m minding my own business and some sort of inexplicable smell wafts by that reminds me of my grandma’s house.

The same can be said for music, but rather than just making you nostalgic, music can also be strongly associated with specific seasons or months out of the year. So I decided to ask the people of J Miller, “what does fall & winter sound like to you?”

The Theme

Another month means another edition of Kaleidoscope! The theme for this month is the perfect fall/winter playlist. Maybe I could have asked everyone to give me songs with some variation of “thank” in the title or songs about food in honor of Thanksgiving, but honestly? Those are really hard themes! I didn’t create Kaleidoscope to be too limiting or restrictive, rather I want embrace the perspective of each of my coworkers, so the theme became songs that you listen to around fall & wintertime or songs that simply make you think of those seasons. Also, I just started a fall/winter playlist of my own, so it was kind of top of mind when I started brainstorming ideas.

Stats & Tracklist

I usually associate fall & winter with more melancholic & ethereal music; basically, if it reminds me of the sound of falling snow, then I strongly associate it with fall & winter. I found that a lot of my coworkers felt the same way, but that doesn’t mean there are a few outliers to shake things up. November’s playlist is also an exercise in the question “how soon can I start listening to Christmas music after Halloween?” as a few songs make an appearance this month; perhaps hinting at next month’s playlist? Who knows!

Similar to August’s playlist, we didn’t have too much overlap in song selections this month, but The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” takes the top spot in the most popular song category. Three people chose it as a song that evokes the theme of fall & winter, but outside of that, we did not have any more duplicate songs, which should be expected when you pick a theme as broad and as open to interpretation as fall & winter.

Despite that, there were quite a few song picks from the same artist. John Denver makes 2 appearances on the playlist along with the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Norah Jones, Porter Robinson, and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper as Ally & Jackson Maine from the soundtrack to A Star Is Born. But the most popular selection by far was Bon Iver, a band forged in the deep freeze of Eau Claire winters, with 4 songs in total. It’s also worth mentioning that a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” by the singer/songwriter Birdy was included in the playlist as well.

And with that, we come to the track listing! Be sure to throw this playlist on after you’ve settled in by the fire (or radiator, in my case) on a cold November night:


Written and compiled By Nick Shulda
Online Media Strategist

  1. January Wedding” by The Avett Brothers – Lindsay

  2. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver – Kera

  3. “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi Trio – Jennifer S.

  4. “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap – Lauren

  5. “L Y F” by WU LYF – Nick

  6. “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin – Mike

  7. “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins – Lauren

  8. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” from American Idiot – Jenn K.

  9. “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes – Sheri

  10. “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver – Danielle

  11. “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” by The Lumineers – Betsy

  12. “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper from A Star Is Born – Laura

  13. “Issues - Acoustic” by Julia Michaels – Andrea

  14. “Remind Me to Forget” by Kygo feat. Miguel – Andrea

  15. “When the Dust Settles” by STS9 – Lauren

  16. “Lights Down Low” by MAX – Andrea

  17. “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood – Andrea, Kellie, & Danielle

  18. “Watch You Burn” by Anchor & Braille – Sarah

  19. “Natural” by Imagine Dragons – Sarah

  20. “You’ll Think of Me - Live” by Keith Urban – Kylee

  21. “The Reason” by Brett Eldredge – Emily W.

  22. “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert – Kylee

  23. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson – Emily F.

  24. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” by Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan – Jennifer S.

  25. “Great Pumpkin Waltz” by Vince Guaraldi Trio – Betsy

  26. “Holocene” by Bon Iver – Emily F.

  27. “A Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel – Mike

  28. “home” by morgxn feat. WALK THE MOON – Sarah

  29. “Shelter” by Porter Robinson & Madeon – Rhy

  30. “Falling Slowly” from Once: A New Musical – Jenn K.

  31. “Home” by Michael Bublé – Emily W.

  32. “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones – Emily W.

  33. “Twenty” by Dehd – Nick

  34. “Here’s to Us” by Halestorm – Steve

  35. “Better Off Gone (Acoustic Sessions)” by Logan Mize – Kylee

  36. “Once Upon a December” from the Anastasia – Jenn K.

  37. “Simple X” by Andrew Bird – Tessa

  38. “Reflection” by V.K. – Rhy

  39. “Wild Horses - Acoustic” by Bishop Briggs – Danielle

  40. “Anyone Else But You” by Michael Cera & Ellen Paige from Juno – Morgan

  41. “I’ll Never Love Again” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper from A Star Is Born – Laura

  42. “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones – Betsy

  43. “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars – Morgan

  44. “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart – Brooke

  45. “Heartbeats” by José González – Tessa

  46. “Michicant” by Bon Iver – Emily F.

  47. “Falling In Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg – Brooke

  48. “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses – Steve

  49. “Somebody to Love” by Queen – Laura

  50. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Seth MacFarlane & Sara Bareilles – Lindsay

  51. “The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler – Mike

  52. “My Bologna” by “Weird Al” Yankovic – Cody

  53. “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver – Cody

  54. “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt – Kera

  55. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton – Sheri

  56. “Sea of Voices” by Porter Robinson – Rhy

  57. “Otherside” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Fences – Morgan

  58. “Beautiful With You - Live from Chicago” by Halestorm – Morgan

  59. “Always” by blink-182 – Morgan

  60. “It’s a Good Day” by Kay Starr – Lindsay

  61. “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters – Kellie

  62. “Joy” by George Winston – Jennifer S.

  63. “The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto No.4 in F Minor, RV 297 ‘Winter’: I. Allegro non molto” by Dmitry Sinkovsky – Steve

  64. “Skinny Love” by Birdy – Brooke

  65. “Woods” by Bon Iver – Tessa

  66. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young – Sheri

  67. “Tibetan Pop Stars” by Hop Along – Nick