Nostalgia is a powerful force, isn’t it? It has never failed to amaze me, how a sound or smell can transport you to another place and another time.
I first discovered metal back when Napster was a thing. I’d look up songs bands I’d heard of and browse through my brothers’ CD collections trying to find anything and everything that appealed to me. Songs that made the cut got burned onto a blank disc. By the time I stopped doing this, I had around twenty “mixed tapes,” put together willy-nilly with no rhyme or reason that probably only ever got listened to a few times before they were forgotten forever.
All of them, that is, except one.
To be fair, Metal Music Disc 4 didn’t survive in all its original glory. I’ve made some changes along the way. You’ll notice that a couple songs on the playlist weren’t even out in the early 2000s. But this particular playlist was born from some of my oldest, original favorite songs, from some of my oldest, original favorite bands, and it is tied to a particular period of time in my life: autumn.
A great deal of the autumns of my youth were spent at our cabin (quite like a Finnish kesämökki) near Delburne, which was a 45 minute drive from town in the middle of nowhere. I’d pop a CD into my CD player and stare out the window to pass the time. When we’d get to the cabin, there wasn’t a lot to do but walk through the woods, and the CD player was my constant companion, and so were those songs.
I’ve always loved autumn. I love the way the air starts to cool. I love the colors when the trees change. I love the birds migrating. I love the animals that come out to prepare for hibernation. I love the smell of approaching winter. It’s always been my favorite season.
All of these songs, individually, have never brought me back to this specific place in time, but when they are gathered together in a playlist, I am instantly transported to the Hunting Hills and the Red Deer River valley. I can see the old tree forts we built in the forest, the beavers building their lodge, the deer grazing in the field, and the Vs of geese soaring overhead. It gives me a sense of inspiration and tranquility, like the world could end tomorrow and I would die at peace.
Since technology has improved in the last 10 years or so, those tracks have turned into a playlist. Some tracks left, and new tracks have been added, but everything on The Delburne Playlist gives me a certain chill that is both energizing and peaceful when brought together.
So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite songs from autumn, around 15 years ago, and their successors that joined them as the years went on:
The Delburne Playlist:
1. Bruce Dickinson – Broken
2. Bruce Dickinson – Wickerman
3. Bruce Dickinson – Silver Wings
4. Bruce Dickinson – Tears of the Dragon
5. Fates Warning – In Trance (The Scorpions cover)
6. Helloween – Mr. Torture
7. Helloween – If I Could Fly
8. Blind Guardian – Nightfall
9. Blind Guardian – Thorn
10. Blind Guardian – Born in a Mourning Hall
11. Kamelot – Love You to Death
12. Devin Townsend Project – Sky Blue
13. Machinae Supremacy – One Day in the Universe
14. Type O Negative – Love You to Death
15. Bruce Dickinson & Godspeed – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath cover)
16. Bruce Dickinson – A Tyranny of Souls
Not sure? Give it a listen:
*Due to Spotify’s relationship with Blind Guardian, the Spotify playlist has no version of “Thorn.”