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“Autumn Sweater” – Yo La Tengo

Fall officially descended upon us a few days ago with the equinox, and I don’t know about you guys but I’m starting to feel it in the air. That crisp smell in the evening as it starts to chill, leaves beginning to hang on tenterhooks, waiting for an errant gust to dislodge them from their perch and send them drifting to the curb. Summer is ebbing away. Bring on the mulled cider and pumpkin pie! Hopefully this song encompasses the fall season as much for you as it does for me.

Yo La Tengo formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. The band consists of husband and wife duo, Ira Kaplan (guitar, piano, vocals) and Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), as well as official band third wheel James McNew (bass, vocals.) According to Wikipedia, Ira and Georgia got the name Yo La Tengo from a baseball anecdote referencing the New York Mets 1962 season. Quoted directly from the Yo La Tengo Wikipedia page,

“During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “¡Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions.  After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the heck is a Yellow Tango?”

Enjoy this mellow autumn jam as the leaves yellow and begin their inevitable tango to the ground.

Lyrics here.

More about Yo La Tengo here.

Autumn Sweater - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One