Lately we’ve seen a lot of people wearing sweaters and scarves. A week ago Sunday, we spotted our first appropriately worn winter coat. We knew the time had come to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors and begin to harvest food for the winter. We topped off our gas tank and departed our fair city, trekking out through suburbs and exurbs, past the enormous mansions and bucolic horse farms of Potomac, all the way to the outskirts of Poolesville. We’re happy to report that apple picking season is in full bloom. For last week’s play list, we welcomed Fall in all its glory and bemoaned the brevity of this colorful season. Apple picking season is even shorter. If these songs inspire you to gather the forbidden fruit for your own pantry or baking party, get your picking boots ready. By the time costumed children come knocking on your door, the local orchards will be bare. Consider yourselves warned.
Here are some songs and quotes to honor the fruit of knowledge: nutritious, delicious, repelling to doctors and occasionally the gateway to eternal damnation. Cheers!
1. Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript
2. The Apples Theme Song – The Apples In Stereo
“Bean finds the best apple in our tree and hands it up to me. "You know what this tastes like when you first bite into it?" she asks.
"You ever eat blue sky?"
"No," I admit.
"Try it sometime," she says. "It's apple-flavored.””
- Rodman Philbrick, The Last Book in the Universe
3. Little Apple – The Open Sea
“When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie. Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!”
- Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
4. Apple Blossom – The White Stripes
“I ate a slice of humble pie, and it tasted like apples.”
- Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title
5. Apples and Oranges – Pink Floyd
“It's unsettling to meet people who don't eat apples.”
- Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
6. Apple Juice Kissing – Deee-Lite
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”
- Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
7. Candy Apple Red – Tom Waits
“Some people expect things to fall into their lap. Oh, they might work a bit for it. I'll just shake this tree, and if I shake it long enough that pretty red apple will plop right into my hand. Never occurs to them that they might have to climb the damn tree, fall out a couple times, get some scrapes and bruises before they get to that apple. Because if the apple's worth wanting, it's worth risking a broken neck.”
- Nora Roberts, Face the Fire
8. Apple Trees – Blitzen Trapper
“We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
9. Applecart – Big Audio Dynamite
“Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.”
- Frank A. Clark
10. John Appleseed’s Lament – Counting Crows
“The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.”
- Arthur Miller
11. Apples In The Trees – Mirah
“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”
- Khalil Gibran
12. Adam’s Apple – Aerosmith
“Having seen how many follow and have followed false religions, and having our reason utterly against many of the principal points of the Bible, we require the most perfect evidence of facts, before we can believe. If you can prove to me that one miracle took place, I will believe that he is a just God who damned us all because a woman ate an apple; and you can't expect greater complaisance than that to be sure.”
- Edward Fitzgerald, Letter to William Makepeace Thackeray
13. Apple – My Brightest Diamond
“In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.”
- Stephen Jay Gould
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