It’s (already) that time of the year again — when the limited edition pumpkin cream cold brew returns to the Starbucks menu. When chai flavors and colors make up all latte cups and sweater aesthetics. When the crisp winds call for greater warmth and longer periods of silence, which tend to alert you to the deeper meaning behind this season: another turning point in the latter half of this year. October is reaching its midway point in this marathon, before it’ll have to pass on the baton to November: a closer step into the busy holiday season.

A lot to think about, but there’s no rush. October is a unique resting period before crazier occasions wrap up another chaotic year. Let’s make the most of it by unwinding with some music, tea, and much needed peace.

See your favorite B-side or ballad in this playlist? Feel free to let us know down in the comments below.