Thursday, September 30, 2021

Songs of October - Rustling, Crispy Autumn, Chilly, Gusty Winds

Nat Cole, Simon and Garfunkel, 
Barry Manilow, Donna Summer

From late September, October and November the leaves start to change colour and fall in abundance on the earthy ground.  Green, brown, red, yellow, orange, gold; chase one and somehow you can catch the hue you're seeking. 

Living in the tropics, I miss these 3 months, having lived in Canada for some years. This is the period when ''autumn leaves start to fall, [J. Kosma/1945]'' rustling and crisp; the wind is usually chilly and often times gusty...
https://giphy.com/gifs/autumn-fall-leaves-pRqILh4QXAXHq

''From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar
When the dawn begins to crack, it's all part of my human almanac
Breeze blows leaves of a multi-coloured yellow...
For lack of sun because the Summer's all gone...
Yes, yes, yes, it's my autumn almanac...''
[The Kinks - Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies 1967]
Official video - The Kinks - Autumn Almanac

There are at least 100 pop songs in English with autumnal themes. Here are a handful of them from the 1950s onwards.

This October - Julie London

Secret Oktober - Duran Duran

October Song - Amy Winehouse


When October Goes - Barry Manilow

October Skies  - Mumford and Sons

August October - Robin Gibbs


October Road - James Taylor

October - U2

October [Autumn Song] - Tchaikovsky

Nat King Cole - 'Autumn Leaves' [c. 1945/r. 1955]
YouTube video from beralts

Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole

Autumn Changes - Donna Summer

Autumn Almanac - The Kinks


Autumn in New York  - Billy Holiday

When the leaves come falling down - Van Morrison 

Leaves that are Green - Simon and Garfunkel

Readers are welcome to add in more titles.

Connect to other similar topics.

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2020/09/come-lovely-september-morn-in-rain.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2009/09/january-february-march-april-may-june.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2021/10/teresa-teng-maple-leaf-fluttering.html

Images - Google. 

YouTube - beralts.

14 comments:

KOH SUI PANG - KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA said...

Beautiful AUTUMN - LOVE in Autumn songs.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Yes, mostly love songs. Do you know other songs about autumn or October.

Thanks to everyone who 'like' this post, especially Marie Gracie, Poh Huat Tng and Charlie Bogosoff, new readers. Welcome.

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Anonymous said...

Anything by the October Cherries?

Regards
Steve

KOH SUI PANG - KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA said...

No no, I only know how to listen to songs posted here
😅😂🤪😜😁.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Andy
For a well-annotated posting.
Your lyrics quotes are detailed with proper composers' names.
Some of the songs never hit the number one spots.
It's a pity but nevertheless, they are memorable August/October tunes.

FREDA HANUM TEEPEES said...

Love that song Autumn Leaves,
have a wonderful and blessed month of October Andy
🙏🍁🍂

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Freda hi,
Thanks that you like the NAT KING COLE number.
I learnt it as a teen, oooh so long ago and it's still popular today.

THANKS TO OTHERS WHO COMMENTED ON THIS AUTUMN POSTING.
HAVE A COOL BREEZE BLOWING IN YOUR DIRECTION.

Anonymous said...

Like Nat King Cole's Autumn Leaves. Still a popular number among some oldies during karaoke. Have a great Oct, Andy.

LKM

HIROSHI DEGUCHI [JAPAN] said...

It may be too personal, but Abba's "Asta Manana" is the song that gives me autumn vibes the most.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

That's interesting Hiroshi.
Yes, the first line says
'Where is the Spring and the Summer
That was yours and mine...'

Definitely, Autumn time.
Lost love.

suituapui said...

I love Autumn Rendezvous by Francoise Hardy, famous for her "If we are only friends". I love her "All over the world" too.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks SUITUAPUI
I have included HARDY's song on the list.
Yes, it's lovely and I am not aware.
She's sweet too with IWAOF.
A meaningful song indeed...

Appreciate your visit on this blog time and again.
And to others too who wrote in.
THANKS.

J.D. [CANADA] said...

Hello Andy,

Enjoyed the blog, and thank you for your kindness in dedicating it to us and others in Winnipeg... such a surprise, and very sweet of you. Listening to Nat King Cole singing "Autumn Leaves" is so very lovely. :-)

Autumn is also my favourite season. In terms of leaves changing colour and falling, that came very early here this year, due to extreme heat and extreme drought in the summer, which weakened the trees.

But... we have also had record high temperatures the past several weeks, and our garden is actually producing new flowers! In October! It is Thanksgiving weekend here.

Always a pleasure to hear from you. With best wishes to you...