EARLY AUTUMN

This is the beginning of my favorite time of year here in southwest Ohio. The cloudless, cobalt-blue skies (a cliche, but cobalt-blue is too perfect to sweat over-use) allow the sun to warm the early morning chill into the high-sixties/low-seventies by mid-afternoon; the sugar maples show the first tinges of fall color, as if teasing us with anticipitation of their full splendor to come.  As I walk out the door to retrieve the morning paper from the driveway, the crisp a.m. air is almost too invigorating, and I think this will be another good day to do….just about anything.

Anything….including work outside. But I worked outside yesterday, and though there is still more work to be done, tomorrow is  another day (and another cliche). Today — this morning, at least — I’m in a pensive mood. A writing mood. There are thoughts to be thought. Passing fancies to be pondered. Words –such as these meanderings — to be writ. Life is good.

I think of autumn songs I have known — autumn songs like they don’t make ’em like that anymore. Autumn In New York. September Song. Autumn Leaves. September In The Rain. Autumn Serenade. Songs that remain after A Faded Summer Love. Songs with lyrics by the likes of Johnny Mercer, like Early Autumn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNcRy7PLBSc (vocal by Ella)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrHGpzbLKec (mellow jazz instrumental)

If that suited your fancy, we must do this again sometime….like maybe next post; like maybe with another of the above songs, like maybe September Song — because its days dwindle down to a precious few.

 

 

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8 comments on “EARLY AUTUMN

  1. arekhill1 says:

    We enjoy autumn here in the Golden State (currently the Brown State) as well, Sr. Muse. For us, fall is the same as summer unless you take note of the shorter days, until the first rainstorm arrives from the Gulf of Alaska, usually right around Halloween. Then it’s just like winter.

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Thanks to your comment, here’s a suggestion: change the name of the Golden State to the Golden Brown State. It projects a less-harsh image during the dry season (which seems to be trending toward near-year-round, from what I gather), and may even conjure up wishful thoughts of impending liquid refreshment of that color. If it’s true, as the song says, that wishing will make it so, California could soon be raining beer and experiencing a population explosion not seen since the gold rush, the dust bowl and Hollywood Bowl.

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    I know, I know you thought that would be Sinatra but then I thought just in case you didn’t know where that cliche came from, well it would give you a laugh.

    Best time of year, weather wise here too.

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  4. mistermuse says:

    You’re right, Don – from you, I expected Sinatra singing AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, but I appreciate the laugh. BTW, a pop song titled TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY came out in 1937, two years before GWTW. Who knew (except mistermusic trivia of the 1920s-30s-40s)?

    Might as well do the Sinatra while I’m at it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLFxVernaxM

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  5. Very entertaining post, mistermuse. I used to enjoy the crisp autumn days walking upon the crunchy leaves in my hometown. The trees were not too spectacular in their color change but their fallen leaves make great piles of fun….until the time came when they were carefully burnt in the street by the city’ s workers or the adult neighbors.

    Now it is the autumn of Florida where each week it gets a bit cooler. Rains tend to fall at night or in the evenings. On Sunday past we endured a full deluge all day. Would you believe the rain is warm since we moved here? We expect that winter will be colder in December and January but nothing like the deep polar freeze we had last time in Ohio. They say it does not snow here, but one never knows what tricks Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

    I like those autumn songs, too, but I guess you can’t rival Frank Sinatra’s many contributtion to songs about Fall in New York and elsewhere on the northeast coast. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  6. mistermuse says:

    My pleasure, Michaeline. Enjoy the Florida weather no matter what the season – hopefully the relatively mild winters will make up for the way too hot and humid summers.
    P.S. I hope you don’t mind me playing proofreader and correcting your misspellings that you mentioned.

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  7. Thank you, mistermuse for your pleasant comment. Also for correcting my spelling errors. I guess I was typing too fast and did not notice them. I was very tired since my Dave and I had seen our lady doctor, went out for breakfast after and then had to return to her office again. That was not a problem but I did get the pneumonia vaccine there and it made me sleepy. Did you not mention once that your wife would get pheumonia in the winters? Or am I thinking of some other writer? Sorry if it was not your wife. If so, can she have the vaccine?

    Anyway, enjoy your autumn which I do miss this time of year.

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  8. mistermuse says:

    You must be thinking of some other writer, Michaeline….but don’t be sorry that my wife doesn’t get pneumonia in the winters – I’m sure she’s not sorry!

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