Monday’s Music Moves Me: Fall-ish Songs

Cathy has set as the theme for today “songs about things you like about autumn.” I put together a list of ten songs that more or less fit the theme. A lot of new stuff to me in here. Hope you like it.

  1. John Fogerty, “Centerfield” I have to start with this because, as of Saturday, THE ATLANTA BRAVES ARE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS! There will be October baseball in Atlanta! To quote Marie (a/k/a Xmas Dolly, who if she’s watching, get well and hurry back, we miss you), WHOO HOO!
  2. Eva Cassidy, “Autumn Leaves” Eva Cassidy was a jazz singer and guitarist who was only 33 when she passed away from melanoma (see, I told you, wear sunscreen!). Pretty much unknown outside of Washington, DC, her music became better known after her death. This is a timeless standard.
  3. Justin Hayward, “Forever Autumn” We all know Justin Hayward as the guitarist and lead singer for The Moody Blues. This is from 1978’s Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. Jeff reportedly wanted “the guy who sang ‘Nights In White Satin'” to sing it.
  4. Earth, Wind & Fire, “September” Released in 1978, from The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. I, this got to #1 on the R&B chart and #8 on the Hot 100 that year.
  5. Amy Winehouse, “October Song” Like a lot of songs that are named after months, it doesn’t mention anything about the month itself. But hey, it’s Amy Winehouse
  6. The Brothers Four, “Try To Remember” I usually use Jerry Orbach’s version, and said, “no, let’s try someone else.” The Brothers Four (none of whom are actually brothers) are a folk-singing quartet from the Seattle area, known for their 1960 song “Greenfields.”
  7. Freddie Joachim, “Autumn Rain” Freddie is a devotee of hip-hop, jazz, and soul music who is also a performer and producer. This is from his second album, 2010’s Midway, which is all instrumental, meaning I like it already.
  8. Yerin Baek, “November Song” Another artist I will follow up on, Baek Ye-rin (Yerin Baek to the rest of us) is a South Korean singer who is also a member of 15& with Park Ji-Min (the name refers to their age when they started). Now 21, she recorded this a couple of years ago for her first EP, 2016’s Frank.
  9. Billie Holiday, “Autumn In New York” A classic song by Lady Day. Lord knows we need one by now…
  10. Nicole Westbrook, “It’s Thanksgiving” Nicole recorded this in 2012, when she was twelve years old. She’s an actress and singer in a world of adolescent actresses and singers. What more is there to say?

So, in summary: I like autumn because of the baseball postseason, the leaves, the rain, the cooler weather, and of course Thanksgiving. Not to mention the near-constant reminder that Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat… Really, fall just started Saturday, and I heard “Jingle Bells” on TV for the first time on Friday. It was still summer!!!

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 24, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, Michelle and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Fall-ish Songs

    1. Thanks! Considering the Dodgers knocked the Braves out of the playoffs five years ago, I’m hoping the Braves return the favor and beat the Bums like a rented mule. Actually, I’m hoping the Cubs cool off enough for the Braves to slip past them and get home-field advantage. Then the Cubs will have to face the Dodgers and the Braves will play the wild card winner.

      I long for the days when there’d be two league champions and they’d play each other in the World Series, you know?

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  1. John,

    I’m not a baseball fan. It’s funny because when I was a kid, I loved watching the boys play in the different divisions and it was great fun to get out to play with my friends. I wasn’t very good at it but it was fun nonetheless. “Forever Autumn” and “September” are fabulous late 70s songs. 🙂 Thanks for putting some smiles on my face with your mewsic shares this afternoon. It’s great having you on the dance floor today, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. Thanks! I always try and avoid anything else I think others will choose, and I succeeded with most of mine (a lot of people had “Autumn Leaves” and “Autumn in New York,” two really popular standards, but I didn’t see any of the others).

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  2. My brother is a huge baseball fan and expert in this field. He worked for years for a magazine about baseball cards and he even wrote the back of some of the cards…which ones escape me now. Since I can remember, his favourite team are the Baltimore Orioles whom,I think, did not do well. I love …love your song choices and would add the autumn version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I love your new look!

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  3. John Fogerty is one of my favorite artists and Centerfield is a great song. Some people may prefer “Take Me Out to The Ballgame”, but give me “Centerfield” any time. Thanks for sharing a great song and for stopping by Driller’s Place.

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    1. Here in Atlanta, they play “Centerfield” after the Braves have taken the field and are warming up at the start of the game. I think that’s the best time to use it. “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” is the classic 7th-inning stretch song, though there’s a longstanding tradition here of doing “God Bless America” on Sunday (that was even before 9/11). A tenor from the Atlanta Opera, Timothy Miller, sings it. He has a fantastic voice, grew up in Atlanta, loves the Braves (and the other sports teams, whose crowds are entertained and uplifted by him). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm6R_1pdTUc

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  4. Hi John,
    Happy Autumn! And a big Congrats on the Braves winning!
    Great playlist here. Kicking off with John Fogerty was a hit with me. I was just listening to Fogerty earlier this week.
    That instrumental was really nice. I really liked Justin Hayward’s “Forever Autumn” — and Lol on the “I want the guy who sang Nights in White Satin” line. haha
    The quartet brothers were totally new to me and I so enjoyed them and their sound.
    Your playlist included two artists who both had tragic endings (Billy Holiday and Amy Winehouse). Every time I hear their songs I think of their deaths. That’s not good… But they always make me feel melancholy; I guess because of how their lives came to an end.
    That young girl singing “Thanksgiving” sure has a voice, doesn’t she?! There’s a lot of young talent out there…

    Have a good weekend John.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  5. Your playlists always bring back memories and teach me lessons. I enjoyed a couple of old favorites (Justin Hayward, especially, as I love the Moody Blues) and John Fogerty. Billie Holiday is almost timeless. I will have to run the fluffy “Thanksgiving” song. It was so light it almost floated away, but I think the singer has potential. Finally – Amy Winehouse – believe it or not, I have never heard her voice although she was so constantly in the news with her self destructive behavior. I really didn’t know what to think. She had a unique voice, for sure.

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    1. I always thought of Amy Winehouse as one of those singers for “the youngsters,” but she has a few songs that I like. She did a beautiful version of Ruby & The Romantics’ “Our Day Will Come,” and I think she covered a few Billie Holiday songs.

      From her bio on IMDb, Nicole Wastbrook took a few years off and finished high school (and for that matter junior high), so she hasn’t done much of anything show biz-related in a while, although it looks like she is (or was) in a series of recent vintage. I really have no idea if she plans on recording again. I certainly hope she does.

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