Monday’s Music Moves Me: Indian Summer

So, today’s assignment from Robin, our guest conductor for this month, is “songs of the season, either Halloween or autumn.”

The way I see it, autumn is two-thirds over. It started September 1, which yes, I know is not the official (i.e. astronomical) first day of fall, but as far as the weather people are concerned, that’s when it starts. After all, in most normal parts of the country, that’s when it starts getting cooler, and by December 1, winter kicks in, with its snow and temperatures that are colder than a penguin’s butt…

This year, it stayed in the 90’s (which for all you centigrade/Celsius fans is temperatures from 32-37) until the end of September, then abruptly turned cooler, so that now we actually have temperatures in the 60’s during the day and close to 50 at night. It’s almost as though we lost a month of autumn. But that’s okay.

Usually after the first time the temperatures dip below freezing, we’re rewarded with a warm period called Indian summer, or, if you prefer, Native American summer. Guess it’s not politically correct to call it that. There’s a famous cartoon called “Injun Summer” (more of an illustrated story, really) that was printed in the Chicago Tribune for many years (1907-1992) that they’d drag out of the vault and print in the Sunday magazine around this time.

“Indian Summer” is a popular name for songs. I went looking on YouTube and found ten of them, and we all know that ten is a playlist.

The artists in this list, all singing their version of “Indian Summer,” are:

  1. Brooks & Dunn
  2. The Doors
  3. Stereophonics
  4. Gatlin Brothers, Roy Orbison, and Barry Gibb
  5. Sarah Vaughan
  6. Simon Phillips and Protocol (Andy Timmons, Everette Harp, Steve Weingart, and Del Atkins)
  7. Gavin DeGraw
  8. Beat Happening
  9. Poco
  10. Tyler Hilton

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 28, 2019.

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

28 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Indian Summer

  1. Great song choices, John! We always have an Indian Summer here in the Pacific Northwest – this year was no different, but now we’re firmly in Fall (though I certainly can’t complain – we had a run of cold/freezing overnight temps last week, with daytime highs in the 60’s, now it’s leveled out to mid-30’s to mid-40’s overnight and mid-50’s to low-to-mid-60’s during the day – typical fall). 🙂 Thanks for sharing fun tunes! 🙂

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    1. It’s about the same here weatherwise. We had a veritable monsoon last Friday and Saturday, but it seems nice out today. A lot cooler than it was in September…

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  2. So many different songs. I only knew one of them (The Doors, and I’m not that familiar with it, anyway). So…Poco and Simon Phillips were my favorites. Nice set, and the first half of the Jim Gaffigan performance was hysterical.

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  3. John,

    I’m using Firefox to test commenting on your site. This morning after leaving a message on your 10/31 RMF share I noticed my comment didn’t show, which got me curious to see if Monday’s comment posted. It did not. It could be in your Spam folder. If this post goes through then can check to see if that’s what happened. However, if this doesn’t show on my end, then I’m going to shoot you an email immediately.

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  4. John,

    I came by on Monday and left a comment but it’s not showing. Did you check your Spam folder? I ask this because I left a message on today’s post (Oct. 31) and it’s not showing, either.

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  5. That comic is funny and the poor leaves…poor Carl. The evergreen has no clue what’s in store for him…he didn’t read the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. I had no idea there were that many songs with Indian summer etc.. around.

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    1. Glad you liked it. I was kind of at a loss, because I don’t like Halloween, but I don’t know too many autumn songs. I vaguely remembered there was a song called Indian Summer, and hit the jackpot when I looked for it…

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  6. Yes! I remember “Injun Summer” every year in the Tribune. Gone since 1992? God, where has the time gone.

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    1. I think the Tribune still sells copies “suitable for framing” in their online store, unless the PC police have put an end to that, too. It was a classic.

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  7. I’ve never thought of Indian Summer as being politically incorrect – what else would it be called? At least it’s not hateful. However, I’m not speaking for actual Native Americans, so I don’t know how they feel about it. Indian Giver, on the other hand? Let’s do away with that one. White people are the ones who took, after all.

    Kim

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    1. If you looked at the cartoon and read the text that went with it, you’d see that there was nothing disrespectful about the cartoon. Chicago has a very close connection to the Native Americans: the name “Chicago” is an Algonquian word meaning “stinky onion” (seriously) and the area was inhabited by a band of the Potawatomi tribe, with whom DuSable (a Haitian fur trader) did business and who greeted Marquette and Jolliet.

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  8. Mmmm Indian Summer… love it! I think we already had ours. In fact, yesterday was really nice out in the ’60s even and we went to the dog park. Charlie had great fun and we saw all kinds of dogs. From standard poodles, malamutes, Bassett hounds, Beagles.. wow, all kinds. It was a great day! These tunes are beautiful and it would be a great list to walk to don’t cha think? WOW! You sure found a lot of songs about Indian Summer. Great job John! You always do a great job. You sure know your music. Thanks for sharing. I have to say the one you found with all the greats has to be my most favorite tune today…Gatlin Brothers, Roy Orbison, and Barry Gibb. Wow, it was great! Have a great day & thank you for all the tunes~!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I had no idea there were that many songs called “Indian Summer.” I just kept adding them until I got to ten, and there are still a couple more.

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  9. I enjoy our Indian summers, winter not so much. We are having a lot of wind and the temperatures have definitely dipped as I have to put on more and more layers when I walk the dog.

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  10. John,

    It’s been an odd fall for sure. I knew when we got those 90s in September that our autumn weather could be a fleeting one. The days aren’t bad but we have gotten some cooler evenings than what we’re normally used to. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it’s refreshing and the other I know that Old Man Winter is waiting in the wing ready to take over. That I’m not ready for! I’m not going to change just because it’s politically correct. Indian Summer is what I’ll call it until the day I die and I betcha the Indians call it that, too. The only ones uptight about being ‘politically correct’ are those who most fearful to offend others. Don’t ya wanna scream, ‘GET OVER IT!’ 🙂

    What an interesting playlist of ‘Indian Summer’ songs! I had no clue there were this many of them but I enjoyed the introduction. I know I can’t believe I haven’t heard any of these before now. The tracks I enjoyed the most are Stereophonics & Simon Philips and Protocol.

    Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor this week, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. We’re supposed to get to 70 today with rain, then the temperature plummets to 30 tonight. I just saw there’s a freeze warning for tonight here, and it stays in the 50’s and 60’s from then on.

      McCutcheon’s “Injun Summer” cartoon was a classic. It’s a shame they’ve stopped printing it.

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  11. I had no idea there were so many versions of Indian Summer. I always think of fall as Sept. 1-Dec. 1 because all the Christmas items in stores push it right out of the way and make me think of winter. Have a great day!

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    1. It’s a popular name for a song, I guess. I’d put the start of winter on the day after Thanksgiving, the “official” start of the Christmas shopping season.

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