Monday’s Music Moves Me: Sayonara, Summer…

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Stacy, our August Guest Conductor, has one more theme for us: songs about the end of summer, which we all know by now (if you’ve been reading this blog) is today. I’m not going to explain all the ins and outs of why that is, although I tried to explain it yesterday, so if you missed that, go back and read it. I have ten songs here to celebrate that, so if you’re quite ready…

Fans of the grid: it’ll be back tomorrow.

  1. Dusty Springfield, "Summer Is Over": "The finest white soul singer of her era," as Allmusic’s Jason Ankeny described her, recorded this as the B side to "Losing You" in the UK (in the US, the B side was "Here She Comes").
  2. Stringspace, "Autumn Leaves": Stringspace is a company of talented Australian musicians, with separate groups in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Adelaide. They play music for sophisticated gatherings and specialize in classical and jazz. Here, Briana Cowlishaw from the Sydney ensemble and Hugh (don’t know his last name) from their group in Melbourne play this classic standard.
  3. Billie Holiday, "Autumn In New York": From her 1956 album A Recital by Billie Holiday, this standard was written by Vernon Duke in 1934.
  4. Leonid & Friends, "September": Leonid Vorobyev and his crew of amazing Russian musicians and singers, best known for their covers of Chicago (the band) tunes, have started branching out into the music of other bands with horns. One of their most recent covers is Earth Wind & Fire’s "September," and as always, Leonid has written an arrangement that’s dead-nuts on with the original. They’re amazing.
  5. Nat King Cole, "September Song": My favorite cover of this tune is that of Jimmy Durante, who couldn’t sing to save his life and does one of the most heart-rending performances of this song that practically leaves me in tears whenever I watch it. So I figured I’d use a different cover this time, this by Nat King Cole, who was a remarkable singer and performer.
  6. "School Days": The performer of this tune is known only as "Sheet Music Singer." It was written in 1904 by Will D. Cobb and Gus Edwards and is a classic back-to-school song.
  7. Paul Anka, "Summer’s Gone: Until I put this list together, I hadn’t heard of this, but Paul had a #11 hit with it in 1960.
  8. The Vogues, "Greenfields": The folk group The Brothers Four had a big hit with this in 1960, and The Vogues covered it in 1969. It was written in 1956 by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dare, and Frank Miller. The Vogues’ version reached #19 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1969.
  9. Michael Jackson, "Farewell My Summer Love": This was a big hit for The King of Pop in the UK, where it reached #7, but barely made the Top 40 here. It was the title track from his 1973 album, but not released until 1984. Michael was 15 when it was recorded, before he started with the plastic surgery…
  10. The Beach Boys, "All Summer Long": I’m including this because it was the last song played in the 1973 movie American Graffiti, as Richard Dreyfuss took off to go to college, thus ending his summer. The movie was set in 1962, two years before the song was released…

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 31, 2020.

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18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Sayonara, Summer…

  1. Nice set. Not only that, I was grooving to it in the backyard, laptop in lap, when a male ruby throated hummingbird appeared, flitted around a minute and fed from a red geranium feet from me. (Of course I didn’t have my phone with me).I think he was trying to tell me “those songs are a lie! Summer isn’t over yet!” Some really good performances, but the one that really got me was Michael Jackson’s. Sometmes it’s a good thing we can’t see into the future. But the Beach Boys brought me back into the groove.


    1. We’re still having tempreratures in the low 90’s here, and it might be mid-October before we start cooling off. There have been years (more freaquently up north) where we seem to go from summer to winter.


  2. Seeing Michael Jackson singing the words that it’s gone not only makes me think of summer but of him and his face..what a waste. I love…love the Russian cover band. I love Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. I wonder if Vivaldi’s “Autumn” could fit here.


  3. You got two of my very favorites Autumn In New York by Billie Holiday and September Song and my favorite version is the one by Jimmie Durante. And of course the one in the theme LP, September Of My Years by Sinatra.


    1. “American Graffiti” was a unique coming of age movie, because it all happens in one night. The last scene, with Richard Dreyfuss listening to the radio station until he loses the signal, then turns it off, is very symbolic.

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  4. John,

    “Summer Is Over” by Dusty is a new-to-me and WOW, I really liked it a lot! I don’t know why I haven’t heard it before now and I’m sure glad you shared it. I like Stringspace’s rendition of “Autumn Leaves”. The lead singer has vintage style vocals. Leonid & Friends’ covering “September” is a great get to your feet song and they do a fabulous job! I haven’t heard Paul Anka “Summer’s Gone”, either. It did well on the Billboard charts. “Green Fields” is another tune I don’t remember. I really like it, though. I prefer the studio cut over the live version. Thanks for sharing your wonderful playlist for this week’s end of the summer theme. Have a boogietastic week. Stay safe and be well, my friend!


  5. Absolutely lovely list , especially Dusty , here is a newer one

    “Wake Me Up When September Ends” is an acoustic ballad[1] by American rock band Green Day, released on August 31, 2005, as the fourth single and eleventh track from the group’s seventh studio album, American Idiot (2004). The song was written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong about the death of his father when he was ten years old.
    The song became a hit single, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a top ten single in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and New Zealand, and was a number one single in the Czech Republic. In the United States, the song became symbolic after Hurricane Katrina, where it was dedicated to victims of the disaster, and also regarded as a dedication to the victims of the September 11 attacks that occurred in 2001. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.


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