Writer’s Workshop: Riffing on Fall

Image by Valentin Sabau from Pixabay

Happy Fall, or if you prefer, Happy Autumn! Hey, the weathermen all tell us that fall starts on September 1, so who am I to argue? Fall didn’t start on Sunday in Australia: they’re welcoming spring Down Under.

Jim Gaffigan has a funny thing about the first day of Fall. He’s got a funny thing for just about everything.

Weather Underground tells me that at 3 PM on Wednesday (when I’m writing this) it’s 92° (33° C) right now and feels like 98°. Obviously the weather didn’t get the memo. In some parts of the country the cooler temperatures have set in, and in a few places they’re battening down the hatches and preparing for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian hitting them. (Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, please.)

I hear Dorian, I don’t think about the hurricane; I think about Dorian mode. I promise I won’t get into it other than to say you can read about it here, or watch a few YouTube videos. It’s a mode that gets used in jazz improvisation a lot.

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Lisa Stansfield “Never Gonna Fall” on Spotify. Amazing coincidence.

Mary, who’s been in hibernation all summer, is starting to get her energy back. She doesn’t deal with the heat that well, but when the cooler temperatures arrive (which they did last week, just to tease us), she starts to feel better and more like doing things. I’m kind of the same way.

Enjoy your fall!