This one gave me a little trouble. There are lots of songs about spring, summer, and winter, but autumn? Not quite so many. I found ten, and I’m sure there are plenty more. Here are the ten I found.
- Chet Baker, “Autumn Leaves” Actually kind of a supersession with Baker, Paul Desmond (saxophone), Bob James (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Steve Gadd (drums). I think Desmond’s contributions might have been dubbed in from an earlier session; I know the film of him is probably from the Sixties.
- Leon Redbone, “Shine On Harvest Moon” I love Leon’s voice and the approach he took to this one.
- Neil Young, “Harvest Moon” Title track of his 1992 album, which many people see as a sequl to his Harvest album from the Seventies.
- Jimmy Durante, “September Song” Yes, Durante lost my Battle of the Bands to The Platters last September, and no, I don’t care, I love the way Jimmy does it.
- Earth, Wind and Fire, “September” Released in November 1978, it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #8 on the Hot 100.
- Tom Waits, “November” Tom’s voice kind of sounds like it should be autumn, regardless of what season it is out there.
- The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin'” I know the lyrics say it’s winter, but the image of brown leaves and a gray sky says autumn, so I went with it.
- The Happenings, “See You In September” Any excuse to play this one. I love the harmony, which gives this a Four Seasons vibe.
- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “Autumn In New York” The more I hear them together, the better I like it. You wouldn’t think it would work, but somehow it does.
- Hall & Oates, “Fall In Philadelphia” From their 1972 debut album.
You know the drill: if you have additions to make, drop me a comment, and I’ll play them Friday if there are enough. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 9, 2017.