It’s October, one of my 12 most favorite months of the year….. Actually, this opening salvo of autumn does thrill me utterly. I love that morning grey light shot through with streaks of sunshine and flamboyant leaves. I love that this month begins the family celebrations of births and anniversaries that continue until Thanksgiving.

Naturally a song comes to mind from that amazing Irish troubadour, Van Morrison… I’ve loved these lyrics, and his gravel-smooth voice since I was a kid.

MOONDANCE by Van Morrison

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’neath the cover of october skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one a’ more moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well, I wanna make love to you tonight
I can’t wait ’til the morning has come
And I know that the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run
And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make sure that you’re never alone
There and then all my dreams will come true, dear
There and then I will make you my own
And every time I touch you, you just tremble inside
And I know how much you want me that you can’t hide
AGA fireworks
season songs: You Must Believe in Spring (David Sanborn — sort of the anti-Kenny G of smooth jazz); Seasons of Love (from Rent, eventually it will be as overdone as Memories from Cats, but I love it so); Hounds of Winter (Sting); Seasons in the Sun (Terry Jacks — we did this in chorus in school, it’s that cool); Mountain Heir (AJ Roach — such a great singer/songwriter); Younger than Springtime (from South Pacific — I want to see the revival!); The Other Side of Summer (Elvis Costello); Summer Nights (from Grease); Autumn Leaves (Miles Davis and Art Tatum — one of nature’s most perfect songs); Girls in their Summer Clothes (Bruce Springsteen); There’ll Be Another Spring (Dianne Reeves — love this song); Ciel d’automne (La Bottine Souriante); Feels Like Summer Again (The Wallflowers); It Might as Well be Spring (I love Frank Sinatra’s version); All Four Seasons (Sting — this is also the perfect parent song 🙂 ) A Hazy Shade of Winter (Simon & Garfunkel); Silver Threads & Golden Needles (Dusty Springfield); Winter Song (Sara Barielles & Ingrid Michaelson); Indian Summer (Sidney Bechet — so good, and so under appreciated); Summertime (from Porgy & Bess, lots of awesome versions but favorites include — Billie Holiday, Renee Olstead, and of course, Ella); Late for School (Steve Martin); and Moondance (Van Morrison)

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree –> Emily Dickinson

Take care,

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