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Friday Riffs: What’s your favorite song for fall?

Being that it’s 87 degrees outside, it doesn’t necessarily feel like fall.

But the calendar tells us differently, so let’s go with it.

Although fall is my favorite season, I’m more of a winter-song fan myself (how many more weeks before Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town” and Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” sound appropriate?), so my fall faves tend to be associated with memories, like Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” – which always struck me as a more wistful, leaves-turning song rather than anything to do with summer – and Thompson Twins’ “King for a Day,” both of which remind me of strolling the cement-wall halls of my Catholic grade school in Fort Lauderdale.

The most meaningful fall song to me, though, is The Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season),” which perfectly summarizes our daily opportunities for reinvention and to right wrongs.

My husband chimed in for this week’s topic to name The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin’” and Guns ‘N Roses’ “November Rain” as his fall picks.

What are yours?


Don Henley – Boys Of Summer by jpdc11

36 comments Add your comment

Sluggo

September 28th, 2012
1:48 am

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?”

“September”

Earth, Wind And Fire.

oskar

September 28th, 2012
4:07 am

Maggie May
Moondance

Music Lover

September 28th, 2012
7:42 am

Love Daughtry’s September

Hammond B3

September 28th, 2012
8:03 am

“October” by U2

Mitch Kumstein

September 28th, 2012
9:48 am

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – Allman Brothers

Karen

September 28th, 2012
10:11 am

Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

chuck

September 28th, 2012
10:14 am

“See You in September”

Jason

September 28th, 2012
10:23 am

Some excellent suggestions already. I have always had Grant Lee Buffalo’s “Demon Called Deception” in my Fall playlist. A couple of other regulars are “Memphis” by Marcy Playground and “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root.

A

September 28th, 2012
10:57 am

Someone else beat me to it: October by U2. I always play it on October 1 even though Georgia isn’t necessarily cool and fall-like at that time, it’s still a haunting song of the season to come.

ramsey

September 28th, 2012
11:35 am

Welcome To The Fall – Ministry (Filth Pig Album)

In Praise Of Bacchus – Type O Negative (October Rust Album)

emilyquilts

September 28th, 2012
12:22 pm

The September Song as sung by Frank Sinatra

lest we forget

September 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

Forever Autumn – Justin Hayward (for the older folks)
A gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes
As if to hide a lonely tear
My life will be forever autumn
’cause you’re not here…

Okay, now I’m officially depressed

Cammi317

September 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

Time of the Season by the Zombies

Alex Chilton

September 28th, 2012
1:00 pm

“September Gurls” by Big Star. Duh.

Buffi Aguero

September 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

“Halloween” by Atlanta garage favs The Vendettas. Double duh.

Thurston Moore

September 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

“Halloween” by Sonic Youth. Triple duh.

Lex Interior and Poison Ivy

September 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

“Zombie Dance” by The Cramps.

Peter Murphy

September 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

“Bella Lugosi is Dead” by Bauhaus.

Michael Jackson

September 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

“Thriller” [propofol remix] by Michael Jackson. The “jesus juice” remix is pretty solid too.

the southern jackass

September 28th, 2012
2:11 pm

If a Fall is involved, you probably should do the Safety Dance.

Old Green Eyes

September 28th, 2012
2:52 pm

“September in the Rain”, Frank Sinatra

dawgfan

September 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

I’ve always assumed they were singing about the winter in California Dreamin’. The fall is dry and the sky isn’t all that gray.

Thanks.

Rock and Roll

September 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

“I Wanna Be Your Dog” by Iggy and the Stooges.

Michael Scharff

September 28th, 2012
4:01 pm

I, too will show my age and vote for “See You in September” in “September Song.” “Summer Lovin” from “Grease” is a great song about the end of summer. Also, “Rocky Mountain High” can put me in the mood for the annual changing of the leaves on the trees up in the Blue Ridge.

JamVet

September 28th, 2012
4:45 pm

Fall is the grandest season of all and this song brings it all home for me:

Divnyls – “I Touch Myself”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKanARN8f60

Rock and Roll

September 28th, 2012
5:04 pm

Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent.

Sue

September 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Moondance by Van Morrison

itsme

September 29th, 2012
7:48 am

September Morn, Neil Diamond

Dave

September 29th, 2012
10:12 am

See You In September by: The Happings

Marty

September 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

“Autumn Leaves” by various artists. My favorite was Andy Williams.

Barry

September 29th, 2012
6:03 pm

Boys of Fall, Kenny Chesney

Bert Weiss

September 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Jesper

Esteban

September 30th, 2012
8:45 am

“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire, followed by “Tonight, Tonight,” by the Smashing Pumpkins (which came out in the fall of 1995, I believe)

Kat

September 30th, 2012
10:13 am

“Strawberry Wine” (for a country feel)

BK121

October 1st, 2012
8:09 am

Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
The Boys of Fall – Kenny Chesney

TheRocker

October 1st, 2012
8:34 am

Angel of Death – Slayer

Killed By Death – Motorhead