Morning lovelies…It’s October, the leaves are changing colour, it’s getting greyer, chillier and my heating is staying on for longer and longer! With this in mind I thought I would share five favourite Autumn Songs.
Song 1- Autumn Leaves-Eva Cassidy
This wistful ballad was track three on the best selling compilation album Songbird .
It was released in 1998, two years after the untimely death of Eva Cassidy from cancer at aged 33. During her lifetime her music was sadly little known, but now she is the only recording artist who has had three successful posthumous number one selling albums. Autumn Leaves is also on two of her other albums, Live at Blues Alley and The Best of Eva Cassidy.
Eva is an American vocalist who plays accousitc guitar. She is known for her jazz, folk and blues interpretaions of well know tracks.
I have a number of her albums which I listen to regularly. I love the pure tone of her voice and the emotional quality that really touches the heart. Her voice alone tells the story…
“The falling leaves drift by my window The falling leaves of red and gold”
Song 2- Autumn Leaves Susan Boyle
This song is track seven on her album Someone To Watch Over Me.
This album was released in 2011 and was her third album. Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who gained international recognition when she appeared as a contestant on the UK’s Britain’s’ Got Talent programme. Her first album in 2009 was the number one selling album across the globe.
Susan cared for her elderly mother until she died aged 91 and ‘Autumn Leaves’, a song first written and recorded by Paolo Nutini, reflects on how lost she felt when her mum was gone.
The song in many ways is very sad and melancholy, but it is full of feeling, reflective and at the end leaves you with hope. It is not a track that shows off Susan Boyle’s vocal range, but to me her talent is demonstrated in the haunting interpretation and clear voice, which along with the string and piano accompaniment gives this song a great emotional depth which I like.
“Autumn leaves are fading now, That smile I lost, well I’ve found somehow”
Song 3 Autumn Walk Brad Jacobsen
Brad Jacobsen is an American pianist and composer who was classically trained from a young age but started to compose original pieces when he was a teenager. He believes that a simple piece of music played with feeling is a “masterpiece” and wants his music to “calm, inspire, motivate, uplift and encourage people in life.” Autumn Walk is track 9 on his album Road Home and is not just about a walk in the Fall, but reflects on cherished memories and how quickly time passes.
I have only found this piece of music recently, but love the calm and tranquil flow of the piano and think the piece is simple, but beautiful. The Autumn photos that accompany the piece add colour and beauty if listening and watching at the same time. The musical arrangement for me makes excellent gentle, soothing background music whilst I work!
Song 4 Autumn In New York Frank Sinatra
This song is track five on the album Come Fly With Me which was first released by Frank Sinatra in 1958 and became number 27 in the pop charts. The song is also on a number of other Frank Sinatra albums. Autumn In New York is a jazz song composed by Vernon Duke for the Broadway Musical ‘Thumbs Up!’ which opened in 1934 and was first performed by Harold Murray. The song explains why New York in Autumn is so special.
Frank was an American singer, actor, director and film producer who first started to sing in the swing era and was a founder member of the Rat Pack. He is one of the best selling artists of all time having sold more than 150 million records worldwide and been awarded numerous awards including eleven Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime achievement award.
I have a number of Frank Sinatra albums including both ballad and swing songs. I love listening and being mesmerised by old blue eyes’ smooth voice and if there is a big band playing then my feet will be tapping and if you are unlucky, I will be singing along! I have been to New York but not in Autumn…maybe I should..
“This autumn in New York Transforms the slums into Mayfair“
Song 5 Autumn Barbara Streisand
This song is track five on Barbara Streisand’s fourth album called People released in 1964. The title track was from the Broadway hit musical Funny girl and it became a Platinum selling album, spending five weeks at number 1 on the Billboard album chart.
Barbara Streisand is an American singer, songwriter and has sold a total of 245 million records worldwide, making her one of the best selling music artists of all time. She is also an actress and filmmaker who has won numerous awards. She is one of a select group of entertainers who has been honoured with all the major industry prizes.
I love Musical Theatre and Barbara Streisand with her distinctive voice gives a great dramatic musical performance. She has a wonderfully powerful voice that soars effortlessly and I love how she stretches the lyrics she sings to provide drama and originality to her songs. Autumn is again a wistful and somewhat melancholy song but to me she sings it so well!
“Autumn, it feels like autumn, Although the breeze is still, I feel the chill of autumn”
It does indeed feel like Autumn, but I hope you enjoyed our wistful, sometimes sad, heartfelt but hopeful, inspirational journey through music.
Even sad music can lift the soul,
Enjoy the changing season, colours and weather,
Honestly Fiona xx