Another Monday is upon us, and you know what that means! That’s right, time for Monday’s Music Moves Me! Today the powers that be for the 4M group have assigned us a theme. They are looking for songs about Autumn. Well, Rocktober takes precedence for me, and do you know how difficult it is to find rock songs about Autumn?
Even trusty Google came back with the response “Good luck with this one!” as it handed me a list of Death Metal that after perusal, I realized there wasn’t anything really related to Autumn in that list. Gee thanks, Google!
Left to my own devices, I did some more research and digging and am hoping to pass these five songs off as Autumn songs that rock. Again, I am using a playlist to help with the speed of page loading.
- Moody Blues – Forever Autumn - written by Jeff Wayne, Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass. The original melody was written by Wayne in 1969 as a jingle for a Lego commercial. The best-known version is the recording by Justin Hayward from the album Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. Wayne wanted to include a love song on the album that sounded like "Forever Autumn", and he decided that the best course of action was to simply use the original song. Wayne chose Hayward, of The Moody Blues, to sing it saying that he "wanted that voice from 'Nights in White Satin'".
- The Kinks – Autumn Almanac - written by Ray Davies and recorded by the rock group The Kinks in 1967. "Autumn Almanac" has since been noted for being an "absolute classic", "a finely observed slice of English custom", and a "weird character study", and praised for its "mellow, melodic sound that was to characterize the Kinks' next phase..." Some have placed this and other Davies compositions in the pastoral-Romantic tradition of the poetry of Wordsworth, among others.
- Yo la tengo – Autumn Sweater - an American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew. In 2015, original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band and appears on their fourteenth album, Stuff Like That There.
- Manic Street Preachers – Autumn song - Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 1986 in Blackwood, Caerphilly and consisting of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore. They are often colloquially known as the Manics.
- Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves - the third single released from the Canadian rock group Billy Talent's second album, Billy Talent II.
Whew! Made it through this challenge! How did I do?
Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.