Thursday, October 4, 2012

Autumn Leaves


The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall



Autumn Leaves is one of the most well-known jazz standards, and certainly one of my favorites. It was written by Johnny Mercer in 1947. The song is most often played as an up-tempo swing number. There are so many great versions that I could not even begin to name them all, or even to pick favorites.

But Autumn Leaves is not an up-tempo swing number for me. This wonderfully written song reminds me only of the loss of my parents as a teenager. It reminds me of each of us sitting in that chair in the living room watching the autumn leaves coming down and feeling that deep sense of loss. The kids feeling the loss of the parents and the grandparents feeling the loss of their kids.

There are other songs that remind me of this time too, but Autumn Leaves gets to me like no other. So for this blog post I'm doing something a little bit different. I've got a snapshot montage of the very few pictures that I have of them provided by my sister Peggy. I am accompanying with an understated version of Autumn Leaves with string orchestra.

(If you want to watch the movie, just press stop on the audio player first :-) 






The one version of Autumn Leaves that must be called out is by the late vocalist Eva Cassidy. She performs this with only acoustic guitar. It is simply beautiful. I made a version of this slide show with her singing which is, of course, much better than what I can do - but hey this is my blog after all :-)