Monday, September 01, 2008

September song

Aside

"The leaves of brown came tumblin' down, remember
In September in the rain
The sun went out just like a dying ember
That September in the rain.
To every word of love I heard you whisper
The raindrops seemed to play a sweet refrain."
- September in the Rain, Lyrics by Warren and Dubin

I woke up with this song ringing in my head – not to be confused with the one Walter Huston used to sing. I first heard it 1937/8 in Blackpool when Mum and Dad took us to see our first musical show (was it at the Winter gardens?) and I was captivated by the ladies dancing in chiffon dresses of delicate autumnal hues. There’s a feeling of gentle melancholy in the air. Better buck up – it’s going to be a busy month with two family visits here, a visit to # 2 son, a theatre visit and a week in a cottage beside all the general maintenance - personal and general that seems called for as the nights draw in.

I discovered that the artist’s name (see ‘the Artist, the Apple and Ada’) is Harald Smykla and his work is a temporary memorial to Ada Lovelace and – to my delighted surprise I find she lived near Porlock Weir at Ashley Combe. http://www.minehead-online.co.uk/ashley.htm which has a bit of history of its own.

11 comments:

sablonneuse said...

Oh, gosh that's brought back memories for me too, Pat. My mum used to sing it when I ws a child and then, years later, when I was doing a French course there was this Russian chap, all melancholy because his wife had left him. He wanted to sing this song in the end of course 'concert/get together' and he came to mine to practise as I was accompanying him.

PI said...

Sandy: I'm glad you remember it. It is a lovely tune and just how I feel at the moment.

rashbre said...

Harald Smykla has a work linked to the National Fruit Collection. And guess what? They classify fruit such as apples. Check my screenshot from Brogdale to find out about 174.

rashbre said...

...part 2. My guess is he is classifying fruit using their national collection codes, in binary.

PI said...

Rashbre: brilliant my dear Watson! No no - you should be Holmes himself!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Yooo hooo, Pat. I have so much to catch up on, reading and posting tales too!

I've read about Blackpool and those shows and let me tell you, they sound fascinating.

John said...

A lady after my own heart! I'm impressed with your style of writing and presentation.

PI said...

GG: lovely to have you around again. I'm out for the day with those girls but will be over later.xoxox

PI said...

john: welcome and thank you for your kind words.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It sounds like a VERY VERY Full month, my dear...! Mine is going to be pretty quiet, except for one "Ladies Who Lunch".....
What "theatre" will you be seeing? I'm always interested in your theatre visits....!
You better rest up in-between all these wondedrful sounding happenings Pat...lol!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh and I forgot to say....I LOVE that old song...! It is a really pretty "classic"....! How sweet to wake up with that lovely tune!