First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren’t rare. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say. Take September, a bad month: school begins. Consider August, a good month: school hasn’t begun yet. July, well, July’s really fine: there’s no chance in the world for school. June, no doubting it, June’s best of all, for the school doors spring wide and September’s a billion years away.
But you take October, now. School’s been on a month and you’re riding easier in the reins, jogging along. You got time to think of the garbage you’ll dump on old man Prickett’s porch, or the hairy-ape costume you’ll wear to the YMCA the last night of the month. And if it’s around October twentieth and everything is smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bed-sheets around corners.
But one strange wild dark long year, Halloween came early.
-foreword from “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, Ray Bradbury
Rawleigh’s Top 10 Autumn Playlist
10. Autumn In New York – toss up between Sinatra’s version and Ella Fitzgerald
9. Grandma’s Feather Bed – John Denver
8. Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
7. Steel String Acoustic – Philip Jaynes (…..this entire cd)
6. September Of My Years – Frank Sinatra (…….this entire cd)
5. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
4. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
3. Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy
2. Summer’s Almost Over – Cheryl Wheeler
1. Boys Of Summer – Don Henley