Jeff O'Handley

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Musical Monday: Change In The Weather

This Musical Monday is brought to you by Mother Nature, who has seen fit to flip a seasonal switch in this little corner of the world.

First, a shout-out to the Catbird and her teammates and coaches on the cross country team–they won their conference championship meet on Saturday! 

On Friday at the office I noticed the wind had picked up. On occasion, our door would rattle, and every couple of minutes you could hear wind rushing through the trees. Inside, though we’ve had to put the heat on a couple of times, it was pleasant enough. Unlike my house, the place I work is pretty tightly put together, so there are no drafts flowing through the space.

I opened the door and stepped out into what looked like a classic fall day: blue sky, a bit blustery, colorful leaves spinning down—but the thought that crossed my mind came straight out of Ned Stark’s head: Winter is coming.

We’ve had cold weather before, this year. Our summer kind of ended in mid-July, temperature-wise. It first dipped into the thirties weeks ago, we had our first hard frost in mid-September, and I woke up to sub-freezing temperatures at the beginning of this month, so it’s been coming for some time. Yet there was something different this time. The feeling was different, and the smell—autumn is the smell of woodsmoke and mouldering leaves. It’s rich, aromatic, almost spicy. Then there’s a winter smell, cold and clean. This was the first time, even with those occasional, very cold nights, that I’ve gotten that smell, that same feeling. Winter is coming.

Here’s John Fogerty, the primary brain behind the classic sixties group, Creedence Clearwater Revival, with his solo song, Change In The Weather. Something I find interesting is the lyrical similarity between this song and something like Bad Moon Rising, though Bad Moon’s rather foreboding lyrics are set off by bouncy, peppy music. Enjoy!

6 Responses

  1. Change in the weather, indeed! I woke up to SNOW this morning. Shoot. It was 70 in Memphis yesterday! And sunny! Guess that's what I get for traveling during this time of year, huh??

  2. Yeah, you guys are even further north than we are! As I type this (a week after) the outdoor temperatures are in the low 20s. Shiver me timbers.

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