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Editor Letter: Songs of September

by TheOviedoVoice

Michele Walker, Orlando journal editor (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

“Oh, it’s a protracted, lengthy whereas from Might to December. However the days develop quick whenever you attain September.” Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson’s “September Track.”

Why are there so many songs that point out the month of September? There’s Carole King’s “It May as Nicely Rain Till September,” “September Morn” by Neil Diamond, “Perhaps September” by Tony Bennett, and my favourite and funky “September” by Earth, Wind, and Hearth. The month appears to encourage the musical muse.

That muse is alive and properly within the 2022 Orlando artwork scene. In Michael McCloud’s annual arts preview, you possibly can learn all concerning the rebirth of the humanities in a narrative he calls “A Renaissance, for Actual.” It’s an enchanting exploration of an thrilling season that may be a welcome reduction after the challenges confronted by the pandemic closures. We even have our annual Pet Information, the place we discover the essential work of animal rescue, ideas, steering for adopting a pet, and an insightful story on emotional help animals. Our September situation is chock stuffed with fascinating tales from a concentrate on native farms to meals corridor and restaurant evaluations.

However again to my unique query; why accomplish that many songs point out September? I Googled the query, and the solutions vary from the truth that autumn begins in September which ushers within the rain, the change of seasons, falling leaves, longer nights, and a sure sense of melancholy. Whereas we don’t really feel these rapid seasonal modifications in Florida, they’re nonetheless deep inside our DNA. September is usually used as a metaphor, evaluating an individual’s life span to the months of the yr, start to dying, September marking the start of the top.

In Ted Kennedy’s memoir, he tells the touching story about his brother Jack. Ted wrote that few folks knew that Jack had a stunning singing voice, and that he loved performing his favourite tune at gatherings with shut household and associates, usually accompanied by his mom, Rose Kennedy. That tune was “September Track,” a haunted, melancholy piece. Jack’s shut aide, Dave Powers, later recalled that Jack sang “September Track” after dinner on the household Palm Seashore mansion on the Saturday earlier than he flew to Dallas. Relations remembered that whereas Jack would normally joke round and do amusing impressions whereas he sang, this explicit Saturday efficiency, his final, was quiet and poignant. Powers later mentioned that Jack sang it “higher than standard” that night.
The tune ends with these fateful phrases.

“The times dwindle all the way down to a treasured few, September, November. And these few treasured days I’ll spend with you. These treasured days I’ll spend with you.”

T. Michele Walker


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