Archive for the 'autumn' Category


utwb7cvzqsgceknwjyagsj9npkhvngvx0280.jpgAnother rainy day on my trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Lucky for me I am sitting inside watching children carving pumpkins.  Someone has lit a spicy candle and all is well.  My heart is back in California, however, and I wish I could send this rain to southern California. I ‘ve heard from a few friends who live in the area and all are well.  The news today highlighted the volunteer efforts of the local communities.  It always makes me glad to know that so many people care. Listen to Chopin Prelude No.15, Db Major “Raindrop.”  It is a perfect for today.


Jacks are back

new-pics-077.jpgIt’s almost Halloween and time for jack-o-lanterns and all things pumpkin.  These cuties were done by my kids two years ago.  I think of them as a pumpkin choir.  Remember Linus’ pumpkin carols


new-pics-006.jpg A huge jack-o-lantern done at a local mall. Now that’s scary.

new-pics-106.jpgHere’s my “grandpug”  Pugsley in his pumpkin costume.  You can tell by looking at him, that he is thrilled to be wearing his costume.

Scary October Music

It’s October and time to get ready for Halloween and find some scary music.  On Sunday I went to an organ concert featuring the brand new Forbes Pipe Organ at the Cohan Center at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. 7b.jpg The featured organist, James Welch, played “Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor by Max Reger.  He introduced the piece by saying it was October and time for something in D minor. (A little musicial humor) Everyone knows about the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565).  If you’ve never heard the entire piece and want to watch how it’s played on a real pipe organ check out this clip: Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor It is probably the most famous organ piece in the world.  Who hasn’t been to a Halloween party without it?   Since the Bach had been played at the inaugural concert in June, Welch chose the Reger piece. It may be my new favorite October music. 

Pumpkin Time

I have to count all of the pumpkins in this bin.  Let’s see, one…..


 A beautiful day at Avila Barn.  There is nothing as beautiful as October on the coast.  The sky is blue, the fog is hiding, and the apples and grapes are all being harvested.  Here’s a favorite poem by Helen Hunt Jackson:

October’s Bright Blue Weather 

O sun and skies and clouds of June
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October’s bright blue weather;

When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When gentians roll their fringes tight,
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks
In idle, golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunt
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers hour by hour
October’s bright blue weather.

O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.

Autumn is on the Way

It’s time to load up the old mp3 player with autumn songs.  I made a classical playlist and one for all other fall inspired music.  These are great for walking on cool evenings, sitting by the fireplace with a good book, driving through the mountains with the changing colors of the treesaspens-in-nm.jpg, or sitting at a vineyard sipping wine among the autumn-leaved grapevines.  My favorite vacations have always been at this time of year.  A special weekend in Santa Fe one October is especially memorable since the aspen trees were in full splendor.  An amazing performance by Andrea Bocelli to get you in the mood is on Youtube. Other Youtube clips are shown in the playlists. 

Classical Playlist (Listed by composer and missing some annotations here and there, but what the heck!) 

Jazz, Pop, Folk, New Age….(Listed by my favorite performances.  Can you imagine how many times “Autumn Leaves” has been recorded?  It is always a toss up between Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald for “Autumn in New York.”)