October – Winter
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Some people love fall. Summer chafes them for months on end and they can’t wait for the season to change. I’m not one of those people. I love long summer days and sunlight. I love the little turtle that comes out and plays in the creek at the bottom of the hill. I love day trips to the shore, and ice cream out in the countryside. I even love, to a degree, the warmth of summer. To me, summer is freedom with infinite possibilities to explore.
Fall, on the other hand, evokes nostalgia and melancholy like nothing else. Everything seems to be coming to an end. The days get shorter and the spontaneity of summer is traded for routine. In the past, this has really brought me down, so I decided to do something about it this year. I made a list of all the good things that fall brings to help me focus on the positive rather than the negative.
The first thing I thought of was pretty obvious: cooler, drier weather is actually pretty nice. There are fewer mosquitos, too.
Then I started to notice that the shorter days meant I experienced the sunrise more frequently. Summer is all about sunsets, but fall, it seems, is all about sunrises, and some of them are really spectacular.
And lastly, I realized that fall can be a time of newness. New people come to college towns in the fall, and new friendships begin. I’d never thought of it that way before. Fall wasn’t the end of all things good, but the beginning of so many good things. All of the sudden, fall wasn’t something I feared any more.
For those interested, I have a few notes about this month’s song. First, it’s based on a chord progression that I used in Gaspard and Dancer’s “Annatations”. You can hear the original version in the studio version of the song (10 minutes and 29 seconds in). Second, “Winter” features the cello equivalent of “falsetto” – it’s a flute or whistle like tone that comes when I play with the bow close to the bridge. Technically, this is called “sul ponticello”, and it emphasizes high harmonics rather than the full tone. To me, it’s an “icy” sound, and fits with the theme of the tune.
As always, if you’d like to sing and play along, you can download the chords and lyrics.