September Songs

Welcome September! As the new month rings in, the realization that we have entered the final days of summer and the beginning of autumn approaches. As I wrote the date yesterday, I began to sing September Song. It is a song that has been recorded by many people, but I was first introduced to it by Willie Nelson. It was on his Stardust album, which we played many times while we were up north. My grandpa said that it was his favorite song on that album.

So that made me think that a good way to welcome the month is with songs about September. Here are some of my favorites:

September Song – Willie Nelson

September Morn – Neil Diamond

This was one I remember well from when my dad was playing guitar in a wedding band called Foxfire. Whenever he had band practice, he’d bring my brother and me along. There were plenty of nights we loathed going to those practices, but every now and then, they played a song I really liked. This song was one that my mother often sang along with as she was driving.

See You In September – The Happenings

This is one that reminds me of my days at WHND, Honey Radio. The music director was very good about making sure summer songs played during the summer and songs like this played at the end of the school year and at the beginning of September. I won’t say it is a “favorite” but it does bring back some of my favorite radio memories.

September When I First Met You – Barry White

My buddy Jeff Goodrich used to say “There’s nothing like 6 minutes and 42 seconds of Barry saying cool things!” It’s a smooth groove ….

Maybe September – Tony Bennett

The legendary Tony Bennett croons through this Song from The Oscar. The parenthetical title is actually Maybe September. Sinatra called Tony one of the greatest singers of all time. His smooth delivery blends so well with this very pretty arrangement …

September Skies – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

This is one of my favorite cuts from the BSO’s first album. It is not one that many have heard before, but I can hear the likes of Michael Buble’ doing this one, too. Tell me what you think …

September – Earth, Wind and Fire

Come on! You can’t have a list of September songs without this one! This came out in 1978 and it is STILL requested at weddings and parties! People love to dance to this one. Crank it up!

September in the Rain – Annie Lennox

Sinatra did this. So did Dinah Washington. I picked up Annie Lennox’s Nostalgia album and was blown away by her version. She’s got such a great voice and the arrangement is beautiful.

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

Every October someone will post on Facebook, “Time to wake up the guy from Green Day.” This is one of a few songs I like from them. I love the simple guitar at the beginning and how the song builds into the “Green Day” sound.

September of My Years – Frank Sinatra

A Sinatra classic, and the perfect song to wrap with. I guess at 52 years old, I am probably entering or in the September of my own years. Time flies. We see that each and every year. It seems like we just started summer, but alas, fall fast approaches.

Sing it, Mr. Sinatra ….

I’m sure I may have forgotten a few – which September song is your favorite??

Thanks, Annie Lennox

This song was a bit appropriate yesterday.

We have a shower with sliding glass doors. If you have them, you know what a pain they are to keep clean! We’ve used Scrubbing Bubbles, Ajax, Magic Erasers, and just about every known cleaner to get the soap scum off them, but nothing worked. Sam said that she wanted me to take the shower doors off. She wanted to get a shower curtain rod and get rid of the doors altogether.

So yesterday evening, I was trying to get these doors off. It took me a second to realize that there was a stopper on the other side of the frame that I had to unscrew and take off before I could get the doors off.

I had Sam stay in the bathroom and hold the one door that was leaning against the shower wall while I took door number one outside to the trash. It was a bit of a challenge opening the door to get outside, but I got it out with no issues.

I came back inside to get door number two. I got it out of the shower, walked it to the side door, got it out on the porch, and as I turned to set it next to the other door, the whole thing explodes. I had glass on my head and back, and shattered glass was all over the driveway. It is then that I noticed my middle finger on my left had is bleeding pretty good.

I shook off the glass that was on me and opened the door and hollered to Sam to please bring me a Band Aid. I grabbed the big push broom and started to sweep the glass up. It was everywhere – even in the grass. Sam brought me a bandage and I put it on and continued to sweep. It seemed like the broom wasn’t even doing anything.

I was getting frustrated, so I went to the garage and pulled on my little shop vac. This is the smallest shop vac you can buy. You have to empty it like every 5 minutes. But, here I am standing on my driveway vacuuming up glass shards. It was taking forever!

Sam, in the calmest wifely voice she can muster, says to me, “Why don’t you use the broom and sweep up as much as you can? You can scoop it up with the dustpan.” Well, I’m a dumb guy. I know it will take longer if I use a dustpan, so I grabbed the snow shovel! Here I am sweeping this mess up into a snow shovel and then dumping it into a regular garbage bag. It weighs a ton, so I know that I can only put a little in each bag.

As I am tying up the first bag to put into the trash can, I can see the glass is breaking through the bag. So I hurry up and just throw it in the can. I do this three or four more times. Finally, I grab my trusty and crappy shop vac and begin to go back over the driveway to suck up the pieces I missed. I’m still not done.

I know that somewhere on Facebook and unknown neighbor who just happened to be driving down my street posted, “I just drove down the street and one of my dumb neighbors was out vacuuming his driveway and his grass! What an idiot!”