When October Goes

Fall tree foliage. Birght oranges and reds.
Fall color in the Crescent Hill area of Louisville, Kentucky

It has been a beautiful October, not only in my own backyard but also in the colorful pictures many of my social media friends shared from across America and Europe. I hate to see it go.

Lyricist Johnny Mercer left behind a portfolio of unfinished songs. Mercer and his wife were fans of the song “Mandy” by Barry Manilow because they had a daughter named Mandy. So, Mercer’s widow gave the songs to Manilow. “When October Goes” was one of them, and you can undoubtedly hear the Manilow style in it.

Lost love was the subject Mercer had in mind when he said farewell to October. Manilow, of course, has a version of this, but I like Kentucky’s own Rosemary Clooney’s recording of this bittersweet reverie from 1987.

Thought In Memory Of Thomas Brown

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.