Episode 9 | Wistful Winds of Fall

By November 11, 2016 No Comments

Wistful Winds of Fall

Autumn is a time to reflect on the past year, love and life.  If you’re in the mood to reminisce about days gone by, or longing for someone dear who is no longer close to you, this show offers wistful, moving songs of comfort.  Listen to this show year-round, whenever you want to evoke sweet, or bittersweet, memories.


TRACK LIST

 

Forever Autumn Justin Hayward (00:00:38)

September Morn Neil Diamond (00:04:59)

Mandy Barry Manilow (00:08:48)

Weekend in New England Barry Manilow (00:12:01)

Where Do I Go From Here Barry Manilow (00:15:40)

Leaving On a Jet Plane Peter, Paul & Mary (00:18:56)

Dream a Little Dream of Me The Mamas & The Papas (00:22:25)

This is Dedicated to the One I Love The Mamas & The Papas (00:25:32)

The Long & Winding Road The Beatles (00:28:50)

My Love Paul McCartney & Wings (00:32:24)

Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel (00:36:32)

Beth Kiss (00:38:54)

Faithfully Journey (00:41:37)

Like a Sad Song John Denver (00:45:58)

Daisy Jane America (00:49:37)

Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton (00:52:28)

Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins (00:56:14)

Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell (01:00:18)

Precious and Few Climax (01:03:26)

So Far Away Carole King (01:06:08)

Wishing You Were Here Chicago (01:09:54)

You Were Always On My Mind Willie Nelson (01:14:19)

Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley (01:18:00)

Memories Elvis Presley (01:21:05)

Photographs and Memories Jim Croce (01:24:23)

Time in a Bottle Jim Croce (01:26:26)

Traces (of Love) Classics IV (01:28:48)

Ooh Baby Baby Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (01:32:05)

Do I Ever Cross Your Mind Tom Jones (01:34:49)

All in Love is Fair Stevie Wonder (01:38:30)

Most of All You Bill Medley (01:42:11)

Old College Avenue Harry Chapin (01:46:00)

Taxi Harry Chapin (01:50:08)

Diamonds and Rust Joan Baez (01:56:40)

I Just Wanna Stop Gino Vannelli (02:01:05)

Superstar The Carpenters (02:04:32)

You Bonnie Raitt (02:08:15)

Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers (02:12:26)

Yesterday The Beatles (02:16:12)

In My Life Bette Midler (02:18:15)

Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell (02:21:25)

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart Al Green (02:27:00)

So Sad the Song Gladys Knight & The Pips (02:33:45)

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me Gladys Knight & The Pips (02:37:29)

The Way We Were (Try to Remember) Gladys Knight & The Pips (02:41:10)


 

 SHOW SCRIPT

 

Hello LoveLaners!  I’m your host Linda Davison and I’d like to thank you for joining us for our “Wistful Winds of Fall” Show.   Although we hope that most LoveLane Radio music is uplifting, the Autumn season is a time to reflect on the past year and even on life itself – with the cooler, windy weather I find myself wanting to listen to softer, gentler music and reminisce about the past.  I’d like to share some wistful songs with you, which may suit your feelings this season, or anytime you’re feeling reflective.

 

To set the mood, here’s a song from the Moody Blues’ lead singer and guitarist, Justin Hayward.

 

SONG 1 Forever Autumn Justin Hayward

 

Our next wistful Fall song is from a superstar singer, musician and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee, Mr. Neil Diamond.

 

SONG 2 September Morn Neil Diamond

 

One of Neal’s fellow inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame is Barry Manilow.  The Hall was cofounded by legendary lyricist, songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer, and Johnny had great regard for Barry, not only for his talent but because Barry’s first hit was “Mandy” which is the name of Johnny’s daughter.  Here is Barry singing “Mandy” and two other songs of yearning…

 

SONG 3 Mandy Barry Manilow

SONG 4 Weekend in New England Barry Manilow

SONG 5 Where Do I Go From Here Barry Manilow

 

In the Fall, especially if you’ve moved to a new city or school, you may feel a sense of longing for lovers, friends and family who are far away.  Traveling musicians know this feeling well and have written some timeless tunes for you. 

Here are three folk rock songs – the first was written by another Inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, John Denver, and performed by Peter, Paul & Mary.  We’ll complete the set with two more classics from The Mamas and The Papas.

 

SONG 6 Leaving On a Jet Plane Peter, Paul & Mary

SONG 7 Dream a Little Dream of Me The Mamas & The Papas

SONG 8 This is Dedicated to the One I Love The Mamas & The Papas

 

Our next two songs about missing someone are sung by another stellar songwriter, Sir Paul McCartney.  The first, “The Long and Winding Road” was the 20th and last single released by The Beatles, and it was also the group’s final #1 Hit.  The second, “My Love,” was written for his wife Linda and released by Paul McCartney & Wings. 

 

SONG  9 The Long & Winding Road The Beatles

SONG 10 My Love Paul McCartney & Wings

 

Next up are four more songs from musicians who were on the road and yearning for the people they love.  Here are Simon & Garfunkel, Kiss, Journey and John Denver…

 

SONG 11 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel

SONG 12 Beth Kiss

SONG 13 Faithfully Journey

SONG 14 Like a Sad Song John Denver

 

Our Wistful Winds show continues with timeless tunes from America, South Carolina’s own Brook Benton, Kenny Loggins’ cousin Dave Loggins, and a Jimmy Webb composition performed by Glen Campbell.

 

SONG 15 Daisy Jane America

SONG 16 Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton

SONG 17 Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

SONG 18 Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell

 

Autumn leaves can leave you lonesome, and I hope these next songs will comfort you…they are from the band Climax, a Carole King composition from “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling albums of all time, a song with sounds of surf by Chicago, and a reassuring classic from Willie Nelson.

 

SONG 19 Precious and Few Climax

SONG 20 So Far Away Carole King

SONG 21 Wishing You Were Here Chicago

SONG 22 You Were Always On My Mind Willie Nelson

 

The Fall winds are shifting now and we’ll move on to songs about memories we hold, of our loves and our lives.  There are hundreds of songs with this theme and we’ll include more in future shows.  For now, I hope our featured songs in this Episode will bring back sweet, or bittersweet, remembrances.

 

Let’s listen to velvet-voiced Elvis Presley as he reflects on lost loves…

 

SONG 23 Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley

SONG 24 Memories Elvis Presley

 

Singer and songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash when he was only 30 years old.  His wife received a letter from him after his death, saying that he planned to stop touring because he wanted to spend more time with her and their son, A.J.  Jim wrote the song “Time in a Bottle” for A.J., and also wrote our next wistful song, “Photographs and Memories.”

 

SONG 25 Photographs and Memories Jim Croce

SONG 26 Time in a Bottle Jim Croce

 

Next is another classic song about memories – from the Classics IV, here is “Traces (Of Love.)”

 

SONG 27 Traces (of Love) Classics IV

 

As mentioned earlier, many of our featured songs were written by Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductees.  Several were written by the crème de la crème, the Johnny Mercer Award winners, who were honored because the quality and impact of their work upholds the gold standard set by Johnny. 

 

The songs in our next set were written by Award honorees Smokey Robinson, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder and the married songwriting team Alan & Marilyn Bergman.   Smokey and Stevie perform their own compositions, Sir Tom Jones of Wales covers Dolly’s song, and Righteous Brother Bill Medley sings Alan & Marilyn’s theme song from the movie, “Major League.”  Perhaps you’d like to relax with some hot cocoa or a glass of wine and let your mind wander as you listen to these wistful melodies.

 

SONG 28 Ooh Baby Baby Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

SONG 29 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind Tom Jones

SONG 30 All in Love is Fair Stevie Wonder

SONG 31 Most of All You Bill Medley

 

Harry Chapin was a master storyteller, and he was also a great humanitarian.  He donated half of his concert proceeds to help those who were hungry and inspired Bruce Springsteen when he told him that he liked to do one show for himself, and “one for the other guy.”  Here are two beautiful and thought-provoking songs from Harry…

 

SONG 32 Old College Avenue Harry Chapin

SONG 33 Taxi Harry Chapin

 

Our next set includes wistful memories from Joan Baez about her relationship with Bob Dylan, Canadian Gino Vannelli singing about his love in Montreal, Karen Carpenter missing a traveling musician, Bonnie Raitt longing for the love of her life, and The Righteous Brothers hungering for a woman’s touch.

 

SONG 34 Diamonds and Rust Joan Baez

SONG 35 I Just Wanna Stop Gino Vannelli

SONG 36 Superstar The Carpenters

SONG 37 You Bonnie Raitt

SONG 38 Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers

 

The next two songs in our show were written by the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership, with Paul the primary writer of “Yesterday” and John writing most of “In My Life.”  Here are The Beatles and the Divine Miss M Bette Midler…..

 

SONG 39 Yesterday The Beatles

SONG 40 In My Life Bette Midler

 

As our “Wistful Winds of Fall” show nears its end, I would like to thank you again for listening and for supporting LoveLane Radio.  Your participation in our community on Twitter, Facebook and iTunes, as well as your donations, are greatly appreciated.

 

Two more songs of reflection include Canadian Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” which was a hit for Judy Collins in 1967, and later re-recorded in a lusher, orchestrated version by Joni herself in 2000.  I’d also like to share with you Al Green’s cover of a timeless Bee Gees song, “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart.”  These songs were featured in British movie favorites “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.”

 

SONG 41 Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell

SONG 42 How Do You Mend a Broken Heart Al Green

 

We will close our show with the “Empress of Soul,” Miss Gladys Knight.   You may find a tear in your eye with her moving performances of “So Sad the Song” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” as well as a brilliant medley “Try to Remember” and “The Way We Were.”   If you’re thinking of someone special in your life, I hope these songs bring you comfort.  Until next time, this is your host Linda Davison wishing you Life in the LoveLane.

 

SONG 43 So Sad the Song Gladys Knight & the Pips

SONG 44 Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me Gladys Knight & the Pips

SONG 45 The Way We Were (Try to Remember) Gladys Knight & the Pips