9-23-11 Urge For Going 5:04 AM

I’ll ply the fire with kindling and pull the blankets to my chin
And I’ll lock the vagrant winter out and bolt my wandering in
I’d like to call back summertime and have her stay just another month or so
She’s got the urge for going and I guess she’ll have to go

And she get the urge for going when meadow grass is turning brown
All her empires are falling down
Winter’s closing in-

Joni Mitchell

I first heard the Tom Rush version in 1968 on WBZ, Boston and my memory tells me that the next morning I grabbed all the available change I had, hopped on the subway to Cambridge, went to Harvard Square to The Coop (Harvard Coop – don’t remember who was the member in my family but someone was) and bought both his “The Circle Game” album and Joni Mitchell’s”Song To A Seagull“.  This is probably a “found” memory, rather than a factual one but I like it and I am sticking with it.

Today was the Autumnal Equinox and it was an appropriately rainy, gloomy, gray day. The problem with that is that the ground in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is already saturated and even small amounts of rain are causing local flooding.

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9-16-11 September Song (The Heather Garden In Fall)

Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time for the waiting game
Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson


Today I woke up and it was 49F. Even if the Autumnal Equinox is still 8 days away, I think it is safe to say that fall is here.  I headed off intending to go to The Cloisters and shoot from their lovely west facing balcony but I never made it past Fort Tryon Park and The Heather Garden.

So much activity, so much going on. Everybody and everything trying to pack as much living in as they can before deep autumn and the coming of winter.