October

The chance would be a fine thing!

The wheels of time rotate inexorably into another month, which means it must be time for me to look back at what happened here in the previous 31 days. That would be October, then. It was an average kind of time for me in terms of posts: I hit your inbox on eleven occasions. As has become my norm, most of those were related to music, but there was a notable exception.

There were four Tuesdays in October, which naturally means that you saw four Tuesday Tunes posts. The first of these was Tuesday Tunes 124: Double Your Money, which was the second week in which I shared songs with a theme of money. The music came from AC/DC, The Steve Miller Band, Frazey Ford, Ry Cooder, Paul McCartney, Whiskey Myers, Meat Loaf, and Bruce Springsteen. Not a bad start to the month!

That was followed by Tuesday Tunes 125: Favourites. This had been prompted by that week’s Song Lyric Sunday piece (of which more later), and comprised songs which I count as favourites over my 60+ years of enjoying music. As I said in the post, I had put together a list of possible songs for it, which came to a running total of 65. I contented myself with just my regular eight, but it was a tough decision! The songs were by Black Sabbath, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, Kate Rusby, John Martyn, and a return appearance from AC/DC. You will probably recognise many of my usual suspects in that list!

Next up was Tuesday Tunes 126: Ten, in which I marked my elder daughter and son-in-law’s tenth wedding anniversary with a set of tunes either from a band with ten in their name, or with the word in the song title. The music was by Little Angels, 10cc, Led Zeppelin, Oysterband, 10,000 Maniacs, The Stone Roses, Ten Years After, and Bellowhead. The final track was a poignant inclusion for me, as it was in tribute to Bellowhead band member Paul Sartin, who suffered a heart attack and passed away the previous week, at the age of just 51.

The final October Tuesday saw Tuesday Tunes 127: More Favourites. As the title suggests, this was my second trip into my mega-list, and in it I played tunes from Deep Purple, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Bruce Hornsby and The Range, Roxy Music, Richard Thompson, David Bowie, The Kinks, and Dire Straits. As with the first collection I had played several of these before, but they are all so good that I felt they deserved a repeat airing.

As there were five Sundays last month that meant that you got five Song Lyric Sunday pieces from me. The first of these featured an amazing song by the Pretty Reckless, in Song Lyric Sunday: Rock And Roll Heaven. The theme for the week was to play something by one of the many artists who have died at the age of 27 – the members of the ’27 Club.’ I went down a slightly different route, and played a song about the impact of those musicians on another, who referenced several of them in her lyric. It is a fabulous song, and I can recommend another listen.

The next week we were given a free choice as to what we played. I went for the song which is still my all time favourite, and this was the post that prompted the two Tuesday Tunes posts of Favourites. It was Song Lyric Sunday: Alone Again Or, This was released by the band Love in November 1967, on the album Forever Changes, which is now regarded as a cult classic. I bought it as a single, and told the story of that in the piece.

For the following week we were invited to play a song by a band we wished were still together. Again, I went way back into my past, with Song Lyric Sunday: Free. As the title suggests I played you something by the legendary rock band Free, and in a fit of generosity I gave you a bonus song, Wishing Well, in addition to the post’s main track, which of course was All Right Now. What else could it be!

My next post in this series was Song Lyric Sunday: I Won’t Back Down. In this one the job was to play a song that reminded us of ourselves. For me, this was about my stubborn streak and how the song related to that – the story is in the post, if you missed it. The fact that the song and artist – Tom Petty – are favourites helped, too.

The month closed with our playing a song which featured one or more of ’embrace, hug, kiss’ in its title. I went for another song by a band who had featured in my Tuesday Tunes Favourites posts – in fact, I rather talked myself into this one by mentioning it when I played a different track from the same album. This was Song Lyric Sunday: Every Little Kiss, a great song by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, from their superb debut album The Way It Is. From the comments, this seems to have been a popular choice.

That just leaves two posts for me to review. One of these was another music post: New Music For October, which was one of my occasional dips into what I had been watching on YouTube. It featured six songs – a real mixed bag – from Tuba Skinny, Nina Nesbitt, First Aid Kit, Caroline Jones with Makena Hartlin (mostly Makena, to be honest), The Fisherman’s Friends with Imelda May, and I closed with the very recent release by the incredible Mongolian band The Hu. Highly recommended!

The remaining post for me to cover is the non-musical one. It was my annual piece for an event which means a lot to me: World Mental Health Day 2022. The theme for this year was to make mental health a global priority in the wake of the pandemic and its effects, not just on our mental health but also on the availability of services to support those who might be struggling. It is an important subject, and one which I will never apologise for mentioning, even if I sound repetitious in doing so. If you’re on Twitter checking out the hashtag #WMHD2022 will give you links to other posts and comments about the day.

So, that was my full set for October. All that remains is for me to share the song which gives this post its title. This is actually a bit of a cheat, as I didn’t need to play around with it, but it’s a nice little bit of early U2, from the days before Bono disappeared up his own fundament:

That was the title track of U2’s second album October, released in October 1981, which reached #11 in the UK and #104 in the US. it isn’t one of their best known or best regarded albums, which I’ve always felt was a shame, as it has some good songs on it. This is one I’ve always liked, and that live performance from a couple of years later highlights its power.

That’s all for now. I hope you have enjoyed this review and any of the posts covered here which you may have seen. Until next time…

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