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Songs of the Season: Autumn 2015

Afterglow's salute to falling leaves and pumpkin spice with the best autumn songs from the Great American Songbook.

Dinah Washington's version of the Harry Warren and Al Dubin song "September in the Rain" came out on the Mercury label in 1960.

It’s that time of year when Afterglow brings you our annual salute to changing leaves, crisp fall air, and pumpkin spice with a “Songs of the Season” episode for autumn. As we’ll hear, autumn songs are generally ballads, with a tinge of regret and melancholy permeating the lyrics, as the carefree days of summer are blown away with the brisk fall breeze. This hour, we’ll showcase some favorite “songs of the season” sung by Tony Bennett, José James, and more, including “Autumn Leaves,” “Autumn in New York,” and several songs about the autumn month which seems to get a disproportionate amount of attention in the Great American Songbook: September.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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