I’ve been out early these last couple of weeks. My early runs with the dog take me through the glorious paths of Pollok Park in Glasgow’s south side. For a while there it seemed the summer would stretch on forever, bathing us in sunshine to compensate for all 2020 had thrown at us. However, it was not to be. Autumn arrived as soon as October started and in that short time the leaves have turned and fallen.
It’s no surprise this was the Romantic Poets favourite time of year. Tramping over the golds and red of a wild wood would melt even the most hardened of hearts. If the colours of the season didn’t nudge at your soul I suspect there is still something in the inevitability of nature giving in to the bitter realities of the coming winter which will give you cause for reflection. I’m just back from a long, slower wander which feels more in keeping with the time of year. At one point we stopped and turned round to stop ourselves getting lost, but in reality all of us could have kept on walking for miles. Perhaps the fact we can’t meet indoors is making ramblers of us all?
All of this came together the other morning for me. Driving back from the park I happened upon a new song by Kevin Morby,the Kansas song-smith, which included a burning camp fire right in the centre of the track. It was a beautiful, fall-full moment which delighted me with its sonic crackle as much as it pleasantly surprised. Like the sea there is something important and unique about the sound of flames tearing through wood and leaves on an open fire. In this instance there was also something pretty essential about it being in the song. Listen out for the moment on this week’s Another Country.
As ever we’re juggling many choices to bring you the best of what we have been listening to over the last seven days or so. We’re going to remind you again about the Ferris and Sylvester session still available on BBC and play you a little of the music they recommended to us on their session a couple of weeks back. We’ll mourn the passing of legendary Nashville artist and seminal writer, Mac Davis whose back catalogue included one of the greatest Elvis Presley songs of all time. In the same vein we’ll bring you another track from the Elvis album of his 5 day/night Nashville session of 50 years ago. It’s another magical moment and you can catch up with the whole thing next month when the 4CD box set arrives just in time for your Santa lists.
There’s so much more too, but you’ll need to join us this Tuesday evening from five past eight for the full experience. We’re on BBC Radio Scotland FM and thereafter on BBC Sounds. Join me if you can.