GETTING MORE TALE #861: Fall(ing Down)
The air is cooler, the leaves are changing colour, and I am sort of keeping it all together.
Six months ago we all went into lockdown, with the optimism of summer still ahead of us. We didn’t know what summer would look like, but it had to be better than lockdown, right? For most of us, it was. We got outside, basked in some sun, watched the numbers go down, and dared to have some hope.
Now the days are shorter, the sleeves are longer, and the numbers are climbing once again. As it gets colder, our options for getting out of the house are fewer. Some people love this season. They love the leaves, the sweaters, the blankets. I dislike the cold, the dark, the misery. Now we have to deal with the uncertainty of the future too. Thanksgiving? Halloween? No guarantees. Some will participate, some will be unable.
Fortunately, music will be there. It always has been and always will be.
There are plenty of albums that I consider “autumn albums” even if they are not.
Savatage are a good band for fall and winter. They might be from Florida but albums like Dead Winter Dead and Handful of Rain have a cold, dark aura. Early Sabbath fits the mold. Queensryche’s Rage For Order. Radiation by Marillion. It’s all very subjective but as much as summer music really activated my memory circuits, the same can happen with winter tunes. This is something to look forward to.
Yes, there are some things I can look forward to. When I’m hunkered down indoors staying dry and warm, the VHS Archives will return. I find this to be a good project to work on in the colder months. Pulling out old VHS tapes, converting them and putting them on YouTube just seems to work better in the winter. It’s also a good time for buying and trying new tech. I’m going to try and teach myself some Photoshop this year, so I can give you better images for this site. This winter I’ll also have live streaming. That will continue as long as necessary. I look forward to it and so do the viewers.
I’ll try to focus on what I can do during the winter, and not what I can’t. Not the traffic, not the wet, not the mess, not the inconvenience. I will try. I never believed in what Yoda said. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” I understand the point of it — don’t let failure enter your mind, focus only on completing the task. I just never bought into it. I’ve given myself some goals, and I will try.
Maybe I can even use some of that negative stuff that I hate. Do you want to see videos of driving around in the snow to the music of Max the Axe? Do you want to see me attempt to live stream outdoors from a snowy porch? It’s likely that both will happen!
There’s one last brick in this fortress of mental health that I am attempting to build that I have not mentioned. And that is you. For almost nine years you’ve been there waiting for the next chapter, review, or video. You’ve shared your thoughts and ideas, and opened your hearts. Without the loyal reader (or lately, viewer), I might have given up writing a long time ago and done something else. I am grateful. So thank you!