Today is the first day of fall, and I’m already starting to think about the inevitable cold weather ahead.
That makes it a fine time to start some “hibernation” plans for indoor activities — and even an escape or two from the long season.
To get in the mood, I’ve put together a small sample of musical hideaways and hangouts — some real, many imagined. Feel free to add some other contenders in the Comment section below.
We’ll start with a couple of outdoor “hideaway” songs that will require quick action to implement before a cold snap.
• Frankie Laine’s “Making Memories”:
Green grass for a pillow, a black velvet sky above
Tender magic moments in a wonderland of love
The years may come and go but we’ll recall
Sharing love in our hideaway and how this night was the start of it all …
Hear how the wind begins to whisper.
See how the leaves go streaming by.
Smell how the velvet rain is falling
Out where the fields are warm and dry.
Now is the time to run inside and stay.
Now is the time to find a hideaway
Where we can stay.
Here are some folks with latent “hermit” tendencies:
These musical hangouts are more a state of mind:
• Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville.”
• Vic Dana’s “Shangri-La.”
• The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo.”
Lots of swinging night spots
There are plenty of night spots, legal and otherwise:
• Speakeasy time with Jim Lowe’s “Green Door.”
• The Miracles’ “Going to A Go-Go.”
• Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana (At the Copa),” which he describes as “the hottest spot north of Havana.”
• The Orlons’ “South Street,” the place where “all the hippies meet.”
• Petula Clark’s “Downtown.”
And a more mellow place . . .
• “Sugar Shack,” Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs’ favorite caffeine hangout.
And speaking of coffee shops, mark your calendars now for next Thursday, when we celebrate National Coffee Day. In case you missed it, I paid tribute to the day last year. You can check out that highly caffeinated list here.