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Battle of the Bands: Two Songs For This First Day of Autumn

Welcome to the latest Battle of the Bands! Wow, it feels good to be back after three months of not posting anything. Between a month-and-a-half hiatus and being really busy at work, this post was long overdue! But, here I am, back to action and ready for another battle.

As Battle of the Bands is supposed to be written and posted on the 1st and 15th/16th of every month, I decided to post mine today (a week late!) to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. Why did I choose today, the beginning of fall? The thing is, the songs I had in mind are perfect for autumn: relaxing and easy-going. What are the songs? Continue reading to find out!

Autumn: A Refreshing Season to Slow Down

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Last year, I had a playlist that included songs from all over the world that invoked the feeling of autumn. I also had a Battle of the Bands that was autumn-themed: it was a battle between Japanese rock band OFF COURSE and legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel that talked about autumn and the leaves. I even talked about my experiences and feelings towards the beauty of autumn foliage.

Although I love the gorgeous reds, yellows, oranges, and browns that fill every outdoor corner we encounter as we go along in our daily lives, I really enjoy how autumn affects us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As the summer filled with high-energy tapers off, autumn gives us the sense to slow down, especially with the busy routines of our daily lives. A chance to enjoy the simple things that are just right in front of us.

This is a season to take a deep breath and just relax. And what a perfect season to enjoy some amazing 80s jazz tunes by the Rippingtons’ leader and guitarist Russ Freeman and legendary fusion drummer Billy Codham. Listen to their songs down below and let me know which one is your favorite in the comments! Be sure to visit bloggers’ battles who are part of this Battle of the Bands group.

“Nocturnal Playground” by Russ Freeman (1986)

“Nocturnal Playground” is the title track off Russ Freeman’s first solo album. It was an album that was released before Freeman formed The Rippingtons. Although “Jamaican Nights” is more recognizable from the album )and that is due that is has been played on The Weather Channel since its release, “Nocturnal Playground” is a must-listen off this album as it such a beautiful tune.

The reason why I love this Russ Freeman tune is mainly found in the diverse sounds in the synthesizer. You have the high-pitch, whistle-like melody that leads the song’s intro. But then you have a more cool-sounding synthesizer in the bridge that goes between high notes and earthly sounds. One a final note, be sure not to miss the tenor saxophone that performs the main melody throughout the song and then the keyboards during the interlude as they are splendid as well.

“Nocturnal Playground” is such a perfect song for autumn as it has that laid-back, relaxed vibe in the various synthesizer, the tenor saxophone, and keyboard parts.

“The Juggler” by Billy Cobham (1987)

“The Juggler” by Panamanian-American jazz drummer Billy Cobham is off his 1987 album Picture This. If you don’t know who is Billy Cobham, let me quickly introduce me. He is one of the greatest fusion drummers of all time. He has played with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Grateful Dead, Grover Washington Jr., and many others.

Of course, the main focus should be on Cobham’s amazing drumming skills throughout the album. Yet, one shouldn’t miss Gerry Etkins’ keyboard solos during the chorus (I really love that part as it is something funky, in a good way) and during his freestyle solo in the middle. One last thing not to miss is Billy’s brother Wayne Cobham and his performance as the programmer. You can hear bits and pieces throughout the song, especially the little bit of him playing up the scale during the second part of the chorus.

Billy Cobham’s “The Juggler” is a funky piece for autumn that features a lot of amazing talent. Even though it isn’t slow or laid back like “Nocturnal Playground”, it is a groovy song to just enjoy autumn with.

Who Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
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Battle of the Bands: Two Songs For This First Day of Autumn

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  1. Arlee Bird

    Today I posted my results from my 15th Battle, but I’ll be glad to vote on yours.

    Seems like I’d vote for a song called “The Juggler”, but I liked the Freeman song better. I used to listen to a lot of music like that back in the 80s.

    A vote for Russ Freeman.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  2. Mosaics Lab

    Isn’t Fall just amazing!!! I like both but if i had to pick, i would go for Nocturnal Playground.

  3. Neely Moldovan

    I had not heard either of these but I liked them both! The juggler was good.

  4. Stephanie

    I haven’t heard either of these before, but I have to go with The Juggler. I am not a big fan of the synthesizer most of the time.

  5. Kileen

    I’ve never heard of these songs before but I checked them out on youtube and loved them! I love finding new music!

    cute & little

  6. Ramil Hinolan

    Autumn is the season that we are excited about, because after it, comes winter. I listened to these two autumn songs and I guess, I like nocturnal playground.

  7. Ramil Hinolan

    I listened to these two autumn songs and I guess, I like nocturnal playground. It has good melody and it is relaxing to the ears.

  8. Nikki Wayne

    I like juggler more. It’s more relaxed.

  9. Patricia Chamberlain

    Autumn is my favorite season! Both these songs are totally new to me, but I really enjoyed them.

  10. Marysa

    Great song choices! I can’t believe fall is here. I’m not ready for summer to be over, but we have had some awesome weather, so we have at least been enjoying perfect fall weather.

  11. Keerti Bhatnagar

    I love the beats in Nocturnal Playground! I would like to go for it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I haven’t listened to it before!

  12. Ramil Hinolan

    I love autumns. Because it reminds me that winter is forthcoming and Christmas celebration is in the offing

  13. Ramil Hinolan

    I like the songs of Billy Cobham. I think that makes the best afternoon coffee with his music.

  14. Ramil Hinolan

    If I would choose between the two, I would give a thumb up sign to the songs of Billy Cobham. I think that makes the best afternoon coffee with his music.

  15. Agnes

    I am not familiar with the bands but thank you for featuring them on this post. I will have my earphones on and listen to them again.

  16. Krista

    I love autumn so I’ll have to check out these songs!

  17. Michele

    This is hard. I think they both would be the perfect score in a thanksgiving day movie. Kind of like jingle all the way meets Christmas with the Kranks. I can’t decide which one would win.

  18. Sushmita

    The juggler brings out my old memories! Such a great song!

  19. Hannah

    I played Nocturnal Wonderland and love it! You’re right it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year and I swear I’ve heard it many times before. I also played the Juggler and am surprised I never heard it, love it though and currently grooving.

  20. Archana Singh

    Fall is my favourite season and between the two bands I would go for songs of Billy Cobham

  21. Shannon

    I love the saxophone in the first song! But they are both so soothing!

  22. Prajakta

    I love autumn and i love listening to new songs. I had not heard either of them earlier but I must say I liked Nocturnal more.

  23. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I wonder how you seem able to find songs that I have never ever heard of. Its crazy.

  24. Kevine

    I love this time of year also, definitely a time of reflecting. Thanks for those play list suggestions

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