DAY-23: The 31-Days of Halloween

The Specials

It's getting to be that time of the year. Baseball has reached the World Series with the Red Sox taking-on the Dodgers in what promises to be some frosty evenings at Fenway Park. Speaking of frost, if you live here in New England you've probably seen your first frost if not outright hard-freeze of the Fall. For those of us who like to garden, it's the end-of-the-line for much of what we've poured our hearts into throughout the Spring and Summer. Here in downtown Beverly, I'm close enough to the ocean (and its stored heat) that most of my plants are still clinging to life. It's a similar story a few miles to the East on Cape Ann and Cape Cod will likely be the last-stand before the growing season succumbs to the approaching Winter solstice.

Wenham Swamp by Kristen Eck

As we retreat indoors (especially in the evenings) to warm fires and hearty bowls of chili, mid-Autumn is a good time to take note of what things worked in the garden this time around and which things did not. Peppers once again were a success with plenty of sweet green peppers and Jalapeno peppers. The mini-eggplants I grew for the first time this Summer were certainly successful and fun to grow, but I couldn't come-up with enough things to make out of them. Cucumbers & zucchini were a bust (again) and I've decided they may not be well-suited to small-scale container-gardening. My tomato plants proved especially disappointing and I will be looking to pay for higher quality seeds next March. Zinnias and Inca Gold Marigolds were winners and my first experience growing Calendulas attracted strange green-headed bees I've never seen before to the garden (hey, whatever wants to show-up and pollinate stuff is welcome!) So the notes are made, Fall bulbs sit and wait for planting later next month, and a handful of days remain before the front yard garden becomes a ghost town.

The Specials - Ghost Town 45-rpm jacket

That brings us to the song of the day, which comes to us from English ska-rockers, The Specials. The band formed in 1977 and had released two albums, before recording a new single addressing economic unrest and rioting during the 1980-81 recession in Great Britain. The Specials were no strangers to making social commentary in their music, but this track in-particular struck-a-chord amid the dark times. It went to #1 on the British charts and was chosen as "Single of the Year" by Melody Maker, NME, and Sounds magazines. One of the last songs to be recorded by the original band line-up, the track is called, "Ghost Town" and it's just been added to the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen





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