|[a] Autumn twilight RF|
Take a look at the lyrics written by Green Daniel and Gretchen Peters—and sung by George Strait. Then examine the pithy little poem by the Tang dynasty (618-906) master, Li Bo (Li Bai). We are not looking here for lyrics that are "exactly the same" (that would be dull, indeed). Take the time to notice the themes of wind, chill, longing, and even bitterness. The "direction" of the two sets of lyrics is different, of course, but the heavy, brooding weightiness of autumn remains.
We will return to autumnal themes often in this series, and will explore lyrics from China, Japan, Korea, and...Texas (and beyond).
|[b] Strait RF|
Well her old friend
Dropped by today
And way down deep inside of me
Something died when he came 'round
To see her that way
Here it comes again
That same old chilly wind will blow
Like a cold winter squall
Oh, I'll be sober some
Oh, how quick they slip away
Li Bo (701-762)
"Song of Autumn Winds"
The autumn moon is bright
Swirling leaves cluster and disperse
A wary jackdaw perches, pauses, and is startled anew
Tangles of memory—will we meet again?
This hour, this evening, my emotions in tumult. 
 全唐詩 184.26. Complete Tang Poems 184.26. Translated (freely) by Robert André LaFleur.
|[c] Corvusmonedula (寒鴉) RF|
Sunday, May 15th
Memories and music. Emotion and jukeboxes. Or lutes. These are weighty combinations, my friends. Prepare yourself as next weekend approaches, when Keith Whitley meets Li Qingzhao.