Cool Change

Little River Band is a group that I have enjoyed listening to since I first heard their music on the radio in the late 1970s.

In addition to today’s selection, some other hits by the band include “Help Is on Its Way” (released in 1977), Reminiscing” (1978), “Lady” (also 1978, another song I like a lot), and “Lonesome Loser” (1979). I don’t know their earliest releases, which started in 1975 with “Curiosity (Killed the Cat).”

I never tried to learn much about the band back then, but I always remember thinking of them as being wholesome, for some reason. Little River Band may have been the first group from Australia I heard of. They were considered a supergroup as members were veterans of prominent bands, none of which I know.

In 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association named “Cool Change” (1979, from their fifth album, First Under the Wire) as one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time. The track played yesterday on SiriusXM radio channel 17, The Bridge (mellow classic rock) in the car as we drove to Beaudry Provincial Park, about 16 kilometres (ten miles) west of Winnipeg, Canada.

Sweety came up with the brilliant idea to take a day trip there when she saw the forecast called for temperatures in the high teens. She and I walked about five kilometres along the hiking trails and savoured the autumn colours, mostly sheltered from the wind, and warmed by the late September sun. The temperature rose to 20°C (68°F), and it was a beautiful afternoon… taking in sights, sounds and smells to make memories we’ll draw upon in the cold winter to come.

The Wild Grape hiking trail in Beaudry Park, September 29, 2020. Photo © Steve West.

The song made me think of the change in season (I think I’ve finally reconciled with the fact summer is over… though I still hope for a few more days like yesterday, while wind gusts whip and rain falls today).

So it does indeed seem like it’s “time for a cool change.”

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Little River Band YouTube topic channel:

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