The Glorious Sounds of Fall

I don’t know what fall sounds like in your corner of the world, but fall means music in the air to me. And I mean that literally.

Since we live just a few blocks from our local high school, the marching band has jazzed up my fall mornings for years with its lively, high-stepping melodies. They’re carried to me loud and clear by the autumn breezes.

The staccato beat of drumsticks readies the band for action. The syncopated rhythmic boom, boom, boom of the bass drum provides the cadence the whole band needs as they march in unison. The blare of the horns energizes the very air around me, and their crisp cut-offs add the perfect punctuation to a fall morning’s melody.

Even though this year is slightly different because of COVID, in years past the band has busily prepared to perform at football games and march in area parades. As they’ve done that, I’ve gotten to enjoy a sound that transports me back in time not only to my high school and college days but also to childhood memories of going to homecoming parades with my parents and grandparents. Larger-than-life days, for sure. The band helps me taste them again.

What does fall sound like to you? Maybe a fire crackling in the fireplace or a flock of geese honking high overhead as they fly south for the winter? It might be leaves skittering across the driveway or crunching underfoot, or it might even be the sound of someone splitting wood nearby. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s music in the air to you.

Let’s thank God today not only for the beauty of the autumn season, but also for giving us ears to hear the glorious sounds of fall. Truly music in the air!

“‘But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.’” Matthew 13:16 NIV

*What are your favorite sounds of fall?

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*Flickr photo by Chandler AbrahamCreative Commons License


  1. Cheryl, I loved your Parade poem – parades are so nostalgic, and hearing a marching band just with the cadence alone is enough to make me tear up at times.
    Your Mom has been gone 7 years?? This means that you and I have been friends for probably 10 now, and still have never met in person! What a great photo of you with your parents and sisters. We just never have any idea of what is coming, which is a good thing.

    • Jana, so glad you enjoyed my parade poem in the new Life Notes issue that came out this morning! I think you’re right — parades are one of the most nostalgic things there are. And yes, it was 2013 when Mom passed. We are sooo thankful for that photo and the great family time we spent together that summer. A gift from God for sure. My gosh, yes, we probably have been friends for 10 years now. That’s a gift too! :)

  2. Hi Cheryl! I love Fall, it’s my favorite time of year. The bright colors of Autumn warm my heart. I never thought of the sounds fall brings before, what a wonderful thing to ponder right now! Thanks for bringing it to mind. Blessings!

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