Goodnight everyone, and have a crisp autumn weekend!

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Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

Fall has definitely arrived. Days are cooler, shorter.

This week the music is that of autumn so put on a hoodie, pour a pumpkin latte, and enjoy our selections as well as some lovely photos we dug up.

Let’s start with what is probably the most famous and most popular song of the season, sung beautifully by the late Natalie Cole. The track is from an album she did of many of her father’s recordings.

A maple tree shows its fall colors on Friday, September 17th, 2010, in Woodstock, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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This marks the 50th year of the animated special “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The PEANUTS gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.

David Benoit on the piano…

Elliott Cely, 2, of Portland, plays in a pumpkin patch at the Rasmussen Farms Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, in Hood River, Oregon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

This next highly acclaimed musician got his first guitar, a steel string acoustic, when he was 8 years old. He started teaching himself to play. Remarkably he’s never had a lesson in his entire life. As a youngster he knew he was bound for a musical career.

Eventually he got an electric guitar, but it was burned accidentally in a fire set by his brother. So he went back to playing his old acoustic. The fire would be what he called a major turning point in his life as he developed a passion for acoustic music that he’s never lost.

Born in London he made his first trip to America in 1975 and opened up for artists like Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel and Queen.  In addition to recording his own material he’s performed on recordings by Dave Koz, Gato Barbieri, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Craig Chaquico, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, 3rd Force, The Rippingtons, Kirk Whalum, Boney James and Marc Antoine.

Storm clouds blow across the sky as the rain starts to fall in a three second exposure made in a pumpkin field in Benton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2010, just as a violent storm hit the region. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

This next standard is often associated with Frank Sinatra.

Even though it could be something out of my father’s album collection, Percy Faith and his Orchestra go beyond the typical “elevator music” style with the inclusion of saxophone that gives it a sultry, sexy sound.

Autumn in New York
Why does it seem so inviting?
Autumn in New York
It spells the thrill of first-knighting

Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds
In canyons of steel
They’re making me feel
I’m home

It’s autumn in New York
That brings the promise of new love
Autumn in New York
Is often mingled with pain

Dreamers with empty hands
May sigh for exotic lands
It’s autumn in New York
It’s good to live it again

Lovers that bless the dark
On benches in Central Park
It’s autumn in New York
It’s good to live it again

Fog rises off a lake in Highlands, New York on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with bassist extraordinaire Brian Bromberg.

Cranberries are harvested near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, Andy Manis)

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