bryn listens : glenn miller orchestra
I'm enjoying the gentle warmth that's surprised New Yorkers this week. It calls for this song performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, "Indian Summer", written by Victor Herbert in 1919.
I did some research on the term this morning, curious to find its origin and official definition. I'm generally wary of it since "Indian _blank" with reference to Native Americans is reliably derogatory. There are varying opinions on how this phrase got its start and if you're interested, read more here and here - either way, the etymology is up for debate. As for the definition, we seem to be spot-on today since it refers most traditionally to the period of warm weather above 70 degrees that occurs in late October/early November before the first frost. Bingo.