Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs about Earth’s Satellite

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Alana, this month’s guest conductor, requested songs about the moon, so here’s ten of ’em. Wonder how many of these everyone else will pick?

  1. Kaye Ballard, “In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon)”: Someone in the comments said that this song was originally written as a slow waltz and got turned into a finger-poppin’ swing tune by Frank Sinatra and others, but it was Kaye Ballard who sang the original. I always knew her as a comedienne, but she had one hell of a voice.
  2. Ella Fitzgerald, “It’s Only A Paper Moon”: Harold Arlen (music) and Yip Harburg and Billy Rose (lyrics) wrote this in 1933 and it’s become a standard, and no one sang the standards like Ella.
  3. NRBQ, “RC Cola And A Moon Pie”: The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet/Quintet (NRBQ for short) has been around since the ’60’s and they’ve never had a Top 40 hit, but they’re a cult favorite. Here they do a song dedicated to that classic Southern breakfast.
  4. Drew Carey, “Moon Over Parma”: This was the theme song for The Drew Carey Show in its first season, or at least part of it was. The towns mentioned are Cleveland suburbs.
  5. Audrey Hepburn, “Moon River”: From the 1961 movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s, an adaptation of the novella by Truman Capote. Blake Edwards directed the movie, and as is so often the case when he does, Henry Mancini wrote the music. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer. No one ever wanted to let Audrey Hepburn sing, but in this case having someone else sing this would have been wrong. Watch the movie, you’ll see what I mean. A lot of young couples decided this was “their song” after seeing the movie. I know my parents did.
  6. Iowa All-State Jazz Choir (2012), “Moonglow”: I spent a lot of time yesterday talking about the movie Picnic with William Holden and Kim Novak and the part this song played in it. If you want to read what I said about it, click here (the discussion is at the end). The song itself was written in 1933 by Will Hudson and Irving Mills (music) and Eddie DeLange (lyrics).
  7. Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon”: A song by Gus Edwards (music) and Edward Madden (lyrics), written in 1909 and used as the title song for the 1953 film starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, two of the best voices in film.
  8. Starbuck, “Moonlight Feels Right”: Any excuse to include this hit from 1976. Starbuck was based here in Atlanta, and since the death of marimbist Bo Wagner, Bruce Blackman has been a solo act. His first solo album was Moonlight Feels Right 2014, where he rearranges the song and gives it an almost bossa nova feel. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 in 1976. This performance was taped at Chastain Park in Atlanta.
  9. Al Jarreau, “Moonlighting”: Theme song of the 1985-89 series starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis that still gets played a lot on “smooth jazz” stations. It was written by Al Jarreau and Lee Holdridge and released as a single in 1987, rising to #23 on the Hot 100 and spending a week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and earned two Grammys in 1988.
  10. George Harrison, “Here Comes The Moon”: George wrote this for his eponymous 1979 album. It’s often seen as a sequel to “Here Comes The Sun” from The Beatles’ Abbey Road ten years earlier, but he said it wasn’t, and I’d be prone to trusting him.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 20, 2020.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

29 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs about Earth’s Satellite

  1. A wonderful playlist. I was chided by one of my readers for not including Moon River and I truthfully don’t know why, so thank you for doing that – although I would have picked Andy William’s cover. I’ve been to Johnny Mercer’s grave near Savannah twice. The song makes me a bit wistful now. So many of us picked “Fly Me to the Moon” so perhaps that (and Blue Moon, which you didn’t pick intentionally) are the official Moon songs for this week

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    1. Andy’s “Moon River” made his career, but Audrey Hepburn’s was the original and I have a soft spot in my heart for that one. It’s an example of a song sung by someone who isn’t a singer. I think it adds a different dimension to it. Like Lee Marvin doing “Wand’rin’ Star” in “Paint Your Wagon” or Jimmy Durante doing “September Song,” or even Jerry Lewis doing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at the end of the Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Audrey was actually not a bad singer, though she was no Marni Nixon.

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  2. Loved your selections this week, especially George Harrison’s. As it turns out, there is a LOT of moon music!

    Kim

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  3. Granny remembers that movie with Doris Day, it must have been a replay because she wasn’t born when it came out..MOL 😀 We loved Moonlightening and the last song of George Harrisson, in fact the only two songs we remembered💗Swinging Pawkisses for a musical week ahead🐾😽💞

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  4. …John, what a gathering of classics! I will need to investigate NRBQ, new to me, but “Moon Over Parma” tops the list for me, we lived in Fairview Park and worked in Rocky River back in the late ’60s. Neay list my friend, take care of yourself. Let’s meet up again.

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  5. John,

    Thanks for pointing out that you featured, Kaye Ballard, “In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon)” in your lineup. “RC Cola and a Moon Pie” is a super charged tune. I loved Moon Pies as a kid but not with a cola. My late FIL enjoyed the combo, though. The two paired is too much of a sugar overload for my taste buds. “Moonlight Feels Right” and “Moonlighting” bring back some fun 80s vibes. Stay safe, be well, and have a boogietastic week, my friend!

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    1. I think the sugar overload is why people have it for breakfast. Speaking of RC, I haven’t seen it since moving south. We used to live near an RC bottling plant in Chicago, so we’d have it all the time. It had both Coke and Pepsi beat by a long shot…

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  6. You picked some good ones. I know there are a lot of songs in this realm. The first one that popped into my head is not really about the moon per se, but it has the word “moon” in the title. “Moon Dog” by Prefab Sprout

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  7. Kay Ballard had a powerful voice and one I really enjoyed. Doris Day and Gordon McCrea sound so good and her voice always sounds so cheery. I was thinking about Moondance by Van Morrison.

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    1. I always try to avoid the ones that I know someone else is going to pick, which is why I passed on “Moondance” and a few others. And yes, Kaye Ballard was a fantastic singer as well as a very funny lady.

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        1. Remember “The Mothers-In-Law” with Kay and Eve Arden? (Don’t feel bad if you don’t: it was on opposite Ed Sullivan and “The FBI.”) She was good in that, at least I thought she was. That was the beauty of the summer rerun season: you could watch the shows you usually don’t.

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