Oct 15, 2020
By Gene Stevens
It’s rare to have two full moons in the same calendar month – as rare as a ‘blue moon’. That’s of course the definition of a ‘blue moon’ – the second full moon in a calendar month’. And that’s what we have this October. We also have ‘the harvest moon’ – the first full moon this October – traditionally referring to the fall harvest, giving farmers of the ‘old days’ more well-lit hours to gather their crops. So I was inspired to dig into the music archives to find over 20 great songs about the moon. It’s the second brightest object in our sky – after the sun – and probably is second only to the sun for being referenced in song.
It seems the moon has long inspired poets and musicians to write love songs (mostly), so I had a pleasant task of going through so many titles of great songs to find the 20 or so that I’ll play for you. I’ll cover the music genres from old time crooners ‘by the light of the silv’ry moon’ and jazz singers ‘swinging on the moon’, to rockers ‘moon-dancing’ and doo wop singers on street-corners ‘under the moon of love’. From Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sinatra to Elvis, Chuck Berry and even beat poet Jack Kerouac !
Plus the second of our two-part look at Canada’s music ‘Imports and Exports’. Last Sunday we listened to some of the biggest songs we imported – written elsewhere and hits in their own right, before getting successfully covered by Canadian artists. This coming Sunday, it’s time for our exports – great songs written and first recorded by Canadians, and then covered again by non-Canadians. I hope you’ll tune in this Sunday (Oct.18th).