Thursday, December 31, 2009
Blue Moon - December
What a great way to celebrate, by ringing in the new year with a Blue Moon.
I will take this as an auspicious sign of good things to come in abundance.
One of my favourite songs is Blue Moon, originally written by Rodgers and Hart in 1934. Since then it has been recorded by literally hundreds of musicians, all who put their unique stamp on the melody and lyrics.
There are so many delicious cover versions on You Tube: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Elvis, the Marcels, the Mavericks, Bobbie Vinton, Richie Valens, Cowboy Junkies, Stephane Grappelli. There is one of a whole pub singing the song in Times Square, called 'Halton Blue Moon Song', which is jiggly camerawork but lots of fun. And independent versions like 'Gindrick's Blue Moon Blues' that are definitely worth a listen.
Here is Rod Stewart in concert. The twist are the subtitles underneath. Go ahead, try singing along in Spanish! Maybe someone on the other side of the world will be singing along.... "Lua azul...."