Wicked Wednesday – Moon in Music

Happy Wednesday! Today is all about the moon in music…some of my favorite examples are: Cat Stevens – Moonshadow, Moondance – Van Morrison, Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival – which I never really appreciated until that episode of Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist, for those of you who watch… In any event, Wickeds, do you have a favorite song that incorporates the moon?

Jessie: My favorite song involving the moon is Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua by Virginia Rodrigues. The title of the song translates to Moon, Moon, Moon, Moon. She is a Brazilian singer and one of my very favorites. I think her voice is simply magical. I’ve linked a video here so you can listen for yourself.

Julie: Andy Williams “Moon River” is wonderful. Loved it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This article is really interesting about the history of the song.

Edith/Maddie: I was going to say “Moon River” too, Julie. But definitely “Bad Moon Rising” – the lyric of which my sister and I first thought was, “There’s a bathroom on the right” – and kept singing it that way even after we got it straightened out.

Barb: I have to go with Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” It is such a classic and so ubiquitous we all know it even if we don’t think we do. https://youtu.be/CvFH_6DNRCY

Sherry: Barb, I used to play Clair de Lune on the piano. I love a lot of the old classics like Fly Me to the Moon, Glen Miller’s Moonlight Serenade, and Blue Moon. Here’s a link to the Frank Sinatra version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw1ZC6sZjIY

Liz: I love all of these – and I used to play Moon River on the piano when I was a kid. I think it’s the only song I could still play by memory.

Readers, do you have a favorite song that features the moon? Tell us in the comments!

15 Thoughts

  1. Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest! I just pulled it up on YouTube and was immediately transported back to high school.

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  2. I’d have to do a deep dive into my big collection of hard rock and heavy metal to really come up with a good list of “Moon” songs that I like.

    However, the first one that came to mind for me was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising”.

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  3. Two come to mind. Man on the Moon by R.E.M. and I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon by Ernie from Sesame Street. I listened to that one a lot when my kids were little.

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  4. My favorite has to be Moon River. In my (much) younger days, I sang in concerts and occasionally in competitions. I was an alto, so the Moon River score was perfect for my range. But, being me, I hammed up the solos with wild dramatic license. Great fun.

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  5. “Moon River” was the first one that came to mind for me, too. Used to dance to it when I was taking ballroom dance lessons as a teen.

    The one that I am constantly listening too now is “That’s Why God Made the Moon” by John Elefante

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  6. I also learned to play Moon River on the piano and it remains a favorite song. The “moon” song that I have heard in recent years and enjoyed is “Moon, Moon, Moon” by Laurie Berkner. It is a song our granddaughter loved to hear and we would sing it to her as a lullaby. Sweet memories!

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  7. I like all songs about the moon..Moonshawdows, Bad Moon Rising, Blue Moon (is my fav), Song about the Moon(Paul Simon), Here Comes The Moon (George Harrison), So many to love!!

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  8. Another song that I forgot is actually a country song by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It’s called “The Moon and St. Christopher”. It’s a killer song amongst many to her credit!

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  9. Have to go with Moondance Van Morrison and any jazz version of Moon River! and my mom used to sing the lullaby ” I see the moon , the moon sees me, down thru the leaves of the old oak tre. Please let the light that shines on me, shine on the one I love.” Anyone else ever hear that one when they were little?

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  10. So many good examples, but my favorites are Moonshadow and Moondance are my absolute favorites as I love those artists. But Dancing in the Moonlight is great. And anything that Sinatra sings is fab.

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