Something about gazing up at that giant glowing orb in the sky brings out the best in us. It makes us feel romantic and courageous. It causes us to fall in love and occasionally even act a little silly.

Every generation draws inspiration from it. Every generation writes songs about it. And while every generation puts its own unique spin on it, they are all influenced by the ones who came before them.

So, just for fun, let’s go back in time and revisit some of the greatest moon inspired songs ever written.

Mel Torme – Blue Moon (1949)

 

While many famous singers have covered this romantic classic, Mel Torme was the singer who made it a classic in the first place. His cover of the song hit the billboard charts in 1949 and stayed there for five whole weeks.

As one youtube commenter puts it: “Frank was Frank. Dean was the coolest guy in any room. Mel could out sing any of them.”

No More the Moon Shines on Lorena – The Carter Family (1930) 

 

This beautiful and haunting song was recorded by the Carter Family in 1930. It depicts the dark, sad story of two slaves working on a plantation. Though some of the language is certainly outdated by today’s standards, the song works as a wonderfully haunting time capsule from another era.

Pink Moon – Nick Drake (1979)

 This song was written and recorded by Nick Drake in 1979, but it didn’t gain widespread attention until fairly recently. Pink Moon is a gorgeous classic folk song that many of you may have missed the first time around.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Moonlight In Vermont (1956) 

 

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong make for what is arguably one of the most talented duos to ever set foot in a recording booth. Though “Moonlight in Vermont” was written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1943, this is the version that truly captures the romanticism of the song, in my opinion.

What are some of your favorite moon-inspired songs?

Justin Turner