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Clair deLune, Moonlight Serenade, Tonight Tonight, others?
March 15 2014 | lee martell

Posted on 03/15/2014 8:10:20 PM PDT by lee martell

I'm a night person, and I like music inspired by the night. The biggest void that we know of is the darkness of the night. The darkness surrounds our part of the earth, like a soft heavy comforter filled with down. The night is without shape, and cannot be measured. This unknowable nature of the dark night allows us to easily imagine what is or what should be there. We imagine what is desired or what is dreaded. The night has long served as a catalyst or a muse for creativity. Look to the french composer Claude Debussy, who wrote his signature piece; Clair de Lune in 1890, publishing the final version in 1905. The piano is spare and elegant. The measures allude to the slow drift of cumulus clouds floating at night, translucent with moonlight. This is the third movement from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, which was based on poems of Paul Verlaine.

Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller was released in 1939 on Bluebird Records. The recording used a clarinet led saxophone section, which is widely considered classic Glenn Miller style. The song evolved from a 1935 version of another Miller song; "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep". Jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote about the song's impact and legacy. "Miller exudes little warmth on or off the bandstand, but once the band struck up this theme, audiences were done for; throats clutched, eyes softened. No other record of it's time could match 'Moonlight Serenade' for it's ability to induce a Pavlovian slobber in so many for so long".

A lot of songs by Phil Collins were technically very good, but somewhat formulaic. There is one exception, although this was recorded when he was still with Genesis. The song Tonight Tonight Tonight was released in 1986 on the album Invisible Touch. The music video has an atmosphere reminiscent of the film Blade Runner, which was a source of inspiration for the video. Supposedly, Collins wrote this song after divorcing his first wife Andrea in 1979. He was upset enough to have left Genesis for a couple of months. There is something about this song that is both invigorating, because of the incessant percussion which varies in force and in tempo, and there is also a soothing effect that is imposed on the listener because of the cello like chords that become a dirge, that dirge is your only path away from the chaos. This is not a night song, but listen to the first three minutes of Shaft, by Issac Hayes, those are the kind of 'cello like chords' I'm speaking of, where you are prodded onto your journey, like it or not. **Nights in White Satin is a beautiful, lyrical piece of work, by the Moody Blues. Night Moves, by Seeger worth a mention. **Are You Lonesome Tonight?, by Elvis captures an intimate moment, listen you his voice, which seems to resonate or softly echo. That feels like a though within the head. What other night music is there?


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Outdoors; Poetry
KEYWORDS: music; songs
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1 posted on 03/15/2014 8:10:20 PM PDT by lee martell
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I seem to recall that Mr. Sinatra had a song about the unacquainted and darkness.
2 posted on 03/15/2014 8:15:49 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: lee martell
Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
3 posted on 03/15/2014 8:17:08 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: lee martell

IN THE AIR TONIGHT (miami vice)
YOU BELONG TO THE CITY (miami vice)


4 posted on 03/15/2014 8:18:25 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Dagnabitt

Strangers In The Night? Exchanging Glances....


5 posted on 03/15/2014 8:19:10 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
A favorite of mine - not from the classical repertoire.

Stardust - Nat King Cole



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6 posted on 03/15/2014 8:19:41 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1<center> <table back969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Dagnabitt
Strangers in the Night
7 posted on 03/15/2014 8:21:11 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: lee martell

Claire deLune, one of the most beautiful piano pieces. As soon as my daughter was capable, I taught her and had her memorize it.... I love it when she plays it, makes me very mellow.. Of course, the Grand Marnier helps some.


8 posted on 03/15/2014 8:23:19 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: lee martell

“Under A Violet Moon” by Blackmore’s Night.
(Actually, they have several night-themed songs.)

“Whispers In The Dark” by Skillet.


9 posted on 03/15/2014 8:23:33 PM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: lee martell

This is an interesting topic, thank you, though I’m not sure if every pop song with “night” in the title was as you say “inspired by night”. “Let’s spend the night together”? You must remember the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, which somehow or another acquired English lyrics under a strange title “Tonight We Love”. (Recordings all over Youtube.)

I’ll think of something else, more appropriate later.


10 posted on 03/15/2014 8:24:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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“Starry, Starry, Night” by Don McLean about Vince Van Gogh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dipFMJckZOM

I think “Vincent” is the proper title.


11 posted on 03/15/2014 8:25:00 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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Tonight--Ferrante & Teicher (1961)
12 posted on 03/15/2014 8:25:10 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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There are many versions of this great standard, but here's Ella's and Louis': "Moonlight in Vermont"
13 posted on 03/15/2014 8:25:43 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WXRGina

you can pretty much put anything by ella and louis into any list and have a winner...

For the “advanced training” night classes, how about, Johnny Cash’s cover of “I’m so lonesome I could cry”....


14 posted on 03/15/2014 8:27:30 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: lee martell

“Earth Shine” by RUSH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yia7lqME0o

“Black Moon” by ELP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh1B2sVFwDI

“Watching Over You” by ELP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LjhSmLeqHI

Funny - “Black Moon” was the song my baby son used to love to fall asleep to!


15 posted on 03/15/2014 8:29:04 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: lee martell
I remember growing up in Iowa, before air conditioning. During hot summer evenings, with the windows open, my neighbor across the street played Claire de Lune, beautifully. It really is one of the best moonlight tunes ever written.
16 posted on 03/15/2014 8:29:54 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: ConservativeStatement
Also, "Midnight, the Stars and You" by Ray Noble (played near the conclusion of The Shining).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ9aT-Wa_tE

17 posted on 03/15/2014 8:30:50 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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I’m still waiting for a movie about those two performers Ferrante & Teicher. Performing became their whole lives, which often happens if you love your work anyway. I never heard anything negative or questionable about them.


18 posted on 03/15/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT by lee martell
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Starbuck "Moonlight Feels Right"
19 posted on 03/15/2014 8:31:34 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Dagnabitt

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2, third movement. The main theme inspired the popular tune “Full Moon, Empty Arms.”


20 posted on 03/15/2014 8:32:10 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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It’s true, nighttime provides a wonderful setting for many things, such as horror movies (what self-respecting monster attacks in the daytime?) and dates. As regards the latter, it is hard to visualize a romantic setting in bright sunshine—yes, I know it’s possible for some people but darkness provides a certain something hard to beat for most, I would submit.

Music which invokes a setting of nighttime has always held a special appeal to me, your humble OldPossum. Hell, when do you think possums come out, certainly not in that sterile daylight!


21 posted on 03/15/2014 8:33:15 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: lee martell

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-MT5zeY6CU


22 posted on 03/15/2014 8:33:21 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: lee martell

Very nice post, and there should be more like it on FR, if for no other reason than to break the relentless onslaught of The Political.
There’s a great moody song Nina Simone recorded, probably in the 50s titled “Middle of the Night”,probably from the movie of the same name, with Fredric March. Glad you mentioned the Elvis ballad, because that was his finest and most sensitive vocal.Nice soft rock song from the 70s with the lyrics “there’s a warm wind blowin’ the stars around/and I really want to see you tonight.There are no shortage of average songs with “night “ in them, like The Night has a Thousand Eyes and You and the night and the Music.Maybe I’m partial, but the song “Summer Nights” from the musical Grease, is pretty good in an adolescent-yearning kind of way. I was in the original cast in Chicago, but that song was written for the movie. For now, though, the Simone song should suffice.


23 posted on 03/15/2014 8:33:24 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: ConservativeDude
you can pretty much put anything by ella and louis into any list and have a winner... For the “advanced training” night classes, how about, Johnny Cash’s cover of “I’m so lonesome I could cry”....

Oh, yes, we can always go much, much deeper. As a former disc jockey, I have a great love of popular music that goes back to the early 20th century.

24 posted on 03/15/2014 8:33:45 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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Tonight - Bernstein/Sondheim - West Side Story


25 posted on 03/15/2014 8:33:56 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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Xylophones!! Nobody leads with xylophones anymore. Perfect nightime driving music with the front windows down.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 8:36:48 PM PDT by lee martell
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Gerry Goffin/Carole King


27 posted on 03/15/2014 8:39:57 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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I’m still waiting for a movie about those two performers Ferrante & Teicher. Performing became their whole lives, which often happens if you love your work anyway. I never heard anything negative or questionable about them.

Ferrante and Teicher are one of our favorite duos, too.

If you like Ferrante and Teicher, you my know that Michel Legrand rocks, as well. I know this one is not in keeping with the theme of this thread, but this is my favorite Michel Legrand composition, the theme from the Summer of '42

28 posted on 03/15/2014 8:42:43 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: lee martell

The Nina Simone song I mentioned , Middle of the Night, is on youtube -—it’s the Google result with her image on it. Could someone post the link.I forgot how to do it.Thanks.


29 posted on 03/15/2014 8:43:24 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: lee martell

Never heard a Phil Collins song in my life, so when I read your title I assumed that you meant this one “Tonight, Tonight,” by the Mellow Kings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyLQViMuE7I


30 posted on 03/15/2014 8:44:14 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: WXRGina

“my also know” = “may also know”


31 posted on 03/15/2014 8:44:27 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: lee martell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48WGhAZEd0Q

Claire de Lune in ‘7 years in Tibet’ from a book depicting a real life experience.


32 posted on 03/15/2014 8:47:41 PM PDT by BeadCounter (morning glory evening grace)
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bfl


33 posted on 03/15/2014 8:49:23 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Dagnabitt

Some fly by night....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEB0k_qmpSY


34 posted on 03/15/2014 8:50:34 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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Bee Gees "Nights on Broadway" (my favorite in Rush's bumper rotation)
35 posted on 03/15/2014 8:52:36 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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LOVE me some “Moonlighting”! :-)


36 posted on 03/15/2014 8:53:29 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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37 posted on 03/15/2014 8:54:56 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: WXRGina

Very nice. Makes me think of an infinite neighborhood of bright, sparking constellations. Mozart like with the trilling, or the light touches of a Harpsicord player.


38 posted on 03/15/2014 8:55:21 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: NautiNurse
Tonight's the Night--The Shirelles (1960)
39 posted on 03/15/2014 8:58:04 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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Nights in the Gardens of Spain - Manuel DeFalla
Music Until Midnight - general album by Mitch Miller and Percy Faith, including title piece Music Until Midnight
Nocturne - Alexander Borodin, from which came one of the best tunes from Kismet, maybe This is my Beloved......
40 posted on 03/15/2014 9:04:16 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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Excellent description, Lee! I thought it would make a really fine night song, too. :-)


41 posted on 03/15/2014 9:06:55 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: lee martell

You did say “music,” not just “songs.”

My suggestion would be the Nocturnes of Fryderyk Chopin (which in turn were partly inspired by the Nocturnes of John Field, but Chopin’s are still my favorites).

Each nocturne was supposed to be evocative of some aspect of the night.


42 posted on 03/15/2014 9:07:04 PM PDT by Kyrie (This space for rent.)
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To: lee martell

“Moon Over Miami”


43 posted on 03/15/2014 9:10:09 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: lee martell
Xylophones!! Nobody leads with xylophones anymore. Perfect nightime driving music with the front windows down.

Oh,yes, the "vibes" are the best! It doesn't get much more perfect than that for night driving. :-)

44 posted on 03/15/2014 9:11:14 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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45 posted on 03/15/2014 9:18:03 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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Good distinction; music, not just songs or ditties. I’ll have to check out some Chopin. I have not listened to him for a while. Gustave Holst did some interesting work around that era with his most well known work, The Planets. Each planet had it’s own suite written by Holst to match it’s essence in the known universe.


46 posted on 03/15/2014 9:18:20 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

NIGHT by Jackie Wilson.


47 posted on 03/15/2014 9:20:06 PM PDT by Argus
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I See the Moon--The Mariners (1953)
48 posted on 03/15/2014 9:20:20 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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There are some songs that to me suggest certain kinds of nights, even if they are not specifically “night” songs. For instance, I associate “Dreams” by the Allman Brothers with steamy summer evenings after a thunderstorm. Several songs from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” say winter night better than anything. Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude says night right now since it is raining. Gregorian chant or works by the likes of Tallis work much better at night, as well as Rachmaninov’s Vespers.


49 posted on 03/15/2014 9:35:08 PM PDT by yawningotter
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Midnight Train to Georgia

"Super star, but he didn't get far"

50 posted on 03/15/2014 10:08:30 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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