What better time to continue with my Atheist Hymnal, alluded to in my previous post as well as my moon liturgy as mentioned in another post. So here you go, thirteen of my favorite moon songs, obviously in honor of the thirteen full moons in a year. I hope you enjoy.
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Officially known as Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, this has to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed. Haunting, captivating, mysterious, steadily in motion, and evocative. There is nothing like looking up at a full moon while hearing the entirety of this piece. I only wish I had the piano skills to play it.
It's Only a Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
"Say it's only a paper moon/sailing over a cardboard sea/but it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me." An uplifting, but grounded song (no doubt helped by Ella's hearty voice) which to me can be interpreted in a very relevant way. We've all read statements about how magic is only real if you believe in it, but this song takes it to another level, in my opinion. This song refers to the the moon and the sea--existing objects--as if they were fake without belief. To me, that speaks to the need for balance. While we cannot and should not ignore our external, objective reality, if we ignore our internal, subjective, personal reality then even the realest and most objective of things seem "fake" because we're not fully connected to ourselves.
Full Moonlight Dance - Alice di Micele
A song from the album Circle of Women which is chocked full of spiritual songs from varying traditions and cultures. It certainly makes me want to skip through the meadows in the dark of night.
Can't Fight the Moonlight - Leanne Rhymes
You want a song which mentions and alludes to the moon's association with magic, romantic love, and its thrall on human and natural cycles alike with country/rock-pop back beat to boot? Well, here you go.
Moon River - Audrie Hepburn
A classic from Breakfast with Tiffany.
Moonlight Serenade - Frank Sinatra
"I stand at your gate and the song that I sing is of moonlight". A threshold and the moonlight; two elements of importance in most magical systems.
Luz de Luna - Chavela Vargas
This bittersweet but moving song once again by a woman, one of the greatest figures of ranchera music, to a woman whose presence she equates with "moonlight" and whose absence she equates to being weighed down by chains.
Hijo de la Luna - Bella Pérez & Voice Male
A mythological story explaining moon phases that evokes love, race, class, misunderstanding. It tells the story of Gypsy woman who prays to the moon to bring her a husband. The moon says it will, as long as the Gypsy woman gives the moon her firstborn as payment. The Gypsy woman asks what use the moon could have with a human child and the moon asked if she could really love a child if she would trade it for a husband. She gets married, but has an albino child (i.e. white like the moon). Since they are both darker-skinned, the husband denies paternity and kills his wife for dishonoring him. He abandons the baby on a mountain where the moon than takes care of him. The moon wanes if the child cries in order to rock him. This song was originally sung by the Spanish band Mecano, but I like this version by Bella Pérez, because it is a capella and this video tells the story more clearly than the original.
Luna - Juanes
Love divination under the moon, Colombian-rock style from one of my all-time favorite albums.
Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy
Relaxing, evocative of the soothing effect of the moon without being boring. Subtle stimulation. Like magic, like the moon.
Moon Song by Norah Jones
"Want to find out where the moon goes
When it leaves the western sky
And night dissolves again to morning
Azure turns to gold
Azure turns to gold".
Blue Moon- Elvis Presley
"Blue Moon/You saw me standing alone/without a dream in my heart/without a love of my own". Unlike some love songs about the moon which can be depressing, this song shows that remembering the moon from time to time can have its fringe benefits.
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
And to finish off, Frankie, once again.