MLMM Music Challenge — Moonstruck

For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge, Jim Adams gave us The Grateful Dead’s “Standing on the Moon” as inspiration. The first song that came to mind was Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” which features the line, “I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.” But I realized that I already featured that song in one of my Song Lyric Sunday responses last August.

And that’s when the old Frank Sinatra song, “Fly Me To the Moon” popped into my head.

“Fly Me To the Moon” was written by Bart Howard in 1954 as “In Other Words,” and it was introduced on the cabaret circuit by Felicia Saunders. Two years after Kaye Ballard recorded the first commercial version of the song, Johnny Mathis released his rendition as “Fly Me to the Moon.”

In 1962 the composer Joe Harnell revived the song, giving it a bossa nova arrangement. His version peaked at number 14 in and won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Two years later, Frank Sinatra recorded the song with the Count Basie Orchestra arranged by Quincy Jones. Though it was never a hit, his is considered the definitive version.

Sinatra’s 1964 recording of “Fly Me to the Moon” became closely associated with NASA’s Apollo space program. A copy of the song was played on a Sony TC-50 portable cassette player on the Apollo 10 mission which orbited the Moon, and also on Apollo 11 before the first landing on the Moon.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like on
A-jupiter and Mars

In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing forevermore
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing forevermore
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words
In other words
I love

6 thoughts on “MLMM Music Challenge — Moonstruck

  1. Catxman August 6, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    Frank Sinatra was born in just the right time in America, with just the right qualities, to succeed. There was limited music competition, not like the 1980s-2020s, where there’s intense competition to become famous through musical notes. His voice was middle-of-the-road like Madonna, which was another gift. And finally, he was attractive enough to win over the teenyboppers of yesteryear.

    — Catxman

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