Goodnight everyone, and have a super blood wolf weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

This week we’re setting a soft and relaxing tone, so just sit back and enjoy.

Mark your calendars: The only total lunar eclipse of 2019 is set to happen Sunday night which is being referred to as a ‘super blood wolf moon.’

In the past we’ve done some fun “moon” blogs and this is another. We’ll get into the latest moon excitement with more appropriate music. That’s our theme this week, so let’s get started.

If you look up into the sky on the night this Sunday you will be treated to the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. It will be visible for its entirety in North and South America.

What a way to start our musical blog. Here are the voice talents of Patti Austin and Take 5. Please click, listen, and stay with us for more about this weekend’s lunar display.

For starters, a classic made popular by Waukesha legend Les Paul. To those who keep this music alive, many thanks.

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Here’s the deal. Try to follow along. I’m not an astronomer but I’m playing one this week.

The Moon passes through two distinct parts of Earth’s shadow during a lunar eclipse. The outer part of the cone-shaped shadow is called the penumbra. (Who says my blog isn’t educational?)

At 8:36 pm Milwaukee time Sunday night the edge of the Moon will begin entering the penumbra. The Moon will dim very slightly for the next 57 minutes as it moves deeper into the penumbra. Because this part of Earth’s shadow is not fully dark, you may notice only some dim shading (if anything at all) on the Moon near the end of this part of the eclipse.

Are you kidding me, Kev? When this hits it’ll be well below freezing.

Relax.

Understood.

You just might be celebrating this moontacular indoors.

That’s your cue, Mr. Buble.

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At 9:33 p.m. Milwaukee time the moon moves into the darker shadow and significant darkening of the moon will be noticeable. Some say that during this part of the eclipse, the moon looks as if it has had a bite taken out of it. That “bite” gets bigger and bigger as the moon moves deeper into the shadow.

Nat King Cole was taken from us much too early.  So was his daughter.

God bless Natalie Cole for covering so many of her legendary father’s songs.

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By 9:33 p.m. Milwaukee time you should see Earth’s shadow start to move across the surface of the moon, growing larger and larger and larger until it completely covers it up.

At 10:41 p.m. the totality of the eclipse will occur, as the moon is fully shaded by Earth. That’s where the “blood” comes in. There’s no violence involved, instead, the term comes from a reddening of moon, as light leaks around the edge of Earth.

I love telling this next story. The year is 2002. I’m visiting my mother on a Saturday night. Naturally she’s in front of the tube.

PBS.

There’s a male vocalist in front of a huge orchestra. The bandstands all had the initials RS emblazoned on them. I recognized the performer immediately.

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But he looked different. Much different. He was singing “Moonglow.”

It must have been Moonglow,
Way up in the blue,
It must have been Moonglow,
That led me straight to you

Seeing and hearing this spectacle for the first time, my first thought was this is awful (I’d grow to love and appreciate it all later).

“Mom, do you know who that is?”

She wasn’t sure. I knew she had never heard of him.

“Do you know he used to be a rock star?”

Nope. And she didn’t really care.

“You like the way he’s singing?”

Yep.

“You don’t think he’s murdering that song?”

Not at all.

It was at that point my conscience landed on my shoulder like something out of a Flintstones cartoon and told me with no subtlety to knock it off and let my mother enjoy.

Rod Stewart was singing and promoting the first of a string of albums featuring the Great American Songbook.

Mom was enraptured (Thank you, Mr. Stewart). And he would do several more songbook CDs. Mom had all of them.

Back to the moon. As beautiful as it is, the moon can be cruel as well.

This is wonderful.

Don’t be saddened by the beginning.

There’s a happy ending.

Oh, and by the way…

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That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Bandleader Glenn Miller was in the news this week.

I’ve lamented in the past that when Miller’s theme song is performed today you rarely hear the great lyrics. Normally it’s an instrumental.

So enjoy Carly Simon, flailing arms and all.

Oh, and dim the lights and find a dance partner, too.

Ready?

They don’t write them like they used to.

I stand at your gate
And the song that I sing is of moonlight

I stand and I wait
For the touch of your hand in the June night
The roses are sighing
A moonlight serenade

The stars are aglow
And tonight how their light sets me dreaming
My love, do you know
That your eyes are like stars brightly beaming?
I bring you and sing you
A moonlight serenade

Let us stray till break of day
In love’s valley of dreams
Just you and I
A summer sky
A heavenly breeze kissin’ the trees

So don’t let me wait
Come to me, tenderly in the June night
I stand at your gate
And I sing you a song in the moonlight
A love song
My darling
A moonlight serenade

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