I have a number memorable scenic moments from films, with perhaps one of the most memorable being that of Kim Novak stepping toward William Holden to the music of Moonglow, which was being played by an off scene orchestra.
This was the theme music to the film Picnic and while I should probably file the film, along with many others, in my category of films ‘Enjoyed the film, but didn’t get any subliminal messages‘, I did fall in love at this moment with Kim Novak and the musical theme Moonglow.
I mention this because Moonglow is a piece of music that I could listen to over and over. That is except when someone had added the lyrics to it. Eddie DeLange, as a lyricist, did a poor job and this case deserves the lack of recognition coming from a melody that is rarely played as a vocal. For non-vocal recordings, I particularly like the rendition by of Moonglow by Artie Shaw. The film Picnic was released in 1955, however here’s a version of Moonglow by Duke Ellington from 1934. A recording of “Moonglow” by the Benny Goodman Quartet is part of the soundtrack to the movie The Aviator. and the movie The Fabulous Baker Boys.
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