sexta-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2011

Blue Moon... 'cause all we need, sometimes, is a little bit of jazz.

Blue Moon…

Blue moon…
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own.

Blue moon…
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Somebody I really could care for.

And then there suddenly appeared before me,
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper, "please adore me."
And when I looked,
The moon had turned to gold.

Blue moon…
Now I'm lo longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own.


(Blue Moon - Billie Holiday)
Porque jazz e vinho tinto representam uma excelente combinação...

(Blue Moon na voz de Ella Fitzgerald... belas imagens e letra da música).

Blue Moon (song)

From: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


The lyrics presumably refer to an English idiomatic expression: "once in a blue moon", which means very rarely. The narrator of the song is relating a stroke of luck so unlikely that it must have taken place under a blue moon. The title relies on a play on words, since Blue is also the color of melancholy, and indeed the narrator is sad and lonely until he (or she) finds love.


Blue Moon was the only Rodgers and Hart song to become a hit, that was not written for a show or movie; but Blue Moon has a remarkable history. The lyric that we are familiar with was the fourth... here's the story:

Rodgers and Hart were under contract to MGM for about a month when they were given the task of writing songs for the "Hollywood Party". They were told every MGM star would be in it, Disney was making a Technicolor cartoon to stick in the middle of it, and it was to be the big screwball comedy "to end all screwball comedies" to quote Richard Rodgers... "One of our ideas was to include a scene in which Jean Harlow is shown as an innocent young girl saying - or rather singing - her prayers. 

How the sequence fitted into the movie I haven't the foggiest notion, but the purpose was to express Jean's overwhelming ambition to become a movie star ('Oh Lord, if you're not busy up there, / I ask for help with a prayer / So please don't give me the air...')". The scene was never shot, no sound checks were ever made, and in fact, only three of the dozen or so Rodgers and Hart songs written for the film made it to the screen. So, MGM Song #225 is dated June 14, 1933, and was registered for copy-right as an unpublished work by MGM, JULY 10, 1933. The remarkable saga of "Prayer" epitomizes what Rodgers and Hart went through when they were under contract to Metro.

In its second life, the "Prayer"/"Blue Moon" tune was given a new lyric and became the title song of the 1934 MGM film Manhattan Melodrama, which starred Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Leo Carrillo, and was the movie that John Dillinger had been watching when he was gunned down outside the Biography Theater in Chicago. It was registered for copyright as an unpublished work by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, March 30, 1934. So, Hart wrote a lyric for the song to be used as the title song (played either before or during the opening credits of the Movie)... But, before "High Noon", you just didn't have too many title songs, so "It’s Just That Kind of a Play". The Manhattan Melodrama was cut.

Rodgers liked the melody and when MGM asked for a nightclub number for "Manhattan Melodrama", he had Hart write new lyrics and "Prayer (Oh Lord, make me a movie star)" became "The bad in every man" sung by Shirley Ross. The song made it into the film but did not become a hit. The press kit shows sheet music on the song, but I've never run across any.

It was Rodgers & Hart's publisher, Jack Robbins who told them he thought the song would be a hit, if Hart could make it more commercial.  Hart was reluctant to write a fourth lyric, but Robbins swore he'd plug the song from California to Maine.  Hart caved in and wrote "Blue Moon". Robbins "gave" it to the "Hollywood Hotel", a radio program that used it as their theme, and on January 15, 1934, he had Connie Boswell record it for Columbia. Blue Moon turned up in at least seven other MGM motion pictures including "Marx Brothers at the Circus" and "Viva Las Vegas".

Algumas versões de "Blue Moon":

(Blue Moon - Mel Torme)

(Blue Moon - Elvis Presley)

(Blue Moon - The Marcels)

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