Tonight’s blue moon offers a perfect (and fun) opportunity to recall our top moon references as well as our favorite lunar lines.
9. “Ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?” Jack Nicholson’s Joker says this in Batman as he prepares to kill someone just because he like the way it sounds;
8. “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon?” Actually, this one is a little corny, but it’s from the soundtrack of Disney’s Pocahontas, so what do you expect?
7. When a person is crazy you call them a “lunatic.” At least it sounds better than “nut job” or “looney tune.”
6. Governor Moonbeam (aka Jerry Brown). That was the moniker given to Brown during his first campaign for Governor of California. Someone said Brown was guaranteed “the moonbeam vote” and it stuck (for good reason);
5. Moonies—the name most commonly used to identify the Unification Church. It was used as a creative play on words for the name of the group’s founder, but it seems to apply anyway since the organization seems a bit “off” (cults have a way of doing that);
4. Moon River—the beautiful song made famous by Andy Williams and featured in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s an old school melody but it has an allure for all generations. If you don’t know the song—find it;
3. Clair de Lune—just when you think you’ve named the most beautiful song featuring the moon there is another. In fact, it even tops the first one. Even if you don’t have a taste for classical music, you can appreciate this Debussy piece. It was nice hearing it featured in the Twilight movies. In fact, it’s used in pivotal scene with Edward and Bella;
2. Full Moon—Among other things, that’s when the werewolves come out. That’s important information tonight. Make sure and have a silver bullet handy. As a gun advocate, I can assure you it’s the responsible thing to do; and
1. Moon landings—decades ago we actually landed men on the moon. Just weeks ago we actually got a glimpse of Pluto something that only happens “once in a blue moon.”