Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Did you happen to witness it last weekend?
A jet plane passes in front of the supermoon in Monterey Park, Calif. June 23. (Nick Ut/Associated Press)
A supermoon, the closest and largest full moon and Earth’s closest encounter with the moon in 2013. It was practically in my front yard.
This week, music about Earth’s natural satellite.
One of the best and most popular “moon” songs comes from the big band era. Barry Manilow does a terrific version, yes, Barry Manilow.
In a TV special Manilow did shortly after his rise to fame in the 70’s, he mentioned his love of big bands and war-time tunes, that he was born 30 or 40 years too late.
My late mother was also a huge fan. And she liked Manilow. I’d often tease her that Barry was uch easier for me to take as long as I could just listen and wouldn’t have to see him in action. Mom would just roll her eyes.
In the 90’s Manilow released what I consider a very entertaining and loving tribute to the big bands. He performed classic tunes from various bands and sang them with the current versions of those bands at the time.
It’s nice to hear Glenn Miller’s theme song that he always opened with on stage when there’s a vocal because you don’t often hear the lyrics. The words belong in the rather large file of “They don’t write ‘em 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 kissing 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.
The moon rises next to the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
Speaking of old pieces, this one goes back to 1839 when it was published.
During the disco craze of the 1970’s, Walter Murphy hit it very big with a contemporary version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Murphy would use the same styling on other classical music classics, exposing a whole new audience and generation to that genre. In “Night Fall,” Murphy put new energy into a Chopin prelude.
A full moon also referred to as a "super moon" rises in the sky behind New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as a plane passes through it as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, June 23, 2013. Photo: Gary Hershorn, Reuters
Much has been written about the effects the moon can have human behavior. The website for a band out of Atlanta writes this about their debut and biggest single in 1976:
“Moonlight Feels Right is the definitive AM radio driving song of the 70s. Written by multi-talented vocalist / keyboardist / producer Bruce Blackman, Moonlight Feels Right represents 70s synth-pop at its finest. Impeccably crafted, winningly melodic and uniquely constructed (how many hits have ever featured a marimba solo?), it was a perfect springtime single. The lyrics were expressively vivid, and the lead vocals from Blackman were comfortable and friendly.”
A couple hugs at a Lisbon public garden as the biggest and brightest full moon of the year shines. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Ahh, but the moonlight isn’t always romantic. For some, it can be mean and cruel. Just ask Ol’ Blue Eyes.
“Oh, You Crazy Moon” was the flip side of Sinatra’s mega-smash, “Strangers in the Night.”
We’re on a roll tonight with all kinds of legends.
Here are two more from a TV variety show in 1969, a year the moon made a bit of news.
The next supermoon is August 10, 2014.
That’s it for this week’s segment.
Have a great weekend.