Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Music: Moonlight in Vermont

From Wikipedia:

"Moonlight in Vermont" is a popular song about the U.S. state of Vermont, written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1944.

The lyrics are unusual in that they do not rhyme. John Blackburn, the lyricist, has been quoted as saying, "After completing the first 12 bars of the lyric, I realized there was no rhyme and then said to Karl, 'Let’s follow the pattern of no rhyme throughout the song. It seemed right.'" The lyrics are also unconventional in that each verse (not counting the bridge) is a haiku. 

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Frank Sinatra and many others have recorded the song, but one of the most memorable and endearing versions is by Willie Nelson on his 1978 landmark album, Stardust. In the liner notes of the 1999 reissue CD, Nelson is quoted as saying, "'Moonlight in Vermont' is my favorite song of all time." 


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