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Week 11 of 28: It's only a Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald (1945)


A longform art exhibition about the moon and the music it has inspired.

The reality check love song. #Realitycheck

This popular song states that love, life and basically everything else are only real as long as you believe in it. If not it is just a paper (stage) moon, a "honky-tong" or circus parade, all glittery, seductive and fake happy.

The lyrics was written in 1933 by Yip Harburg (yip, they use to name people Yip! ) and Billy Rose. Music was composed by Harold Arlen and the song only took off when a slew of famous singers like Nat King Cole, Chet Baker, Perry Como and even Miles Davis recorded it in the late forties and early fifties.In my opinion Ella Fitzgerald sang it best.

The most curious rendition was when James Darren sang it in character as Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

For more tales and trivia about Moon songs scroll back on my podcast and to see the work from this exhibition click here: LUNA TUNE

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