Tonight, August 31, 2012 we will have a full moon for the second time this month…weird. That second full moon in a month has been called a “Blue Moon” for hundreds of years. Actually, it’s the Catholics fault. When the Catholics ruled the world, they organized all the calendar dates to name their “holy days.” So, when they tried to determine when Lent and Easter were going to be celebrated they would calculate the date based on the Lenten full moon. If that Lenten full moon came too early, the clergy called it the “belewe” moon, translating to “betrayer” moon.
The Farmer’s Almanac took a different approach to Blue Moons. They determined that the four seasons of our year had 3 moons. If a season (like summer) had 4 moons, the Farmer’s A. called the third moon the Blue Moon. Who Cares? Most of us have given up on the Farmer’s Almanac. I think it should be called Monsanto’s Almanac.
Anyway, my parents’ generation romanticized the Blue Moon with a beautiful ballad.
My generation screwed that song up good when we said: Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba Dang, dang, dang, dang Dang, da, ding, dong Blue moon You saw me standing alone Without a dream in my heart.
Have you heard it lately? Good. I listened to the Marvels sing that horrible stuff while researching this blog. That sound, thank you Marvels, feels like the skin is slowly being ripped off my arms and legs. No wonder my mom and dad didn’t trust me or my teen friends when we were listening to that crap.
I’m feeling mean today. I want your skin to peel off too. I double-dog dare you to listen to the fabulous Marvels. After that, if you still don’t hate me, I’ll be back Monday. http://youtu.be/E0GYp7BlI0E