Yellow Moon

Last night over Winnipeg, Canada, the Moon appeared big and yellow in the southeastern sky. A friend and neighbour had told us on Friday night, at an outdoor, socially-distanced dinner hosted by another couple of neighbour-friends, that it would appear like this, and so we all took note to watch the next night. 

On Saturday, I don’t think we noticed it while sharing pizza-and-movie night. (By the way, it was our usual Saturday routine of homemade pizza on whole wheat crust, this time with sautéed onions and garlic, fresh spinach, homemade sauce, and extra old and Havarti cheeses… Mmmmm, it was delicious! We usually have mushrooms and onions. Last week I sautéed lean ground pork, onions, garlic and added rosemary, then topped it off with some fresh tomato… that was amazing. )

Last night, we had the movie part of pizza-and-movie night as, by the time we were sitting down to Saturday’s pizza after spending a lot of time in the summer porch, we weren’t sure if we’d make it to the end of a movie. But we planned to watch it the next night. Instead we watched an episode of Grantchester, a series a friend of mine from the east coast has recommended. The we watched another. So we could have made it through the movie…

After confirming the title of the film (again, as we’d forgotten it after dinner on Friday), we watched it last night. I’d been out for a 43-kilometre ride in the morning. Sweety and I, along with the same Moon-advising friend and her partner, rode our bikes to Barn Hammer Brewing, a local establishment with a taproom and patio. We enjoyed their newest seasonal beer, Strawbrarian Milkshake IPA, which started pouring this week. 

The movie was The High Note, recommended by (yes, again) the same friend. The film is about a middle-aged, Black female singer and her white female assistant, a secretly aspiring record producer. It was entertaining, with some great music though some of the soundtrack was a bit pedestrian, and some of the plot was a little too predictable. Still, we enjoyed it a lot and appreciated the recommendation. It’s available for rent in the iTunes and Cineplex stores.

This afternoon I suggested to Sweety that we drive outside the city at nightfall to get a better view of the Sturgeon Moon, as it can still be viewed tonight. She thinks it’s a good idea, too. Date night.

When our friends were driving home the other night from watching the Moon after a day of swimming, biking and picnicking in Birds Hill Park north of the city, she text-messaged me the names of a few moon-themed songs for me to consider, after she saw the Sturgeon moonrise. Of the three songs, the only one I didn’t know was today’s selection (the other two were “Dancing in the Moonlight” and “Full Moon on the Rise”); since I didn’t know it, I wanted to share it with you.

How about some other titles… there are so many of them: “La Luna,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Harvest Moon,” “Moon Shadow,” “Blue Moon”… and many more. What’s your favourite moon-themed song? Do you howl when you hear it?

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s a video of a live performance of the song from the Neville Brothers’ VEVO/YouTube channel:

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