To acquaint students with the use of the Moon in music
and lyrics of popular songs and to brainstorm why our fascination
with the Moon carries over into literary and musical works.
1. Challenge students to list as many songs as they can
find that have Moon in the title. Have them pick their
favorite. Perhaps they can bring in copies to play or listen
to them on the web.
Why do they think the Moon is included
in song titles or lyrics?
Here are a few titles you may have
heard of. Brief audio clips for these and other "Moon
songs" are provided at the Inconstant
Moon: multimedia tours of the lunar surface site. Follow
the directions to load in the title you want to listen to.
Moon River (Henry Mancini)
Moon Dance (Van Morrison)
Moonflower (Carlos Santana)
Ticket to the Moon (ELO)
It's Only a Paper Moon (Harold Arlen)B
Bad Moon Rising (Credence Clearwater Revival)
Sisters of the Moon (Fleetwood Mac)
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# "Moonlight"
To the Moon and Back (Savage Garden)
2. The Moon is also included in many
literary works and science fiction stories. See related
lessons - Once in a Blue Moon
and The Moon and Other Cultures.