I don't know if you saw it then, but last year, on this very night, the moon was gargantuan. What scientists call a supermoon hung like a cartoonish stage prop in the sky. It appeared especially large because of how close it was to us, here on Earth. It won’t be that close again until 2034.
Clearly, there's a song for that.
Clair de Lune is French for "light of the moon", or "moonlight". It's also the title of the third movement of Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy, a piano depiction of a Paul Verlaine poem. And, I'd like to say that as soon as I saw the moon that night, this piece of music just popped into my head... That's not actually the case.
I was driving around doing Sunday errands, enjoying my iTunes + car sound system combo, when this beauty came on. It wasn't until after I decided to share this piece with you, audiophiles, that I realized its relevance in tonight's astrolonomical affairs. And I knew it was a good choice.
As usual, Kamasi Washington, sensay and sax magician really delivers on this sweet Debussy suite. Off his 2015 album, The Epic, Mr. Kamasi adds his own jazzy panache. He rebuilds "Clair de Lune" from a new perspective while staying loyal to Debussy's original foundation.
You're gonna love the "Clair" this piece sheds so, listen loud and share it with the man on the "lune" 🌝.
And hey, a few other new and exciting pieces have danced out of Kamasi Washington’s sax since last year’s Supermoon extravaganza. Take a listen to his latest release, Harmony of Difference.
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