Really Old Stuff: By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Many songs that harken nostalgia in me for an era in which I did not live. I’m sure those who were around in the early twentieth century when “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” was composed would beg to differ, but in my opinion it shouldn’t make a difference whether a person should long to visit a different time period in which he/she has no connection. The heart wants what the heart wants, and if I get choked up every time I hear Fats Waller, picture smoky jazz clubs, black Packards, and Ebbets Field, then so be it. This song plays like smoldering joy, and if I want to use newfangled technology to browse through jazz standards, the Constitution grants me the right. Now get off my lawn.


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