Song of the week: Moonlight Serenade

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Big band composer Glenn Miller first recorded Moonlight Serenade in 1939 and its warm beauty still melts in your hands like butter.  The song’s older than your grandmother, so it’s an acquired taste these days.  It’s rare that you find a song that doesn’t rush you through it, one that relies on the beauty it holds to let you just sit back and enjoy it.  Miller takes his time throughout the ballad, weaving notes into measures with care as his clarinets and saxophones spend nearly three minutes calling you back to the swing era.  Plain and simple, the song is beautiful.  You might want to lift your pinky when you hear it, but its soft classiness will sway you into serenity every time. 

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