Saturday, July 26, 2014

Moonlight Serenade - Glen Miller

One of Glen Miller's one most popular tunes, Moonlight Serenade, was a slow evolution of previous Miller collaborations. It started out in 1935 as a tune entitled Now I Lay Me Down to Weep, then with lyricist Eddie Heyman it became Gone with the Dawn, and later with lyrics by Mitchell Parish it turned into The Wind in the Trees. In the end the Now I Lay Me Down to Weep version won out and the tune with its familiar clarinet melody line went into the Miller books. How did it get its title? Well, Miller was in the midst of doing a cover of the Frankie Carle song Sunrise Serenade and Robbins Music which had bought Now I Lay Me Down to Weep felt that a tune entitled Moonlight Serenade would make a nice complement to the Carle tune.

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