Tonight’s Super Pink Moon is sure to dazzle anyone feasting their eyes under clear skies. Not literally pink – the name originates from native tribes and was adopted by Colonial Americans in reference to the first spring flowers, Wild Ground Phlox or Moss Phlox. Phlox flowers are native to North America and come in a variety of colors that carpet the ground, evoking in this instance, a pink blanket.
Tonight’s Pink Moon will be the closest full moon to the Earth this calendar year, dubbing it a supermoon. In scientific terms, the moon will be at perigee-syzygy, as the Earth, moon, and sun align, with the moon orbiting 221,772 miles from Earth.
The Super Pink Moon will be most breathtaking at moonrise – 7:34 p.m. for Corvallis – as an optical illusion of sorts will make it appear larger as it rises over the horizon. From there, it will glide through the sky until setting at 7:23 a.m. tomorrow morning.
A Pink Moon Playlist
I asked members of the newly created local Facebook Group, Community of Love and Appreciation, for some of their song recommendations for the Super Pink Moon. Here they are, sprinkled with a few of my own:
“Pink Moon” by Nick Drake
A no-brainer, “Pink Moon” meets us at our exact moment in time. The first verse humbles us to find our place within the galaxy, beginning, “I saw it written and I saw it say / Pink moon is on its way / And none of you stand so tall / Pink moon gonna get ye all…”
“Breathe (In the Air)” by Pink Floyd
More than the fact that “Pink” is in the name of this classic psychedelic rock band, this song directs us toward presence as well, begging, “Breathe, breathe in the air / Don’t be afraid to care…”
“Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra and Count Basie Frank sends you ‘playing among the stars,’ to ‘see the likes of spring’ and ‘fill you full of song.’ In other words, another classic that is sure to inspire groove and spirits.
“Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips
“Do you realize / you have the most beautiful face / Do you realize / We’re floating in space…” This song’s simple yet profound lyrics lend a doorway to the bigger picture of our lives, finding us at our seat among the stars.
“Once In A Very Blue Moon” by Nanci Griffith
A song that reminds us of all those who have come and gone, give those who’ve exited your orbit a word of appreciation while lending an ear to this song.
“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
We had to throw a little Bill Withers on the list, given he recently passed away. This song serves as a reminder that we’re not alone during this time of social isolation – we can lean on the stars, on our loved ones far away, as well as those who have passed.
“Moonlight Sonata” by Betoven
A good piano melody is absolutely transportive. Tuning into this classic, let your imagination create stories inspired by the song’s melodies while gazing upon the sky.
“Rise Above” by National Park Radio
An appropriate song for what many of us are going through that leaves you with a sense of hope, singing “Don’t focus on the pain / Let go and pray that healing will take its place / Today’s another day, just put the past away…”
“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest
Another dancey selection, this one will have you wishing you were swing dancing in the arms of some far-off lover.
“Moondance” by Van Morrison
“Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love,” begs Van Morrison in this jazzy tune that will make you want to twist and shake in the “night’s magic.”
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A more mischievous number, CCR predicts “the voice of rage and ruin” on the rise. Remember, though, that with destruction, new life is created. What do you imagine lies around the bend?
“You Are the Moon” by The Hush Sound
A very delicate song, “You Are the Moon” is a simple ode to the moon as she “emerges from the gentle grip of night’s unfolding arms.”
“Moon River” by Louis Armstrong
In just two verses, sultry ol’ Louis takes us on a jazz-laden journey across the river, moving toward some “huckleberry” moon-love.
“Breakers Roar” by Sturgill Simpson
I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves: “Oh, and everything is not what it seems / This life is but a dream / Shatter illusions that hold your spirit down / Open up your heart and you’ll find love all around…”
“Astral Plane” by Valerie June
Valerie June transports us to dance in the astral plane and float on the stratosphere, begging, “Is there a way? / For you to shine / Without fear”
Free International Opera Livestream
It also deserves mention that Opera Povera is presenting a free international livestream performance of visionary composer Pauline Oliveros’s The Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For_Tunes.
The opera is being performed by 250 quarantined singers. Donations will go to the Equal Sound’s Corona Relief Fund, providing assistance to musicians in need.
Tune in tonight at 5 pm for a pre-opera discussion. Performances begin at 6 p.m.
By Stevie Beissanger