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Coloring Club Plus — 8/25/19

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Today my Celtic letter “S” is dedicated to Sting. I liked him when he was in The Police and I loved his music when he went solo, even to the point of obsession. I think I literally swooned the first time I heard the selection, “Sister Moon” from his album, “…Nothing Like the Sun.”  Branford outdoes himself on saxophone on this and other songs on the album.

per wikipedia:
…Nothing Like the Sun is the second solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Sting. The album was originally released on October 13, 1987 on A&M and explores the genres of pop rock, soft rock, jazz, reggae, world, acoustic rock, dance-rock, and funk rock. It features a number of high-profile guest guitarists, including former Police member Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Hiram Bullock, and is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Sting’s early work. It won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards. In 1989 the album received three Grammy nominations including Album of the Year while the album’s second single (“Be Still My Beating Heart”) was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

The album was influenced by two events in Sting’s life: first, the death in late 1986 of his mother, which contributed to the sombre tone of several songs; and second, his participation in the Conspiracy of Hope Tour on behalf of Amnesty International, which brought Sting to parts of Latin America that had been ravaged by civil wars, and introduced him to victims of government oppression. “They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)” was inspired by his witnessing of public demonstrations of grief by the wives and daughters of men missing in Chile, tortured and murdered by the military dictatorship of the time, who danced the Cueca (the traditional dance of Chile) by themselves, with photos of their loved ones pinned to their clothes. “Be Still My Beating Heart” and “The Lazarus Heart” approach the subjects of life, love and death. Elsewhere on the album, “Englishman in New York”, in honour of Quentin Crisp, continues the jazz-influenced music more commonly found on Sting’s previous album, as does “Sister Moon”.

From songfacts.com

In Lyrics By Sting, the singer recounted when he used Shakespeare to appease a staggering drunk one night who kept demanding to know “How beautiful is the moon?” He answered with a line from Sonnet #130: “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.”

The inebriated man liked the answer and stumbled away into the night. Sting wrote: “Shakespeare is always useful, I’ve found, for calming down violent drunks, if only because it gives them the impression that you’re crazier than they are.

Sister moon will be my guide
In your blue blue shadows I would hide
All good people asleep tonight
I’m all by myself in your silver light
I would gaze at your face the whole night through
I’d go out of my mind but for you
I’d go out of my mind but for you

Lying in a mother’s arms
The primal root of a woman’s charms
I’m a stranger to the sun
My eyes are too weak
How cold is a heart
When it’s warmth that he seeks?
You watch every night, you don’t care what I do
I’d go out of my mind, but for you
I’d go out of my mind, but for you

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun
My hunger for her explains everything I’ve done
To howl at the moon the whole night through
And they really don’t care if I do
I’d go out of my mind for you

Sister moon
Writer/s: GORDON SUMNER (i.e. Sting)

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