Full Moon and Margarita Day Today!

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Today’s quite the double whammy– there’s a full moon, the last full moon of winter, and it’s MARGARITA DAY! And that winning combination just might help you see that obscure figure we know and love “The Man In The Moon.” There’s even a song from the 20s that I grew up singing called “Me and the Man and the Moon” that includes these memorable lyrics:

“Just before I’m counting sheep
Through my window he comes to peep
And with each other we’re sympathizing”

I know I usually write mostly about wine, but I do love margaritas, especially ones made with fresh squeezed citrus, top shelf tequila, and an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier.

But I’ll be with Elaine Chukan Brown aka  “Hawk Wakawaka” and Jeremy Parzen aka DoBianchi at Santa Barbara’s LES MARCHANDS WINE BAR & MERCHANT in the Funk Zone 131 Anacapa St., Suite B, Santa Barbara CA 93101 tasting FRANCIACORTA, an delightful sparkling wine from Italy.

Yes, that’s right–I will be toasting the full moon with some amazing Italian sparkling wines from Franciacorta!

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This event is FREE!

“Find the Man in the Moon” Image Credit & Copyright: Dani Caxete
APOD’s Explanation: Have you ever seen the Man in the Moon? This common question plays on the ability of humans to see pareidolia — imagining familiar icons where they don’t actually exist. The textured surface of Earth’s full Moon is home to numerous identifications of iconic objects, not only in modern western culture but in world folklore throughout history. Examples, typically dependent on the Moon’s perceived orientation, include the Woman in the Moon and the Rabbit in the Moon. One facial outline commonly identified as the Man in the Moon starts by imagining the two dark circular areas — lunar maria — here just above the Moon’s center, to be the eyes. Surprisingly, there actually is a man in this Moon image — a close look will reveal a real person — with a telescope — silhouetted against the Moon. This featured well-planned image was taken in mid-January in Cadalso de los Vidrios in Madrid, Spain. Do you have a favorite object that you see in the Moon?

Lyrics to Me And The Man In The Moon :
Why did my sweetie leave me?
Why did we have to part?
You know, no other sweetie can relieve me
Of this aching heart.

Why can’t I have the sunshine?
The sunshine instead of gloom?
Why must I have these little shadows
Creeping in my room?

When the night is dark and peaceful,
Loving hearts are all in tune,
There’s two lonesome people in the whole wide world,
It’s me and the man and the moon.

When the little birds are nesting,
And I listen to them croon,
There are two lonesome people in the whole wide world,
It’s me and the man and the moon.

While I lie there counting sheep,
Through my window he comes to peep,
And with each other we’re sympathizing!

Oh, I’m looking at those happy people,
While they sit around and spoon,
There’s two lonesome people in the whole wide world,
It’s me and the man and the moon.

Oh, but if my sweetie keeps me waiting,
You know what I’m gonna do? I’ll get another sweetie, soon;
Because there’s two lonesome people in the whole wide world,
It’s me and the man and the moon.

Oh, how I miss his ukulele,
And the way he strums those tunes,
‘Cause there’s two lonesome people in the whole wide world,
It’s me and the man and the moon.

When the creepy shadows fall,
And the boogie man comes to call,
I need two lovable arms around me!

You know, and if my sweetie keeps me waiting,
You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna get myself a big balloon, a big one,
And I’ll travel through the air in that big balloon and have a love affair,
With the man in the moon!

Charted at #8 in 1929. B-side of “Don’t Be Like That” which itself charted at #16. This song also charted at #19 for Cliff Edwards, and #12 for Ted Weems and His Orchestra, both in 1929. Recorded December 20, 1928. Orchestra directed by Leonard W. Joy. Written by Edgar Leslie and James V. Monaco.

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