1976 was a funny year in pop. I’m 14 years old and sensing that the fluff is starting to overtake the substance.
I was probably lamenting by this time that nobody comes close to the Beatles. I went thru a phase like that, where I felt EVERYTHING was second-rate compared to the Beatles. I don’t feel that way anymore.
So I just went thru the charts and listened to several good songs that grabbed me back then. Because they’re all just “pretty good” and no single tune stood out for this year, I decided to choose this one:
The vocals sound a bit 70s macho by today’s standards. That’s not why I chose this song. It’s the synthesizer work that really mystified me as a kid. Well, young teen.
When this song was big I was up at Georgian Bay, sleeping out in a small cabin by the water all by myself. I had a candle, a book (Dune) and a radio.
“Moonlight Feels Right” came on the radio when moonlight was actually streaking across the water of the bay.
That synth sound (in the chorus) mystified me with the panoply of stars and the moon set against rocks and pines. Moonlight without light pollution is something to experience. Hard to explain in words. But it all worked back then.
So for that golden, nay moonlight memory. This is the tune!