why, look at that moon

There are a few people who have directly influenced my writing style.  One is my old Windsor/Detroit bus riding pal Phil, who wrote little accounts of events so charmingly in the present tense.  Another one is Mike Scott, the Waterboys songwriter whose poetical view of the world is just intoxicating to me; though it was his online journals that inspired me to "blog" before I knew there was such a thing as blogs.  Back then I called it my online journal.  Go figure.

And Victoria Williams.  There are many reasons to love her.  You could find most of those reasons in her songs.  She faces harder things than I have even dreamed of, yet her themes of the uplifting and the beautiful and the precious and marvellously quirky here and now (and yesterday too) never seem to waver.

There's no video to go with this particular song, but I thought about it in the past few days, as I often do over the waxing and waning full moon times.  I hope you click on it.  I know you'll enjoy it. 

And I bet you ten dollars it'll stick with you and that you'll stumble across at least one thing today that gives you pleasure.  She's got a way with that. 

She's one of those artists who makes me want to write; one of the reasons I'm here.

Words by Victoria Williams

The willows were swaying
The water was rippling
The froggies were singing
Along with the lapping at the bank
We have the moon to thank
For this lovely scene
We might never have seen
If it hadn't have been for the moon

Why look at that moon
Ah way up high
Seeing everything
Ah yes there it goes by
Why look at that moon
Why why why
Look at the moon!
Why why why
Look at the moon!

Oh sittin' in the desert
Beneath the lonesome sky
Ooh my oh my it would be
Of if there'd never been above
That faithful little orb
That one that has beheld true love through history
Why must it start?
Why must lovers part?
Why does the cheating go on?
Why have hearts turned to stone?

Why look at that moon!
Ain't it grand
Why look at that moon
Helps me understand
Why look at that moon
Inspirator of many a tune
Why look at that moon


Ship and Moon 
(Note:  The aforementioned Waterboys do a sweet calypso version of Why Look at the Moon on the album Sweet Relief, a 1990s album of Victoria Williams songs covered by artists to raise funds for her treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.  My girls will tell you that they often heard one version right after the other, so much does their mother love this song.)


  1. Susannah August 26, 2010

    I love the song, thanks for introducing me to it! 🙂
    Have a wonderful day.

  2. Boonie August 26, 2010

    I enjoyed this a lot. Thanks.
    All the best, Boonie

  3. Jennifer August 26, 2010

    Glad to have done so Susannah! You have a wonderful day too.

  4. Jennifer August 26, 2010

    Glad to hear it Boonie.

  5. Carol August 26, 2010

    I love the Waterboys song ‘Whole of the Moon’ and, although I have never heard it before, I also loved Victoria Williams! She is delightfully quirky 🙂
    C x

  6. Jennifer August 26, 2010

    Gorgeous song, Whole of the Moon, I love it too. Apparently Mike Scott doesn’t like it much anymore, given the lackluster performance of it last time I saw them play!
    Victoria Williams is delightfully quirky, with her quirky voice to go with it!

  7. Mike August 26, 2010

    as a result found this moon related video of Victoria and Vic Chesnutt that I had not seen before:

  8. Jennifer August 26, 2010

    Thanks Mike!

  9. lisahgolden August 26, 2010

    More music to discover! I love to learn what influences and inspires writers.

  10. Jennifer August 26, 2010

    I love that too pal. One of my favourite topics of discussion. I think we’re on the same page in terms of music – given your posts on FB. (Ok, Morrisey has always annoyed the hell out of me, but other than him…) And that “mixed tape” on your blog today! Love it!

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