Learn how ‘Shine on Harvest Moon’ can morph into blues, doo-wop, disco, heavy metal and rap – Orange County Register

What if you could take a 109-year-old song and reinvent it – repeatedly – making it sound wildly different each time, advancing it from one decade to the next, through a century of music history?

If you could pull that off with style and harmonics, and with a light dose of irreverent humor and a bunch of colorful costume changes, you would have “Salute to the 20th Century,” a concert presented for the public on Sunday, Sept. 24, at San Juan Capistrano’s Community Presbyterian Church.

It’s the handiwork of The Perfect Gentlemen, a barbershop quartet able to morph itself into most any style of music. Tim Reeder, Jim Campbell, Phil Gold and Tyler Ledon entertained a largely senior audience, but their gags drew equally hearty laughs from teens and children in the crowd.

The song they chose was “Shine on Harvest Moon,” a standard written in 1908. It took on nine lives, something akin to a wily cat on a fence that’s singing to the moon and keeps on going.

“Harvest Moon” was

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