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.
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If “Shine On Harvest Moon” had been composed in the 1960s instead of 1908, might it have been a fast-paced Beach Boys surf tune? The Perfect Gentlemen, a quartet with a sense of humor, makes us imagine. (Photo by Fred Swegles; Orange County Register/SCNG)
For the 1930s, the 1908 standard “Shine On Harvest Moon” is reborn as funky downhome blues, courtesy of The Perfect Gentlemen. (Photo by Fred Swegles; Orange County Register/SCNG)
A multi-generational audience reacts to a comedy-laced musical tour, guided by The Perfect Gentlemen at a public concert Sept. 24 at San Juan Capistrano’s Community Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Fred Swegles; Orange County Register/SCNG)
A 1980s heavy metal version of “Shine On Harvest Moon” might have looked something like this, envisioned by The Perfect Gentlemen. (Photo by Fred Swegles; Orange County Register/SCNG)
The audience likes what it hears, as “Shine On Harvest Moon” takes on different personalities at a Sept. 24 concert…