Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 14, 2014
Hopefully, Monday morning’s apocalyptic skies prepared Austin for all things dark and spooky, for the blood moon is nigh.
Actually, astronomers say we’re not supposed to call the celestial event beginning early Tuesday around 2 a.m. a "blood moon." As the American-Statesman’s Eric Dexheimer wrote Saturday, the preferred term is "total lunar eclipse." The more sanguine name, though, perhaps better describes the hue that sometimes results when the Earth blocks the sun’s light from the satellite.
Instead of howling at the moon, we recommend that you stay up late and spin some lunar tunes. Listen to this week’s "Blood Moon" playlist, featuring all manner of songs about Neil Armstrong’s summer home. There are, of course, the standards: "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler and "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra.
Plenty of these songs will lull you into romantic reverie, like Robyn’s "Eclipse" and Nick Drake’s classic "Pink Moon." And movie fans, we’ve got your back: Audrey Hepburn’s rendition of "Moon River" from "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" and the Karen O/Ezra Koenig duet of "The Moon Song" from "Her" are both in the queue.
(If you can, time your listening so that the bloodiest part of the eclipse synchs up with the final two tracks: "Bark At The Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne and "Total Eclipse" by Iron Maiden. It will be the most metal thing you do this week.)
Fingers crossed that Texas sees bright red tonight. Listen to this week’s playlist on Spotify.