King’s Harvest is a band best-known for their 1972 single, “Dancing In the Moonlight”. It went to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is a great song that almost everyone has heard of due to its inclusion in TV shows and movies even now, over 40 years later.
I posted my acoustic cover version of “Dancing In the Moonlight” in the summer of 2009, just prior to getting married and moving into our new house. It’s incredible that this was over six years ago now! But, that’s the beauty of the internet- nothing gets “old” and these videos can still be found (and hopefully enjoyed) all these years later.
So, imagine my surprise when I got a notification that King’s Harvest themselves, that’s right- the band that recorded the hit version, subscribed to my channel and commented on my video! Here’s the comment:
“Good job Jim. Nice vocal.”
Short and sweet. But, it’s very appreciated, for sure. I don’t think there’s anything better than getting a comment from the original artist on my cover songs- it’s just about the best compliment a cover song musician can get, don’t you think?
Now, if you haven’t seen my cover version (or just want to refresh your memory), then check out the video below. And thanks again to King’s Harvest for watching, and liking, my cover of their classic tune!
Sorry about last week, everyone- I had an incredibly painful medical experience that put me on the shelf for a couple of days. Thankfully, it’s “passed” now (ha, ha) and I can get on with my life.
Tonight is a weird night for me. It’s the first night of about only ten or so nights of my life that I plan on spending alone. Obviously, there’s always the unexpected, but tonight really is a rare night in my life. You see, I share my condo with no one right now and it’s still a couple weeks before I get married to the person I’ve wanted to marry for about a third of my young life now. Things just kind of worked out this way, I guess (the whole living situation), as the original idea was to have my roommates move out early so Becky could move in her stuff at a slower pace.
However, turns out that we bought a new house (that’s just a piece of land at this point) and didn’t end up needing that extra time. So, I find myself alone on this Tuesday night. Actually, I couldn’t be happier- my brother Mike came over for a nice shrimp fra diavolo dinner and I’ve been doing odds and ends on the computer all night. I’m going to cherish this time alone- no need to worry about how loud the TV is at night, when I go to bed, or whether or not I have to alert anyone that I won’t be home for dinner. It’s a freedom that only comes when you don’t live with your significant other before getting married.
It also makes me realize how much I love my condo and how big it is! I’m not moving out of the condo because anything’s wrong with it- quite the contrary. I love this place and in two short years, I’ve really made it my own. But, it’s that feeling I have that I want a place that’s truly mine, and a condo just doesn’t fit that bill for me right now. It’ll be a sad day when I leave this place, but it’ll close a chapter that truly needed to be closed, as I clearly had some bad vibes with my prior arrangement and I’m glad that’s over with. Time to be movin’ on.
Speaking of moving on, let’s get to tonight’s post!
Tonight, I bring you another one hit wonder band in King’s Harvest, the group that performed “Dancing in the Moonlight”, a song everybody knows, but no one knows who did it. Actually, listening to the studio version, I noticed how good the vocal harmony parts were on the chorus. It was then slightly less of a surprise to me that this group consisted of Beach Boys touring band mainstays Ron Altbach and Billy Hinsche. Turns out that the Beach Boys actually got King’s Harvest signed to a record deal. They made one record that didn’t go anywhere and broke up after that. Members of this group even played with Dennis Wilson on the “Pacific Ocean Blue” album and were part of Mike Love’s short-lived band, Celebration.
This is one of those tunes I heard on the radio in the store one time and thought, “Yes, another Laptop Session awaits!” It’s pretty easy to play- first fret capo and play Em, A, D, and Bm. That’s it. The whole song. Verse. Chorus. Everything.
Of course, tonight, I’d be pretty stupid to dance in the moonlight, as it’s pouring outside. We’re in the middle of yet another thunderstorm. And after the heat I’ve suffered through at work the past couple of days, I’ll be glad for a break in the weather.
Have a great night tonight, wherever you are. Hopefully there’s some moonlight for you! I’ll be back tomorrow with an Original Wednesday song to make up for my lack of post last week. See you very soon!