Music by Burt Bacharach and Christopher Cross; lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen. Performed by Christopher Cross, and here, performed live.
The line: “When you get caught between the moon and New York City…” means…:
According to Peter Allen: “he came up with the line when his plane got stuck in a holding pattern waiting to land at JFK airport in New York”. (see article below).
From songfacts.com , a compilation of articles from various magazines, excerpted, not footnoted:
“This song originated with a lyric that Peter Allen wrote for a song he was working on with Carole Bayer Sager: “When you get caught between the moon and New York City.” Allen and Bayer Sager were recording artists, and also very prolific songwriters – together they composed the 1979 Melissa Manchester hit “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and the 1980 Rita Coolidge song “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love.” ”
“In 1981, Bayer Sager started working with another top songwriter, Burt Bacharach, who produced and composed songs for her solo album Sometimes Late at Night. When Bacharach got the gig scoring music for the movie Arthur, starring Dudley Moore, he worked on the music for the theme song with Christopher Cross, and asked Bayer Sager (now his romantic partner) to compose the lyrics. She recalled the line Allen came up with years earlier, and secured his permission to use it. “
“Bacharach and Bayer Sager got married in 1982, five days before this song won an Oscar. They teamed up to write two more #1 hits: “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick & Friends, and “On My Own” by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald. In 1985, they adopted a son named Cristopher. The couple divorced in 1991.”
“How do you get “caught between the moon and New York City”? According to Peter Allen, he came up with the line when his plane got stuck in a holding pattern waiting to land at JFK airport in New York. In 2012, we heard from the flight attendant Susan Lina, who told us, “Peter Allen was on my flight and when he was deplaning he said to me, ‘You have inspired me to write a song, and you will know it when you hear it.’ I believe this was the song, because we were in a holding pattern for JFK. I have been a flight attendant now for 34 years. This was back in the early ’80s when I was only 21 or 22 years old. I did not know who he was until he was deplaning the aircraft. He was right, I did know the moment I heard the verse, when you get caught between the moon and New York City, because it was at night and we were in a holding pattern to land at JFK. I remember it so clearly.” ”
“This won the 1982 Oscar for Best Song From A Film. It was a very successful theme song, capturing the charming side of Dudley Moore’s character as he faces a drastic change to his lifestyle. In the film, Moore must consider giving up his fortune for his new love, played by Liza Minnelli. The original script had him losing his money to be with the girl, but audiences in test screenings wanted an even happier ending, so the script was rewritten with Arthur keeping his fortune and the girl. Of course, this blew away the premise that Arthur must choose between money and love, but that’s where this song came in handy. Speaking about the film in the New York Times, Larry Brezner, who was one of the producers, said the idea was to “give Arthur the money, bring up the music loud and get the audience the hell out of the theater happy, before they have time to think about it.”
“This is one of the few songs Christopher Cross wrote with other writers – he prefers to write solo and that’s how he composed his hit songs. xxx as he composed it with Bacharach and Bayer Sager at their place in Beverly Hills. “It’s was one of those nights – about five in the morning we finished the song,” Cross told us. “And of course, Burt’s genius. And certainly stylistically ‘Arthur’ is much more in a Burt Bacharach vein than a Christopher Cross vein. I think Burt, out of all four of us that wrote it, was certainly the most responsible for the track. Peter and Carole came up with the words, Burt and I put the music together.” ”
“How’s this for serendipity: Liza Minnelli, who starred in Arthur, was married to this song’s co-writer Peter Allen from 1967-1974.”
Thank God once more: For Mommy’s other successful right eye cataract surgery: Many thanks: Kaiser Hospital, U.S. health plan; Myra, Teng, Jane, everyone for their help and prayers
Mommy’s phacoemulsification procedure (eye cataract surgery), for her left eye last March 19 was so successful, and she is so healthy — she has watched many movie premieres, concerts, and her grandchildren’s public performances — that her specialist- doctor, of 14 years of expertise and experience, recommended that: she is ready for her right eye to undergo the same procedure at Kaiser Permanente Hospital.
(more than half of people over 65 years old have some form of natural protein build-up in their eyes called cataract. A patient in good health with this condition would be a good candidate for phacoemulsification, a 30-minute procedure, outpatient, with 3 hours downtime or bedtime at the hospital: a 1.4mm incision or the size of a pin-prick is made, a tiny ultrasound is administered to shatter the protein build-up, the protein bits are “suctioned” off by a tiny device – and the patient’s vision is dramatically improved).
Thank God, the procedure went very well.
With your permission and indulgence, may I publicly thank and acknowledge the very competent and caring medical team and staff of Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles, California, and Myra, Teng, and Jane, and grandchildren, who nurture Mommy with their able and kind hands everyday.
Photo below shows the medical team of the Kaiser Permanente Hospital— many , many thanks.
(The embedded music is dedicated to the Kaiser medical staff and to Myra, Teng, and Jane. It’s an OPM, original Filipino music composed by Cecille Azarcon, covered here by the Philippine Madrigal Singers — the headtones of the sopranos are ethereal and the soloist renders it like a voice sailing and floating in the clouds)
Mommy says she also likes Harry Connick. Nagparinig – okay.
Photo below shows Mommy minutes before surgery, she is relaxed, she is with Teng — Capt. Teng…
Mommy is now at home chillaxin’, listenin’ to her music (she even emailed me a few hours after her surgery, in her tablet, at home —
si Mommy talaga (siguro nuong hindi nakatingin si Myra, nasa Facebook na siya haha). Don’t use your eyes muna Mommy.
“I’m now back home after my eye surgery. With God’s grace and blessing, everything went well. .Thank you for your love and prayers. Thank you to all the doctors and staff of Kaiser hospital. .you are all awesome! !!
Sent from my LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, an AT&T 4G LTE tablet” …
[She sent a more personal note about the music and me (akin na lang yon 🙂 ) Mommy, close your eyes muna and just chillax 🙂 ]
From Myra: “Home from her right eye cataract surgery
wearing her funky eyeglasses. Mommy is doing well and at home. We’ll be back tomorrow to see her doctor for post-op follow up. She will be on antibiotic eye drops and prenisolone eye drops for a few days. Thank you for all the prayers.”
Next month, Mommy will be sending us postcards from the East Coast (New York) — oh, people don’t send postcards anymore — that would be: digital photos of her adventures.