Talking to the Moon (song)
|"Talking to the Moon"|
|Promotional single by Bruno Mars from the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans|
|Released||March 25, 2011|
|Genre||Soft rock, R&B, jazz|
|Writer||Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Albert Winkler, Jeff Bhasker|
|Doo-Wops & Hooligans track listing|
"Talking to the Moon" is a song by singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. The song was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Albert Winkler, and Jeff Bhasker, while being produced by The Smeezingtons, for Mars' debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The song was part of the soundtrack of Brazilian telenovela Insensato Coração. Warner Music released it as an official single in Brazil, after high airplay. The song charted at number one on the Brazilian airplay charts. It has been covered by a number of artists, including Ellie Robertson.
"Talking to the Moon" was first recorded by Mars for his debut extended play, It's Better If You Don't Understand, released on May 11, 2010 under Fueled by Ramen. When asked about the lyrical content of the EP, Mars stated, "I just write songs that I strongly believe in and that are coming from inside. There's no tricks. It's honesty with big melodies. And I'm singing the heck out of them." The track was later included on his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, released on October 4, 2010, almost five months later. "Talking to the Moon" was also included in an acoustic piano version on charity compilation album Songs for Japan, released on March 25, 2011. Ari Levine from The Smeezingtons confessed that "“Talking To The Moon" is one of my favourite songs on the album." He expalined that "We only had the first verse and the horns, but we knew that it was great. We then had three different bridges and we spent a lot of time trying to find out which one was the best. Jeff Bhasker is a fantastic musician, and he helped write that track. I think we tried to arrange and produce this in four different ways, mostly trying to figure out what kind of drums to put on."
A 26 second sample of "Talking to the Moon" that features Mars singing the verses "In hopes you're on the other side/ Talking to me too".
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"Talking to the Moon" is a power jazz ballad that lasts for three minutes and twenty-eight seconds. The song is composed in the key of C# minor and is set in time signature of common time, with a ballad tempo of 73 beats per minute. Mars' vocal range spans from G♯3 to C♯5. It follows chord progression E-G♯7-C♯m-B-A.
The song received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. While reviewing the debut EP, Bill Lamb of About.com said "Talking to the Moon" "is possibly the weakest simply because the heavy production threatens to overwhelm the centerpiece of Bruno Mars' singing. It is a big power jazz ballad that would work well from the stage." Mike Diver of BBC Music considered the song "a ballad devoid of detectable emotion", and Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, while reviewing the debut studio album, said, "a malt-shop heart beats beneath the digital skin of tracks like the buoyant "Marry You" and woebegone "Talking to the Moon"."
As part of the soundtrack of the Brazilian soap opera Insensato Coração, Warner Music released it as an official single in Brazil, after high airplay. The song went on to reach number one on both the Billboard Brasil Hot 100 Airplay and Billboard Brasil Hot Pop & Popular charts.
|Brazil Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard)||1|
|Brazil Hot Pop Songs (Billboard)||1|
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