Under a Rose Moon

by Joanna Renee Fassl

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Mary Isis
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Mary Isis It was an honor and blessing to produce this album...Working on these beautiful heartfelt soul songs (during much of the pandemic quarantine time) was so healing and heart opening (I cried a number of times). Thank you Jozie for bringing these songs through for the world! Favorite track: Wild Ride.
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nealahurst ‘Love that lights up the sky’ is a beautifully slow and intimate duet. It’s perfect for arriving at that calmed meditative space at night with some splashes of lively and energetic harmonious love. I highly recommend this album as it brings renewal to the spirit and joy to the heart. High quality, classical vocals, lullaby lyrics, and stimulating instrumentals. Favorite track: Love that Lights up the Sky.
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maryamsharifzadeh I'm a HUGE fan of Joanna and her deep, authentic work. She is a master of many with a heart of gold. This album is a true expression of who she is, and her spirit :) Love you, Jo! Favorite track: Blue Sea and the Stars.
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Broken Apart. Might as well start over again. Nothing to Lose. Only to Choose which way the path begins. Walking toward the Light. Walking toward the Light. Softly knowing this is growing whole again. Staying the course. Rest assured this path is opening. Walking toward the Light. Walking toward the Light.
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How much has your heart opened today? How much have you softened into everything? How long has your heart been in hiding? Won't you open it again? Carrying hope by the light of the stars. Prayers answered and prayers sought. The heart can rest under the light of the moon. Knowing love has already bloomed. Under the light of the moon. How much has your heart forgiven today? How much have you leaned into grace? How calm can you be with both joy and pain? Won't you trust in life again? Carrying hope by the light of the stars. Prayers answered and prayers sought. The heart can rest under the light of the moon. Knowing love has already bloomed. Under the light of the moon.
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Blue on blue is a start To serenade this thought A place to sustain, to purify and lift this heart The waters soothe this Moves this Right thru this It’s miraculous What can be sparked By the blue sea and the stars The Stars. The sea and the stars. Reflections of who we are. And suddenly the light Awakes and fills us inside With mountains to ground and a joy that is found Dancing between the lines The light moves thru this Imbues this Infuses It’s a mighty sight What can be sparked By the blue sea and the stars. The Stars. The sea and the stars. Reflections of who we are. What will you bring What will be your offering? The Stars. The sea and the stars. Reflections of who we are.
4.
The Rose 04:24
Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed It's the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance It's the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows Lies the seed, that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose
5.
These shadows that you know Feel like a rough stone that you hold. When these times of shame Feel like that rough stone in your hand just… Hold your head up, Hold your head up You are so ok Hold your head up, Hold your head up Another day. Take that rough stone And turn it over and over again In your hand And let the forgiving begin just… Hold your head up, Hold your head up You are so ok Hold your head up, Hold your head up Another day. Hold your head up, Hold your head up You are so ok Hold your head up, Hold your head up Another day. Hold your head up, hold your head up Let the forgiving begin Hold your head up, and that rough stone becomes A polished GEM...
6.
Wherever I go, I hold your picture in my heart Wherever I go, I'll keep you as a part of me When I’m overwhelmed and I can’t see clearly I remember to call your name If You want…..a rose do not Run ……..From the thorns If you want…..a love….. do not hide from yourself These days I know it's time to open back that door These days I know it's time to let love in once more When I am afraid I choose for courage to guide my way I remember to recall your face If You want…..a rose do not Run ……..From the thorns If you want…..a love….. do not hide from yourself
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Wild Ride 04:25
As the day turns over Rolls onto it's back and rests on my shoulder I look up to the sky And realize I’m still in love with this wild ride. So alive. and I look down at my feet on the ground And I hear the sounds Of this wild life. So alive As the leaves turn over From season to season life bends and sculpts us I look up to the sky And realize I’m still in love with this wild ride. So alive. and I look down at my feet on the ground And I hear the sounds Of this wild life. So alive Oh at first a crawl, then a walk and a run. A new life has begun. At first a cry then eyes open wide and find there’s a safety net, a source the safety net, the source is ALIVE SO.... I look up to the sky And realize I’m still in love with this wild ride. So alive. and I look down at my feet on the ground And I hear the sounds Of this wild life. This WILD LIFE! So alive
8.
Moon River 03:13
Moon river, wider than a mile I'm crossing you in style some day Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker Wherever you're goin', I'm goin' your way Two drifters, off to see the world There's such a lot of world to see We're after the same rainbow's end, waitin' 'round the bend My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me
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What a World 03:52
What a world A world to thrive in A world to dive into what has unfurled Will you open your eyes Be of this earth, my child? Oh what a wonderful world so serene Won’t you walk by my side take in the beauty of the blue sky What could be if we all decide same actually The same dream the same dream… What a world A world to believe in A world to sink your teeth into What have we learned? The love we give in good time Is the love we will find
10.
Oh Dear Heart, I have not forgotten to take care of you. Oh Dear Lungs, the songs you have sung. The breath you bring. You mighty wings, carry us along. The hug you gave the other day Helped me get thru I didn’t know the tears would fall I found an oasis in you. How can I thank you? Oh Dear Heart, I have not forgotten to take care of you. Oh Dear Lungs, the songs you have sung. The breath you bring. You mighty wings, carry us along. The warmth you gave the other night Filled me w hope renewed I didn’t know how to reach out you taught me to trust you’ll be there when I’m down. Oh but love may surprise you As soon as you decide you're ok on your own. That's when love will find you. Sneaks up behind you and calls you back home. Oh Dear Heart, I have not forgotten to take care of you. Oh Dear Lungs, the songs you have sung. The breath you bring. You mighty wings, carry us along.
11.
The winter thaws What a love you bring Lights up everything. And warms this heart Mmmmmmmm....... I feel you near Hear you laughing It brightens everything And it warms this heart Warms this heart. What a love you bring. Lights up everything And warms my heart. The light in your eyes The way that you smile The peace you carry inside Warms this heart…. Mmmmmmmm......
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Trust 05:02
13.
Slow is the way our love grows best. Peace is our anchor. Our safe nest. Under a melting sky, I softly reach wide. Into the unknown, earth's paradise? A seedling I plant. A promise I make. To water these seeds every single day. LOVE. Light up the Sky. LOVE. Light up the Sky. What a love that awaits us here. Peaceful and patient ever near. Under a melting sky, I've come to see. What I really need first grows inside of me. A claim I stake. A boundary. To hold this love close while not losing me. LOVE. Light up the Sky. LOVE. Light up the Sky. Let grace see this through. Let grace guide us through. Let grace be our refuge. Grace, steady and true. Let grace see this through. Let grace guide us through. Let grace be our refuge. Grace, steady and true.

about

This album is born in the space where the elegance and nuance of the rose meet the reflective, receptive aspects of the Moon. A collection of lullaby-inspired songs to bring solace and comfort, to honor the tender yet profoundly resilient heart, and to provide healing balm for all those navigating grief, loss, transition and ultimately transformation. Let grace see this through. Let grace be our refuge.

This album is dedicated to the power of creativity to illuminate, guide and heal; and to my parents, Dr Joseph and Aletha Fassl whose support reign supreme in my life.

The deepest bow of gratitude to producer and multi-instrumentalist Mary Isis whose musical beauty and magic pervade this album with the most pristine sonic frequencies. Continued gratitude to John Alevizakis whose adaptability and support is bar none.

Infinite gratitude to all the contributors to my indiegogo campaign that made this album possible; especially Jo Lewzey, Aine Grace, Tara Divina, Lua Cheia, Aurore Nicolier, and Barbara Brown who lovingly gave their time and gifts to support me.

credits

released September 12, 2020

All original songs written by Joanna Renee Fassl, except The Rose (written by Amanda McBroom) and Moon River (written by Henri Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer). Lyrics from the chorus of If You Want a Rose taken from Rumi's poem entitled: If You Want a Moon.

PRODUCTION
All songs mixed and produced, with additional instrumental arrangements by Mary Isis, Nectarian Music Productions @ www.maryisismusic.com,
except Trust and Love that Lights up the Sky co-produced by John Alevizakis and Joanna Renee Fassl at Little Buddha Studios.

This album was recorded at 6 different locations during the ever-changing environment of 2020 that requires us all to flex our adaptation muscles: Lead vocals and lead guitar tracks recorded at Little Buddha Studios in Nevada City, CA . Vocals and guitar track #7, and vocals on track #8 recorded at makeshift home studio in Bethlehem, PA. Vocals track #11 recorded at makeshift home studio in San Francisco, CA. Guitar on track #4 recorded in Oakland, CA. All other instrumentation and vocals recorded by Mary Isis at Saraswati Lounge in Northern California.

Mastered by John Alevizakis at Little Buddha Studios in Nevada City, CA.

MUSICIANS
Joanna Renee Fassl: Lead Vocals on all tracks.. Guitar on tracks 1,2,3,7,11,and 12. Harmonies on tracks 6, 7,8,11,13
Mary Isis: Additional Vocals, Harmonies and instrumentation (guitar, ukulele, melodica, flute, piano, synth, bells, bowls, chimes, shakers) on all tracks.
John Alevizakis: Vocals on track #10, 13. Guitar on tracks #5,8,9,10 and 13
Jakob Pek: guitar on track #4

Album Photography and Graphics by Bobby Lee @ bobbyleeimage.com

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