Whisper of the Moon

by Erin Ivey with Tosca String Quartet

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Songstress + String Quartet = lullabies and lightly-dark fairy tales to lift your spirits and order your mind

Please experience this music in headphones or plugged into a good sound system, as opposed to computer speakers. You deserve it. The music deserves it.

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released February 11, 2014

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BONUS ITEMS in this download: liner notes, photo slideshow, song stories, home videos of overdubs and mixing

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Tosca String Quartet is:
Leigh Mahoney - violin
Tracy Seeger - violin
Ames Asbell - viola
Sara Nelson - cello

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Thursday, February 28, 2013. As the sun goes down, 34 people take their seats on one side of the grand living room at AM Stereophonic studio, in the heart of Austin, Texas, on a hill above the sacred waters of Barton Springs. On the other side of the room, surrounded by microphones, audio cables, and paper stars hanging playfully from the ceiling, Erin Ivey joins the renowned Tosca String Quartet for a performance of original lullabies and lightly-dark fairy tales. As the evening unfolds, the energy of the audience is imprinted on the music and captured in the studio control room across the courtyard. This unique hybrid live/studio experience was not unlike the very first phonograph recordings - all together in one room, elbow to elbow and eye to eye.

It is a tribute to all involved that it worked so beautifully.

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These recordings were made entirely possible by the generous support of friends and fans through ticket sales, Kickstarter pledges, and indefatigable encouragement.

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Produced by Erin Ivey and Cam Rogers
Recorded by Travis Kennedy
Mixed by Travis Kennedy at '62 Studios
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering
All music written by Erin Ivey except "Jack's Lullaby" by Erin Ivey and Darden Smith
All string arrangements by Christopher Cox except "Little Star" and "Jack's Lullaby" arrangements by Leigh Mahoney
Electric guitar on "Oh, Light" by Ryan "Ry-Dog" Johnson
Percussion on "Little Star" by Cam Rogers
Album illustrations by Graham Franciose
Photographs by Mollie Burpo and John Chung

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Erin is proud to play Guild acoustic and Skermetta electric guitars.

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Erin Ivey Austin, Texas

Urban folk singer and Texas Music Magazine Artist of the Year, Erin Ivey is “the queen of Austin singer songwriters" (Austin.com). She is hailed by the Daily News as “a songwriter of the first order, with her jazz-inflected vocals and seductive melodies.”

A regular Critics' Pick at SXSW Music Festival, Erin Ivey has "become one of our city's biggest critical successes" (KUTX Austin, NPR).
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Track Name: Almanac
I hear your voice ringing against
The window pane and pull the blanket tighter
Around my tired hopes that the next footsteps
Will be yours

I think of all the times
I should have touched your lips and hands
But now it’s clear that I
Didn’t love you enough then

All my dreams and hopes
And shadows and ghosts
Are and ever will be
For you

We cannot promise forever
Because we don’t know what it means
And we don’t want to cheat our love
It’s got its own time and seasons

I hear your voice ringing against
The window pane and pull the blanket tighter
Around my tired hopes that the next footsteps
Will be yours
Track Name: Oh, Light
Oh, light, where shall I go when you are gone?
What will my fantasies become?
From twisted roots they grew
Grasping high to reach for you.
Oh, light, where shall I go when you are gone?

Oh, love, what will I do when you leave me?
Your heart is careless as the sea.
Adrift on the empty blue
I wish for winds that we once knew.
Oh, love, what will I do when you leave me?

Oh, time, what will you make of my disguise?
Will I see through these very eyes?
Sometimes when I see myself
I swear I’m looking at someone else.
Oh, time, what will you make of my disguise?

Oh, Lord, when will you take me from this world?
When will my spirit be unfurled?
It’s been a long time since
I could rest in innocence.
Oh, Lord, when will you take me from this world?
Track Name: Whisper of the Moon
One small prayer on one small night
Can change the course of any life and

Two small eyes can see the light
From the singing moon, still, cold, and bright

I have bent my ear to a thousand tunes
But I’ve never heard a-one like the whisper of the moon

Three small wishes of your own
To dream about and guide you home and

Four small words say it’s alright
To close your eyes, “sweet dreams, sleep tight”

I have bent my ear to a thousand tunes
But I’ve never heard a-one like the whisper of the moon
Track Name: Little Star
Little star
You’re gonna shine bright and far
And when life is very dark
You’ll be shining, little star

Little bird
You’ll fly high above the world
And string up the stars like they’re pearls
Little bird

Little dream
Your eyes show me everything
That I could ever hope to be
Little dream

Little one
When every day is done
I will promise you all my love
And the moon and the sun, little one
Track Name: L.T.F.D.
Lyrics:

I don’t want to do anything
Least of all with me
Wait and see if the morning brings
Less passivity

All I can hear is the tick of the clock
Until I can fall back asleep
I want a long, tall, fantastic dream

I don’t want to feel anything
Least of all ennui
If I just had a song to sing
Well that’s almost all I need

Staring the hours down
With a gluttonous disdain
I need a long, tall, fantastic dream

I don’t want to know anything
Keep my senses in chains
We’ll just see what the weather brings
And hope that it rains

To water the dirt into mud
And the mud into being
My long, tall, fantastic dream
Track Name: Jack's Lullaby
Sweet blue eyes, sweet dreams tonight
Do not hold the day too tight
Wish upon the brightest star
You will find it’s not that far away

Jack be nimble, Jack be true
Flying like the angels do
I’ll be here to welcome you
Home

Seas and skies of gray and blue
Could not hold my hopes for you
Until the stars fade from the skies
You’ll dream behind those sweet blue eyes

Jack be nimble, Jack be true
Flying like the angels do
I’ll be here to welcome you
Home
Track Name: Rest Your Head
Rest your head
Your worries are all gone
And instead
Only dreams belong

Floating on a cloud
You are held up as all your weight comes sinking down
Your eyes and ears let go of all they’ve found
Quiet sleep is all around