Songs for Voice and Mellotron

by Janel Leppin

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Originally titled Music of the One Armed Woman, Janel wrote this material when she damaged the ulnar nerve in her right elbow and was unable to play the cello for solo her shows at Pyramid Atlantic and Union Arts in Washington D.C. in 2015.

You can see my Wilderness Bureau videos at www.wedderburnrecords.com

Thank you to Ambrose Bye and Anne Waldman at Fast Speaking Music for believing in me!

Thank you to my rad husband Anthony Pirog, Mike Reina for being an awesome producer, Markus Resch for making my dreams of becoming a traveling mellotronist come true, Addy Smith for her consistent help over many years, Stephen Buono for his patience and friendship, JK Dimond for her amazingly creative lamp art, Steve and Joyce Feigenbaum for their critical guidance, Ally Schweitzer at WAMU who was the first editor interested in my work. Thank you also to Alyssa Bell, Mark Cisneros, Anthony Pirog and Betsy Wright for helping light the lamps during my Wilderness Bureau live video session, I love you guys!

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released April 22, 2016

All Music and Lyrics Written by Janel Leppin
JANELLACELLA ASCAP

Produced by Mike Reina
Engineered by Mike Reina
Recorded at The Brink Analog and Digital Studio in Centerville, VA

Janel Leppin - Vocals, Mellotron 4000D, Prophet 5 Synthesizer, Electronics

Photography by Alyssa Bell
Lamp Sculptures by JK Dimond
Lighting by Raul Zahir De Leon and Maggie Famiglietti
Inside Art courtesy of Shizen Design

Wedderburn Records, Fast Speaking Music

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Janel Leppin Washington, D.C.

In Mellow Diamond vocalist and avant artist Janel Leppin winds through songs for analog equipment, alongside acoustic and electric instruments. She creates soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts, dream-pop vocal works, Persian classical glimpses, and psychedelic reveries. ... more

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Track Name: Locked Boxes
A package fell from Mars
Inspiring starry lust in locked boxes

Locked Boxes
Locked Boxes

We walked to the lake
Filled with toxic poison

Toxic Poison

And we drank and drank and drank
We drank and drank and drank
And we drank and drank and drank

And what was the cause of these opening closets
And what do we do with these burning hours
And what do we say about these boring years
And what do we do with these yearning ears

A constellation
Whispers your ashy portrait

Ashy portrait

And we felt no shame
We felt no shame
And we felt no shame
Track Name: In a Dream
Is this world in a dream
An exercise in the extreme
The rich sirens scream
As totems rise from the sea
And ivy crawls where ice used to be
And life is a long lost melody

Was that world just a dream
An exercise in what could be
Exceeding goals by degree
And children think
"What will be when I'm twenty?"
What will we do with all their dreams

What will we do
When this worlds through
Our carelessness
Would be there end

What would we do
When this world's through
Our carelessness
Would be their end.
Track Name: Paris
Paris we love you
Bearing flowers and fruit
But let's not forget
About Beirut

Syrians line the Seine
That's filled with blood
And forced to beg on the streets
For bread again

But Ah!
We love our kind
These deaths are all wrong
From Baghdad to Palestine
Could this world change
Can we stop the fight

Our drone wars unfolding
Spilling blood on all soil
Refugees search for
A safe place to call home
Could this world change
If all lives were valued
East West Middle
In our earth cut in two

But Ah!
We love our kind
These deaths are all wrong
From Paris to Sinai
Could this world change
Can we stop the fight
Stop the fight!
Track Name: Wedding Song
There's a road outside
That we've traveled
A thousand times
We wander and we think
So many ways to get to The Brink

There's a road outside
Lost our hope
A thousand times
But you take my hand
From sea to sea
You'll walk away with me

We'll walk this road
A thousand more times
We'll walk until we're old and blind

And the pearls that you dove for
Are still on my neck

The shackles are all broken
And the wedding night's set
And we'll find our way
Through the fog and hard times
We'll write and we'll write
Because life is our song!
And we are free