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

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!


released April 22, 2016

All Music and Lyrics Written by Janel Leppin

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.

Mellow Diamond is the solo work of vocalist and avant artist Janel Leppin. She composes songs for analog equipment, alongside acoustic and electric instruments creating soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts, dream-pop vocal works, Persian classical glimpses, and psychedelic reveries. ... more

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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.

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