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JULIE LYON‘s new album MOONFLOWER, her follow-up to the critically acclaimed JULIE, features original songs and compositions and is in many ways her first solo album. Though accompanied by her band, the focus is not only on Ms. Lyon’s considerable vocal talents but also on her role as lyricist and songwriter. The seeds of MOONFLOWER were sown when Julie began to write lyrics to some of composer Jack DeSalvo’s music. It became obvious that recording this music would be the vocalist’s next project and music by Julie Lyon along with additional collaborations with Tom Cabrera and Betsy Serafin create a tapestry of sophisticated listening experiences with music touching new jazz, folk and world music but always rooted in Julie’s sense of swing and the blues. The title song MOONFLOWER is written by multi-instrumentalist/composer Matt Lavelle.

“Ms. Lyon shows that the she knows exactly what she is doing here and executes all of her songs exquisitely. She’s the real deal in her element here with a voice that is like a nice chianti – Smooth, subtle, complex, and a little playful. When she is singing, what you hear is not only the lyrics, but a visceral love of singing that shines through her instrument, very refreshing and appealing.” – Jonathan Shade, Night Life Exchange

Free sheet music from this recording is included with album download.

MOONFLOWER

Having Found
It’s Raining Again
Pramantha
Hey There Baby
You Are the One
Nuvyu
MoonFlower
Chasing a Dream
Eternity
Prelude
Soul Dance

JULIE LYON, vocals
Matt Lavelle, trumpet, alto clarinet
Jack DeSalvo, guitar. mandola
Todd Urban, double bass
Tom Cabrera, drums, cymbals, percussion

Recorded at Urban Sound by Todd Urban
Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Beanstudio by Jim DeSalvo
Design by Qua’s Eye Graphics

Produced by Jack DeSalvo

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released October 28, 2016

JULIE LYON, vocals
Matt Lavelle, trumpet, alto clarinet
Jack DeSalvo, guitar. mandola
Todd Urban, double bass
Tom Cabrera, drums, cymbals, percussion

Recorded at Urban Sound by Todd Urban
Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Beanstudio by Jim DeSalvo
Design by Qua’s Eye Graphics

Produced by Jack DeSalvo

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Julie Lyon New York, New York

"(Julie's) the real deal in her element here with a voice that is like a nice chianti – Smooth, subtle, complex, and a little playful." - Jonathan Shade. Julie Lyon is at the top of her game as a jazz singer. She has two albums on UNSEEN RAIN, JULIE and
MOONFLOWER. Besides leading her own bands Julie's a member of Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses. She's at home in the downtown and straight-ahead scenes.
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Track Name: Having Found
Having Found - lyrics by Julie Lyon

Having found myself here.

Don't look ahead

Gazing at the moon

All is exactly as it needs to be

Surrender to the flow of life

Having found there's beauty in most everything

Look around It's everywhere

Having found that love can transform anything

Right now, right here and now.
Track Name: It's Raining Again
It’s Raining Again - lyrics by Julie Lyon

It’s raining again and I can’t sleep

Love song stuck in my head

The one about love is something you keep

And you never leave some words unsaid

Some nights I count the stars and dream

Other nights our bed is cold

And the love song plays like a silent scream

Of a drama that never unfolds

It’s raining again, I close my eyes

A thousand dreams left to dream

The moon shines bright over velvet skies

It’s always later than it seems

Even the night has a will to survive

It will not be forsaken

But can’t you see among the lies

That love is unmistaken
Track Name: Pramantha
Pramantha - lyrics by Julie Lyon

Time standing still

Hold your breath

Raise your face

To the sun

No war is won

Walking through fire

Only love

Sets us free

Day is Done

Be at peace or be at war

Fear is clawing at the door

Open hearts and fears will melt

Fan the universal flame

Dancing through life

Calm your fears, bare your heart

To the sun, it has begun

Clouds floating by

Just beneath the blue sky

We are free

Reassuring, whispered love beaming from the sky above

Setting fire on bended knee, live the universal flame
Track Name: Hey There Baby
Hey There Baby - lyrics ©Julie Lyon

Well hey there baby

Dontcha think that maybe

We’re going nowhere fast but it’s a gas

This life we’re living

Always needs forgiving

Pass me my martini, I’m having a blast

Let’s go out dancing

S’better than romancing

You know that thing called love is such a bore

So why’d you do it

Really put me through it

Went and said I love you, I want something more.

Well hey there baby

Dontcha try to save me

I’m fine without your I love yous

I might get lonely

At least I’m not a phoney

Now hand me my martini and my walking shoes
Track Name: You Are The One
You Are the One lyrics © Betsy Serafin

I see you
We’re all alone
Table for two
Outside there’s snow
I look in your eyes
Time moves real slow
I’m wondering how far this will go

You are the one I want to spend time with
Let’s make time stand still and do what we will
We’ll take it slow until we know about this.
Is it love? Is it love?

I still see you
When I’m alone
And that table for two
So long ago
That look in our eyes
How could we know
This is a love that will never grow old.

You are the one I want to spend time with
Let’s make time stand still and do what we will
We’ll take it slow until we know about this.
This is love. This is love.
Track Name: Nuvyu
Nuvyu - lyrics © Julie Lyon

Time is standing still again, again
I feel soul fire burning hot, your breath upon my cheek
Love has wrapped us up so tight but when
I saw the blood of yin and yang covering our hands I knew
Falling, stars are flickering, you and I alone
Hovering, nothing limiting, vision clearing my love
Time is standing still again

Time is racing by again, again
I know there is always blue sky just above the clouds
Who knows where our love will start or end
I don’t know but what is real is right in front of me
Ranging, ever changing, moments bounce a crazy waltz
You and I dance through life surreal taking time with destiny
Time is racing by again
Track Name: Moonflower
Moonflower © Matt Lavelle

Only bloom at night
Often out of sight
You may never know us
Moonlight, precious moonlight
We are here for you dear
Only
Track Name: Chasing a Dream
Chasing a Dream - © Julie Lyon

Chasing a dream

Quiet close your eyes, watch the clouds roll through
wait, the falling rain, paints the sky to blue
Love cannot endure unless it moves, it never ends
Chasing the dream, Run, you have to follow where it leads
You never stop, you hold your breath until it's done
Passion sends you, love up-ends you
Look into the sun

Look into my eyes, can I see your soul?
every dance reveals, no one in control
Music makes our hearts sing tragic, joyful miseries
Chasing a dream, Stop, you never follow where it leads
you have to stop, you have to be, you're never done
Passion sends you, music frees you
watch the setting sun
Track Name: Eternity
Eternity - lyrics © Julie Lyon

Eternity
Comes to an end
Now light is dark
All things seen unseen


The snow will melt
and bloom the spring
new songs are sung
Breathing, feeling home

Calming the colors
Human you are the song

[interlude]

What will I dream
When I can't speak
Uncertainty
Silence speaks for me
Track Name: Soul Dance
Soul Dance - © Julie Lyon

Open your mind like a flower
Just let the sun come in
Challenge the dance of time
Freedom waits to be revealed
Feel, you think, you love, you lust
Real, until we’re dust to dust
You are perpetual motion
Let your soul dance
Divine imaginings
Just let your heart break free
Life is hallucinogenic
Colorful reality

Open your heart like the ocean
Your love is evident
Explore your destiny
Loving hearts cannot be tamed
Run, chasing your tail you try
Stop, and life will pass you by
Let music be your religion
Let your soul dance
Delight in mystery
Embrace humanity
Punishment teaches no lessons
You are the revolution