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Love Life

by Ann Moss

Premiere recordings of bold new works of vocal chamber music for soprano, cello and piano by American composers Jake Heggie and Liam Wade, alongside innovative arrangements of classic love songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Full Fathom Five: 1. Exiled
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
6:29 $0.99
2. Full Fathom Five: 2. Inland
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
3:07 $0.99
3. Full Fathom Five: 3. Eel-Grass / Low Tide
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
5:56 $0.99
4. Full Fathom Five: 4. Ebb
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
3:25 $0.99
5. Full Fathom Five: 5. I Shall Go Back
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
2:54 $0.99
6. I've Just Seen a Face
Ann Moss & Chanticleer
3:23 $0.99
7. Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri: 1. Silence
Ann Moss & Jake Heggie
2:15 $0.99
8. Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri: 2. I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Ann Moss & Jake Heggie
1:27 $0.99
9. Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri: 3. Fame
Ann Moss & Jake Heggie
1:02 $0.99
10. Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri: 4. That I Did Always Love
Ann Moss & Jake Heggie
3:53 $0.99
11. Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri: 5. Goodnight
Ann Moss & Jake Heggie
3:24 $0.99
12. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Ann Moss & Steven Bailey
3:42 $0.99
13. From "The Book of Nightmares": 1. The Nightmare
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
3:42 $0.99
14. From "The Book of Nightmares": 2. In a Restaurant
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
2:22 $0.99
15. From "The Book of Nightmares": 3. My Father's Eyes
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
4:06 $0.99
16. From "The Book of Nightmares": 4. Back You Go
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
4:42 $0.99
17. A Case of You
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Isaac Allen
5:51 $0.99
18. My True Love Hath My Heart
Ann Moss, Emil Miland & Steven Bailey
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes

Full Fathom Five (2014) – Liam Wade
I've Just Seen a Face – Lennon/McCartney (arr. John Grimmett)
Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri (2014) – Jake Heggie
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go – Bob Dylan (arr. Moss/Bailey)
From 'The Book of Nightmares' (2013) – Heggie
A Case of You – Joni Mitchell (arr. Wade)
My True Love Hath My Heart (1996) – Heggie


Emil Miland - Cello
Steven Bailey - Piano
Jake Heggie - Piano
Isaac Allen - Violin
Chanticleer, William Fred Scott - Music Director
Produced by Leslie Ann Jones
Recorded by Leslie Ann Jones and Dann Michael Thompson
Edited by Robert Gatley
Mixed by Leslie Ann Jones
Assistant Mix engineers, Dann Michael Thompson and Robert Gatley
Recorded and mixed at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm, Ltd., company, Marin County, CA
Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering, Berkeley, CA
Photo Credit Debra A. Zeller
Design and Layout by A to Z Media
ⓟ&Ⓒ 2016 All Rights Reserved


for Justin
for Mom & Dad
for Lincoln

I am grateful
for the love of my family – Matthew Moss, Missy and Kevin VanCott, the Ouellet/McDonalds
for the benevolence of my healers – Rhoda Climenhaga, Xiao-Ming Cheng, Dr. Ramon Franco
for the wisdom of my teachers – Sheri Greenawald, Anna Gabrieli, Jane Struss, Liz Anker, Brian Moll, Eric Sawyer, David Garner, Wendy Hillhouse; Frances Moss, Ann Kearns and Rodney Gisick in memoriam
for the altruism of my supporters – David Stein, Tom Driscoll, Nancy Quinn, Ray Walton, Jack Comerford, and all those who donated funds and resources to this project
for the stewardship of my homeland – the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and the Rural Land Foundation of Lincoln.

You guessed it - this album is about love and, to be precise, my personal relationship with loving. It is about the people and places in my life that challenge me to open myself, time and again, to the experience of loving. To open myself, in spite of the inevitable fears, frustrations and heartache that so often accompany the act of loving.

"Love is patient; love is kind; love does not envy or boast…" Sing enough wedding gigs and you're sure to be well versed with this popular excerpt from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. For nearly two thousand years since those words were written, poets, artists and philosophers have continued to explore the nature, meaning and experience of love. Today, still, we are wondering, writing, musing, singing about love. If I could expand Paul's list of qualifiers to include a few of my own they would go like this:

Love is clarifying. It confronts us with our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and makes us question who we are, our origins, our desires.
Love is bewildering. We confuse it with yearning, lust, obligation. We feel strong emotions and call them love. We organize our lives around these feelings.
Love is risky. Life and circumstances can interrupt love, lead it off course, or strain our hearts to the point of breaking.
Love is terrifying. Once we find it, we fear losing it. We can miss out on the whole experience of love because we are so afraid to be without it.
Love is everywhere. We discover it in a field of wildflowers, in the eyes of an infant, in the face of a stranger, in the soul of a lover, in a landscape that reminds us who we are, in a place called home.

This Love Life story begins with Liam Wade's epic breakup-song, Full Fathom Five. "The love that stood a moment in your eyes…" Well, the past-tense says it all, doesn't it? Romantic love is fleeting, and this song cycle is the ultimate Dear John letter. Still, Edna St. Vincent Millay's lusty yearning for her coastal Maine homeland is a different sort of love – the love of a place that makes us feel secure in our identity. I know that love well. I feel that love for the deciduous woods and open fields of my homeland of Lincoln, Massachusetts. When I question who I am, those woods help me remember. When my heart breaks, those fields are a healing balm. Bereft of romantic love, I return, like Edna, to my natural habitat to rediscover myself, to repair. "I shall be gone to what I understand,
And happier than I ever was before."

"Falling! Yes, I am falling!" Lennon and McCartney's I've Just Seen A Face heralds the promise of something new and exciting: first love – a feeling unlike any other. That surge of energy when we fall in love feels like a direct connection to eternal happiness, and John Grimmett's arrangement captures the feeling perfectly. But anybody who's been on this ride more than once knows the feeling doesn't last. Doubts creep in, questions arise. Is this real? Can I trust my feelings? Am I just fooling myself?

Jake Heggie's Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri offers clarity about things we often mistake for love: companionship - a voice in the silence to remind us we're not alone; recognition - being seen as "somebody" when we feel like nobody; adoration - that off-balance dynamic which often gives rise to the sting of resentment. In a brilliant distillation of truth, Emily says: "I argue thee that love is life, and life hath immortality." But coupled with this insight into the immortal nature of love is Emily's reluctance to face the notion of parting. She won't say goodbye, perhaps for fear that "hello" will not again be heard?

"Yer gonna have to leave me now, I know." In You're Gonna Make me Lonesome When You Go, Bob Dylan sings of the profound yet simple fact that all relationships eventually end. When you go, I will be lonely. The "goodbye" Emily refuses to speak out loud, Bob repeats in resounding refrain.

In loving, loss is inevitable. The music and poetry of From 'The Book of Nightmares' plunge us headlong into this knowledge. Poet Galway Kinnell explores ephemerality to its core, and Jake Heggie follows him into the abyss. Jake describes his cycle as "a deep and tender meditation about our brief, impermanent time on the planet." Kinnell writes of the palpable sense of risk that resides within our most profound relationships. Not even the bonds of family are permanent, nor are our own identities fixed.

"You are in my blood, like holy wine." In A Case of You, Joni Mitchell presents, rather simply, that every relationship has trials and challenges. We may not always be on the same page, or even in the same room, (if you want me, I'll be in the bar) but once two souls have touched, there is something in that contact that endures. When I sing this lyric, I'm saying "Listen, I've looked long and hard at the realities and the risks, and I'm not going anywhere. Whatever life hurls at us, it isn't going to take me down. I could drink a case of you, and I would still be on my feet."

My Love Life story has a happy ending. On October 4, 2014, I married Justin Ouellet, to whom this album is dedicated. My True Love Hath My Heart is my gift to him. I sing it for him, not as a statement of the permanence, or "foreverness," of our life together. When I intone these old words in the cyclical, hymn-like phrases of Jake's melody, I feel almost as if I am chanting an ancient prayer of renewal, each and every day, one that can somehow articulate my love for him. And now he can put this record on and have a good old, cleansing cry whenever he wants.

Love Life is both a journey and an imperative. In recording this music I have experienced a richening of both. I hope that in listening, you will too. —A.M.


Violinist Isaac Allen is a founding member of the award winning Hausmann Quartet. Mr. Allen has performed and given classes throughout Canada, the U.S., China, Taiwan and resides in San Diego where he teaches and organizes chamber music at San Diego State University.

Pianist Steven Bailey regularly performs in and outside the San Francisco Bay Area as soloist, chamber and collaborative keyboardist. He frequently performs transcriptions of Franz Liszt and other composers, in addition to the standard repertoire. A member of the San Francisco Conservatory teaching staff, Steven is also a 3-D and vintage photography enthusiast.

Multiple Grammy® Award-winning 12 man vocal ensemble Chanticleer was founded in San Francisco in 1978. Often called "an orchestra of voices" the ensemble performs 100 concerts a year, in the U.S. and all over the world, records, broadcasts, commissions and has an extensive education program.

John Grimmett is a composer-lyricist, librettist, arranger, playwright and poet.

Jake Heggie is the American composer of the acclaimed operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s a Wonderful Life, Great Scott, Three Decembers, Out of Darkness, more than 250 art songs, as well as orchestral and chamber music. He lives in San Francisco.

Leslie Ann Jones is is a multiple Grammy® Award-winner who has recorded albums for everyone from Rosemary Clooney to Kronos Quartet. As Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound, Leslie records orchestral scores, mixes film and video elements and records and produces music albums.

Cellist Emil Miland performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Many composers have written new works for him, and he can be heard on premiere recordings from Avie, Americus, BMG/RCA Victor, PentaTone Classics, New World, MSR and Albany Records, among others. A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Miland often collaborates with vocalists in live concerts and recordings.

Liam Wade is a composer of opera, art song and chamber music. His works have been performed by Washington National Opera and Semperoper Dresden.



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