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A Song Cycle

by Sister Moon

Singer-songwriters Gayle Leslie Bluemel and DeVorah Ross Johnsen celebrate the richness of the female experience with 18 original songs. The album is an eclectic musical journey through life with stories of the changing faces and phases of femininity from Maiden, to Mother, to Lover, to Sage. Listeners will be drawn in by the soaring melodies, unique vocal harmonies, and the clever and heartfelt lyrics, accompanied by keyboard, guitar and cello.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Some Pair (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen & Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
3:48 $0.99
2. Goody Two Shoes (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
3:12 $0.99
3. Beckoning (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
5:07 $0.99
4. William and Judith (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel and Devorah Ross Johnsen)
4:55 $0.99
5. Shady Lane (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
5:15 $0.99
6. Retribution (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel & Devorah Ross Johnsen)
4:26 $0.99
7. Heart's Desire (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
4:26 $0.99
8. Showin' Your Age (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
3:39 $0.99
9. Grace's Lament (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
5:07 $0.99
10. Butterfly Baby Grand (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
3:39 $0.99
11. In Between (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
4:14 $0.99
12. The Paris Song (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
3:58 $0.99
13. Laudanum's Sweet Kiss (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
4:15 $0.99
14. Leftover Moon (feat. Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
3:57 $0.99
15. Adagio (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen & Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
4:02 $0.99
16. Good Things Come in Pieces (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen & Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
4:17 $0.99
17. Shadow Land (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen)
3:41 $0.99
18. Girl Is Still Here (feat. Devorah Ross Johnsen & Gayle Leslie Bluemel)
3:32 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Story of Sister Moon

The Song Cycle opens, “We met in freshman English class, devouring Jane Eyre.” That is how Gayle Leslie Bluemel and DeVorah Ross Johnsen became friends and music partners at San Gabriel High School in 1964. They spent hours at the piano in the Bluemel living room listening to Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and Peter, Paul & Mary. In the late sixties, they became devotees of Laura Nyro, driving together to see her live at the Troubadour so pale in black velvet and confession. Joni Mitchell, Carol King and Crosby Stills & Nash added to the musical influences they re-imagined with their own guitars and two-part harmonies.

They both attended college at CSULA – Gayle onstage singing in musical theatre productions and DeVorah upstairs designing and sewing costumes. Gayle studied music and arts education and DeVorah was an English/Anthropology major. After graduation, Gayle continued to perform and began to teach and DeVorah wrote poetry and found a job that paid her to travel. They took different paths and the friendship faded.

As the years unfolded, Gayle built a career in arts education that has become almost legendary in the Pasadena Unified School District. She is best known for being the principal of Sierra Madre School and when she retired, her loving community named the school auditorium after her. She raised two beautiful and talented children and in 2002 married Dan Ames, also an alumni of San Gabriel High School.

DeVorah decided not to have children and traveled light. She met her husband, Scott Shepherd in the eighties and set up house in a loft in downtown L.A. where they were part of the art and music scene that was just beginning to flourish. Later, they settled in Pasadena and have collaborated on various music projects including the band Blind Ross which featured her original songs.

Then, in a chance meeting in 2004, Gayle and DeVorah found each other again. Since then, they have been in the Americana/Folk-Rock group “The Late Bloomers” with their husbands. They have played local venues like Coffee Gallery and the Lavender Festival on the Olympic Peninsula.

When Gayle retired two years ago, she began to write her own original songs. Then, the collaboration began – DeVorah with lyrics, Gayle with music. Effortlessly, the Song Cycle emerged. It is the story of their friendship as girls, their divergent experiences as women, and their new partnership as passionate and fearless songwriters.



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Inspiring, Haunting, Exciting!
I can't say enough about this album. Sister Moon isn't just women's music, it's the human experience that everyone can relate to, told through the eyes of a woman. The music ranges from bluesy, to a waltz, to folky and is accessible and thought provoking. Every time I listen to a song there's a new discovery. You see more and more layers the more you listen, which is rare and exciting!