(Warrior Girl Music 2005)
Bar code: 7 800144844 2-2
"Every so often an artist exceeds expectations. They create a piece of work that is so exquisite, it’s breathtaking. gilli moon has taken that quantum leap with her latest album, extraOrdinary life. It’s an epic endeavor from an artist already well known for her independent and adventurous spirit. Though reviewers, as well as fans, will probably mention comparisons to Tori Amos, Sting and Radiohead, Moon has instilled this record with such a strong sense of self that one gets the impression she’s letting us in on her secret life – an extraordinary one at that. This is an album that is best heard in its entirety. Not because of any overall concept, but rather because it’s a beautiful expedition of emotions and stories that comfort, excite and inspire. Indeed, after hearing the songs presented on this record, you wouldn’t be faulted if “you” also wanted to lead - an extraordinary life."
- Music Connection
"Moon is still releasing her always-evocative, ever-exciting work on an independent label ... a rare treat to listen to a CD with the color, emotion and depth of extraOrdinary life It’s a tour de force of moon’s extraordinary musical talents. If you’ve never heard of gilli moon, it’s high time you did. She is the real deal – a consummate poet, performer, and songstress."
- Chicago Star
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1. my extraordinary life
2. release me
6. circus of life
8. bye is such a lonely word
9. the kiss
10. enchanted forest
11. little boy lost
12. we can work it out
13. deconstruction (spoken word)
14. the wind
15. bye (italian version
An adventurous journey of autobiographical songs and stories, and intimate music conversations about gilli moon’s inner truths, emotions and passions, anecdotes about falling in love, and out of it, about living in Hollywood, and about freedom, humour, simplicity and a life long journey of discovery. extraOrdinary life celebrates 13 self-penned songs, a spoken word track and an Italian song. An ENHANCED CD, it features a 10 min “making of” video, and a 20 photo slide show embracing her album. photography which has come to visual life by Hollywood’s celebrity photographer Jim Steinfeldt (Tina Turner, Madonna, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson).
"extraOrdinary life is about a global harmony that starts with the tiniest one-on-one interactions. If we are able to have a harmonious relationship with another person then we're able to understand that dynamic on a global scale", gilli moon says.
After nearly 3 years on the road promoting the '02 release, Woman, across the United States, Canada and Australia - gilli moon, submerged herself in Los Angeles for the latter half of 2004 and early 2005, and recorded her fourth album, entitled extraOrdinary life.
extraOrdinary life is a groove oriented album, mixing sensuous basslines, emotional piano and gilli moon’s lilting melodic voice, with songs making attention at AAA and alternative radio. With an emphasis on organic, raw musical textures, gilli’s trademark “edge” is present, combining a cool rebelliousness of eclectic guitars, techno loops, live drums and world-beat percussion. It’s only independent, alternative artists like gilli moon that are able to take music production risks, and can truly manage to challenge the current tired old musical norm on today’s radio by creating an album that pushes the envelope. extraOrdinary life is audacious and fresh, a definitive departure from her prior 3 albums.
Recorded in 3 different locations including Los Angeles, Sydney, and New Orleans, the new ENHANCED CD sees gilli moon, artist and producer, collaborating with her favorite collection of alchemists and fellow mavericks, including programmer and engineer Matt Thorne (The Eels, Trapt, Kate Ceberano, Plastilina Mosh); engineer Evan Beigel (Badi Assad), 2 bass players Jeff Dean & Ken Moore; guitarists Gordie Germaine & Donovan Raitt, Aussie drummer Tim Davies, Jennifer J (Eric Idle) on backing vocals & a string of percussionists, horn players and mavericks from around the world.
extraOrdinary life offers standout tracks: the up-tempo "Undone" (with matching music video now playing), the evocative and story compelling " Hollywood", the sensuous "The Kiss" (co-produced with Evan Beigel), "Circus of Life" (already used as theme song for Australia's hit indie musical in Wollombi NSW), and the bittersweet love song "Spaceship". gilli moon's productions have always taken much-needed production risks, and push the envelope sonically, yet still mainstream accessible to the hearts and ears of generations. All songs from the album are available for download as mp3s for your ipods, ringtones for your cell or purchase the CD to embrace the beautiful artwork, 'making of' video, slide show, and good ol' fashion music stereo sound that really doesn't compare in an mp3!
The album will leave you breathless in its raw emotion, find you dancing to it’s groove, and allow you to slide into it’s abyss of sonic pleasures. You'll fall in love with extraOrdinary life!
songs written, arranged and produced by gilli moon *
© 2005 warrior girl music (apra/ascap)
except 13. music written by gilli moon and larry hughes (apra); 14. written by gilli moon and dina gathe/soundstruck (ascap). 6. music box ending "little boy blue" (public domain) 1765 from mother goose.
* additional production contribution to album by matt thorne of blue thumb productions, except 9. evan beigel.
art direction and design: gilli moon. additional design contributions by ernie campagna.
cover photography: jim steinfeldt www.steinfeldtphotography.com
recorded and mixed by matt thorne at mt studios burbank, except 7. & 8. (grand piano) and 3. (music and bvs) recorded and 9. recorded and mixed by evan beigel at seasound studios, burbank. 6. (violin) & 13. (vocals, guitar, violin) recorded by claude aliotti at monterosa media Australia. 13. (swamp sounds) by gilli moon in new Orleans.
mastering: ryan smith at sterling sound ny
sponsored by kevin hovey at parlour music company.
enhanced cd production: toby mountain at northeastern digital with 'makings of video produced by gilli moon, with footage shot by gilli, toni k and claude aliotti.
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mum & dad for your unconditional love, ernie campagna who encourages me so much to be the warrior in every way, toni koch for always being there, for amanda the warrior and for your 24/7 undying faith. matt thorne we have created a monster! evan beigel for your cool sonic sounds. my live band u rock: gordie germaine my right hand rock star always, tim davies you are a genius, ken moore consistent and a joy, i will miss u, jesse t thanks for the grooves, donovan raitt, such eloquent guitar & thank you for your usc friends who shine on this record. dina gathe, you and patricia are such wonderful human beings, thank u for your friendship, contributions, talent & cabo. jennifer julian my aries sister, your voice is stunning, rusty nails for helping take england by storm. kevin hovey thank u for your extraordinary sponsorship. micah solomon, tom, delisa and judy at oasiscd. toby mountain at north eastern digital for going beyond the call. bernard baur, here we stand at the beginning of the journey. kelly guy for introducing me to jeff buckley & mary guibert for keeping jeff alive, eric de fontenay i am blessed to drink your coffee, wollombi valley artists for a wonderful circus of life. huge thnx to my songsalive! team songsalive.org. marco rosa for the translation, jim steinfeldt for your great expressions - this cd just wouldn’t look the same. anne renton i thank you for our hollywood dreams, jarett smith for keeping me grounded and not broke, the females on fire artists for being my sisters, kristi page my life sister. cindy alter for teaching me about living strong, karen halliday my no. 1 fan. marco dydo for challenging me continuously in the affairs of the heart &giving me something to write about. jeff young for pre-production, & who taught me about the grey, to trust my own intuition & to be the wind in my extraordinary life. harley i love you. ~ gilli moon
about the songs
lead vocal: gilli moon
guest vocal: 14 dina gathe
backing vocals: gilli moon, jennifer julian, owen kortz, dina gathe, toni k
grand piano, keyboards, synths, strings, soundcapes: gilli moon
additional soundscapes: 3 9 evan beigel
electric guitar: gordie germaine except 3 9 tom deluca 10 + matt thorne
acoustic guitar: donovan raitt except 3 tom deluca 12 aj washington 13 larry hughes
electric bass: jeff dean except 5 8 14 15 ken moore 5 synth bass gilli moon
drums: tim davies except 7 brian burwell 3 9 adam gust
loops: matt thorne except 3 9 evan beigel
percussion (congas, bongos, djembe, shakers): robert wilmore except 3 9 adam gust
tenor saxaphone: robby marshall electric violin: larry hughes
didgeridoo: gilli moon
sitar: matt thorne
beat box: gilli moon snaps: paul moyer
italian translation 15 by marco rosa of english lyrics written by gilli moon