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MESSAGE FROM THE MAN IN THE MOON


Pismo Productions 2007
CD 102
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAN IN THE MOON

  1. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
  2. Give Me the Simple Life
  3. Sail Away
  4. It’s Fate, Baby
  5. A Woman’s Intuition
  6. Message From the Man In the Moon
  7. Why Did I Choose You
  8. I’m Way Ahead of the Game
  9. Moonlight Saving Time
  10. That’s Him Over There
  11. I’ve Found My World In You
  12. A Woman’s Prerogative
  13. Some Other Spring
  14. My Ideal
  15. Will You Remember Me

MESSAGE FROM THE MAN IN THE MOON

wesla whitfield: vocals
mike greensill: piano / arranger

Wesla whitfield & Mike greensill: producers








MESSAGE FROM THE MAN IN THE MOON

Just when we think we've found all the great songs from the American songbook, a new one presents itself. The title tune, "Message From the Man In the Moon" is heard being whistled in the background of the Marx Bros. movie, "A Day At the Races" and later recorded by the wonderful Maxine Sullivan. Greensill unearthed it, and I was captivated.

A couple of other moon songs found their way into this mix. "Moonlight Saving Time" is lighthearted and romantic in a slightly suggestive way that is so fun to sing. And the Jimmy Webb tune, "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" has become a personal favorite of mine because of its own message. It's a very unusual subject for a song, and one that requires some explanation - just like I require of my students: to tell me in their own words what their song is about. This one talks about that moment of realization that everyone comes to somewhere along the way: that all things are no longer possible, and a few closely held hopes, dreams and ambitions just aren't going to happen this time around. There's no escape from it. It's part of life's grand package, and the way we deal with these disappointments is crucial to one's peace of mind.

Two tunes "That's Him Over There" and "I Found My World In You", were sent to me by their composers, Lew Spence and Neil Sedaka, and I feel so honored by that. Both are unique and beautiful songs that I'd like the whole world to hear, and I'm pleased and proud to include them in this collection of favorites.

It was quite an adventure to record as a duo. We often perform as such, but music made in the studio is a different matter - it's there forever! Without other musicians for support, we felt a bit like we were working the circus high wire without a net. Nonetheless we had a great time and came out feeling very glad we'd been so brave. So we hope you like it too.

Thanks for your ears,
Wesla Whitfield

November 26, 2007