“The Moon Was Yellow” – Music by Fred E. Ahlert, Lyrics by Edgar Leslie, 1950.
Teresa Kay Williams – Voice
Kevin Bales – Piano
Trey Wright – Guitar
Marc Miller – Bass
Marlon Patton – Drums, Sound Engineer, Mixing, Mastering & General Wizardry
The first time I heard this song, I fell in love; madly in love. I knew I had to sing it. With an already booked recording date looming, I wondered…could I bring something to this song? Is it too soon?
When I brought the song to the session, except for Kevin , the guys had never heard it. After the first run through, and while batting around arrangement ideas, Marc suggests “What about a Tom Waits’ian, demented circus kind of feel?” “That’s it! That’s exactly it!” I said.
Marlon counts it off and from there the song took on a life of its own. I remember from the vocal booth hearing the tempo – it is slower than I planned. So, I closed my eyes and listened. I listened to Marc and Marlon lay down that groove. I listened to the intermittent lush ‘n twang of Treys’ guitar. I listened to the playfulness of Kevin’s piano. And 8 bars later….I leaned in and began to sing.
This is the first song from our session together and I hope you enjoy our dark, blue and somewhat haunting take on this beautiful, far too seldom covered tune, “The Moon Was Yellow”.