During my heyday as the singer-songwriter, guitarist and creative director of Orange & Lemons (a now defunct outfit), I encountered some interesting projects that challenged me to deliver something different and left of center. And I seldom take interest in singing on a commercial project unless I think it suits me. One of them is the classic song called Blue Moon. A popular ballad written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. Regal Films commissioned us via Universal Records to produce a version for a film project of the same title back in 2005.
My indie roots prompted me to arrange and perform it in such a breezy manner, almost Christmasy, as opposed to the normal, crooner type approach. Below is a demo excerpt from the original full band take and my own arrangement of Blue Moon by Orange & Lemons which features my voice on lead vocals.
Blue Moon – Orange & Lemons (Unreleased Original Take)
Recorded at Sonic State Audio by producers Robert Javier and Jonathan Ong, this take was never released and replaced with a more dance-able version, not to mention predictable, taking out my lead vocals on record, as per request of our record label and client with a hanging argument stating that my voice and the arrangement sounds “too high-end” for their film project. Whatever that means.