Blue Moon Harem

About Blue Moon Harem

Who knew what being hit on the nose by a violin teacher could lead to?

As a child, Jonathan Bix was strongly encouraged to take violin lessons by his well-meaning mother. What made the situation worse is the fact that his teacher would hit him on the nose when he seemed to be losing focus.

Once freed from this tyrannical teacher, Bix began to teach himself guitar and to take inspiration from the likes of early LP gifts of Glenn Campbell and Willie Nelson, later discoveries by John Lennon and The Beatles, and the Steve Miller music his schizophrenic next door neighbor played every night before bed. As a member of Misguided Youth, Bix toured China and Mexico, opened for the likes of Foghat and appeared with Jane Pauley on NBC’s “Today” Show.

Demetri Joannou became interested in the guitar at the age of eight and began to write songs at 19. A prodigious writer and arranger, Joannou worked with many popular artists in town before finding his true match.

Bix and Joannou first met as members of the popular Boston band Requiem in the mid 1990s. Guitarist Joannou was looking for a vocalist to put his musical ideas into motion when his guitar teacher told him about a common friend who was down on his luck and in need of a job and a musical direction. Joannou got Bix hired in his father’s company and began to collaborate with him in the studio. The result was an album that received airplay all over Boston and was featured three times on Harvey Warfield’s famed Boston Music Showcase. Working with rhythm players from such legendary Boston bands as Scissorfight and Two Ton Shoe, Bix and Joannou recorded a full-length Requiem CD in 1997 that landed them a spot on the DiscMakers New England Battle of the Bands. Though the album and the band both well received from Charlestown to China, Bix and Joannou soon felt a need to change their sound and go their own way.

Encouraged and engineered by producer Jim Siegle at The Outpost in Stoughton, MA, the duo began to experiment with looping and other instrumental technologies that allowed them to achieve a band sound without having to deal with the pitfalls of supporting a full band, The result was a new album that the pair released under the name Blue Moon Harem.

After years of extensive touring and constant performing, Bix and Joannou decided to slow down and refocus their creative energies. As Bix had been writing songs on the road on his acoustic guitar, they decided to put together an album that was more focused on songcraft than technological wizardry yet which still maintained a rich, full sound. The result is “Finland,” a collection of highly personal songs that are supported by the likes of drummer Steve Hart who has previously worked with Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry, among others.

With their simple, honest sound and thoughtful songwriting, Blue Moon Harem is ready to hit the road again, building slowly from coffee house gigs to arena stages. Their ambitions are great, but so is their talent and wealth of experience. Already ,they are a top selection on such popular Internet stations as Jango Radio and Reverb Nation and the fan base continues to build with every song and every set. Flush with new energy and ideas, the band is already working on their third album and look forward to bringing their music to all corners of the heart, mind, and soul.

“Our message is clear,” Joannou says. “We want people to listen to our music and become inspired.”And all without any damage to the nose!

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"Don't" by BLUE MOON HAREM.


Category: Music
Duration: 00:05:33
Description:
This song entitled "Don't" was inspired by the poem “Anger” written by Joanetta Hendel. A friend came across this poem when she visited a memorial Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Christina Tongen, the daughter of a friend of ours from high school, Sue Goodkin. Christina lost her life in a freak hiking accident three months before turning 21. As I was reading the poem and thinking about how traumatic the loss of a child must be, I began to hear chord progressions that I felt would really work well with the poem. That's when it dawned on me that putting this to music would be a wonderful way to pay tribute to my friend’s loss. After editing out some of the words and writing a chorus, I brought the song to Blue Moon Harem guitarist Demetri Joannou and played it for him. He was thrilled with what he heard and quickly started working on the electric guitar arrangements. I then asked Joanetta for permission to edit and use the poem and record the song. She was extremely happy to let us put the poem to music. We then brought the song to band producer/recording engineer Jim Siegle, who also shared our enthusiasm for this tribute. And there you have it.
Thanks for reading, watching, and listening,
BMH

www.bluemoonharem.com Blue Moon Harem’s web site

Joanetta Hendels’s book “God Will Teach Me to Fly” and the poem “Anger” can be found at:
www.godwillteachmetofly.com or www.wordworkspublishing.net under the pen name Andrea Maresco.


DON’T

©2015 Sickofitall Publishing - ASCAP


DON’T TELL ME – THAT YOU UNDERSTAND/
DON’T TELL ME – THAT YOU KNOW/
DON’T TELL ME – THAT I WILL SURVIVE/
THAT I WILL – SURELY GROW/

DON’T TELL ME – THIS IS JUST A TEST/
THAT I – I AM TRULEY BLESSED/
THAT I AM – CHOSEN FOR THIS TASK/
APART FROM – ALL THE REST/

THEY SAY GOODBYE – IS THE HARDEST THING YOU’LL HAVE TO SAY/
GOODBYE – THERE’S ONLY HOPE THERE WILL BE BETTER DAYS/
GOODBYE –
I CAN’T PROMISE YOU THAT IT’S GOING TO BE EASY – TO SAY GOODBYE/

DON’T – COME AT ME WITH ANSWERS/
THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM ME/
DON’T TELL ME – HOW MY GRIEF WILL PASS/
THAT I WILL – SOON BE FREE/
DON’T – STAND IN PIOUS JUDGEMENT/
OF THE BONDS I MUST UNTIE/
DON’T TELL ME – HOW TO SUFFER/
AND DON’T TELL ME – HOW TO CRY/

THEY SAY GOODBYE – IS THE HARDEST THING YOU’LL HAVE TO SAY/
GOODBYE – THERE’S ONLY HOPE THERE WILL BE BETTER DAYS/
GOODBYE –
I CAN’T PROMISE YOU THAT IT’S GOING TO BE EASY – TO SAY GOODBYE/

MY LIFE IS FILLED WITH SELFISHNESS/
MY PAIN IS ALL I SEE/
BUT I NEED YOU - I NEED YOUR LOVE – UNCON – DITIONALLY/

DON’T TELL ME – THAT YOU UNDERSTAND/

Music, Chorus Lyrics, Vocals, and Acoustic Guitar by Jonathan Bix – Electric Guitars by Demetri Joannou
Produced, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Jim Siegle at The Outpost, Royalston, MA
Video put together by Tom Perlongo

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