The LUNAMOON ballroom series is a collection of music recorded specifically for ballroom dancers: professionals, students and those just having fun. This collection was done in cooperation with ballroom dancers using authentic rhythms and optimum tempos for all the competition dance forms as well as some social dance forms.
Many of these songs offer fun and interesting opportunities for character development in dance choreography since they, for example, may completely change the original feel of the song to the point that it is only recognizable when you hear the chorus or a particular lyric (see Sunshine of Your Love) or they may change the gender perspective of the vocals so that an entirely different effect is achieved from the lyrics (see Under my Thumb sung by a female vocalist).
In every case, however, we feel that we have shown respect to the original versions. The lyrics can be clearly heard and we have attempted to match the various ballroom musical styles with song lyrics that match that style. While the changes made to these popular songs may be surprising and bring a smile to many that remember the originals, this is not "elevator" music. We love these songs, as we're sure you do, and have reinterpreted them in the spirit of the great jazz and Big Band legends that inspired us. Just as Frank, Ella, Sarah and so many of our idols took the popular songs of their era or the era just prior to their own, and made them Jazz Standards, we have done the same with the songs on The Ballroom Series collection because we consider them to be new contributions to the American Standards Songbook.
LUNAMOON is a studio project with more original and ballroom projects in the works.
This album features ballroom dance versions of the following rock classics:
1) Superstar (The Carpenters 1969) Bossa Nova tempo - 90
2) From the Beginning (Emerson Lake & Palmer 1972) Samba tempo - 100
3) Please Please Me (The Beatles 1963) American Cha-Cha tempo - 115
4) Breakdown (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 1977) Paso Doble tempo - 120
5) Have You Ever Seen the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970) Merengue/Salsa tempo - 120
6) Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan 1973) American Tango tempo - 125
7) Happy Together (The Turtles 1967) American Rumba tempo - 125
8) Jessica (The Allman Brothers Band 1973) Mambo tempo - 188
9) Wouldn't It Be Nice (The Beach Boys 1966) Foxtrot tempo - 120
10) Under My Thumb (The Rolling Stones 1965) Lindy Hop tempo - 155
11) Love Her Madly (The Doors 1971) Jive tempo - 176
12) Rock & Roll (Led Zeppelin 1971) Quickstep tempo - 208
13) The Thrill is Gone (B.B. King 1970) American Slow Waltz tempo - 95
14) Sunshine of Your Love (Cream 1967) International Viennese Waltz tempo - 175
The band on this album is composed of two married couples:
Kerry May sings lead vocals on:
Superstar, From the Beginning, Please Please Me, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Happy Together, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Under my Thumb, Rock& Roll and The Thrill is Gone
Randy May plays fretless bass on:
Superstar, Please Please Me, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Wouldn't It Be Nice and The Thrill is Gone
Deb Meunier sings backup vocals on:
Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Under My Thumb
and she sings lead vocals on:
Breakdown, Love Her Madly and Sunshine of Your Love
Ron Schmitt plays all other instruments and arranged the songs for ballroom dance.
He also recorded and mixed the songs at his studio Lunatunes Production Studio.
This album was mastered by Joe Moody at Danger Multitrack Studio.