Spaces Between

by Dawn Xiana Moon

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Seductive folk pop with influences from jazz and traditional Chinese music. An exploration of roots with songs in three languages: French, English, and Mandarin Chinese.

"A powerful multi-octave voice and lyrics that paint pictures and tell a story in your mind... one of my favorite performers."
- Michael Teach, Chicago Acoustic Underground

"Reflective and poetic."
- Toledo Free Press

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released February 3, 2017

Dawn Xiana Moon: piano, guitar, vocals
Cory Biggerstaff: upright bass
Joe Chellman: drums
Chihsuan Yang: erhu
Yunqing Pan: guzheng
David Kav: vocals on "Strong" and "Sinking"

Produced by Dawn Xiana Moon
Recorded and Mixed by Rob Ruccia at Uptown Recording
Mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios

Design by Dawn Xiana Moon
Photography by Michael Rush

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Dawn Xiana Moon Chicago, Illinois

A seductive and passionate voice, evocative songwriting, and formal training make Dawn Xiana Moon one of the most distinctive Asian-American singers of her generation. With influences ranging from traditional Chinese music to modern American folk, she bridges the musical traditions of the East and West. ... more

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Track Name: Strong
"We don't want you on our team."
Liz tossed aside blonde curls,
Hands on hips with all her second grade authority:
"Go away, your face looks like it got run over by a truck."
And tears fell down Cat's face to shouts of glee

She ran across the playground, behind the jungle gym,
And hid underneath a table for the rest of the hour;
She vowed to never cry in public again:
I will be strong,
I will be strong

Dinner at six, as wonderful could be,
But what Dean would remember for years:
His mother's comment about his friend as he stepped out the door:
"You said she's the same age as you but graduates in a term?
Then my boy, you should be ashamed of yourself.
You're two years behind."
Finally in the car, Dean whispered to himself,
I will be strong,
I will be strong

Her parents had loved Dave, and Steph did too,
Even though she's the one that broke things off.
Christmastime and she was home for the weekend
But breaking the news had just gone terribly wrong:

He wanted a house with a white picket fence
But Steph needed adventure and a partner in that:
"You're going to be single your entire life if you don't give up those silly dreams."
I will be strong,
I will be strong

And when will the time come when we won't have to hide insecurity
And when will the time come when we can face our vulnerabilities
And where is the one who promises that he will never leave
That knows our inner parts and weaknesses and loves us anyway?

I will be strong
I don't want to be strong
I can't be strong
I can't be strong.
Track Name: Beautiful Flowers Under a Full Moon
浮云散明月照人来
团圆美满今朝醉
轻浅池塘鸳鸯戏水
红裳翠盖并蒂莲开
双双对对恩恩爱爱
这暖风儿好花催
柔情蜜意伴人间
Track Name: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Between all the flights and idling airports
She’d lost a whole day
Now soaring an hour outside of London
Felt like she’d been traveling forever

Unable to focus on logical fallacies
Or the novel she’d brought
The sun and the sky blue
A mockery bright

I will never be the one you would fly across the world to hold
I will never be the one you would leave a country for
All this I’ve known for a year and more
There’s no place for us in this world that you’ve constructed
All I want is your heart
And it’s the one thing I’ll never have

He wandered through racks and multiple sections
At the video store
Searching for movies that she wouldn’t watch
Felt like he’d been searching forever

Unable to answer the store owner’s banter
With the usual wit
Romantic comedies
Mockery bright

How can you say that you love me and move out of my house
How can you say that you love me and constantly try to end us
All this you’ve said for a year and more
There’s no place for us in this world that you’ve constructed
All I want is some proof
Or it’s the one thing I can’t believe

He’s been trying to make himself useful
Hoping she’d stay
She’s been trying to give him her all
Track Name: Sinking
O mon Dieu, sauve-moi
J'ai de l'eau jusqu'au cou
Dans la boue je m'enlise
Sans point d'appui me voici
Descendu au plus profond des eaux

Save me, O God
For the waters have come up to my neck
I sink in the miry depths
And the floods engulf me

Je m'épuise à crier
Mon gosier est brûlant,
Mes yeux se sont usés
A t'attendre mon Dieu

I am worn out, calling for help
My throat is parched
My eyes fail, looking for my God
Rescue me

Rescue me
Do not let me sink
Tire-moi de la boue
Ne m'engloutisse pas
Que le gouffre béant
Ne me dévore pas

Answer me
Out of the goodness of your love
Réponds-moi, Eternel
Ton amour est si bon
Dans ta grande tendresse
Occupe-toi de moi
Track Name: Everything
They met one warm July, found a shared love of philosophy
And every night for a week they debated Camus and Satre over coffee
But Aiden wasn't looking for romance
And Lesa was going to Paris for a year
Both had just gotten out of relationships
Felt too cynical anyway

Flash forward 12 months later
They've kept in touch sporadically
Lesa's back in Chicago, she's thinking
They're just friends
Hours of talking, it's 5:00am
Aiden leans in for a kiss
Lesa's laughing, she's out of practice
Isn't sure how this works anymore

It felt to her just a little like love
Could he be the one she was dreaming of

Three months later the differences, they can't be ignored
He wants a life she can't give
But as the year went on
They couldn't stay away
He bought her a bike when hers was stolen
Brought soup when she was feeling sick
He was everything she needed but didn't know she wanted
Until now

He was everything she needed but didn't know she wanted
Until now

It felt to her sometimes like love
Could he be the one she was dreaming of

One night he confessed
His heart belonged to someone else
Though he didn't want her back
Lesa stopped daydreaming of houses by the sea
Adding letters to monograms

Aiden wanted her but not enough
How do you untangle the knots of the past
Lesa wanted him, but it wasn't enough
How do you untangle the knots of the past

He was everything she needed but didn't know she wanted
Until now
Track Name: Après un Rêve
Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image
Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage,
Ta voix pure et sonore,
Un ciel éclairé par l'aurore

Tu m'appelais et je quittais la terre
Pour m'enfuir avec toi vers la lumière,
Les cieux pour nous entrouvraient leurs nues,
Splendeurs, lueurs divines entrevues

Hélas! Hélas! triste réveil des songes
Je t'appelle, rends moi tes mensonges,
Reviens, reviens radieuse,
Reviens ô nuit mystérieuse!
Track Name: This is Not a Love Song
She sang it's just a paper moon
But she danced in his arms anyway
He swore this was only moment one
Eight months later they still haven't come undone

This is not a love song
'Cause we're not in love
If I don't leave will I be falling
Could you believe in me
Could I believe in you
Have I already fallen

She's haunted by twelve roses red
This gravity that makes them one
He thought she's perfection minus two
Logic fails, equations make him a fool

She wonders if actions speak the truth
Secrets tell, ignore the folly and farewell
He said you know we're playing house
Cycle ten and then finality pronounced

This is not a love song
'Cause we're not in love
If I don't leave will I be falling
Could you believe in me
Could I believe in you
Have I already fallen

(Why regret what cannot be)
Track Name: Three Kingdoms
凤翱翔于千仞兮
非梧不栖
士伏处于一方兮
非主不依
乐躬耕于陇亩兮
吾爱吾庐
聊寄傲于琴书兮
以待天时
Track Name: Pas de Deux
Zechariah is speechless again
Why does it always end this way
And I'm still orbiting your sun
A futile pas de deux

We've seen this place a hundred times before
But the landscape is new
We've seen these constellations rise out of ash
But never from a fire this strong

You're in the room across the hall
But you're six states away
This solitude grows thick
And I'm still waiting for a song

You are not the same
We are not the same
Track Name: Words Run Dry
There are words she's scared to say for fear they'd be too real
The way he held her underneath a florescent moon
There are words she longs to say
He asked if there was anything
Anything
Anything he hadn’t given

All I want is you
Make me a promise this will last forever
Logic fails and words run dry
But I’m so tired of pretending

I was a fool to hope you could ever love me
I can’t do this without you
I was a fool to hope this wouldn’t end in tears
Now she’s killed a silent voice
These thoughts consume me

All I want is you
I know you cannot promise this will last forever
Logic fails and words run dry
But I’m so tired of pretending

The body is a stairway of skin
And she let you in
No regret the initial embraces
But what have I become?

My words run dry

All I want is you
Make me a promise this will last forever
Logic fails and words run dry
But I’m so tired of pretending

Logic fails and words run dry
But I’m so tired of pretending
Track Name: Unyielding (Song of Songs)
My love is strong
Unyielding as the grave
Torrents cannot extinguish my love
Rivers can't wash it away

I've been ravished by one look from your eyes
O my bride
You are beautiful like the moon
Awe-inspiring as galaxies in the night
You are pure like the sun

You can never run so far that I won't find you
You can never fail so hard I won't forgive you

O my love, I'd die for you
I'd die for you

I don't care about the past
You're gazing at me now
I will fuel your passion for me
This is all that matters

I've been ravished by one look from your eyes
O my bride
You are beautiful like the moon
Awe-inspiring as galaxies in the night
You are pure like the sun

You can never run so far that I won't find you
You can never fail so hard I won't forgive you

O my love, I'd die for you
I'd die for you

You are so beautiful, you're beautiful

O my love, I'd die for you
I died for you