New Concept Album (in progress)

New concept album project (work-in-progress): inspired by sleeping, dreaming and various ways we sleep to experience other realities. Inspired by the poem “To Sleep” by John Keats, each of the song tracks will be titled using a snippet from the poem. Additionally, Skylark Lullaby (2014) will be featured on the album among the songs.
Below are some of the pieces that will be featured on this album. Stay tuned for more updates to this page!

Turn the Key
O Soothest Sleep
Skylark Lullaby
Lulling Charities

Music and lyrics by Jennifer Bellor


Turn the Key 

song for voice and pipe organ

Turn the Key is inspired by a dream: two people plan an escape from their current realities apart in order to be with each other in their dreams and experience a life together without consequences.

Turn the key
Let’s escape tonight
Take me away
Let’s go the distance
With you, I’ll stay
In a world devoid of light
Together we can be
Come on, turn the key!

Then we can dance the night away
And dream beyond the day
We’d stroll outside without the fear to hide
For once, be free!

But for now, wait in the shadows until it’s time
For our souls to be wakened by heart’s true chime
We must run to reach the door
Let’s hurry,
Take my hand,
Now it’s time to soar!

Follow my voice
I will guide you along the way
Through the shadows
There are no rules,
Just explore and play
Our dreams inspire us to choose
Where and who we aspire to be!

Soon tomorrow
We will wake up to reality
But for now
Let’s savor each moment
Who knows how long we can stay…
Stay…in this fantasy.

 


O Soothest Sleep 

Jennifer Bellor, voice
Phil Joy, electric guitar

Go to sleep
O Soothest Sleep!
Close your eyes
Cover up the light
Let’s avoid the sunrise
Take back the night

And dream away

Go to sleep
Render the day heartless
Breathe slow and deep
Embrace the Darkness
Go to sleep
O Soothest Sleep!
Close your eyes
Cover your ears, I urge,
As I lay here in bed
Hearing music to this dirge
I beg to dream and feel alive
Find a way to survive.

Go to sleep
O Soothest Sleep!
Close your eyes
Cover up the light
Let’s avoid the sunrise
Take back the night

And dream away

The filming of O Soothest Sleep was made possible by a 2017 Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant.

 


Skylark Lullaby 

 

Performed by the Eastman Saxophone Project


Lulling Charities 

 

Music and Lyrics by Jennifer Bellor
Film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (1919) by Lotte Reiniger

My favorite animated short is this 1919 silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger titled “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (The Ornament of the Lovestruck Heart). Ever since I was introduced to it at Eastman back in 2008 for a composition project, I envisioned writing a new piece for it – a song with original lyrics that was inspired by dreams and how we experience love. This song, “Lulling Charities,” is one of the first songs I have completed thus far for my new concept album project about dreaming and escaping reality. This is also the first piece of mine that uses my antique pump organ – harmonium – and toy piano. This project is really special to me because I fell in love with this animation and really excited to share it!

Voice, Harmonium, toy piano by Jennifer Bellor
Acoustic guitar by Phil Joy
Mixing and Editing by Phil Joy
Mastering by Gil Kaupp

Lyrics to Lulling Charities