Into the Ojala Tom Moon and the Moon Hotel Lounge Project
Sooner or later someone had to do it. Tom Moon did. How well he accomplished his task will depend on the listener and the willingness to give him a chance. Don’t groan. Moon spent a lot of time in common places like waiting rooms, hotel lounges and restaurants during his travels promoting his book, 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die. God only knows how much Kenny G. and muzak he had to endure in his travels. The frustration became a challenge and offered a unique opportunity as well.
Wallpaper background music is typically not something that people listen to on purpose – it’s just there. Free of the need to be clever or attention-getting, Tom Moon began composing music with the goal of it being simple, beautiful, and poignant. His desire is that listeners will hear his gentle, calm melodies that draw them away from their stress.
The ten tracks on Into the Ojala feature Moon on tenor sax along with several members of the rock band, The Fractals. The album was recorded over a four-day period with all seven musicians together live, focusing on melodies and synergism – perhaps the essence of improvisation. Except for the iconic hymn, “Rock of Ages”, Tom Moon composed all the pieces. The a slower-paced, moody, electronica-oriented cover of the revival-favorite religious number segues nicely into “Thank the Eyes” which features Moon’s sax along with Kevin Hanson on acoustic guitar.
In our view, Moon succeeds on several levels. His compositions are engaging and absorbing. The performances on Into the Ojala are inspired and the end result is a simultaneous blend of soothing music to which you enjoy listening as well as sounds that create a safe and healing environment. Provided Into the Ojala gets the airplay it deserves, Moon won’t have to visit hotel lounges to hear his work — but will if he does.