The ORANGE Dream

MonaLisa Twins sitting on the floor and sifting through an old 60's vinyl collection


We don’t know about you but we for the most part are disappointed with the current chart music …

Hardly anything that is aimed at our generation has ever appealed to us, so we usually find ourselves digging deeper and deeper into the past to discover music that excites. 

Age and time are strange things. Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore. But we felt they are missing out on so much!

For us the Beatles kicked it all off …

It was like a magical transformation taking place. The same thing that teenagers experienced back in 1964 all over the world happened to us in 2007 when we went through our personal Beatlemania at the age of 13. Life changed drastically from then on. We found our purpose if you will.

Listening to the opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night”, the raw and unadulterated drive of “She Loves You”, the intimate and enticing sound of “Yesterday” or the impressive orchestral cacophony of “A Day In The Life”  – even thinking about those moments sends shivers down our spines.

Our interest for music skyrocketed, and we started playing and writing music predominantly inspired by the 60’s. We wanted to continue this spirit, we wanted to write and play music that had the magic and the same impact that those classic tracks had on us.

But how?

We were born into a country (Austria) that celebrates and cultivates classical and traditional folk music and that was rather detached from the humorous, easy going 60’s spirit we associated with England or the States.

We often joke about how we must have picked our parents wisely. We were born into a family with a dad who was a musician himself and would make us fall head over heels in love with music. In addition to all of that he was running one of Austria’s most successful recording studios! We really couldn’t have chosen any better 😉

The beginning of our journey …

So together with him and our equally awesome and creative step mom Michaela, who also happened to have lots of experience in business and marketing, we made plans: How are we going to make this insane dream a reality?

9 albums, 120+ music videos, 45+ million YouTube views and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, we have moved to live and work in the UK.

With a host of live shows in Europe, the USA and Australia, a UK tour with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, a recording session in Abbey Road Studios, a 2-year residency at the legendary Cavern Club (2014 – 2016), a collaboration with Woodstock legend John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), a Glastonbury performance and collaborations with Woodstock legend John Sebastian under our belt, we can say we’ve come a long way since daydreaming about the future at the age of 13.

And we cannot help but feel very proud about the fact that we did all of it our own way! Every video we released, every song we’ve written, every album we put out, every blog post on our website and our popular MLT Membership Club comes from the collective brain juice of our small but mighty team. (Sound of Music 2.0? 🙂 )

Our values and priorities …

By no means should that come across like we don’t want or need the help of other people, but it means we’re not willing to compromise. We simply won’t give away our creative freedom or values for any short term success. We created our own label – Woolgoose Records – and were able to build this incredibly supportive, like-minded fan community with the help of Social Media and the Internet.

Yes, there were many tempting offers from “X-factor”, “Talent”, “Idol”, “Voice” and other “GFQ” (Get Famous Quick) shows but after taking a closer look we quickly realized that this path wasn’t for us.

We love the internet for making it possible to have a direct relationship with our audience. In that regard we’re terribly lucky to be alive in this day and age as that was simply not possible before. It’s so much more fun receiving feedback on our new album through our website or social media than having to wait for what self-proclaimed “authorities” write in the newspaper the next day.

It’s because of people like YOU …

Therefore it’s people like you that could make “The ORANGE dream” a reality, people who share our yearning for change in the entertainment industry, who value honesty in music and can connect with our type of song writing.

Many of you are musicians yourselves, many are into the same music as we are, many of you have grown up in the 60’s and miss the spirit from back then, while others grew up in a later decade that musically didn’t speak to them, looking for an alternative. Whichever way you came across our music, we’re glad you did!

Join the movement …

We love to share our creations for free like our many, many YouTube videos. But to sustain and expand our activities we are dependent on the help of our listeners. We often get asked how one can best support us, and the answer is simply by donations towards our music/video projects, joining the MLT Club, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows.

The ORANGE chapter  …

So if you enjoy what we do, you can head over to the shop to get our original album “ORANGE”. We’d encourage you to check out the reviews that already dropped in, because some of them are real masterpieces. We could hardly believe how much time and diligence people have put into writing them, and how so many of them are extremely spot on about our intentions with this album. 

What do you think about the “The ORANGE dream” of getting melodious and harmonious songwriting back in today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and thanks again for listening to our tracks!

Stay groovy,
Mona & Lisa

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Jorge Ramirez Barragán
Jorge Ramirez Barragán
17 days ago

Hi, Monalisa
From México, América del Norte
More music from Beatles and Stones
Gracias

Bud Jackson
29 days ago

Hello Mona and Lisa and Family,
I’m looking forward to getting the new CD, Calendar and T-Shirt! I’ve seen many of your videos, and have shown some to my students, with many positive responses to your Music! WHOOPS! I didn’t mean to put “Retired Music Teacher” in my address! You can take that off! I have some great suggestions for music/videos for you to do! I’ll just suggest one first, because the 2nd one would be fantastic for you to do, but it’s very involved. So LATER with that idea!
1st song: I’m sure you’ve heard of Harry Nilsson, who was a wonderful songwriter & John Lennon’s buddy!
Harry’s song “Gotta Get Up” I believe would be a good song for you two to do. There’s a little lyric in the 2nd part that you could change, to make it more kid-friendly. But his alternate, unreleased version might be better for you, & it’s a zanier take on the album version. I have it on the CD “Nilsson Schmilsson.” I can see you guys doing a funny video version about getting up & ready to go, along with snippets from your typical busy day of rehearsing, recording, gigging, driving, adopting goslings. etc! I will TRY to send you a few videos if I can! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO! — Bud Jackson
1.) “Gotta Get Up” (1971 BBC Version — 2:45 min.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwQa_Ot7ss8

2.) “Gotta Get Up” (Unreleased version) 2:11 min.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QLh54hVjds

I hope you can do your own great arrangement of maybe the 2nd version, in a slightly higher key for you!
Anyway, it’s just a suggestion! (P.S. — I have a daughter that’s your age!)

THANK YOU!!!! — Bud Jackson

Jimmie Davis
Jimmie Davis
1 month ago

I get you. Thanks for the downloads. I love you music and your family is something very special. I haven’t heard your new music yet. I’m sure it is terrific.

Jimmie

Rex
Rex
1 month ago

Hi Mona and Lisa, thanks for the music.
My wife Wendy and I are both 72 and we love all your music. Watch your video clips most days, so clever. When I can finally get the MLT club membership to work I will join as I want the new album.
Love and best wishes from Adelaide in Australia, a place you once visited.

David
2 months ago

On weekends I go out to a little farmhouse I bought about 90 minutes’ drive away, where there’s no internet and no cable TV. So I listen to MLT on CD. Back in civilization during the week I’ll listen to songs on Youtube, so I go for something different when in the country. What I usually wind up doing is putting “It’s Alright” on repeat and letting it go for hours. That song has so much energy and such a positive message I find I cannot tire of listening to it. Afterwards, I can’t shake the feeling that I will be just fine. 🙂

John
John
2 months ago

Great duo, I met all the Beatles many years ago in the clubs & was fortunate enough to see them play live so naturally I was interested when I discovered your videos on You Tube, particularly the New Cavern Club performances, the original club was demolished years ago but the replacement looks very similar. I have your albums & enjoy them very much thank you for the music.

Mary Brown
Mary Brown
7 months ago

Very new!! So refreshing!!! I’m gonna buy your CD and brush the dust off my CD player. I’ve been waiting so long for some good music, finally I have music to listen to again. I love the videos ❤️

Ringo
Ringo
7 months ago

You had me at “I bought myself a politician”. BTW, I am old enough that actually saw the Beatles when they played on the Ed Sullivan Show and Beatlemania exploded. Miss those days.

Richard Fonvielle
Richard Fonvielle
8 months ago

OMG. You are the sisters I never had. I am way, way older than you two, but we are on the same wavelength. Wish I could sit in with one of your sessions, just to immerse myself in your music.

Mark Mosely
Mark Mosely
8 months ago

Love that you love the Beatles! In my opinion one of the most creative, talented and innovative groups ever. It looks like you are following in their footsteps. Love your music!

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