Desert Sounds (2018)

by Jacob Acosta

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    The fourteen tracks on Desert Sounds showcase the symphonic and classically trained background of Acosta’s talents as a graduate from the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. The woven melodies of trumpets, violins, and Jacob’s vocals and whistling are married to a wide variety of percussion, from a standard drum set to worldly musical instruments like the guiro, cabasa, various shells, and surdo drum. As a multi-instrumentalist Jacob performed and recorded on piano, timpani, voice, guitar, keyboards, bass, auxiliary percussion, and additionally arranged and composed all fourteen original songs for this record. Other featured instrumentalists on this album include the incredible sounds of Courtney Pinski and Dale Clark on violins, Jason Allen on bass, Mike Ankomeus on flute and trumpet, Adam Guenthner and Jeanne Mayer on trumpets, and Andre Gressieux on percussion.

    The lyrical interplay, arrangements, and literary storytelling is reminiscent of 60’s and 70’s groups like The Moody Blues and America. The album starts with a prelude of animal sounds from the Southwest in a dawn to night-time sequence, and ends with an instrumental finale featuring all the musical motifs from the songs on the record. This labor-of-love anthology was tracked in Tucson at local and home studios, was mixed by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Studios, and mastered by Jason Livermore. Desert Sounds is a cinematic ode to the Southwest desert with a collection of musical stories that pay tribute to Arizona and the greater Sonoran region.

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For, I crave, that air, the honeysuckle and the dutch-man’s pipe, at my ankles and thighs Lift, my spirit, oh can you, hear the crunch of all the Walk-ing sticks, bindweeds and dried swordleaves The prarie clover, wild as corporate turnover Heat slurs, melodies in this dry valley concur Sweet the sounds of, my paradise, the waking life All around us it grows, Fill my house up, with light Play every note to your heart’s delight Silvercups, and golden seeds, Petey names Mesquitey trees and every trail that flows Ebberlein, seems to know Sweet the sounds of, my paradise, my pulse inside Sharpens when I survey and preside Making time for the ones who know the score They worry less, cause their song goes on, and on Even when we’re gone
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Raining 03:02
Hey now it's raining I'm not complaining I'm just saying that it's raining Would you look outside it's beautiful The javelinas all are playing and my high I've been sustaining And it's magical Hey now it's raining Although the streets aren't quickly draining Visibility is fading, I must say again In this hot drought ridden basin, I'm so glad to see some Nimbostratus rolling in, yeah Hey now it's hailing Even the roadrunner is slowing, rattlers, lizards, snowbirds, desert rats are knowing Maybe it's time to find some cover Steal the warmth of one another safe inside But honey would you care to dance with me We can do cha cha cha in privacy We can rumba, salsa, tango Waltz around until 3, in the morning then we'll sleep Hit the trail for the afternoon Name a coati trip around and soon We'll make our way back to the pad Aren't you glad it was raining Well darling me too, yeah Hey it stopped raining That was the best 15 minutes, sometimes hour, sometimes evening That I've ever had No I can't wait 'til it starts raining, not complaining, I'm just saying Hope it comes back again But honey would you care to dance with me We can play the game of life in privacy We can play broken guitars Man our own personal bar Til last call comes for us both Or we can both hit the town tonight Revel in our Southwest paradise Aren't you glad that is was raining Yeah aren't you glad it was raining I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that it's raining I'm just stating that to you
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Fields of lavender always remind me When I breathe you in, I can taste your skin Am I holding on to such a beautiful spectre, a splendor A serenade that constantly whispers my name I've heard rumors from Kaibab to the Juniper Mountains Many others have seen but then so few believe you are still here And I still ask the great horned and sometimes the pygmy Are listening, are you listening Have you seen her or heard her song Vaquero, don't you worry for me I'm where I'm supposed to be Gathering fields of lavender and oh won't you please sing about me So they all know I will not just be a memory I'll be with you wherever you go So I keep riding And I always speak of you They call me the revenant And some of them see me too Just a lonely vaquero, around in the wind You won't just be my memory You'll be one for all of them
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Meet me in the canyon, past the gardens, by the river You know I'll be cleansing my soul Hush now, 'cause the creatures all around here are observing Let's not disturb them Just be thankful that now we can finally breathe Meet me by Ribbon Falls so there's beauty for us all Where we are safe from every phone call and plaguing distraction Oh, and look up for Mr. Harris, and Mrs. Harris, and brother Harris We can take turns like them, circling round to no end 'Til we finally collapse, and we feel born again 'Til we feel born again After 800 years the natives will tell ya How the sacred walls and waters have changed them all Not one dinosaur could have predicted Such a history and a spirit In this chasm, can't you hear it? Don't let it go So where's the gold now, in the limestone Coronado and Joseph Ives don't know a thing 35 million need the river, and their children and their children Oh the wildlife, and the weather, let's all go now Breathe it together After 8000 years can we come back here? I've got plans to palaver with the Pinyon jays Every living heart will taste the embers As the flame dances, tells new stories of this place Of this place Meet me in the canyon Darling meet me in the canyon
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Down to Mexico Load up the caravan it's time to go Did you remember the cervezas, it's unforgivable Let's just leave 'em at the border, find your own tacos and mota Señorita sing, still have 200 miles let's believe That I'm Vicente and you're Lucha, and please move over I think I see a spot that's perfect for a picture I don't really care for anything too serious today Let's go on an adventure Tontos gringos they will say And if we get arrested, have some 20's, on our way Oh hermosa, muy bonita, let's get lost in this city tonight Fall asleep by the ocean and count all the starts in the sky ¿Que onda Señor? Here for the weekend, but I want so much more A small casita maybe by the shore, a place to serenade Or sometimes misbehave How much would that go for I don't really care for anything too serious today Let's go on an adventure Tontos gringos they will say And if we get arrested, have some 20's, on our way Llevame contigo, llevame Se va a termina la noche, llevame Mi corazón, lo tienes, mi amor Llevame contigo, llevame No me puedes, vivir sin ti Llevame querida, llevame No, I don't really care for anything too serious today Let's go on an adventure Tontos gringos let them say And if we get arrested, well then maybe we should stay Yeah
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Del Sol 03:07
Oh no These kinds of things don't happen to everyone So long It seems to me that summer draws out the chance to stay right at home, right home So dear, bring me cold one, Grab your instruments and paint me some song And let me see, every burst of color Guess this summer's just as fair as the next one I guess just this one Oak trees, water right from the stream Green melons are on the scene Mountains sweating, and scales beam Such a grand display, oh mother can we stay Can this go on forever, sometimes it feels that way Short nights, sometimes the wet kind The faces shine and glow And the sands, will call for you somewhere Of course you should go It's beautiful outside you know Don't you know Why must I see what's like to grow and feel the pain that's mine I swear I'd like to sail away from it all But I know It will go I will grow Once I turn down the dial Margaritas and pile myself onto a chair Fall asleep now if I dare Oh no These kinds of things don't happen to everyone So long It seems to me that this summer's just as fair as the next one, just as fair, that's right Don't you think so too
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Pink, red, and yellow mountains Married in color, the sun smiles upon us again Some neighborhood's you know forever Prickly armed, for the Barrio draws, and it sticks in your memory Like the scenery Like the best parts of me And how I want to tell somebody this news Not read what is written, multiply like the mammals Who take to the wind, disappear in the night And at dusk, we all search with our eyes To find all we need to survive The darkest skies pace the citrus trees for good times Water beyond the fences, are we armed with the right defenses Hear the music See the blood in the moon Create the culture 'Cause we know it will all be gone soon I myself am taking some chances, not always sure or aware But I love this German-american girl Dancing for those mariachi bands Sing to falling rain upon my sking 'Cause I know where I belong Taking each day as it comes Nothing special to anyone And I'm living here with my German-american girl I myself am taking some chances, not always sure or aware But I love this German-american girl Listening for those desert dogs tonight Mockingbirds will sing with all their might 'Cause I know where I belong Taking each day as it comes Nothing special to anyone And I'll die here with my German-american girl My German-american girl Oh my German-american girl
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Time To Go 03:06
I think it's time for me to go Feel like this bar's become Old Monkeyshine, and karaoke Hey man I should probably take it slow Hey Sara can I get me one more "you look nice" before I hit the road Don't you worry about me Not much longer will I be before I'm in your arms Hey now darling you're so sweet, like mimosa's from P & P I can't wait to get home We can still kiss the night away, like two new lovers down at Che's Matching mojitos celebrate, while local chatter dissipates Just one more glass of water I'll see you soon, but now It's time for me to go Barrio blonde at ten 'o' clock But it's been awhile since 47 Scott Don't think I'm trying to be aloof How much stronger is the proof I need to make you understand The Shelter that I need's with you The one across our street's not too bad too Really love you a-chelada, do you like michelada too I think we make a perfect brew, yeah I'm just watching Mikey blow on the horn over here honey I'll be home right after this I promise Can someone please get me a glass of water, thank you Don't you worry about me Not much longer will I be before I'm in your arms Hey now darling you're so sweet, like mimosa's from P & P I can't wait to get home We can still kiss the night away, like two new lovers down at Che's Matching mojitos celebrate, while local chatter dissipates Just one more glass of water I'll see you soon, but now It's time for me to go Don't you worry now my darling I am coming, cause it's time for me to go Well, maybe just one more
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Mi Niña 02:32
Oh when you speak to me I hear the dearest things, that I've ever Have ever heard in my whole life And with your new ideas, I find myself embracing time With all of its decay and the changes that will come my way I welcome them, I'm glad to say Thanks to you And wherever you go, it's important that you know I there with you And your doubts about the truth, and the silly things your friends believe You start to believe them too But since you've opened up your eyes, I've sworn to see you through Despite all the best, and the worst parts of you You know that this is true I think you do
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Bless my soul without any warning You were there when I awoke Now my heart and days are full The kitchen table and our living room I can't believe that you, you and I we've come together in this place So excuse my joy, and how amazed I am to see your lovely face Talk to me now Tell me baby Finally found and see, reasons for living that are beyond me It seems that somewhere, this universe was planning for a love this sweet Oh did I tell you your eyes, my love Shine like stars in the midnight skies And when I wake in the morning, wake up in the morning I'm so happy that we're both alive
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Seven Kings 07:48
He looked up, hand shaking, into their eyes When the sands bit, he tasted, the end of his time But the riders insisted he come along Now instead of dying, he's never gone Never gone When the sandstorms hit this desert plain And the clouds drop down miles of pouring rain Loud and mighty he travels through this place With the riders who drive for the Seven Kings All the rangers and the lawmen knew his name The black rider was a killer and wanted for his game But the story was that somebody shot him down Now there's no one who has seen him since around No, not since around But the lightning here crashes like a gun And the thunder pounds like the hooves of a stallion And the valley fills drowns, washes away the dead Take cover my love, he's coming through again When it's over, the wind cries out a little tune I think he's wishing, that someone knew Knew how to save him, from the storm Oh and the riders, and his own heart His own... Heart
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Oh that sunny Arizona Anno domini for those believers But the natives who were here first saw it differently Hohokam along with tribes of O'Odham Til Father Marcos came for gold Vasco's spanish explorers they would soon rule, Mexico Thank your president, Texas mindset It's our destiny, we deserve it Precious metals, land of honey, now for a railway Oh how we loved gunfights and coyotes Damned the monsoons for our little spring The hot sun wasn't much of a bother, for Colorado's estuary And oh, what a grand and rich oasis Don't tell those other places, what we've found Til they vow to be caretakers Oh, cause I love the rain and sunshine Saguaros in my skyline, rugged mountains, lakes and canyons, In my little spring Caves for swimming, wine and winnings Western stunt men, planes of history Old stone missions, night time visions And snow just up the interstate Second home til you see you can stay more Or perhaps you believe you're where you're supposed to be Like the winged in the sky who collect on this beach Oh someday the oceans will reveal what I see And oh, what a grand and rich oasis Don't tell those other places, what we've found Til they vow to care and be one of us now Oh, cause we love the rain and sunshine Saguaros in our skyline, rugged mountains, lakes and canyons In our little spring Remember the time this desert told stories We shared in our glories, and drew lines for seeds Not just for enemies I believe this land still has conversations Put your ear to the ground some Realize what we have And that there's still a chance Oh that sunny Arizona, dónde vivo, mis amigos Don't forget to stop and listen To our little spring
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released May 26, 2018

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Jacob Acosta Tucson, Arizona

Jacob Acosta is an international performing artist based in Tucson, Arizona. He has released 14 records in the genres of blues rock, indie-shoegaze, pop, deep house, progressive house, americana and folk since 2008 by his own namesake along with the groups Mason, Burning West, HYTS, Roll Acosta, and Race You There. ... more

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