Desert Sounds (2018)

by Jacob Acosta

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $19.99 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    *NOW Including the bonus item: Desert Sounds Map and Lyrics in PDF and Physical format!!

    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.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Desert Sounds (2018) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more
    ships out within 3 days

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 4 Jacob Acosta releases available on Bandcamp and save 20%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Desert Sounds (2018), Silver Lining (2015), For The People By The People (2014), and Chants of Diplomacy (2013). , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $34.39 USD or more (20% OFF)

     

1.
2.
3.
03:02
4.
5.
6.
7.
03:07
8.
9.
03:06
10.
02:32
11.
12.
07:48
13.
14.

about

*NOW INCLUDED: Bonus item Desert Sounds Map and Lyrics in PDF format!!

credits

released May 26, 2018

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Jacob Acosta Tucson, Arizona

Jacob Acosta has released 12 records between himself, Mason, HYTS, Roll Acosta, and Race You there. He has been featured on NPR and produced by John Vanderslice. He is a national performing artist in Tucson, AZ, and has just released his biggest album to date, 'Desert Sounds'. His new record is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. ... more

contact / help

Contact Jacob Acosta

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Desert Sounds
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
Track Name: Raining
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
Track Name: Fields Of Lavender (Vaquero)
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
Track Name: In The Canyon
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
Track Name: Down To Mexico
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
Track Name: Del Sol
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
Track Name: German American Girl
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
Track Name: Time To Go
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
Track Name: Mi Niña
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
Track Name: Kitchen Table and Our Living Room
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
Track Name: Seven Kings
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
Track Name: Little Spring
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

If you like Jacob Acosta, you may also like: