German American Girl

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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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lyrics

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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from Desert Sounds (2018), released May 26, 2018

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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

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