In The Canyon

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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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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


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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