Little Spring

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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

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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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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