Advice From Strangers, New Psychedelic Song

I was standing inside a dimly lit bar,
He saw me acting for a crowd from afar,
It was “Ulysses,”
A book I’ve never read.

He told me that he thought I could be a star,
I told him that I’d never acted before,
But I was certain,
I’d rather sing instead.

I told him I’d never really loved before,
He told me I had to find someone that I admire,
And he was right.

Rode back from singing on a summer night,
I was on the back of his blue motorbike,
I didn’t tell hiim,
I was enjoying the ride.

We ended up playing guitar in the park,
He told me it was pretty lonely to work,
As a performer,
But I still wanted to try.

I told him I’d never really loved before,
He told me I had to find someone that i admire,
And he was right.

Funny they don’t know that I’m still thinking,
About the words that they passed on,
I wonder if they have a memory,
Or if I’m already gone.

When it comes to pieces of wisdom people impart,
Just remember they’re kind of like a shirt,
Some of them will fit you well,
And others, well, they won’t,
You gotta find the ones you like the most.

Sat on a bench in the French Garden of Flowers,
Drinking the wine that we’d been sharing for hours,
And then I told him,
Maybe I need a routine.

He said I needed to just do what I love,
No sense in wasting time and finding a job,
That will consume me,
And make me live too clean.

I told him I’d never really loved before
He told me I had to find someone that I admire
I told, he told
I said, he said,
I told, he said, I. . .

{Note: Some of the hushed whispers are excerpts from James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” a book I’ve never read.}

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A New Song for Summer!

I’m happy to share my new song, “Summertime.” A big thank you to Jim Tuerk for producing and playing beautiful guitar, Alex Hall for playing drums, and Mark Yoshizumi for recording and mixing. Happy summer to all of you! Let’s make it a great one!

Summertime,
What will it be for you?
Summertime,
How will you see it through?

Will it pass on swiftly like a little breeze you hardly felt at all?
Will it linger in your mind as long as light before the evening falls?

Summertime,
That’s when I met you, dear,
Summertime,
Everything was sincere,

And you swept me off my feet without so much as any warning,
And we heard the wolves outside the tent and held each other all the way until the morning.

Summertime, summertime, summertime, summertime, summertime

Summertime,
What will it be for you?
Summertime,
How will you see it through?

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Written by Josefina Asconapé
Recorded & mixed by Mark Yoshizumi at Minbal Studios, Chicago
Produced by Jim Tuerk

Josefina Asconapé – Vocals
Jim Tuerk – Acoustic Guitars
Alex Hall – Drums

UPDATE!

Courtney Cimo and I went to the beach the other day and shot a video for the song.  Check it out!

Passing Russell Square [Single]

 

All songs written by Josefina Asconapé

Recorded & mixed by Mark Yoshizumi

“Words” and “Penny Jar” recorded at IV Lab Studios, Chicago with additional recording at Reverb, Chicago
“Maisy” recorded at Minbal, Chicago with additional recording at IV Lab Studios

Mastered by Shawn Hatfield at Audible Oddities

Produced by Jim Tuerk

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Josefina Asconapé – Piano, Vocals
Jim Tuerk – Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Joe Darnaby – Electric Guitar, 12-String Guitar
Michael Lux – B-Bender Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Lyman – Pedal Steel
Alex Hall – Drums