Suitcase and Soulful

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about

Written and recorded over a two year span, "Suitcase and Soulful" represents nine songs by Birmingham, Alabama songwriter Josh Vasa. "Suitcase and Soulful" surveys a spectrum of themes ranging from love and loss to literary insanity and contemplative, gradual redemption.

"Suitcase and Soulful" includes tracks from two separate, distinct recording sessions. Session 1 began at AudioCzar Productions in the Spring of 2012 with Brad Lyons, Mac Kramer, Josh Vasa, Landon Robertson and Tony Wachter. Subsequent sessions at the home of producer Brad Lyons produced songs "Anyhow", "Eight Miles", "Song Number 4" and "Fawn".

Session 2 began in the summer of 2012. At the suggestion of producer Brad Lyons, three musicians packed a car and headed to the quiet woods of Springville, AL to spend a weekend recording, grilling steaks and tightening up lyrics. With a portable pre-amp stack, a bag of cords, one iMac, two stools, two microphones, two guitars and a keyboard, Deena Emaish, Brad Lyons and Josh Vasa laid down the majority of tracks for songs "Places", "Into the Ether", "Josephine", "Nothing to Me" and "Cold As Ice" in two ad hoc studio rooms: one gutted out living room and country kitchen. Additional accompaniment by Mollie McFarland (viola), Carrie Hill (accordion) - and some elemental magic by Lyons - rounded out the second session.

Enjoy the songs. Comments welcome at SanyasiMusic@Gmail.com.

credits

released 14 June 2013

Produced by: Brad Lyons and Josh Vasa

Engineered by: Brad Lyons and Landon Robertson

Mixed by: Landon Robertson

Album Cover Art: Sam George

All songs written by Josh Vasa except:
"Anyhow" Josh Vasa, Brad Lyons

ALBUM THANKS:
Many thanks to all those who contributed (musically or otherwise):
Brad "Shea Stadium" Lyons
Mac "Right On!" Kramer
Aaron "Drop It Directly Into The Box" Goldberg
Deena Emaish
Brian Murphy
Landon Robertson
Nicole Janeen Stine
Vasundhara Vegesina
Ratnamma Vegesina
Carrie Hill
Mollie McFarland
Freddie Vasa
Second Lieutenant Evan Milligan
Shema Mbyrukira
Aaron Latham
Sam George

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Track Name: Places
LYRICS

finding out
it was all along
hidden from you

you sat it out
for a while
without a clue

without all the pain
of ever falling down
you never had to reach for anybody 'cause

you hung on to your sins
without a single doubt
and left me for those cold and lonely other things

you left it all
turned your back
into the woods

you sat it out
for a long, long time
for anything resembling you

without all your heart
you left it all behind
to find it all beneath a Bodhi tree

then on another path
with lotus in your eyes
and fire in your hands

of all the places
you prefer the desert to the rain

I'm trying to find
a bed that has the warmth of you again

without a game to ever play
I know that I will never ever win

I'm trying to make you disagree
about everything you've said about my name

about my name

like watching mountains
turn to stone again
we have time
Track Name: Into the Ether
LYRICS

into the ether
into the sea
into the cold, dark places that I cannot see

into the air
into the sea
into the hollow, hollow places no one sees

you and I had always taken chances
though we had not ever had answers

you and I had always taken chances
though we had not ever had answers
Track Name: Josephine
LYRICS

she came from thousands of miles
suitcase and soul full of smiles
though she made her mistakes when she was young
time breaks the chain of the sadness she's sung

she copes in thousands of ways
breaks down those tormented days
to a place where her memories have won
the images fight for the loneliest one

Josephine's little light
calls her out of every night
pours right out and over all she sees

won't believe she's anywhere
can't believe she'll ever care
tell her leave a little out for me

she paints for thousands of days
portraits of wayfaring mazes
the days they go on, they go on
she pulls down the shades just to block out the sun

Josephine's little light
calls her out of every night
pours right out and over all she sees

Josephine, oh, Josephine
close your eyes, you'll never see
baby leave a little out for me
Track Name: Nothing to Me
LYRICS

meek and mild
you ran from the wild
gasping for someone to see

so called "Sophie"
you once were a trophie
but really you mean nothing to me

on and on she's singing along
to the songs in her head
that'll tell her she's alright

and on and on she'll carry along
to the place that she knows
that she's no longer something to me

she tallies her fees
as she hurriedly sees through
promises broken and torn

dons her glasses
and sorts through the ashes
from all the dead bodies she's worn

on and on she's singing a song
to the songs in her head
that'll tell her she's alright

and on and on she'll carry along
to the place that she knows
that she's no longer something to me

on and on she's singing along
to the songs in her head
that'll tell her she's alright

and on and on she'll carry along
to the place that she knows
that she's no longer something to me
Track Name: Cold as Ice
LYRICS

sleeping all around the bend
fighting the thoughts
again and again

I'm cold as ice
she said to me

I'm not right
so don't ask me

every night
just you and me

cold as ice
Track Name: Anyhow
LYRICS

you've got a pretty little smile
that takes me a little while
to believe in now

anyhow

you've got eyes that anticipate
burning through everything
that I'm making now

anyhow

Jesus don't lie
love belongs to us
please save me, no don't hand me down

anyhow

baby please just save me, no don't hang me around
anyhow
hang around

anyhow

you've got a lot of funny nerve
to think that I could ever walkout
on you dear

no, my dear

you play a lot of silly games
time now to watch them all wither away now
anyhow

'cause I'm yours now

Jesus don't lie
love belongs to us
please save me, no don't hand me down

anyhow

baby please just save me, no don't hang me around
anyhow
hang around

anyhow
Track Name: Eight Miles
LYRICS

she owns a parking lot
where all the cars are simply
not the kind she'd like to see

banged, bruised and on their way
banged, bruised and on their way
banged, bruised and on their way

Walk down a vacant lot
holding a photograph of her
she shines a timid smile

that lights the darkest night
that lights the darkest night
that lights the darkest night

she wears a brand new scarf
the kind that folds upon itself
your eyes won't ever tell

where you are bound to go
where you are bound to go
where you are bound to go

look at the milage sign
eight miles from love of life it says
seems like a might devise

somehow to speed the way
somehow to speed the way
somehow to speed the way
Track Name: Song Number 4
LYRICS

she looks out upon the ledge
and dreams of sailing

on some big cloud she'll cry out loud
for never failing

she looks inside her quiet mind
to tame her thoughts from wailing

her broken heart can't find a start
without a chance of ailing

nothing hides from truth like me, like me

she said nothing in this world
can erase me, can erase me
nothing in this world
can erase me, can erase me

she walks in grinning a grin
about the oddness

she asks out loud with all this doubt
how could my God miss?

she climbs inside her callous mind
to find a place that's sacred

but there, instead, inside her head
is all the universes saying

nothing hides from truth like me , like me

she said nothing in this world
can erase me, can erase me
nothing in this world
can erase me, can erase me

nothing in this world is real
she said it's all inside my head
nothing in this world is real
she said it's all inside my head
Track Name: Fawn
LYRICS

I'll fawn over you
you'll fawn over me
after all we've been through
we'll wallow you'll see

everywhere we go love it gets a little crazy
everywhere we go we get a little high
sometimes when we fall
we fall a little hard
just so we know

everywhere we go