Jasmine Dreams, Vol​.​2 (2018)

by Dan Frechette

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These are some of the best songs I wrote between 1991 and 1993, all songs written on my 12 string "Jasmine" (made by Takamine) guitar, that I still own. This is a sequel to "Jasmine Dreams, Vol. 1" from 2016. That album had more of my earliest songs from 1991, while this album contains songs mostly written 6 months later toward the middle/end of 1991.

This album was recorded from November 19 to December 7, 2018 on a 24 track Tascam 2488 Neo, my second one, because my first one is going into storage, being full of 6 years of my recorded music, and I wanted the least amount of learning curve moving ahead with a new studio. You'll hear my Jasmine 12 string strung with silk and steel strings featured prominently on all tracks. There's a few tracks I stereo recorded it and panned the tracks hard right and left in the mix to 180 the sound (Free The Beast, Places To Hide, etc). Vocals were recorded using AKG C3000, and guitar and other instrument tracks recorded with Apex 191 pencil condenser. Bass was plugged direct - sometimes played with a pick but mostly with fingers. I use dead old La Bella Flatwounds strings on my Jazz bass. Electric Stratocaster guitar plugged direct on many songs and sometimes miked through my Fender Blues Jr. 12 string "electric" guitar (on Free The Beast, and Bound For Somewhere) was actually my Jasmine 12 string acoustic plugged into my Blues Jr. played through a 1950's Dearmond 210 soundhole pickup (same one Elmore James and Lightnin' Hopkins used). On this album I debut my 1950 Supro Lap slide guitar - the tone is out of this world and is in Open E tuning (played backwards as I have not had a chance to switch it to left handed yet) and featured on a number of songs (Picture Perfect Girl, War Of Love, Call Of The Wild, Danger In The Past, Mr. Man) all the other slide sounds you hear are my Fender Mexican Stratocaster played with a glass slide. On this recording there is also an appearance on a few songs of my 1960's Oscar Schmidt Autoharp. You can hear me playing drums on all the songs. This is a quality studio drum set I have been lent indefinitely by my friend Justin. It was miked with two Shure Beta 87A phantom powered mics - one on the kick and one next to the hi hat and the snare. I used a mix of Hall and Studio reverbs set between 1.5 to 4 seconds, depending on the song. I wanted an ominous sound for many of these songs and I think the mix of instruments and reverbs did a great job of this.

For the record - I'm not an audiophile type recording artist, selling into the "musician's friend" cash grab, and realized early on that most of my favorite records in the 50's and 60's were recorded with far cruder equipment than we all enjoy using today!

Enjoy and spread the word, and pay for a download. It took me 60 hours to record, mix and sequence this album. No musician gets a "free pass" because everyone else gives it away. Every download goes directly to my day to day life costs. Thank you for your support!

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released December 7, 2018

All songs written by Dan Frechette. Copyright Dan Frechette 1991, 1992, and 1993. All songs registered with SOCAN.

Recorded, Mixed by Dan Frechette at "The Shed" in Bonny Doon, California between November 19 and December 7, 2018.

Dan Frechette: Vocals, Six string acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar (Jasmine), Electric Stratocaster guitar, Lap Slide Guitar, Lap Resonator guitar, mandolin, autoharp, bass, drums, percussion.

Album cover photo by Mike Latchislaw and graphic layout by Dan Shnier at Ironstone Technologies.

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Track Name: Be So Far Away
Be So Far Away

So you say that love is mighty
and they point their fingers at you
and you ask me if they're crying
but you know very well that's wrong
and almost all these memories are faint
and are as distant as the night
but that's only my opinion
and it don't matter anyway

Like the motionless victim who is frightened
of everyone who resists
you would be so very enlightened
if you found out you do exist
and almost all your friends will stare
when you're escaping from your soul
but that's only my opinion
and it don't matter anyway

(Chorus)
How could you seem so close and yet be so far away?
How could you seem so close and yet be so far away?

Are you tired and weary of strangers
that tell you all but the truth
and you tell them no they're lying
and they show you their big badge
and now almost all your future is dim
and is as painful as you like
but that's only my opinion
and it don't matter anyway.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Heartless Warrior
Heartless Warrior

Curious man
superstitious fears
well you're taking a stand
yet you're crying for help
Big desperados
desperate but true
have taken it all that's left
of you now

Well they're talking to you
numbering your days
While you stand with your back turned
well you're smelling the place
everybody was
listening to you
well you made them a promise
but you broke it too soon, yeah.

(Chorus)
Don't you wish you had your gun
you could show them how you feel
and they'll lock you in your little room
and you'll be angry
you'll be alone
you'll be alone

You'll be a heartless warrior
singing songs in vain
gambling all the money
that you've gathered in vain
You can't find your way
out of the black
still searching for something
you know you can't have

(Chorus)
Track Name: Picture Perfect Girl
Picture Perfect Girl

Don't you know he really misses you?
Don't you know he really cares?
There ain't no two ways about it girl
you've got to try to treat him fair
He may not have possession now
over your heart or your soul
Put yourself in his position
he's a fool on his own.

(Chorus)
Well he told me to tell you
he will catch you on the run
before you find someone new
and tell him you're in love
it's been a while since you left him
and he's really shaken up
saying all he wants is his
picture perfect girl

Some people will betray
everything but their plans
and by the time I tell him what you're saying
He'll be on your trail again
By the look in your eyes
I know he won't be destroyed
I'll let you tell him the good news, girl
there's nothing left to avoid

(Chorus)
Track Name: War Of Love
War Of Love

So who is caught in the middle of your big war now?
So who is gonna be up for the mission impossible?
You'll be running to the places where the faces just don't know your name
and you'll be hiding deep inside barely uttering a cry yeah
So who is gonna be caught in your war of love?

Across the street there's rebels threatening to dance with you
behind the tavern the lonely preacher waits for you
behind the gates those rebels want to dance with you
but you don't talk to strangers
because love fears they're dangerous

(Chorus)

And you don't talk to strangers
because love fears they're dangerous
you don't talk to strangers

(Chorus)
Track Name: Bound For Somewhere
Bound For Somewhere

When the sun went down
I was alone
No one around
Nobody home
In your eyes I saw the pain
Not the eyes I usually saw

(Chorus)
How many days did we spend
bound for somewhere?
Waiting for the spirit to climb?
How many times were we cast into blackness
only to look for something
in the unknown?
In the unknown?

Building bridges made out of stone
we carried our burdens
lived for our goals
but deep in the night
'til deep in the day
we had to hide
or we'd get lost.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Places To Hide
Places To Hide

They can color us bad
but it don't matter what side we're on
There's no taking back the things that we've done
since yesterday

We've escaped all but temptation
and all those lines have been crossed
There's no telling the direction
we were drifting from town to town.

(Chorus)
Those days of glory are not a long time away
Those days of glory are coming on out to play

I love to dream and you know why
There's things I believe in that need to be tried
There's a journey ahead with no places to hide at all.
I love to dream and you know why
There's things I believe in that need to be tried
There's a journey ahead with no places to hide at all.

Now I see all the beauty
in the things I never spared
I've given in to your loving
and the differences we share

There's something you should know
They can color us bad
but they have little to show
compared to the spirit we have.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Call Of The Wild
Call Of The Wild

Been waiting for a long time
to find out where I'm going
One day I'll just disappear
without anybody knowing

(Chorus)
And I'm going
far away to the promiseland
and I'm going
where the promise remains
When I'm going
I'll turn around and say
What you gonna do when the
call of the wild comes your way?

Staying here ain't easy
when something's calling from deep inside
it's tough to beat
to make ends meet
after years of killing time

(Chorus)

I don't fear anxiety
anxiety's my fear
nothing's happening here
and the river wind will
now blow on forever.
Then one day I'll wake up
and the sun will fade to black
And I'll fear I'm under attack
from the shadow king
who is afraid of his own shadow.

Been waiting for a long time
to find out where I'm going
One day I'll just disappear
without anybody knowing

(Chorus)
Track Name: Free The Beast
Free The Beast

Chaos reigns throughout the night
and sleeps undisturbed
and awakens with a watchful eye
when it hears anything unheard
There's a gap outside that's ten years wide
and can only be filled by space
while the fate of all is determined
by the outlaws of the human race

(Chorus)
And though it's hard to keep one's mind
Been waiting so long now there is no time
oh please
mama won't you free the beast from me?
And though it's hard to keep one's mind
Been waiting so long now there is no time
oh please
mama won't you free the beast from me?

A genius will overestimate
how much filth gets around
while an anarchist will under-rate
a good night on the town
and though they've got their promises
for things that remain to be seen
out of vain they will overtake time that will never cease

And though it's hard to keep one's mind
they must find out if they're out of time
oh please
mama won't you free the beast from me?

And though it's hard to keep one's mind
they must find out if they're out of time
oh please
mama won't you free the beast from me?
won't you free the beast from me?
won't you free the beast from me?
Track Name: Danger In The Past
Danger In The Past

I heard you were skipping town
Finally running away from me

Being betrayed for I stepped out of line
sharing the blame for some peace of mind
but you're coming of age in your own time
there was too much danger in the past

(Chorus)
When you ride through the wind
will you love that you're escaping
you should be lost in your happiness
like a king among the poor
when you dare to find the sights
of the life that you've been missing
you should be glad that you are winning
like a king among the poor

Being portrayed as a man of might
I led you to stand for what I thought was right
but you're coming of age in the nick of time
leaving all your danger in the past.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Mr. Man
Mr. Man

(chorus) There is no measure for time in heaven
There are no thundering skies in heaven
and all the laws are lies here in heaven
only the distant light does shine in heaven

It takes a lot to give what you don't want to keep
hey hey hey Mr. Man?
and it takes a lot of mouth to talk well - too afraid to take a stand
But you know sometime way on down the road
you'll wish you'd never been born
and with all that lack of loving
it'd be tough not to be destroyed oh no?

(chorus)

You took a lot of punishment through all your years
hey hey hey Mr. Man?
and you thought you would be someone but you wondered if you'd get a chance
when all your friends had all kinds of success
while you drove your busted up truck
and they laughed at your for nothing
boy they sure did push their luck oh no?

Nobody loses their mind in heaven
there are no places to hide in heaven
there is no room for crimes in heaven
nobody loses their life in heaven.
Track Name: Emotional Breakdown Woman
Emotional Breakdown Woman

I wasn't born to stand behind you
Always there to follow
This time the time will finally be right
I've been under a spell too long
you took me in and told me to leave
It's my turn to leave you behind.

(Chorus)
I don't fear at all the pain
My dream's a memory
I'm to blame
An emotional breakdown woman is all I fear
It's hard to lose you the spells been tossed
where ever the things we lose get lost
Toss it back when you're down there ...sometime.

I should have known that I'd be through
getting you to treat me good
Hey girl, I'm trying to get it across
I wasn't born to stand behind you
always there to follow.
You know I wouldn't anyhow.

Chorus
Track Name: Fight Back Twice As Hard
Fight Back Twice As Hard

You must be tired of always running away
Imprisoned by the walls that collapsed behind
you should be trying to stop the ones that you hate
from leaving their tracks in the bad books of your mind

You admit that you didn't step out of line
by listening to the voices in your mind
are you wishing upon any starts tonight
to get what you deserved in time?

Will they ever find you
The bigot in disguise who would leave them with a reason
to fight back twice as hard?
Will they ever find you
The bigot in disguise who would leave them with a reason
to fight back twice as hard?

I think you aimed your gun full of hopes too high
since you wasted your time here mending scars
before the sun stands planted in the sky
the road ahead will vanish in the dark

(Chorus)

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