Jasmine Dreams, Volume #2 (2018)

by Dan Frechette

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1.
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)
2.
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)
3.
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)
4.
War Of Love 03:23
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)
5.
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)
6.
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)
7.
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)
8.
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?
9.
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)
10.
Mr. Man 03:43
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.
11.
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
12.
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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Recording Notes:

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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