1 Take Zeroisms

by San Joaquin

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From www.sanjoaquinmusic.com/blog.html.

My first album as San Joaquin is done! Thank you Brian Bond for mixing and mastering it.

The album is called “1 Take Zeroisms,” a kind of offshoot of an album called “Zeroisms” I’m piecing together in collaboration with singer-songwriter/producer/DJ James Ryan (Olde Sake). Most of the songs off "1 Take Zeroisms" were written in 2012, with the exception of “Gray” which I wrote in 2009. All the songs are recorded live, in the sense that there’s no overdubbing. I used one microphone and sang and played guitar into that only. Voice, guitar, the sound of the rooms I recorded in and a slight reverb plug-in are all that’s on there.

I chose to record this way for a number of reasons. First off, I wanted to capture the unique moment when a song is actually being performed by doing guitar and vocals together. I chose to use one mic to avoid something called phasing, which happens when sound bleeds from one mic into another unintentionally and can make listeners feel dizzy.

Second, I wanted to challenge myself. Recording live instead of overdubbing was extremely difficult. My playing and singing improved making this album because if I messed up, I had to just start over from the beginning. The songs you hear on this album are the best takes after hours and sometimes even days of re-dos for the same song. Even when I didn’t technically “mess up” on a song, sometimes the energy just wasn’t right, so I kept trying it until it felt right. Sometimes that took days.

Finally, the decision to do it live and purely solo-acoustic was, at heart – like many decisions we make – economically determined. Having $10 in my bank account, I realized it was possible that I could spend the rest of my life dreaming about how I was going to scrounge up enough money to make a legit fully produced album. Or, I could just record something DYI, and do it NOW, to offer all my friends who have been so supportive of my music for going on a decade now. Asking all the time, “When are you gonna record?”

"1 Take Zeroisms" is at heart just a demo, but it has elements of an album as well. The flow of one song into the next is intentional as are patterns in the lyrical content. But it’s also just an appetizer for two more fully produced albums I plan to do this year. One of them in a professional studio if I can swing it with some Kickstarter love. But yes, an appetizer sums up "1 Take Zeroisms" nicely. More accurately, it’s like good bread and olive oil at an Italian restaurant when you sit down.

Please check it out on bandcamp, buy or download for free starting Friday, and let me know what you think on twitter, FB, or on the contact page of this site.

Thank you for reading and for listening.

Sincerely,

Dan (San Joaquin)

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released January 6, 2013

All songs written and performed by San Joaquin
Recorded in Brooklyn, East Hampton and Amagansett, NY
Mixed and mastered by Brian Bond

Special thanks to:
Mia Berg, Darwin Smith, Brian Bond and Scott Bluedorn, all of whom generously provided essential aspects in the development and completion of this album, in addition to friendship, inspiration and support. A more general thank you list is included as an insert with the hardcopy version of "1 Take Zeroisms."

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Track Name: Zeroism (1/2)
You + use + me + deceive + us + lust/half healed scars x shooting stars/house of cards
Arrange these integers in any order
= 0
= 0
Track Name: Brooklyn College Friend
Need to study up on my architecture
Maybe that would help me understand why
Old victorians remind me of you
Need to study up on my horticulture
Maybe that would help me understand why
Peak fall maples remind me of you
But do I need to go to all that trouble?
I'd give up half way through

To find I'm lonesome again
For my Brooklyn College friend
On cold fall days like today we used to walk for miles

Need to freshen up on my metaphysics
Maybe that would help me put to rest
This hope to one day travel back in time
Need to read a couple literary critics
Maybe that would help me shed a light on
Weak spots in this memory of mine
But I don't need to go to all that trouble
My argument is fine

I'm just lonesome again
For my Brooklyn College friend
On cold fall days like today we used to walk for miles

Shame to hear these footsteps fall
unaccompanied by the crazy melodies of her laughter
Shame to find her ditching out
On the only class I cared about
Our walk home together after

Through the park
Lamp lights glowing gold
Through the dark
Will they ever dim in this heart?

Why did I drop my class in forensics?
Maybe if I stuck around I'd know how to
Retrace my steps and see where it fell apart
But do I need to go to all that trouble
For one little broken heart?

I'm just lonesome again
For my Brooklyn College friend
On cold fall days like today we used to walk for miles
Track Name: Solar System
Afloat in outer space now
I'm fine I've got my own place now
It's a small and desolate world far from my sibling planets
But I make believe it shines, my home of iron and granite

We pass from time to time yeah
When our orbits fall in a line yeah
But I'm always pulled apart by family gravitation
We keep our distance for fear of annihilation

Everyone thinks they know the composition of the other's atmosphere
Everyone fails to see their calculations are just written in the mirror

Though we share a solar system we are light years apart

I left as Earth stopped turning
The sun was barely burning
But the ones I love the most did not seem to notice
So I quit trying to articulate my motives

My new night sky is gaping
My oxygen's escaping
From the eyepiece of your telescope it must look awful
From the eyepiece of mine I see your disapproval

Everyone thinks they know the composition of the other's atmosphere
Everyone fails to see their calculations are just written in the mirror

Though we share a solar system we are light years apart
Though we share a solar system we are light years apart
Track Name: Pip
August breeze felt through
Blown out bay windows
In this house without a roof
Are we inside or are we outside?
Time that we decide

Downstairs fountain flowing
Sun reflects old coins
Wishes made by two orphans
I told you mine
Now tell me yours
And shatter my heart for the thousandth time

Estella your eyes windows looking in on a cold sea
And your hair silk curtains I pull back to meet you there
In the coming weeks the summer sky will open
As September moon returns
King of our hearts

We walked winding hallways
Filled with the echoes of waves
Crashing at the back gate
What were we after
Wading through the whitewater
Hand in hand

Estella your eyes windows looking in on a cold sea
And your hair silk curtains I pull back to meet you there
In the coming weeks the summer sky will open
As September moon returns
King of our hearts
Track Name: Vampire @ My Window
Was that something that tapped the glass?
A winged streak against the black
Night of bloody stars
And memories of my first bite
I can almost taste you
But not quite

Vampire at my window
Smiling calmly
Waiting to be
Invited in

With a pale young face I think I know
His show was canceled years ago
Sympathetic hungry eyes
And a harmless mouth full of harmless lies

Vampire at my window
Floating patiently
Waiting to be
Invited in

Should I or shouldn't I let the demon in?
Everyone needs attention
If I resist, tell me, who wins?

Vampire at my window
Floating patiently
Waiting to be
Invited in
Invited in
Invited in
Track Name: Dream Song 2 (Cathedral)
In my dream there stands an old sacked cathedral
Which at high tide becomes property of the sea
Stained glass blown out by waves
Sandcrabs have made the pews their caves
Gonna sit down and pray among them
Pray their cathedral collapses today

Kick off your shoes when you enter
Let's stay for a while
Just watch your toes around the organ pipes in the aisle
Dried seaweed covers the empty cross
Last year's hurricane washed away the boss
But we have communion without him
And pray his cathedral collapses today

Please don't be afraid, darling,
As the rafters fall around us
Please don't turn away, little sister,
Look, the autumn light has found us

You and me and seven seagulls listen as the ocean sings
We turn and say "peace be with you" and shake their silver wings
Whitewater rushes and they fly away
We've learned to swim so we're free to stay
Palms together underwater
We pray in this cathedral collapsing today

Please don't panic, my darling
As we breaststroke for the window
Kick your heart out, we're centimeters
From the surface of tomorrow
Climb with me into the black rocks
As the reef begins to rumble
Promise not to judge for crying
Watching everything just crumble
Into the sea