How We Want to Live

by Lisa Bastoni

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    releases September 20, 2019

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    Includes liner notes and credits, designed by Darren Buck/Honolulu Ghost.

    Includes digital pre-order of How We Want to Live. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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How We Want to Live
Silver Line
Beautiful Girl
Take the Wheel
Dogs of New Orleans
Workingman's Blues #2
Pockets Full of Sighs


releases September 20, 2019

Lisa Bastoni - How We Want to Live

Produced by Sean Staples.

Recorded at Side Hill Sound (Waltham, MA).

Engineered by Dave Westner.

Featuring: Lisa Bastoni, Sean Staples, Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Naomi Sommers, Chris Anzalone, Dave Westner, Kit Buckley, Michael Bean, and Lula Wiles' Eleanor Buckland, Isa Burke, and Mali Obomsawin.

Drums, bass, and Lisa’s vocals were recorded by Dave Westner at Side Hill Sound, Waltham, MA. Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin’s parts were recorded by Felix McTeigue and engineered by Brian Charles at Zippah Recording, Boston, MA. Rose Cousins’ vocal recorded by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake, Lake Echo, NS. Mark Erelli’s vocal recorded by Mark at home. Naomi Sommers’ vocal recorded by Lisa at home. All other recording by Sean Staples at Wesley Park Studio, Somerville, MA. 

Mixed by Sean Staples. 

Mastered by Dave Westner.


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Lisa Bastoni Northampton, Massachusetts

Lisa Bastoni is a Northampton MA-based singer-songwriter, and winner of the 2019 Kerrville New Folk Contest. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin." (Maverick-UK)

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Track Name: Never Gone to You
Never Gone to You
Written by Lisa Bastoni and Felix McTeigue
(c) (p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Kobalt (ASCAP)

You were a tender, crooked weed
To be tended on the weekend
Weakened by the pull toward the one
Who couldn’t stay
This is how you learned to love
The ones who treat you badly
Sometimes he says he loves you
Sometimes he walks away

Wasn’t anything you said
Nothing you did or didn’t do
Maybe he’s gone
But he’s never gone to you

He’s alive, he’s alive
He’s alive as a wildfire
Full of ashes and desire
When you’re tearing up the place
And you see him from afar
Sometimes someone shows you the pictures
He’s playing in a bar
With the lights across his face


White Cliffs
New Year’s Eve
Sixty-nine to seventy
He was young, what did he know
He was sent away from home

There’s a time to let it go
He’s just a man wit problems
And it’s not your job to solve them
And even if you could
He may never lay his eyes upon the child in your arms
Or see you make something from nothing
Turn something bad to good

Track Name: Walk a Little Closer
Walk a Little Closer
Written by Lisa Bastoni and Sean Staples
(c)(p) 2019 Sweet Ondine Music (BMI)/Wesley Park Music (BMI)

It’s starting to snow, and it’s bitterly cold
And we’re walking through the woods along the stream
I don’t know why we’re walking so fast
I’m wishing it would last
The light through the trees is like a dream

Doesn’t make sense my dear
The feeling is loud and clear
As the ice cold wind blowing through
Doesn’t make sense my dear
I just want to stay right here
Let me walk a little closer
Closer to you

As we’re walking down the street
With the leaves beneath our feet
The smoke is rising from the chimneys along the way
All the way back to my front door
If I said I wanted more
I wonder what you’d have to say


Now the twilight is gone
And the night is coming on
Cold fingers feel like they’ve turned to stone
It’s about all that I can stand
Not to reach out for your hand
Tonight there’s no reason to be alone


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