Lessons (Learned)

by Mario Di Sandro

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03:12
highway 1 going down this road to san diego i feel the breeze running next to me i share the moon like an open wound 'hey, everyone look!' like an open book that holds the tides so the waters won't rise i'm driving down highway 1 coming around the bend past san clemente i lose all my fears and shed away these tears this road will take take you any way and this road will make your heart... salivate but you won't mind spending this time i'm driving down highway 1 all the roads i've been on in my life nothing compares to you highway 1, said highway 1 you're my only 1
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Love, Hate Kind of Thing She met him in the city where business wont rest Started out as nothing until it progressed Into something that only he could obsess The truth was just too hard for him to confess Months had gone by without a reply All he wanted for her was to satisfy Still he shook it off and kept his course Not thinking of any remorse It’s a love-hate kind of thing It’s a love-hate game we play It’s a love-hate kind of thing It’s a love-hate game… Then one day she finally opened up Took his hand and said, “hey, start looking up” Never did the boy feel the same since that day He drove around in circles not knowing what to say He dreams about her each and every nite Thoughts of her beauty remain his only sight Walking around the city thinking of his pseudo-lover Matching each cloud to a memory of her It’s a love-hate kind of thing It’s a love-hate game we play It’s a love-hate kind of thing It’s a love-hate game… Now she comes back with a new way to live Asking him for something that he will always give It seems that the tide is finally gonna turn Only to be slapped in the face and burned It’s a love-hate kind of thing It’s a love-hate game we play It’s a love-hate kind of thing It’s a love-hate game…
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04:28
Fallen these times are trying but who says that i'm not the wind to my back sees me walking down a different path on my way back home i've fallen, on my knees down a path unknown i've stumbled, to my feet i've fallen down a hole climbed out, and carried on these nights are getting longer and thats when, when i roam stars are my compass they tell me which way to go on my way back home i've fallen, on my knees down a path unknown i've stumbled, to my feet i've fallen down a hole climbed out, and carried on in a world full of questions i can't find the right answers if love is just a feeling then why am i all torn up? on my way back home i've fallen, on my knees down a path unknown i've stumbled, to my feet i've fallen down a hole climbed out, and carried on
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count your lucky stars load up the kids, take 'em outside all in the car, we're going for a ride just as they leave, chaos ensues the rearview is red, there's blood on the ground cars overturned, fire all around as you turn the corner, and you come out unscathed so count your lucky stars, tonight cuz you don't know what you have, til it's gone it's gone, gone away, so gone, gone home all alone, you get on the phone call up a friend, and he recommends get out of the house, and get some air you step outside, take a deep breath the smell of gas, engulfs the air a sudden explosion, as you dive out of the way so count your lucky stars, tonight cuz you don't know what you have, til it's gone it's gone, gone away, so gone, gone so count your lucky stars, tonight cuz you don't know what you have, til it's gone it's gone, gone away, so gone, gone so count your lucky stars, tonight cuz you don't know what you have, til it's gone it's gone, gone away, so gone, gone
5.
Lessons (Learned) i know with time these wounds will heal i took my heart so full with love i layed it out so bare for you i learned that day that love is real and he can't help the way he feels about her and she don't know just what's in store tomorrow and he can't help the way he feels about her and she won't know, just what life holds tomorrow i see, this place, so far, away-hey it sings, in verse, to my, whole life i will, take part, some day, real soon i learned, that day, will have, to wait and he can't help the way he feels about it and he don't know just whats in store tomorrow and he can't help the way he feels about it and he won't know, just what life holds tomorrow she knows, in time, her heart, will break she takes, her time, to know, for sure she waits, for him, to come, back home she learned, that day, that he, is gone and she can't help the way she feels about him and they don't know just whats in store tomorrow and he can't help the way he feels about her and they won't know, just what life holds tomorrow no, no, no... no, no, no... no, they don't

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For those of you who don't know me my name is Mario Di Sandro. I moved to the Bay Area (first in Oakland, now San Francisco) of CA from Chicago, IL (Berwyn) in June of 2011. Before i moved I had the daunting task to finish up this little album that was so close to being complete. With the help of my good friend and head mixer and master(er) guru, Mr. Kevin Brown, we were able to finish all the necessary in-person technical recording items. I drove off across the country and started to settle in. Kevin worked hard at mixing and mastering the record while I looked for work and a new band as well as places to start playing out here.

I got the great news that the record was done and that Kevin would be sending the mastered versions of the tracks over to me. I immediately created this bandcamp page to stream and sell the newly acquired tracks. I knew I would have to give away a few copies in order to get the word out, so who better to give my first 2 copies to then Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard. It was a crazy moment, probably one of the best of my life. Ed was very kind and gracious about it, and Glen whom I'd ran into in Long Beach, as well as Ed, had already listened to my cd and was singing back to me lyrics to my song 'Highway 1'. I asked him "you actually listened to it?", in which Glen replied in his thick Irish accent "ah fuck yea, we were jammin to it down the highway". I immediately had to change my pants after that, haha. I had a good feeling after that...

So what am I asking you to do? Simply to take a listen to my new album, it's free to stream it, and if you like it, which I believe you will, then please buy it. Currently, the job market is very bleak in the Bay Area/California in general (yea, real smart to move there now, Mario!), so this is technically speaking my only form of income—thru sales generated from people buying my new album. [update: i've currently found some work, but in today's market you never know how long you'll have that job] So, I'd greatly appreciate your kind ears and mouths. Even if you can't afford the super low price of $5 that I'm asking for (which in turn i only make 4.55 from each sale), then please 'repost' this or invite friends to it, share the link: mariodisandro.bandc​amp.com, or just by plain old fashioned 'word of mouth'. I can't thank those of you who have already bought my new album enough, I am forever grateful for your kindness and generosity. I hope you enjoy my music and that you share it with others.

With the album you get 5 mastered tracks, 1 bonus video of me playing the song 'Highway 1' (acoustic) on the Ocean in San Clemente off of Highway 1 (PCH). Downloadable .pdf artwork file to assemble your own physical cd digi-pak case. Multiple photos that were taken by me and Kevin Brown throughout the recording session. Plus other freebies that will be sent to you later.

Thank you!
+ mario

credits

released July 19, 2011

Mario Di Sandro; guitars, vocals, organ, e-bow
Kevin Brown; bass
Henry Rivera; drums

All songs written by Mario Di Sandro, ©2005-2011

Mixed by Kevin Brown and Mario Di Sandro
Engineered and Mastered by Kevin Brown
Recorded at Deep River Studio, Lake Station, IN
Photo of Deep River, Lake Station, IN by Mario Di Sandro
Photos of inside the recording studio by Kevin Brown and Mario Di Sandro, all lake pictures by Mario Di Sandro.

This album is dedicated to my mom, without her continued support, constant love and inspiration, this record would not have been possible. I'd also like to thank Kevin Brown for taking the time to record these 5 simple songs and turning them into something much greater than I could have ever imagined. Also, Henry Rivera for learning drums in such a short period of time and really capturing the energy that I was looking for in these songs.

I'd also like to thank Marcus Reidy for letting me be a neurotic bandmate and force you to try these and other new songs out live even with just a couple of practices in. My other bandmate, Andrew Welebir, for putting up with me for all these years. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have written 'Ricochet' and all the many other songs that came out of that first jam session some 10 years ago. Raul Parra, always an inspiration on drums and getting me to be a more disciplined musician, for that I thank you. Bryan Zehar, for constantly keeping me on my toes and encouraging me to keep playing and writing music, your friendship has proven eternal. Derek Zehar, my other best friend and champion of laughter, thank you for always coming out to the shows and being present and caring about the music that I made. Dave Chrastka for allowing me a glimpse into the music industry so long ago, even if we were much younger, and for supplying me with my first powered Marshall amp—without it I would have stuck to lame sappy acoustic songs. Viva la distortion!

There are so many others that I would like to thank, and you know who you are. To name a few: My Family, Eric Georgevich, Bearsnake, Larry Artz, Brennan Dortch, Kristine Vesper, Jeni Lukin, Mayra Zuniga, Rachel Komar, Kris Traff (we'll record one day!), Kurt Stirnkorb, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, Liam Finn, Neil Young, John Doe, Star Anna, Justin Davis, Nick La Rocco, John Walski, Brian Wittenberg, Joe Maxfield, Shannon and Erika Owens, Jennifer Murphy, Jessica Sytsma, Jessica Henry, Jessica Jurgenson, Stefanie Motte, Tyler Brinegar, Adam Pluth, Stephanie Plenner, Stephanie Mostowski, Deron Wade, Jasper Dickson, Noah Murphy, Angelo Bundini, Tony Vasquez, Antonello Tito, Ronnie Lotz, Silvie Mitrovich, Brian Bender, John Kucjzak, Mat Festa, Céline Hall, Sara Hofverberg, Laura Trafton, Rob Bleetstein, Emily Sevin, Adam Del Rio, Jillian Valentino, Kelly Chicoine, Katie Kouba, Kim Hoban and so many more.

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Mario Di Sandro Los Angeles, California

Mario Di Sandro is a Singer-Songwriter from Chicago. Amassing a few hundred original songs in his personal repertoire since setting sail for the West Coast in 2011. Now living in Los Angeles, he has written hundreds more and has since released 11 studio albums in a short 8.5 year period. Mario draws his songwriting influences from the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Wilco and Tom Petty. ... more

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