The Spaces Between

by Joanna Damiana

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The Spaces Between honors all the many transitions in our lives, days into night and nights into day, the rites of passage both small and large, the portals we cross over and pass through, the silence between thoughts where our highest intentions exist.

This album is dedicated to the wise and pioneering spirit of the late minimalist composer William Duckworth.

There are those people in our life who "see" us, who recognize the unique in us and have the capacity to pull that out so the world can see it too. The late Professor William Duckworth, my Music Composition Teacher at Bucknell University was one of these people. He literally opened my eyes to the visual element of music, pointing out that I tended to speak of my own and others' compositions in visual terms. Music was not only auditory, but it was a visual experience as well.   I literally saw music. This insight became my approach to songwriting: taking an actual experience, a feeling state, a deep yearning and translating it into an imaginary visual environment before landing that experience in the auditory realm. I am forever grateful for his guidance and mentorship. It is because of him that I learned to be deeply vulnerable in my music, capturing some of my most challenging life experiences in song.

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released February 1, 2017

All songs written and performed by Joanna Fassl Penn
Joanna Fassl Penn- Lead Vocals, Guitar, Cello (Track 1) and Hand Percussion
John Alevizakis- Additional Guitars, Bass and Keys
Christopher Krotky- Drums on Tracks 1,3,4,5,6,7
Homer Hsu- Violin on Tracks 2,5
Paul Theodore Chandler- Trumpet and Flugelhorn on Tracks 4,6
Marc Ferris-Harmonica on Track 3, Backing Vocals on Track 4
Annie May Willis- Backing Vocals on Tracks 2,9
Sarah Silberman- Backing vocals on Track 11
Tara Divina- Backing Vocals on Track 10

Produced by John Alevizakis and Joanna Fassl Penn
Recorded and Mixed by John Alevizakis at Little Buddha Studios
Mastered by Paul Stubblebine at Paul Stubblebine Mastering

Album Cover Photo by Robin Clark at robin-clark.com

IN GRATITUDE TO:

~Linda Levine for the magic she weaves and for how she has taught me to remember.

~My husband Bruce Penn who tirelessly and patiently, day in and day out, through thick and thin walked by my side as I created this album. He spent countless hours listening to me practice, ask for advice, practice more, ask for more advice and on and on.  Thank you, dear Bruce for all that you do. I joked to Bruce that the album cover ought be holographic with the second image being that of his face on the cover with the title called, "My life and times with Bruce." He has been quite the inspiration for this album!

~My Mom, Aletha Bacon Fassl whose love for music and mad musical skills (I don't know what instrument she doesn't play) are the very backbone of this album.

~Another one of these people who really "sees" me, my producer and new best buddy John Alevizakis.  It's as if he can see into my soul and knows just exactly what my music is craving. He feeds my spirit directly with his skills, warmth, lovability and his undying passion to bring those he works with the highest form of their musical expression.  I seriously cannot thank this angel of a man enough!

~ Three powerful singer/songwriter women: Ali Maya whose tremendous aptitude for unconditional love and support rivals none. She brought music back into my life by creating a safe and wholly supportive environment to pick up music again after a 15 year hiatus.  My dear friend Annie May Willis who lovingly listened to the very rough drafts of my songs, who sang harmonies by my side, and with whom my friendship has blossomed all the more because of the healing power that is music. To Tara Divina who held my hand as my vocal coach while I slowly but surely reclaimed my voice. 

~ Gregory Clark who appeared as an angel in my life just at the time that I was ready to record an album. His support proved completely and utterly a godsend in making this happen. Sometimes the person you give to ends up giving to you tenfold. Gregory Clark is just that person.

~ All my friends who listened and supported me along the way especially Yelena Myulberg, Alice Belfor and Joey Filling. Big gratitude for the encouragement and support given by Rose Goldwait, Dana Lukes, Jen Katke, Syda Patel, Kari Glass, Betty Zlatchin, Kim Arthur and Tom Lennon.  All of you mean the world to me.

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Joanna Damiana is a vocalist and singer songwriter with a voice and song style that convey vulnerability and intimacy, inviting listeners to fully engage in their own unique truth.

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Track Name: Ride the Wave
RIDE THE WAVE
 
The sky is full of pockets of light, filling up our souls with sight.
We are humans living divine lives, filling up our souls tonight.
We are warriors, warriors, carrying our torches of courage compassion and light.
 
Ride the wave
Surf the Life.
With grace and beauty
With Love and light.
 
 Life is full of pockets of surrendering, laying down our pain to see the light.
We are humans stumbling through this terrain of life, picking up ourselves every time.
We are lovers, lovers carrying our torches of forgiveness, compassion and light.
 
 Ride the wave
Surf the Life.
With grace and beauty
With Love and light.

Ride the wave.
Trust in the timing.
With grace and service.
With love and light.
Track Name: 1,000 Times
1,000 Times

Life is calling.  Awake and See.
A glimpse of another way to be.  Just out of reach.
 
If you fall 1000x and again. Oh rest.
 
Oh rest, for you are diving into the unknown, into the all-knowing, into this sea.
Your heart is swinging, like a pendulum between the future and remembering.
 
 If you fall 1000x and again. Oh rest. Oh rest......
 
Your skin.  These Borders.  THE SPACES BETWEEN you and me. 
I want to cross over.
This sea.  These waters and a bridge hovering. I see you and me.
We can meet.
 
If you fall 1000x and again. Oh rest.
Oh rest. You're human.
Track Name: Like a Phoenix
LIKE A PHOENIX

Little by little, Every Day
Step by Step.  We are on our way.
Little by little.  Piece by Piece,
Sometimes the journey begins with us crawling on our knees.

Little by little. In every way.
Sometimes you walk through the storm to feel the sun shine on your face.
Little by little. Piece by Piece.
Thanking all our defenses and then choose to be free.
 
Little by little. Step by Step by Step.
Tuning into the light and rewiring.
Little by Little. Watching the ego police
Barring our love, Not letting for Release
 
Well, you are all in a haze seems like this maze is spinning.
Oh and sometimes it flows and other times it just don’t go, that’s the time to take it slow.

Little by little. Step By Step.
Gonna slough off the tired pieces and salvage the rest
Little by little. Piece by Piece
Gonna burn in the flames
And rise…and rise
And rise.
Like a Phoenix
Like A FREED FLAME
Track Name: Swoon
SWOON
 
Crossing paths with you.
The stars aligning, there’s something new.
Gonna climb to the highest peak.
Dive heartfirst into this dreamy reality.
 
Oh you, you touch something in me that makes me swoon.
It’s true, my heart beats in perfect time with you.
 
Gonna melt into your arms, yes.
Open up to you from dusk to dawn.
Gonna bring it all into the day.
Lovin' this world from my highest yearning.
 
Cause you, you touch something in me that makes me swoon.
Oh you, you fill me up with a sense of new.
  ~~~~~~~~
Oh you, you touch something in me that makes me swoon.
The sun and the moon spiral around you.
 
Gonna look you straight up in your eyes,
Love you with no mask, no disguise,
Gonna trust this road we are travelling on.
For wherever it leads you can find me singing this sweet ole song.
 
'Cause you.....
You touched something in me that made me swoon.
It’s true....you filled me up with a sense of new,
Thank you, for all your brought, for all you do!
No matter if the sun shines or the moon glows, the river flows.. I will always love you.
Track Name: The Never Ends
The Never Ends

Hey love, I'm crawling on my knees begging you for mercy.
Hey love, I hate to see this suffering. Let us have mercy.

Hallelujah. Amen. Blessed Be...to the Never Ends.
Hallelujah. Amen. Blessed Be.....again.

Hey love, I'm sorry for not being the best friend. Can we begin again?
Hey life, will you wait for me? I've been dragging my feet. Now I know what you need.

Hallelujah. Amen. Blessed Be...to the Never Ends.
Hallelujah. Amen. Blessed Be...to the Never Ends.........
Track Name: The Shape of Truth
The Shape of Truth

Sitting in the rain waiting at 2 am. Where's my umbrella? I'm getting wet.
Sitting and waiting. Wondering if it'll ever end. Does this train even know where it's going?
"Where am I going?"

Over. Under. Below and above...but never through.
Contorting the view, I'm trying to push a lie into the shape of truth.

Maybe it's too late.  I can always come back in the morning. Back to the same familiar station.
So I go inside and find a place when this journey has ran its due time and I ask the future me for words of advice.
She says,

"Over. Under. Below and above is circumventing you.
You must go through the tunnel of your heart to know the shape of truth.
Oh listen and trust. There will be a time when this is all behind.
So listen and trust within this context."
Track Name: Keys
 
 Keys

 A key to breathe. A key to dance.  A key to sing. A key to romance.
 Go on, turn the key.
 
A key to love. A key to forgive.  A key to give. A key to live. 
Go on, use your keys
 
Feel your strength unyielding. Watch this cage crumble to pieces
Feel your heart unyielding. Watch this cage disintegrate to nothing.

 A key to swing. A key to soar. A key to open. The divine door.
 Go on, use your keys
Track Name: Soaring. A Requiem for Zach Kimsey
SOARING
 
Your human wings are now careening
Through the stars. We feel you soaring.
 
Is this life or a dream?
Either way you are flying.
Is this a prayer or a plea?
Soar in peace.
 
 
Generosity, Prolific capacity
Your spirt lives in our hearts and in the breeze

Is this life or a dream?
Either way you are flying.
Is this a prayer or a plea?
Soar in peace.
 
Oh Soar. Climb one star at a time
Oh soar. We promise to step one foot in front of the other
on this sacred ground to honor you with the sound
of our hearts beating in love for you.
Always for you.
 
Track Name: No Bounds
NO BOUNDS
 
I RAN SO FAR. I RAN SO FAR FROM THE PAIN.
I STRUGGLED OH SO LONG
TO EXTRICATE FROM YOUR GAMES.
I FELL INTO YOUR ARMS AND THERE I SAW MY LOST SOUL
REFLECTED BACK FROM YOU SO IN YOUR ARMS I’LL GROW
 
 LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS
LOVE WILL TURN AROUND AND HOLD YOU SO CLOSE
LOVE IS MEDICINE SOMETIMES SWEET AND THEN
SOMETIMES THE HARDEST JOURNEYTO BELIEVE IN
 
YOU RAN SO FAST. YOU RAN SO FAST FROM THE PAIN.
YOU STRUGGLED OH SO LONG
CURSING AT THE RAIN
YOU FELL BACK IN MY ARMS AND THERE YOU SAW YOUR KIND SOUL
REFLECTED BACK FROM ME AND IN OUR ARMS WE’LL GROW
Track Name: Water's Lullaby
 
WATER’S LULLABY
 
When  you are lost in the woods, here’s what she’ll say.
When you are losing your foots, here’s what she’ll say
 
"Come now love, drink my cup.  Let me wash your cares away.
You are loved. Cozy up. Sail your heart to infinity."
   
 When you are wandering around, here’s what she’ll say.
When you are losing your ground, here’s what she’ll say,
 
 "Come now love, drink my cup.  Let me wash your cares away.
You are loved. Cozy up. Sail your heart to infinity."
Track Name: Every Heart's Beat
 
 EVERY HEART’S BEAT

Every Breath. Every Heart’s Beat. Every Step.
Choosing love
Every seed. Every Thought and Dream.  Things seen and unseen.
Choosing love.
 
 
Every Place that bends and breaks, craving sweet grace.
Return to LOVE.
The time is now. The place is here. Give up your fear. Give it up.
 
Take me now. At love’s door. Offering Forevermore.
With arms wide.  A heart so pure……
 
 
Shipibo. Star People. Weaving Dreams.
Alchemizing.
Snakes entwined. Dancing down the vine.  Teaching the divine
Alchemy.
 
Kaleidoscope dreams. Chandeliers Cascading. All surrounding
Hold with Love
The time is now. The place is here. Give up your fear. Give it up.
 
Take me now. At love’s door. Offering Forevermore.
With arms wide. A heart so pure. Surrendering.