Notes from the Ground

by Dino Soldo

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    Singer/Songwriter, Dino Soldo hits the brakes from the Leonard Cohen tour and takes time to record Live in a small house with friends in Germany. The result is a fresh, spontaneous, and heart triggered departure from the usual "one-man-band" sound Dino is known. Most songs are themed as musical letters to his friends, heros, and Country. Recorded in May,2010. Minimum price set to 8$ , in any format you choose to use.

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released October 5, 2010

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Dino Soldo Camarillo, California

Leonard Cohen's "Master of Breath" and producer - Lionel Richie's comic foil. His highly themed 7 projects are featured here, ranging from Indie Jazz to Modern Folk. His latest is "Long, Quiet Weekend",recorded live on the weekend of the 4th of July on 2012 ... more

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Track Name: Open Letter
Dear Son; Here's an open letter
upfront let you know where I stand
and if i write it this way there'll be no
miscommunication later on who I am.
Though your not born yet I'm middle 41 and
I love you though I've never seen your face.
Speaking of that, I'm on the road
sorry in advance for missing some of your grades.

One more thing. A little advice to you.
You don't want to be like me.
And if you do, I'll try not do disapprove
but please don't be like me.

You see I
spend my days
being Jack of all trades.
but Yes, some stuff I later regreted.
Even if you don't get it, we all regret
but it's the guilt that will wilt you;
put you to the test

If you don't believe in God, don't admit it
Try not to play with other hearts if your kidding.
This is a lot but I'm saying all I got to say
to show you who I am
and why I act this way

and now..
Remember this only thing
You don't want to be like me
Go anywhere
and be anything
Please don't be like me.
Track Name: Sunflowers
a painter alone in Franceno friends of his own
but the postman
he writes Theo
four times a day

asks for money
and for more paint
and wonders if Gauguin will stay

stares at the color wheel again
walks for miles looks at everything
crashing out in the heat and rain
villagers think he's insane

his Sunflower dreams

lives every day on coffee and bread
paint on his clothes, smoking in bed
awake for three dawns
sleep for 10 hours
and when he dreams
he dreams of sunflowers

He reads in the Summer time
and Loves to read Madame Butterfly
Last Act she dances with a knife
do black crows invade starry nights

just a Sunflower dream
pair up his world like lovers do
emerald on red, lemon on blue
awake for three dawns
sleep for 10 hours
and when he dreams
he dreams of sunflowers
Track Name: Orchid
Orchid
The air is so rare for you
In a perfect condition
You thrive in a fine tuned view
Do you need eternal warmth
To breath in the air that you love
Such a fragile heart you give,
And it's worth all the effort for some.
To love you
Orchid
Most men in your life make mistakes
They withered your attention Your survival is what's at stake
But if you open your flower to them
and show them the color you give
Then their loves the water you'll swim in
Who'd leave your etherial scent?
Not me
Track Name: Stone Face
A child in vaudeville
with larger boots to fill
answered the call of the west
with a flat hat and vest

but the day he closed his blinds
ten years in his prime
was the day they put cheap words in his mouth
too artless too glib

He was a man against the machine
for-telling us how we feel
was it all just too real for him
our silent movie star

do you want to sail away on a steamboat
save the day for the underdog
and never say a word to ruin the moment


do you want to see the way you are weightless
when it don't work the way it should
let it all fall around you with a stone face


he was called the human mop
broke his neck broke his heart for us
he's gone i'll never laugh again
our silent movie star

do you want to sail away on a steamboat
save the day for the underdog
and never say a word to ruin the moment


do you want to see the way you are weightless
when it don't work the way it should
let it all fall around you with a stone face
Track Name: Bougainvillea
you remember
the early night
the blue on green
the bitter fight
going against the grain

See the scratches, trickle of blood
see roots wont pull out of mud
when they try to tear them away



they climb the walls
shelter skies
get in the way
but brighten the eye
of another windy day


A purple paper,
a red and orange
the family tangled
the sting of thorns
they're passing through the veins

but when it grows
it's so hard to tear it down
when it falls
the flower makes a lonely sound
bougainvillea
Track Name: Little Daisy
i was done from work early
i ain't about to go home
though my mind is pretty dirty
he that ain't better throw a stone

in the age of communication
many ways to insinuate it
is this a one way conversation
when my two-way stops vibrating?

when i pull out my phone from my pocket right next to my
pet rock and gum,,, i call you to come over
my head just beats like drum... I need some
love and attention from my sugar plum but you
tell me that just because
i'm free and easy miss
birds and the bees can't drop
evrything to please me but
while you still shout in my ear
i'm standing on your green grass
to ask what i will to ask

little daisy let me come inside
Don't have a big head
your a little behind
i'll buzz your honey
for the bee to ride
little daisy can i come inside
come inside

yes your dirty and need a shower
but you know that's the way i like it
with body spray and talcum powder
i don't know why you try to hide it

all i need is a real woman
add a dash of irish spirit
spin Ben Webster with Art Tatum
just you and thirty two minutes

and
Daisies are tiny they're made to be tough enough
growing in early spring they can be funky but
i'm ,,the outdoor type,, i like the
flowers that bloom in the coolest of nights when i'm

wet ,, from high,, fever I sweat.
i need the cool from a flower that gets no a-
ttension or love from bees who look over 'em
i'm gonna sting you with plenty of honey on it.

i got the key for your
sweet little honey hole
i 'll come inside
with my sugary jelly roll
i'll kick the door down
and taste you some more
Track Name: Spin
A boy's growing years in the past
His father runs him through the ways of maps
and waving him goodbye, he smiles at him
the boy will learn the feeling of the spin

He found a boat big enough for a dream
he plans to live alone on the sea
but he runs into a girl and it begins
and finds her eyes alive to a higher spin

Ohh no way home again
when you start to make your own
ohh the world is bigger now
than you ever found
when you're a kid
you lose your way
in the spin

Many years sailing on the waves
A bond pulls him back to her to stay
and when she puts her heart in his older hands
he still feels the spin again

Oh, no way home again
when you start to make your own
oh, the world is bigger now
than you ever found
when you're a kid
but you found your way
in the spin
Track Name: Human Taste
There's a restauranton the Orange Grove avenue
and on that street its a Chinese name that bears the same fruit
The menu is averagel fare but there's a hidden list of food
You might see me sitting over there, but when I'm only in the mood

taste the Slippery Shrimp
and with a finger to the nose
by a smiling man with immaculate hands who can get just one of those
The lady in the back painting on her placemat with a sauce
There's no other way in L.A your desire comes across

For Human taste
for the human taste
You had your fill of a
hunger your tongue can't erase
The Human taste
for the approaching age
for the crazed, but the well behaved
the Human taste

A Whistling chef
who never shows his head
in the viola clef, he's heard in the kitchen
painted cinnamon red
A Younger couple ran away
I guess there'll be a special of the day
You never know the price you pay
if you refuse the cheque
Track Name: Dandelion
BrandiLynn, my dandelion headput down your pencil , talk to me instead
I'll simulate & crack an egg over your noggin just to see if your'e paying attention.
It's way past time to stop the worry lines from creeping crawling across your pretty face.
sometimes a problem will fix itself, or it'll skip and hit the blame onto somebody else.
So, just run downstairs & go outside.
we can clear the air under blue skies
my dandelion head
its too much so hang it out to dry outside
we'll hold our hands over mud under grey skies my dandelion head
Expectation can lead to a torment
the futures a mirror without any glass in it
the early birds are never easy to please
give me a hero & i'll give you a tragedy
its easy to get heavy, hard to be light
so, lets take their example we've got ample time to dance our lives away.
Track Name: Wildflowers
the ice is slowly meltingthe green will rise on the sunny side
skin will stray from safety
and bare to the morning light

the letters beg for forgiveness
love's in hibernation
no matter how we ruined our land
wildflowers will bloom again

years when we burned our young skin
sing silly words in the warm wind
if we made mistakes then
we promise to begin

i loved you like i was hungry
did i sow the fields too soon
but no matter how we tend our land
wildflowers will bloom

i see a falling rain
it turns our hills to jade
even if i left too soon
wildflowers will bloom


we tore our home to pieces
doing what we pleased
and if i gave up too soon
wildflowers will bloom
Track Name: Tell the Earth
i took a trip to the deepest depths of my stillness
earned the last stamp on my luggage and left it behind
and i will wait ..till the grass will grow all around me
until then this postcard is all that you probably find.

i have no lies, but i have no proof
so i make pact when i reach down to ground to write
oohh
i'll tell the earth that i love you

i am like the pelican on the gulf of the oily ocean
seem to have lost my voice so no one can listen


is it true that a gentleman is revealed when he is tested?
i'd step over pure gold on an island even when no one was looks
just to say i was good enough to be with you
if patience was a virtue i'd be the saint of a thousand books

i have no lies, but i have no proof
so i make pact when i reach down to ground to write
oohh
i'll tell the earth that i love you