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Walk a Little Closer

by Lisa Bastoni

Lisa Bastoni’s newest collection "How We Want to Live" (Sept. 20th) digs deep into the life she craves -- “Walk A Little Closer,” the album's first single, featuring Lula Wiles, is a bluegrass-tinged tune about a first date.
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2019 Kerrville New Folk winner’s newest collection digs deep into the life she craves

Folk singer Lisa Bastoni’s new album, How We Want to Live, chronicles life changes, including songs about the dissolution of her marriage and learning to live a new normal -- but more than anything, it finds the songwriter diving deeper into the life she craves. Throughout ten tracks, themes wind from romantic relationships to those with her children, parents, and friends. Weaved throughout, are hopes for herself and the world around her. The album is set for release on September 20. “Walk A Little Closer,” with Lula Wiles, is premiering today on The Bluegrass Situation.

How We Want to Live is a contrast to 2017’s The Wishing Hour, which she recorded in the wee hours of the morning in her kids’ playroom. The album marked her return to music after a 10-year absence -- though once a full-time busker in Boston making her living playing on T platforms in the winter and in Harvard Square in the summer, she eventually burnt out and needed a break. She got married, had two kids, and became a stay-at-home mom, experiencing postpartum anxiety and depression. Finding music again in 2016, as a mother of a one- and three-year old, was like therapy. Lisa’s return has served her well: she’s a 2019 Kerrville New Folk Winner.

All of the songs on How We Want to Live were written when Lisa’s marriage was ending -- though it’s not a divorce album. Instead, it finds its creator doing the deep work of deciphering what she wants her world to be. Sifting through her thoughts and feelings about her relationships -- between her and a partner, both real and imagined; between her and a parent; between her and her children; between longtime friends -- and expressing what she would like each of those people to hear and know. It was produced by award-winning songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean Staples and recorded at Side Hill Sound in Waltham, MA. The album features guest musicians Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, Mali Obomsawin (Lula Wiles); Rose Cousins; Mark Erelli; and Naomi Sommers.



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