New Ride – Part I

New Ride by Lily Vakili

Produced by James Mastro. Mozart Studio, Clifton, NJ.
Copyright Lily Vakili
All rights reserved (2015)

Album design & photography: Lily Vakili

A performance at The Art Garage in Montclair, New Jersey led to an introduction to well-known Hoboken guitarist and producer, James Mastro, of Ian Hunter & the Rant Band, formerly of The Bongos and The Health and Happiness Show (producer credits include: Amy Speace, Jill Sobule and Megan Reilly).

In recording sessions at Mozart Studio in Clifton, New Jersey, Mastro brought it together with:

  • David Mansfield, award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, on violin, mandolin, and pedal steel guitar; Mansfield's credits include composing, recording and touring with a long list of luminaries (Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett, Chris Mumford, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin and Bobby McFerrin).
  • Seasoned veteran, Smokey Hormel, guitarist for Johnny Cash, Adele, Norah Jones, Beck and Tom Waits.
  • Frank Vilardi, on drums and percussion, whose touring and recording credits include working with Suzanne Vega, They Might Be Giants, The Bacon Brothers, Phoebe Snow and Jewel.
  • Bruce Hanson, of the indie band Fellaheen, on dulcimer and acoustic guitar.
  • Mastro on electric and baritone guitars.
  • Neal Pawley, trombonist with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
  • And Megan Reilly, a Carrot Top Records recording artist,
  • and Alma Schneider and Cecile Williams as back-up vocalists.
Lyrics: Wide Open

Stuck in a small place
With you in my face
Following your every rule
Always bringing me down

It isn’t the money
It isn’t you honey
I could stay most anywhere
Anywhere but here

I’m going wide open
I’m going to live wide open
I’m going to be wide open
And I’m free
And you won’t see me again

It wasn’t always this way
They say that people change
You say you don’t recognize me
And I’m the one to blame

I’m going wide open
I’m going to live wide open
I’m going to be wide open
And I’m free
And you won’t see me again

It might take a long, long time
Before you can forgive me
Just tell your cold, mean heart
that I was good as I could be

I’m going wide open
I’m going to live wide open
I’m going to be wide open
And I’m free
And you won’t see me again

I’m going wide open
I’m going to live wide open
I’m going to be wide open
And I’m free
And you won’t see me again

Lake City Blues
Calling on Angels
Wild Pony