Antonio Andrade

Antonio Andrade

 Duncannon, Pennsylvania, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

Lyrical consciousness and percussive acoustic guitar rhythms drive a live performance that is cohesive and dynamic. The passionate delivery of every number engages audiences and connects Antonio with the listeners as the adventures and sensations of the songs are shared.

Biography

Antonio Andrade Biography 2014

"Singing and playing, presenting songs and connecting with an audience, is more fun than anything else that I can think of or imagine.  It seems the audience always has fun, and I know that I do!"

Antonio's most recent CD of original tunes, "Life Shakes", was released in February, 2014.  The tight and hot studio band included Mark Stuart (guitars and vocals), Freebo (fretless bass), Ed Lesser (drums), and Stacey Earle (vocals).  This release was timed to coincide with the conclusion of a daytime career in social service work that began in 1976, almost as long as he's been singinng and playing guitar and harmonica.

"see if you recognize this one", a CD of Antonio's interpretations of covers, was released in 2010.  That record included the Talking Heads tune "This Must Be The Place".  In 2012, Antonio's version of that song was included in the film of the same title that starred Sean Penn and Frances McDormond.

"Nobody brings more passion to the stage than Antonio" says veteran singer/songwriter/industry professional James Lee Stanley.

Antonio sings and plays for the joy of it.  His shows are more than concerts.  They are entertainment. 

Singing Dylan songs at parties and a first band in high school ("yeah, we had an electric accordian; the Flying Wedge.") led to dabbling in coffeehouses during his years at Penn State. ("I've been chasing and following my passion for music along with a daytime career for about 40 years now.") Accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica and singing cover songs, mostly in bars, with an occasional festival and/or spot as an opener (including being in line-ups with Grammy winners), kept Antonio busy until 1992. He played with Episode, a dance rock/cover band based out of Allentown, PA, from 1992 - 2003.

Resuming solo acoustic work in 1996, along with the band dates, turned into songwriting, and in 2000 the CD of 10 original songs "straydog" was released.  Antonio's 2nd CD, "What Do You Want From Me", released in 2007, delivered more original songs marked by the rock/folk/pop influences that removed him from the sandlot and stood him on a stage.

"You know how kids hold thoughts about what they want to be? I wanted to be a baseball player, but when I saw The Beatles on the The Ed Sullivan Show, something happened!"

"The sensation of sharing energy with an audience arouses passion in me. Music has a presence and a life of its own. I am trying to share it, and I am attracted to the possibilities. I am trying to honor my passion".

Please visit my website at www.lifeshakes.com

Lyrics

SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

GETTING IN A VERY SMALL BOAT
SETTING OUT ON THE OCEAN
SEARCHING FOR UNKNOWN LAND
A JOURNEY THROUGH EMOTION

WIND OF INSPIRATION
MADE THE HORIZON DISAPPEAR
SAILED OVER THE EDGE
RE-DISCOVERED FEAR

SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE
THE STORY LINE OF YOUTH
FEAR IS A NATURAL REACTION
TO MOVING CLOSER TO THE TRUTH

DROPPED BELOW THE SURFACE
NO TIME FOR HESITATION
A DIFFERENT SLANT ON EMPTINESS
WITHOUT A PLAN OR DESTINATION

POSSIBILITY OF LONLINESS
POSSIBILITY OF DEATH
OPPORTUNITY OF LIFE
DRAW ANOTHER BREATH

SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE
THE STORY LINE OF YOUTH
FEAR IS A NATURAL REACTION
TO MOVING CLOSER TO THE TRUTH

CONSIDER LUCK
WITHOUT A SHADOW OR A SHAPE
NOWHERE TO HIDE
NO OPTION FOR ESCAPE

PRESCIOUS BEYOND MEASURE
WISE AND FOOLISH - RICH AND POOR
SAILING NOW THROUGH DARKNESS
AN OPTOMISTIC RACONTEUR

SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE
THE STORY LINE OF YOUTH
FEAR IS A NATURAL REACTION
TO MOVING CLOSER TO THE TRUTH

© 2006, 2007

EVERYTHING CHANGES

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

MY LIFE IS IN THE SAND, IT’S SHIFTING
MY LIFE IS IN THE SAND, IT’S SHIFTING
EVERYTHING CHANGES, EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN

MY LIFE IS IN THE WIND, WHICH WAY WILL IT BLOW
MY LIFE IS IN THE WIND, WHICH WAY WILL IT BLOW
EVERYTHING CHANGES, EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN

I KNOW WHAT I THINK
I THINK IT ‘TIL WHEN
I WONDER AND THEN
EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN

- TESTIFIER – PROPHESIER -
- MULTIPLIER – MYSTIFIER -

MY LIFE IS IN THE FLAME, SPIRIT FLICKERS IN THE GLOW
MY LIFE IS IN THE FLAME, SPIRIT FLICKERS IN THE GLOW
EVERYTHING CHANGES, EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN

MY LIFE IS IN THE RAIN, IT DISAPPEARS
MY LIFE IS IN THE RAIN, IT DISAPPEARS
EVERYTHING CHANGES, EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN

I KNOW WHAT I THINK
I THINK IT ‘TIL WHEN
I WONDER AND THEN
EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN

© 2003, 2007

SHAKIN' DOWN SUGAR PACKS

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

SHAKIN’ DOWN SUGAR PACKS
LAUGHIN’ ‘BOUT HEART ATTACKS
MOANIN’ ‘BOUT OUR BROKEN BACKS
SHAKIN’ DOWN SUGAR PACKS

I HEARD JIMMY TELLIN’ JUNIOR
AS SOON AS WE SCORE
MARIO IS DRIVIN’, WE’RE PICKIN’ UP QUINNY
WE’RE GOIN’ TO THE SHORE

DIRK DRANK SATURDAY AWAY
‘TIL HIS ELBOW WOULDN’T BEND
WE HAD TO CALL AN AMBULANCE
IT’S HARD TO GET A DOCTOR ON THE WEEKEND

CHORUS

HERBIE LIKES HIS H-DRIVE
HE LIKES McHALE’S NAVY
HE EXECUTES HIS VARIANTS
HE LOVES HIS FRENCH FRIES WITH GRAVY

EDDIE HAD A SISTER
EDDIE HAD A BROTHER
HE WAS THE CREAM OF GENEOLOGY
ACCORDING TO HIS MOTHER

CHORUS

WE KILLED OUR WEAKEST BRAIN CELLS
WE MILKED THE AURORA
SOMEHOW WE GOT ARRESTED
WATCHING TORA TORA TORA

CARRYIN’ OUR SIX PACKS
WALKIN’ DOWN THE RAILROAD TRACKS
TALKIN’ ‘BOUT ASS CRACKS
HEADIN’ HOME FOR CARROT WHACKS

CHORUS

© 2003, 2007

ONE MORE START

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

Stuck between was and has been
What’s this past I’m standing in
Got to pay attention – got to catch sight of a break

What I love – what I do
No compass and no passport – maybe glasses and shoes
What about tomorrow – what about later today

Hard changes – hard days
Hearts break – life falls apart
Crossing over – waking up
One more stop and one more start

Taking chances on the here and now
Tomorrow might not matter anyhow
I listen and I hear hunger celebration and fear

Turn me over dreams fade
Love grows deeper then it slips away
The colors and the distance – everything is crystal clear

Hard changes – hard days
Hearts break – life falls apart
Crossing over – waking up
One more stop and one more start

What I love – what I do
No compass and no passport – maybe glasses and shoes
What about tomorrow – what about later today

Hard changes – hard days
Hearts break – life falls apart
Crossing over – waking up
One more stop and one more start

© 2002, 2007

WHERE DOES OLD LOVE GO

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

CHARACTER TO CHARACTER
LOCATION TO LOCATION
SCENE TO SCENE
SENSATION TO SENSATION

WHAT IF TODAY IS NOT ENOUGH
WHAT IF THE PRESENT IS THE PAST
WHAT IF WE DON’T GIVE IT UP
WHAT IF THE FUTURE DOESN’T LAST

SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
BUT I DON’T KNOW
WHERE DOES OLD LOVE GO

I UNDERSTAND IMAGINATION
NO I CAN’T SAY THAT I DO
I FEEL WONDER AND FRUSTRATION
WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK LIKE I WANT THEM TO

WHAT IF TODAY IS NOT ENOUGH
WHAT IF THE PRESENT IS THE PAST
WHAT IF WE DON’T GIVE IT UP
WHAT IF THE FUTURE DOESN’T LAST

SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
BUT I DON’T KNOW
WHERE DOES OLD LOVE GO

CHARACTER TO CHARACTER
LOCATION TO LOCATION
SCENE TO SCENE
SENSATION TO SENSATION

SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
SHE SAID WE TRIED WE LEARNED WE KNOW
BUT I DON’T KNOW
WHERE DOES OLD LOVE GO

© 2005, 2007

MEMORY

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

TRIED TO MAKE A POINT BUT COULDN’T SPEAK JUST A LITTLE BOY
WITHOUT A WORD MOUTH OPENED AND CLOSED LIKE A BROKEN TOY

THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS PUSHING ME AROUND OR HOLDING ME BACK THEY’RE A REACTION
BUT THEY’RE SPREADING OVER MORE AND MORE OF MY LIFE AND THEY’RE BECOMING A DISTRACTION

MEMORY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S NOT AN ENEMY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S HISTORY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S NOT AN ENEMY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S JUST A MEMORY

GAZING AND DOGGING NO REAL EVENT NOTHING TO ENGAGE
A MIND CAN CHANGE DIRECTION JUST LIKE FINGERS TURN A PAGE

IT’S NOT SCIENCE IT’S NOT RELIGION IT’S NOT A BLACK HOLE
IT’S NOT A PSEUDO SCIENTIFIC CULT OR TRANSMIGRATION OF THE SOUL

MEMORY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S NOT AN ENEMY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S HISTORY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S NOT AN ENEMY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S JUST A MEMORY

GETTING OUT OF MY MIND
GETTING OUT OF MY MIND
GETTING OUT OF MY MIND

CARING AND HURTING ARE FEELINGS IN A DAYDREAM
TANGLED IN A THOUGHT LIKE LEAVES THAT ARE FLOATING DOWN A STREAM

INTRIGUE THAT ISN’T PROVEN IS NOT A MYSTICAL SOLUTION
IF IT HASN’T ALREADY HAPPENED IT’S NOT A REVOLUTION

MEMORY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S NOT AN ENEMY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S HISTORY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S NOT AN ENEMY (IT’S JUST A MEMORY)
IT’S JUST A MEMORY

© 2006, 2007

LIVING MEANS LEAVING BEHIND

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

THERE’S A BEAT IN MY HEART
THERE’S A THOUGHT IN MY MIND
SO MANY TIMES IN LIFE
LIVING MEANS LEAVING BEHIND

SOMETIMES I DREAM
SOMETIMES I RE-LIVE MY MISTAKES
I DREAM AGAIN
I RIDE THE BREAKS

THERE’S A BEAT IN MY HEART
THERE’S A THOUGHT IN MY MIND
SO MANY TIMES IN LIFE
LIVING MEANS LEAVING BEHIND

WHERE IS THE TRUTH
IN THIS OCEAN OF CONFUSION
I’M LIVING MY DREAM
IN THIS LIFE OF ILLUSION

THERE’S A BEAT IN MY HEART
THERE’S A THOUGHT IN MY MIND
SO MANY TIMES IN LIFE
LIVING MEANS LEAVING BEHIND

LET ME SEE THE LIGHT WITHOUT ‘LECTRICITY
LET ME KNOW THE BRILLIANCE OF SIMPLICITY
REACHING OUT TO TOUCH THE MYSTERY
STRETCHING PAST THE PHYSICAL REALITY

LISTEN TO MY HEART
SEARCHING MY SOUL
PULLING IT TOGETHER
THEN LETTING IT GO

THERE’S A BEAT IN MY HEART
THERE’S A THOUGHT IN MY MIND
SO MANY TIMES IN LIFE
LIVING MEANS LEAVING BEHIND

© 1999, 2006, 2007

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THIS YOU KNOW
PATIENCE, HUMILITY, FRAILTY, AND DESTINY
TOUCH AND TRUST AND LETTING GO
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THIS YOU KNOW
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO CENTS AND THREE
HONESTY AND LUST AND THE LOTTO
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS YOU KNOW
COLLUSION, DENIAL, THE THIRD DEGREE
DON’T WANT TO PAY, DON’T WANT TO OWE
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

IT CAN’T BE LIKE THIS YOU KNOW
THIS FEEBLE AND TRANSPARENT GUARANTEE
LIKE PICKING OUT AN EGO IN A PHOTO
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

SMILING FACES
HAUNTED GRACES
HEAD CASES
TRADING PLACES

IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THIS YOU KNOW
ONE PERSON LEAVES, TWO PEOPLE ARE FREE
GETTING ADVICE ABOUT LOVE FROM A SHADOW
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

IT’S ALWAYS LIKE THIS YOU KNOW
HESITATION AND A NOD AND THEY AGREE
THINK ABOUT TOUCH AND TRUST AND LETTING GO
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
(WHAT, WHAT DO YOU WANT) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME

© 2006, 2007

WALTZING AWAY MY BLUES

Written By: ANTONIO ANDRADE

IT’S 2:30 AM I HAD PIZZA AGAIN
I KICKED OFF MY SHOES I’M WATCHING THE NEWS
I COUNT 1 2 3 TURN OFF THE TV
NOW I’M FIGHTING THE BLUES WITH COWBOY SWING AND CASHEWS

1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
WALTZING AWAY MY BLUES

IT’S THIS ROOM THAT IS BLUE WHAT CAN I DO
I WISH I HAD DANCED WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE
WE BOTH FELT SO LOADED OUR FEELINGS EXPLODED
WE FELL OUT OF LOVE YEAH WE GAVE IT A SHOVE

CHORUS

MAYBE IF I HAD DANCED I’D HAVE SAVED OUR ROMANCE
IF I’D GOTTEN OFF MY SEAT AND SHUFFLED MY FEET
THIS ROOM FEELS SO BLUE I WISH I FELT YOU
MAYBE ONE MINUET WILL HELP ME FORGET

CHORUS

I’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THESE HILLBILLY BLUES
WHY DID I RESIST EVEN DOING THE TWIST
I FEEL A BIT FRANTIC FORGET ABOUT ROMANTIC
BY MY OWN ADMONITION WE NEVER SHARED CLOSED POSITION

CHORUS

PLEASE CONSIDER ONE WALTZ WE’LL FORGIVE ALL OUR FAULTS
TRIPLE TIME CAN BE RECENT IT WON’T BE INDECENT
I’M FEELING THE BEAT I’M SHUFLING MY FEET
WITH NO PARTNER TO DANCE I DON’T WEAR ANY PANTS

CHORUS

© 2011

Discography

2010
See If You Recognize This One ...

2007
What Do You Want From Me

2000
Straydog

Set List

Songs from both releases and interpretations of some "not-so-familiar" covers.

Sets can range from 20-90 minutes, according to prescription of promoter.