Somewhere in the Sierras

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In early 2014, A Lot Like Birds' guitarist/composer Michael Franzino launched a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund the inception of his solo endeavor / softer musical counterpart: alone. In an attempt to fully immerse himself into the creative process, the project entailed him intentionally isolating himself in a cabin somewhere in The Sierra Mountain Range for two months to compose the album. He then recorded what was written with engineer/producer Dryw Owens upon his return from the woods, and the result was the debut alone. LP aptly titled Somewhere in the Sierras, which was set to be released DIY a year after his Indiegogo campaign on June 30th.

This album is dedicated to:

Andrew Dammar

Special Thanks:

All of the Indigogo Pledgers, Dryw Owens, Jack O'Donnell and the O'Donnell Family, Todd Reasor, Danika McClure, Joseph Arrington, Joe Kue, Sean Farnworth, Andrew Dammar, Marco Mazzoni, Bailey Zindel @ Halfheart Media, Maryland Sunderland, My Mother Dannette Crites, Father and Sister Philip and Sarah Franzino, The Horsemen, Jake Stahl, Matthew Reese, My brothers in A Lot Like Birds, John Howe, Cody Benjamin, Chris Vargas, Will Swan, Daniel Sandshaw @ Equal Vision Records, Eric Rushing @ The Artery Foundation, Daniel Dare, Brandon Stecz, Cody Meddaugh, LowKey Designs, Adam Wright, Taylor Fine, Michi McKillip, Ali Dacosta, Taylor Goodwin, Brendon Oliver, ourfathers, Kate Henka, Hans the Dog, Elron Hubbard, Paul Diefenderfer, Toby Schofield, Trevor Stein, Rodrigo Castellanos, Judd Dockery, Joaquin Maldonado, Chad Anderson, Magdalena Maldonado, Adam Moczydlowski, Nicholas Beard, Matt "Murf" Franco, Donna Manu, Rudy, Redlich, Tyler Hefty, Anthony Greer, Todd Sunderland, Phillip Rios, , Jon Miller, Some Sierra mice for keeping me company


released June 30, 2015

All Melodies, Rhythms, and Lyrics Written By Michael Franzino

Somewhere in the Sierras Was Performed By:

Michael Franzino: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Programming, Alternate Percussion
Danika McClure: Vocals, Cello
Joseph Arrington: Drums
Joe Kye: Violin
Sean Farnworth: Trumpet
Dryw Owens: Programming, Alternate Percussion

Engineered, Produced, Mixed, by Dryw Owens
Mastered by Stephan Hawkes

Artwork By Marco Mazzoni
Artwork Assembly and Layout by Bailey Zindel



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Track Name: A Scopare Ma Non Sentire
Oh, did you go and catch some feelings?
When you were staring at my ceiling?

Don't tell me that you need me
Just tell me that you want me

Mantieni la distanza,
Abbastanza vicino per toccare
Benda la mia ferita
Mentre apri la tua

A Scopare Ma Non Sentire
Track Name: Leave Me
Born in a bed
of poison arrows
bathed in all I've ever known for true

I lay my head
forget the color
I'm happy 'cuz I saved a place for you

Warm in my home
a fire burning
away from all that harm could ever do

I say a prayer
I guess to no one
I'm happy 'cuz there isn't space for two

I'm glad when you're away
Just being honest babe
I'm happy when I haven't heard from you

I'd give it all away
just to hear you say
"I'm happy when I haven't heard from you."
Track Name: Close Without Closure
This time I fell into you
a little harder than I meant to
and I'm trying to take it back
Do you think that I should?

I know that I can't have you
but it feels too nice when we pretend
can we forget this conversation?

The promises that we make
are only real until they can't be
I think that I can do this
I hope that I can

Theres only so many ways
to tell someone you're missing them
Can we forget this conversation?

I shouldn't have called.

And I won't buy
That it's a waste of time
I swear it's fine
If I called you mine
I'd do this right
If I called you mine…

If you say
That it's ok
Then I believe you
We'll make it through someway

If you say
that it's ok
I will follow you
I will wade the grey

When this can be convenient
when we can find some time to plan
I'll be there if you will
I guess I'll love you when I can

Where there is nothing certain
Where there aren't talks of absolutes
I will wade in the gray
I hope to see you there real soon

And I won't buy
That its a waste of time
I swear it's fine
If I called you mine
Id do this right
If I called you mine…

Think of this as a kiss blown from a distance
Think of me next time you drink away your day

Do you wonder how it could have been?
Are you still happy that you let me in?

Sometimes I think that I could have you
for the rest of my life, I really wouldn't mind…

But if now is all you're offering
take all of my love that you can find.
Track Name: Please Try
Grey eyes, should I
still be here for the new year?
We can't agree on what we need
to get the reins on these growing pains

Grey eyes, should I
give you space for a couple days?
Can't stand to be so damn boring
Is that it? we're just listless?

You can go if you wanna go
If you wanna stay then I wanna know:
Where is it you learned to turn to
your jealousy as policy?

You can say what you wanna say
If I am to blame then I wanna change
Can we just have us one good night?
I'm over this

And I don't know
why it eats at me and preys upon my doubt
or why you can't
for once….

Just try for me
I haven't asked for much
but I'm asking you right now

Just try to see
we have made it this far
come on it's not that hard

Caroline, I pine
for your touch like a sober lush
It's been a week since we could speak
like we care to hear each other's name

Caroline, I pine
for the days when our stomachs ached
Waiting for a call to talk at all
knowing I'll be late for my work shift

Monogamy will be the death of me
Another seed another weed

And I don't know
why it eats at me and preys upon my doubt
or why you can't
for once….

Just try for me
I haven't asked for much
but im asking you right now

Just Try to see
we have made it this far
come on its not that hard
Track Name: 1 (800) 273 8255
If all of this is meaningless,
why haven't you done it yet?
If all of this is meaningless,
then what's the point?
Track Name: More Fiend
And so it goes
I saw the end of
another wasted day
I chose to drink away

You can't expect too much
of years beyond your youth
when you spend your last five
on another shot or two

When I die, will you write on my grave
that I was almost great?
(When I die, will you write on my grave
On a music stave that I was almost great?)

They say by now
you are who you will be
I hope that it's not true
I seem to have missed some cues

I never dream of
anything pleasing
but I have lived a few
no nothing that made the news

(When I die, will you write on my grave,
On a music stave, that I was almost great?)

I don't want to
but I have to go
Here's 7 things
to remember me by

If I'm honest
I don't want to know
if there are things
you'll remember me by

When I die, will you write on my grave
that I was almost great?

Somehow a part of me still says
that there is reason for all this
when I know there's not
This vessel will rot the same
as all the rest
Track Name: Redundant, Redundant
Well let's say the worst things
that we can think of
to each other
and spend the night alone

And in the morning
let's get together
say we're sorry
and take it all back

Let's keep a record
of all the worst things
to use the next time
that things fall apart

And when I finally
find the worst words
let's say its over
and never talk again.
Track Name: You Are My Sunshine
The other night, dear,
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms.
When I awoke, dear,
I was mistaken
And I hung my head and cried.

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

I'll always love you
And make you happy
If you will only say the same
But if you leave me
To love another
You'll regret it all some day;

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

You told me once, dear
You really loved me
And no one else could come between
But now you've left me
And love another
You have shattered all my dreams;

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.
Track Name: Maternity Leave (Funeral March 28th)
I'm sorry you'll never get to know me as a man
I swear I'm better now, you'd have seen
I'm sorry my sister grew to a woman without a mom
And I pray that she never takes your lead

I'm sorry i'll never get to know you as a peer
There's so much of your heart I will never learn
I'm sorry I've yet to spread your ashes out to sea
What do I do with the urn?

I'm sorry you left while I was still angry
My pride subsided eventually...
I'm sorry to all the women I couldn't trust
It's just the first one chose to leave

I'm sorry you hurt for as long as you did
Wish that you could have found another way
I'm sorry I didn't speak at your funeral
I hope this song will be ok

You made it through your twenties
You made it through divorce
Oh mom, what were you going through?
Was this conclusion really worth coming to?

Was it an accident?
Was this really your intent?
As the curtains dropped
were we in your thoughts?

Because I still think of you
How I could be to blame for this too
Maybe it's me that's who
Let your song end too soon