Talking to Myself
Joanne Stato sings her original acoustic tunes in her clear, expressive voice spanning a lovely soprano down to a gritty alto. The songs are in turn sardonic, romantic, reflective, emotional, and poignant. Stato accompanies herself on piano. The project was produced, engineered, and mixed by John Seay, a prolific Baltimore songwriter in his own right--three tunes (including 'As Far As I Can Tell') on the new CD were written by Seay. Stato's witty and evocative songs chronicle her life experiences: a would-be musician working construction in 'Denver;' a weak wristed woman living alone pondering a two-timing lover in 'A Difficult Day,' and a young romantic member of a just-being-born Colorado band in 'Starry Night.' Other selections include a Baltimore inner-city arts project that brings the neighborhood together in 'Great Wall of Happiness,' and the pitfalls of sharing a house with a group of young skateboarders in 'Dust in the Light.' Joanne was born in New Jersey, has lived in Maine, Colorado, Virginia, and now resides in Baltimore City, Maryland. She is a member of the Baltimore Songwriters Association and has performed in the past at the Folkal Point, Baldwin Station, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, and many other venues in Virginia, DC, and Maryland.