What Does Your Heart Say?

by Joy Truskowski

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What Does Your Heart Say?

There are dozens of languages spoken by modern day Mayan people in southern Mexico. One of those languages is called Tzeltal. In Tzeltal when you want to ask somebody, "How are you?" the literal translation is "What does your heart say?"

I went through dramatic changes as I wrote most of these songs. In dreams, in conversations, and in other forms I constantly kept receiving the message, "Follow your heart," so the next step was to ask myself, "What does your heart say?" Too often we get caught up in what we are told or expected to do, and we forget what the heart is saying. Or sometimes what our heart is saying is just far too difficult or painful for us to face. But if we don't heed it, it just swells up and terrorizes us until we make some changes. The heart can't be denied.


released July 24, 2014

I sing and play guitar, flute, melodica, doumbek, and other percussion on these songs. All the additional percussion is done with my mouth! It was so much fun. I recorded all songs on the Zoom H4n at home and mixed them all on my Powerbook G4 Mac in Garage Band, except "Life is but a Dream," which I recorded and mixed with PreSonus Studio One software using the RME UFX digital interface. "Tumbling Stone" was recorded live using the BOSS RC-50 loop station to loop the vocals live.

I wrote all the songs, except "Tumbling Stone." That's an old traditional song by an unknown author. I learned it from my dear friend Colin Boggess. Thanks, Colin!

I did all field recordings except for the ocean sound before and after "Tumbling Stone," which is a public domain recording downloaded off the internet. (I don't live near the ocean, unfortunately!)

I created all the artwork in high school! Hooray! It's finally seeing the light of day!

Doug Marion put the songs all together mixed with sounds and made them flow and sound all fancy pants. Thanks, Doug!

All songs copyright Joy Truskowski 2014, except "Tumbling Stone", which is public domain.

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Thanks to my mom and dad and brother for being so supportive and loving. Thanks to so many great friends and supporters and people who have said and done kind and encouraging things for me musically over the years: Richard Harvey, Kent Moore, Erin Hunter, Monica Villhauer, Katherine Devine, Amy Alls, Tonya/Sweden, Katie/Dolly, Amber Carter, Doug Marion, Cat Conover, Sylvan Fox, Carla Harmon-Nelson, Music Together, Another Roadside Attraction, Lucy de los Rios, Jordan Rivers, Charlie Gibson, Phil Cooper, Sam Hensley, Chuck Reynolds, Chris Shepard, Kliff Svatos, Ron Bergeron and Star City Fame, Jay Duncan, Anna Robertson, Brandon Davis, Cherie Love, Josh Morris, Justine Davis, Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, Downtown Roanoke Farmers Market, Gillie's, Unity of Roanoke Valley, Valley Community Church of Divine Science, Janice Cusano, Gregory Goebel, James Feagans, Brenda and John Stupic, Niles and Kay Harvey, Pete Johnson, Radio Free Roanoke, Robert and Joyce Foote, Ron and Marlene Hassell, John Saunders, Stephanie Pedretti, Tommi Zender, Scottish McMillan, Curry Copy, Jim Bier, Paul Mays, Marian McConnell, Rachael Himsel, Leigh Hendrickson, Amanda Scott, Kelley Gant, Al Giordano, Pablo Gil, Dámaso Villanueva, and Laura Jordan. If I forgot your name, please forgive me and know that I appreciate you anyway!

And thanks to YOU for listening!

For booking, other questions, permission to use my music in a film or other work of art, or just to say hi: joytruskowskimusic@gmail.com.



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Joy Truskowski Roanoke, Virginia

Joy Truskowski weaves together a sonic quilt of harmonies, flute, percussion, and guitar live with a loop station to perform refreshing, catchy, intense, and introspective original indie folk pop songs. Most of her songs come from dreams, and they convey a message of love, compassion, tolerance, revolution, and empowerment. Her voice is angelic, soulful, and haunting. ... more

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