August Avenue

by Johnny Juarez

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about

The idea behind this project was to write songs that would make you feel like it's summer all year long.

Story behind each song:

YOU AND I-This song is about the importance of relationships. After watching a webcast from a prominent leadership speaker, I took each point from his message and translated it into this song. The whole idea is about adding value to others. I love this song because it truly has added value to many people...letting them know that aren't alone.

NEW DAY- One of my favorites from the album because I got to record with my friend singer-songrwiter Malynda Hale. I was shopping at a grocery store when suddenly I got the idea for a hook ..."Oh, Oh...Oh, Oh" and that's how this song was born. When I wrote the song I was thinking about how important it is to stay united when things get tough. It could be rough today but tomorrow we all have a chance to enjoy a clean slate. There is a Psalm in the Bible that talks about there being "pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning". New Day is about putting a smile on people's faces.

I DON'T WANT TO RUN- I wrote this song when I first moved to New York City. After a long and exhausting day..Vanessa (my wife) and a friend of mine went out to eat Chinese food. He had moved to NYC about 4 months before me and was sharing with me his ups and downs of the city. He is an actor, and as you can imagine there's tons of competition and the fact that just trying to get by is a struggle. He said to me "even though it's tough here.. I love it because it is a city full of dreamers" That line stuck in the back of my head. A month later the hook came out one day as I saw people running behind the subway trains. I made a vow to never do that...it only lasted about a month. Soon I was like everybody else..living in the hustle and bustle of NYC. Many times I thought about leaving the city immediately but I always remembered what my friend said and figure I would give it my all while I was there. I discovered that the real reason for me living their was to have met some of the best friends I would keep for life.

CAMOUFLAGE- One day my little girl came back from pre-K and shared with me that they were reading the Dr. Seuss books in class. Out of nowhere she belted out the word Camouflage. This was the missing piece to a song I had been writing. Camouflage is about the feeling of letting go of those relationships that started great but end up sour. Maybe I am too much of an optimist but I feel that relationships are never too late to mend..at the same time I have also learned that sometimes you only have a limited window of time with a person to share life together. This has to be the saddest song I have ever written.... I love it though because sadness is part of being human.

THIS CHRISTMAS- I am not a huge fan of Christmas music. Maybe because it is all you hear during the holidays..So ironically enough I wrote this Christmas song.. in July. I feel like Christmas in July makes better sense..everybody tends to be more relaxed in the summer. The other reason I wrote this song was because I was practicing my bar chords on the guitar and it felt natural. What I didn't realize till after I recorded it ..was that the verses had the same feel as "Sittin' On The Docks Of The Bay" by Otis Redding.

BETTER- Is the first time Vanessa (my wife) and I have recorded a song. It was pretty awesome to share the studio with her and to work on this song that started off as a jingle for our BETTER TOUR Fundraising campaign. This song though has a deeper meaning. For example the opening line says "from the day that we're born someone's out to make us a cry"..I imagine a little baby being born and the first thing he gets is a slap in the butt..ouch! Life has a lot of those moments but we have to press on.

HIDE- This song was a last minute call... it basically has a more electric guitar sound, with a more aggressive feel. The song kind of captures the perspective of a person who is being tried, yet is innocent. Inspired by watching Law & Order, Prison Break and some real life events. I decided this song was going to have a lot of court language in it.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP- Is a cover song by Andy Grammer.. I love his story of being a street musician in California..and how he felt like giving up and then this song came to him. I've been there many times. The heart and mind is a battlefield..even though I've lost many battles.. a song like this reminds me that the war is not over and that I have to keep my head up and keep going cause defeat is not an option.

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released March 8, 2012

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Cartoon by Vinny Bove Hoot Studios
Cover By Johnny Juarez

YOU AND I
Recorded/Mixed at True Sounds Studio by Ryan Weisner NY
Mastered at Xtreme Audio by Anthony Casuccio NY
Guitars/Vocals/Keys- Johnny Juarez
Drums- Ryan Weisner

NEW DAY
Recorded/Mixed at True Sounds Studio by Ryan Weisner NY
Mastered at Xtreme Audio by Anthony Casuccio NY
Guitars/Ukulele/Vocals/Keys- Johnny Juarez
Vocals-Malynda Hale
Drums- Ryan Weisner

I DON'T WANT TO RUN
Recorded/Mixed at True Sounds Studio by Ryan Weisner NY
Mastered at Xtreme Audio by Anthony Casuccio NY
Guitars/Vocals/Keys- Johnny Juarez
Drums- Ryan Weisner

CAMOUFLAGE
Recorded/Mixed at True Sounds Studio by Ryan Weisner NY
Mastered at Xtreme Audio by Anthony Casuccio NY
Guitars/Vocals- Johnny Juarez
Drums- Ryan Weisner

THIS CHRISTMAS
Recorded/Mixed at Electric Canvass Studio by Joe Secchiaroli NY
Mastered at Xtreme Audio by Anthony Casuccio NY
Vocals- Johnny Juarez
Guitars/Vocals/Keys/Drum Prog.- Joe Secchiaroli

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Johnny Juarez Nashville, Tennessee

Johnny was born in Texas but raised in Canada. Formulating a fusion of acoustic pop/soul by playing guitar and keys. Every note he sings contains pieces of his soul, mixed with passion and charisma. Known for writing music and touring internationally, Johnny has several recordings, awards, and radio play nationally. This Canadian-American artist is winning over the hearts of audiences worldwide. ... more

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Track Name: You And I
Verse 1

Let me see what you see
Feel the pain thats in you
Cause your loss is mine too

You don't smile like you do,
What is happening to you
Show me where does it hurt.

Pre-Chorus

Standing in the waves, I can see you falling down
Take my heart, borrow it imma get you out..get you out.

Chorus

You and I
Learning what it means to fly
Stealing back the dreams we lost
Knowing it will be alright.

You and I
Learning what it means to love
Dancing in the dreams we found
Knowing it will be alright.

Verse 2

Let me hear what you hear
When did you begin to fear
Let me wipe away your tears

Pre-chorus
Standing in the waves, I can see you falling down
Take my heart, borrow it imma get you out..get you out.

Chorus

You and I
Learning what it means to fly
Stealing back the dreams we lost
Knowing it will be alright.

You and I
Learning what it means to love
Dancing in the dreams we found
Knowing it will be alright.
Track Name: NEW DAY
Lyrics:Should we give up,
the clock just seems to tick away
we can't help but lose our faith.

Mistakes, I've made
Ghosts keep coming up again
We are in above our heads


But your song will lead us
Out of this hurricane
An our crumbled dreams will float
and fly again
We're a melody away
Maybe we'll find a New Day

Oh oh oh oh
A Melody away
Maybe we'll find a new day

Should we give in
to a dream made out of clay
Souls may die and drift away

Live out our hearts
and be everything we can
Instead of sinking in the sand

But your song will lead us
Out of this hurricane
And our crumbled dreams will float
and fly again
We're a melody away
Maybe we'll find a New Day

Oh oh oh oh
A Melody away
Maybe we'll find a new day
Oh oh oh oh
A Melody away
Maybe we'll find

We could waste away our lives
Only on getting things
Just a step away
from seeing brighter days
This time, I'll see the sun begin to shine.

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh oh oh
A Melody away
Maybe we'll find
a new day
Oh oh oh oh
A Melody away
Maybe we'll find a new day
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Run
I Don’t Wanna Run
Verse

It’s five am and I’m starting off the day
But I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
The bus is late and I’m going to miss the train
But I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
I missed my stop and there is no other way
But I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
How much longer am I gonna have to wait.
Cause I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run

Chorus

A city filled with dreamers
Looking for that golden bird
Running towards a hidden prize
But I’m not running I’ll just fly

Verse

Where am I going, how’d I get here anyways
Cause I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
If this is it then this is just a big mistake
Cause I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
Should I be running or be planning my escape
Cause I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
I think of you and decide I’m going to stay
Cause I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run

Chorus

A city filled with dreamers
Looking for that golden bird
Running towards a hidden prize
But I’m not running I’ll just fly

Bridge

I think of you, me and all that we can be
And I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
Not gonna let this dream drift out to the sea
I don’t wanna ru-u-u-un
I’m going to fly with you for all eternity
I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
The choice is mine to choose and I choose to believe

I don’t wanna ru-u-u-un

Chorus

A city filled with dreamers
Looking for that golden bird
Running towards a hidden prize
But I’m not running I’ll just fly

Bridge

I think of you, me and all that we can be
And I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
Not gonna let this dream drift out to the sea
I don’t wanna ru-u-u-un
I’m going to fly with you for all eternity
I don’t wanna run, I don’t wanna run
The choice is mine to choose and I choose to believe
I don’t wanna ru-u-u-un
I don’t wanna ru-u-u-un
I don’t wanna ru-u-u-un
Track Name: Better (Ft. Vanessa Juarez)
Verse 1
From the day that we're born
Someone's out to make us cry
Call it tough love
Or growing pains
All I know is that I'm alive
When it comes down to
Sink or swim
I'm ready to take the dive

Chorus:
When life hands you choices
I know I know I know you can choose better

Verse 2
Never knew there was a way
Always thought my life was fine
Truth be told I found out too late
That it was all a lie
Curtain up, the time is now
We won't let life bring us down

Chorus:
When life hands you choices
I know I know I know you can choose better

Choose to love
Choose to give
Choose to be a friend
Choose learn
Choose to live
Choose to look ahead
Track Name: Hide
VERSE 1
Everybody seems to know my secret
Fighting with my shadow
Why was I so blind
Trapped inside my head
I get the urge to keep it
Prisoner to the words
Of my own demise

PRE-CHORUS
The verdict is reached
The truth is out
Oh no, I've got to run

CHORUS
In the right place at the wrong time
Love has been my best defense
Truth be told, I've gone and lost my mind
it's all been a false pretense
I can no longer (HIDE)

VERSE 2
Always on the move from New York to Encino
It's no wonder
Why I'm feeling so confined
Broken shattered dreams, can't get to San Marino
Can't find the remote
I wanna hit rewind

PRE-CHORUS
The verdict is reached
The truth is out
Yeah I'm breaking out

BRIDGE

Can't get out of this nightmare
No one's coming for me
I recite the Lord's prayer
Maybe he'll hear my plea
Track Name: Keep Your Head Up
Cause you gotta keep your head up
So you can let your her down
You gotta keep your head up
So you can let your head down

I've been waiting on the sunset
Bills on my mindset
I can't get deny they're getting high
Higher than my income
Income's breadcrumbs
I've been trying to survive

The glow that the sun gives
Right around sunset
Helps me realize
This is just a journey
Drop your worries
You are gonna turn out fine.
Oh, you'll turn out fine.
Fine, oh, you'll turn out fine.

Cause you gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.
you gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.

I know it's hard, know its hard,
To remember sometimes,
But you gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.

I've got my hands in my pockets,
Kickin these rocks.
Its kinda hard to watch this life go by.
I'm buying in the skeptics,
Skeptics mess with, the confidence in my eyes

I'm seeing all the angles, starts to get tangled
I start to comprimise
My life and the purpose.
Is it all worth it,
Am I gonna turn out fine?

Oh, you'll turn out fine.
Fine, oh, you'll turn out fine.

Cause you gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.
You gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.

I know it's hard, know its hard,
To remember sometimes,
But you gotta keep your head up, oh,
And you can let your hair down, eh.

Only rainbows after rain
The sun will always come again.
And its a circle, circling,
Around again, it comes around again.

Only rainbows after rain
The sun will always come again.
And its a circle, circling,
Around again, it comes around,

You gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.
You gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.
You gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.

I know it's hard, know its hard
To remember sometimes,
But you gotta keep your head up, oh,
So you can let your hair down, eh.

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