From My Mind to Your Ears (2014)

by Jack Nimersheim

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IN BETWEEN WELL, WE’RE LIVING IN A DARK WORLD SHADOWS REIGN RICH FOLK SWIM IN PLEASURE, WHILE POOR FOLK DROWN IN PAIN AND YOU KNOW IT’S A STARK WORLD BLACK AND WHITE THE SHADES OF GRAY ARE FADIN’ AS EVERYBODY CLAIMS THAT THEY KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT AND THE RIGHT HAND DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE LEFT HAND’S DOING THE LEFT HAND NEVER REACHES TO THE RIGHT AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE’S A CRISIS BREWING CAN THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN RARELY HEARD AND SELDOM SEEN BRING US TOWARD THE LIGHT HAVE YOU LOOKED OUT YOUR WINDOW? DO YOU READ THE NEWS? WE FAIL TO SEE THE RAINBOW IN A WORLD THAT’S RED OR BLUE PEOPLE SHOUT FROM THE FRINGES WHERE THEY PUSH EXTREMES WHILE THE VOICES IN THE MIDDLE SPEAK IN MUTED TONES OF FEAR AND THEIR SHATTERED DREAMS AND THE RIGHT SIDE DOESN’T HEAR WHAT THE LEFT SIDE’S SAYING THE LEFT SIDE NEVER LISTENS TO THE RIGHT SO THE WORLD ERUPTS IN FEAR WHILE THE FIDDLER’S PLAYING CAN THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN RARELY HEARD AND SELDOM SEEN BRING US TOWARD THE LIGHT CAN WE MEET IN THE CENTER CAN WE FIND OUR WAY WILL WE TRY TO PAINT A RAINBOW WILL WE SEE THE SHADES OF GREY OR WILL WE CLOSE OUR EYES TO THE GREATER NEED AS OUR LEADERS PLAY THEIR GAMES STOKE THE FIRE AND FAN THE FLAMES WHILE THE PLANET BLEEDS AND THE RIGHT HAND DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE LEFT HAND’S DOING THE LEFT HAND NEVER REACHES TO THE RIGHT AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE’S A CRISIS BREWING CAN THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN RARELY HEARD AND SELDOM SEEN BRING US TOWARD THE LIGHT
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Music/Lyrics: Jack Nimersheim
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Songwriting is a strange obsession. Sometimes it's easy. Other times, it's gut-wrenchingly difficult. Most of the time, you'll write a song in solitude, alone with your thoughts and inspiration. Less frequently, you might collaborate with another musician or lyricist and, if you're lucky, create something that represents a whole greater than the sum of its parts. In truth, the process of turning an initial idea into its final form varies with each song you write.

That certainly was the case with the twelve songs on this album. "Suburbia Rag" was one of the easy ones. It took about as long to write as it takes to sing. "Carnival Dreams" falls into the difficult category. I spent several months tweaking its structure and lyrics, before being satisfied with the results. Most were written in solitude, although I did collaborate on three of them...one with my son, Jason. Ask me how special that was.

Then, after you write a song, you have to arrange and record it. For me, that's the fun part, when all the pieces coalesce into a coherent musical track. And I probably have more fun than most, during this phase of the creative process. Thanks to modern technology, I get to record my songs in my own studio, in my own basement.

That's where these songs were recorded. Several folks helped out on several of them. I've listed these musical friends, along with their contributions, below. Thanks, all. I couldn't have put together this album without you. (Well, I guess, theoretically, I could have...but it sure as heck wouldn't sound as nice.)

And so, this album is finished. These twelve songs have completed a musical odyssey that began, in some cases, years ago...a voyage from my mind to your ears.

Enjoy...

Jack Nimersheim
Ft. Mitchell, KY
June, 2014

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released July 1, 2014

Jack Nimersheim - guitar, banjo, keyboards, bass, drums, vocals

Special thanks to:
Jason Nimersheim - guitar (track 11)
Kevin Sweeney - vocals (tracks 1 & 11)
Chris Nurse - guitar, keyboards (track 2)
minime c. - guitar, keyboards, bass, drums (track 3)
Lorenzo Declich - guitar (track 3)
Aledelu Letra - vocals (track 3)
Ron Sachs - lead guitar (track 11)
Ron Baumgartner - drums (tracks 1 & 11)

All songs © 2008-2014, Jack Nimersheim, except...
"Beautiful Child" © 2010, Chris Nurse, Andy McGinty & Jack Nimersheim
"Hold On" © 2010, minime c. & Jack Nimersheim
"Ready to Fall" © 2005, Jason & Jack Nimersheim

Produced by Jack Nimersheim

"From My Mind to Your Ears" album © Chez Nims Music

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Jack Nimersheim Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Fifty-five years!

Over a half-century. That's how much time has passed since I first picked up a guitar, stepped on stage and started playing music for the folks "out there".

Fortunately, no recordings exist of those early performances. The albums on this page, however, provide a pretty good retrospective of the music I've helped create, over the past fifty-five years.

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