Time of Parting (2012)

by Jack Nimersheim

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Yeah, these really are "basement songs". Thanks to modern technology, I recently set up a recording studio in my (wait for it) basement...a musical man-cave, if you will.

That's pretty amazing, when you think about it. For just a couple thousand dollars, I was able to gather together everything I needed to start recording, mixing and mastering professional-quality tracks, without leaving the comfort of my own home. Once upon a time, not that long ago, this would have cost a couple hundred grand. Ain't technology grand?

And so, I started recording what ultimately turned into a "theme" album about the evolution of love -- from its seemingly serendipitous beginnings to its, all too often, inevitable end.

Several friends and a family member helped out, along the way.

De Stewart, a long-time friend and former bandmate, sings the harmony on "Time of Parting". De and I hadn't harmonized with each other in over a decade. Then, I called him up one day and asked if he'd be interested in laying down a vocal track for a new song I'd written. He was...and he did. It was great, hearing De's pristine voice on one of my songs, after so many years. Thanks, li'l buddy.

Another former bandmate, Ron Baumgartner, contributed a couple of his usual dead-on drum tracks to "No Warning" and "Beautiful Sound". You da man, RB!

Kevin Sweeney and I were first introduced to each other, on-line, in 2009. We've remained on-line friends ever since. More than that, we also became on-line collaborators, having recorded several albums as the virtual band, Gypsies in Cyberspace. The "virtual" portion of that description is mandated by the fact that Kevin lives in Glasgow, Scotland, an ocean away from my old Kentucky home. Someday, Kev and I will meet, in person. Really. This will happen...someday. Those are Kev's amazing vocal harmonies, drifting through "No Warning".

Those are the friends.

And, then, there's that aforementioned family member.

What can I say about my son, Jason, without coming off like an overly indulgent father? (Which, by the way, I am.) He's an actual rocket scientist. Really! In his "day job", Jason works for SpaceX, designing and testing rocket engines for this prominent California aerospace company. He's also one heck of a polite and considerate kid. (Okay, young adult, now. But he'll always be my "kid".) As if all this weren't enough, he also managed to inherit some of his old man's musical skills and interests. He and I co-wrote "Beautiful Sound", on which he plays guitar and trumpet.

Could I be more proud of this kid...er...young man? In a word, no.

And there you have it...the story behind the basement songs. None of the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.

Enjoy...

Jack Nimersheim
Ft. Mitchell, KY
June, 2012

p.s. The narrative behind "Time of Parting" is a work of fiction. Thirty-five years after meeting one another (reference: "No Warning"), my wife, Susan...the amazing mother of the previously praised Jason...and I are still going strong. Some stories do have happy endings.

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released July 1, 2012

Special thanks to...
De Stewart - vocals (track 1)
Kevin Sweeney - vocals (track 2)
Ron Baumgartner - drums (tracks 2 & 3)
Jason Nimersheim - guitar, trumpet (track 3)

Produced by Jack Nimersheim

All songs, © 2007 - 2012, Jack Nimersheim, except...
"Beautiful Sound", © 2009, Jason & Jack Nimersheim

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Jack Nimersheim Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Fifty years!

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

Lucky for you, no recordings exist of those early performances. The albums on this page, however, provide a pretty good retrospective of the music I've been fortunate enough to help create, over the past fifty years.

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Track Name: Time of Parting
LIKE DYING EMBERS AS FLAMES GO OUT
MY THOUGHTS ARE HAZY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE ABOUT.
AFTER SO MUCH TRYING, AND SO LITTLE TO BE FOUND.
FROM THE WORLD YOU WERE IN
I THOUGHT THAT I COULD MAKE A SMILE.
GIVE YOU LOVE AND THEN STAY WITH YOU A WHILE.
BUT THE TIME IS PAST, I GUESS I’LL JUST BE GONE.
SO REMEMBER ME AS ONE WHO CAME TO CARE…
BUT THE FEELINGS THAT I THOUGHT YOU FELT
WERE NEVER REALLY THERE.

I KNOW IT’S MADNESS TO SAY GOODBYE.
BUT THE TRACE OF SADNESS THAT’S IN YOUR EYES
IS MORE THAN I CAN BEAR, I GUESS I’LL JUST BE GONE.
AND IF SOMETIME AFTER I’VE GONE AWAY,
YOU WAKE UP RAINING ON A SUNNY DAY,
THEN YOU’LL UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF MY SONG.
AND REMEMBER ME AS ONE WHO CAME TO LOVE…
BUT COULD NOT STAY, SO HE WALKED AWAY
BEFORE HE HAD TO RUN

FROM THE PAIN AND UNCERTAINTY
OF HOPING YOU WERE RIGHT FOR ME,
BUT KNOWING THAT YOU WOULD NOT LET ME NEAR.
AND THE NEED TO HIDE THAT YOU HAVE SHOWN
IS BROUGHT ON BY THE PAIN YOU’VE KNOWN.
BUT MEMORY CAN ONLY LEAD TO FEAR
SO THINK OF ME AS ONE WHO CAME TO GO…
AND LEFT WITH JUST A MEMORY TO SHOW
AND LEFT WITH JUST A MEMORY TO SHOW
Track Name: No Warning
My baby gave me no warning
No way of knowing what she had planned
She never gave me a sign
What was on her mind
How she was feeling

She could have left in the morning
Been nothing more than a one-night-stand
But she decided to stay
Ever since that day
My heart has been reeling

Time passing by
Life in the blink of an eye
Some days we’d fight and just try to get by

Down through the years
Sharing the laughter and tears
Somehow, in spite of our fears, we survived

Life can be a roller-coaster ride.
But I know I’m gonna make it
With her right here by my side.

So if you wake up one morning
Between your doubt and your destiny
You’re asking should I stay
Or should I run away
Try to remember

That love can come with no warning
And lead a heart where it’s meant to be
If we just let it grow
Then the love we know
Will last forever
Track Name: Beautiful Sound
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR SINGING A SONG
WITH A BEAUTIFUL MELODY.
BUT IT’S NO FUN AT ALL TO SING IT ALONE.
COME SING IT ALONG WITH ME?
LET’S LIVE IN A SONG AND PLAY ON A RHYME.
WITH A BEAUTIFUL HARMONY.
WHEN THE PROBLEMS YOU FACE TEAR YOU APART,
LET THE MUSIC SET YOU FREE.
ALL THE PEOPLE WALKING DOWN THAT CROWDED AVENUE,
THEY’D HEAR A HAPPY SONG
AND THEY’D CHASE AWAY THE BLUES.
A MOMENT OF WORDS, LIKE A SCULPTURE OF CLAY,
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SOUND…FOR A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

WITH BEAUTIFUL SMILE COME STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
AND THE SOUND OF A SYMPHONY,
WE’LL PLAY IN THE SUN WHILE UNDER THE SHADE,
AND YOU DRIFT AWAY TO DREAM.
ALL THE CHILDREN PASSING BY WOULD LOVE THE SONG WE SING.
LIKE A MOTHER’S LULLABY, IT ECHOES IN THE SPRING.
FORGET AND FORGIVE, LET TROUBLE FADE AWAY.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SOUND…FOR A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SOUND. LET ME SHOW YOU THE WAY.
TO A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
Track Name: Suburbia Rag
IF YOU ARE FEELING LOST AND GOD-FORSAKEN
LIKE YOU’VE BEEN TAKEN FOR A RIDE
YOU CAN HOP ON MY DREAM,
AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT I MEAN
WHEN I SAY THAT I WAS MEANT FOR LOVIN’ YOU

I’VE NEVER BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING CLEVER.
CLEVER’S NEVER BEEN A PART OF ME.
BUT I’LL MAKE YOU SMILE
AND WE CAN DRESS OURSELVES IN STYLE.
AND LIVE THE WAY THAT OTHER PEOPLE DO.

WE’LL OWN A HOUSE WITH A YARD
AND A GARDEN IN THE BACK OF OUR TWO-CAR GARAGE
FILLED WITH PRIDE AS WE RIDE IN OUR ’67 DODGE

SO IF THIS KIND OF LIFE DON’T SEEM TO SCARY
EXTRA ORDINARY’S HOW WE’LL BE
AND TO KEEP US ALIVE
I WILL FIND A NINE-TO-FIVE
AND YOU CAN STAY AT HOME AND WATCH TV.

WE’LL OWN A HOUSE WITH A YARD
AND A GARDEN IN THE BACK OF OUR TWO-CAR GARAGE
FILLED WITH PRIDE AS WE RIDE IN OUR ’67 DODGE

SO IF THIS KIND OF LIFE DON’T SEEM TO SCARY
EXTRA ORDINARY’S HOW WE’LL BE
AND LIFE WILL BE FINE
“CAUSE I’LL BE YOURS AND YOU’LL BE MINE
LIVIN’ BY THE RULES AND FEELIN’ FREE
(WE’LL JOIN THE BRIDGE CLUB!)
LIFE COULD BE A JOY FOR YOU AND ME
(LET’S HAVE A COOKOUT!)
LAYIN’ BACK AND LIVIN’ NATURALLY
Track Name: Into the Dream
SHE LIVED OUT ON THE HIGHWAY
BESIDE THE SEA
BUT WHEN SHE DRIFTED DOWN MY WAY
SHE WENT SAILING OUT…INTO THE DREAM

LIKE A COMET AT MIDNIGHT
SHE PAINTS THE SKY
WITH THE LIGHT OF HER LAUGHTER
AND THE SPARKLE IN HER EYES

WE WERE MARRIED AT SUNRISE
BESIDE THE SEA
AND AS I DRIFTED IN HER EYES
I WENT SAILING OUT… INTO THE DREAM
Track Name: A Tale of Two
It was the best of times.
Teddy bears and candy Valentines
I’d lay you down to sleep with nursery rhymes.
A fleeting smile, a touch of your hand.
You made me feel so strong.
It was the best of times.

And we were there for you.
To chase away the night and care for you.
We thought our love for one would keep us two.
A child’s need, the tie that would bind.
How could we be so wrong?

A careless word, a secret desire.
And we were torn apart.

It was the worst of times.
Our love for you became a battle line.
Once a family, but now resigned…
To live as three the rest of our lives.
I know that seems so long.

But, as you sleep, I’ll whisper goodbye.
And then I’ll flee the best of my life.
Track Name: A Day Without Your Love
Through the times we had together
I seldom let it show
I thought that you would know I loved you
And now it seems you’re gone forever
And I’m here on my own
A lonely man without a plan
To make it through a day without your love

And all the time that we were lovers
You never ran away
You knew just what to say to make me strong
And when I’d try to run for cover
Your smile would make me stay
But now I need to find a way
To make it through a day without your love

Now I must face the morning Sun
Knowing I’ll be waking up alone
Without the joy that used to come
When I’d awake and find you there
The morning soft upon your hair
And visions of a life I’d share with you

So if it seems at times I miss you
I hope you’ll understand
It’s not because I planned to tie you down
But I would give the world to kiss you
Or even touch your hand
But as it is I only live
To make it through a day without your love
Track Name: Denouement
Now the time has come to go
To leave the stage and stop the show
A little farther down the line
There's room to grow
Where the dark and dusty dreams
Lie scattered on the road

I can't regret the things we've done
We chased the moon to catch the sun
And though my dreams have reached an end
We've just begun
To fill our space in time
And watch the waters run

Stand back, we've gone too far
Like lovers in search of a star
To make us more than what we are

Now with the morning sun you'll fly
To chase your dreams across the sky
When you reach the other end
And say goodbye
Will you think of me
Now and then
And remember me...
Track Name: Time of Parting (reprise)
SO THINK OF ME AS ONE WHO CAME TO GO…
AND LEFT WITH JUST A MEMORY TO SHOW

SO THINK OF ME AS ONE WHO CAME TO GO…
AND LEFT WITH JUST A MEMORY TO SHOW
Track Name: Beautiful Sound with Jason's vocals (bonus track)
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR SINGING A SONG
WITH A BEAUTIFUL MELODY.
BUT IT’S NO FUN AT ALL TO SING IT ALONE.
WON'T YOU SING IT ALONG WITH ME?
LET’S LIVE ON A SONG AND PLAY ON A RHYME.
THERE'S A BEAUTIFUL HARMONY.
IF THERE'S A PROBLEM OR PLACE THAT TEARS YOU APART,
LET THE MUSIC SET YOU FREE.
ALL THE PEOPLE WALKING DOWN THAT CROWDED AVENUE,
THEY’D HEAR THAT HAPPY SONG
AND THEY’D CHASE AWAY THE BLUES.
A MOMENT OF WORDS, LIKE A SCULPTURE OF CLAY,
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SOUND…FOR A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

WITH BEAUTIFUL SMILES COME STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
AND THE SOUND OF A SYMPHONY,
WE’LL PLAY IN THE SUN WHILE UNDER THE SHADE,
AND YOU DRIFT AWAY TO DREAM.
ALL THE CHILDREN PASSING BY WOULD LOVE THE SONG WE SING.
LIKE A MOTHER’S LULLABY, IT ECHOES IN THE SPRING.
FORGET AND FORGIVE, LET TROUBLE FADE AWAY.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SOUND…FOR A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SOUND. LET ME SHOW YOU THE WAY.
TO A BEAUTIFUL DAY.