Well, another Gypsies in Cyberspace collection is "in the can".
The Gypsies have always been about change and evolution, and this new release is no exception. After three years and two previous CDs, we've bid a fond farewell to a trio of our original members (Chris, Andy and Gil), as they've moved on to pursue their own musical aspirations. Much to our delight, Gil stayed around long enough to join us for several tracks on "Someone Else's Window" and Chris agreed to add some of his signature guitar licks to "Saturday Night". Thanks, guys, Only the best to you, in your future endeavors.
And, so, onward. It seems somehow appropriate that the two of us, Kev and Jack, now comprise the core of the Gypsies, musically.
Gypsies in Cyberspace, the group, began coalescing in early 2009, when we first collaborated on Kev's song, "Keep Love in Your Heart", for the Peace Partners project -- not an easy task when one of us (Kev) lives in Glasgow, Scotland, and the other (Jack) calls Northern Kentucky, in the good ol' U.S. of A., home. In many ways, "Someone Else's Window" represents a return our roots, with three years of friendship and shared musical experience to build upon.
As it has since that initial collaboration, modern technology played a major role in our being able to pull together these songs. We have yet to meet, in person; hence, the continuing presence of the "in Cyberspace" qualifier within our name. Virtually all of the music on this CD was created, um, "virtually"...on-line, exchanging ideas and files over the Internet. That's pretty much the only option available for two musicians, when an ocean separates them. But, hey, it works! And as Yogi Berra once said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
This time around, our digital circle expanded to Italy, where Lorenzo Declich and Alessandra De Luca graciously recorded their contributions to "Fog of War". Grazie, amici.
Closer to home, we somehow finagled three "real-life" friends and, in one instance, a family member, into contributing their time and talents to our creative efforts, as well.
Jim Gaines and Rick Marksberry provided the instrumental "twang" we needed to musically season Kev's country-flavored title track, "Someone Else's Window", complemented by Ron Baumgartner's dynamic drumming. Thanks, guys. We owe ya one...or two.
Finally, Jack's son, Jason, surprised his "old man" by adding the perfect guitar lead to "Jenny Tried" -- the surprise factor being that he commandeered Jack's basement studio late one night and recorded it while Mr. Nimersheim, the elder, slept, oblivious to what was transpiring two floors below him. Welcome to the Gypsies' musical family, Mr. N, the younger.
And there you have it, the inside scoop on "Someone Else's Window". All that remains is for you to sit back, crank up the ol' earbuds, headphones or speakers...and enjoy...
Kev & Jack
released January 1, 2012
Gypsies in Cyberspace:
Kevin Sweeney - guitar, bass, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals
Special thanks to the following friends who contributed their amazing musical talents to various tracks on this CD...
Jim Gaines - pedal steel guitar (track 1)
Rick Marksberry - banjo, mandolin (track 1)
Ron Baumgartner - drums (track 1)
Jason Nimersheim - guitar (track 2)
Gil Wayne - drums, keyboards, sitar (tracks 2, 3, 4, 6 & 9)
Chris Nurse - guitar (track 6)
Lorenzo Declich - bass, guitar, keyboards, drums (track 8)
Alessandra De Luca - background vocals (track 8)
W.B. Yeats - inspiration (track 3)
JENNY STOOD ON THE FRONT PORCH
A SUITCASE IN HER HAND
SHE CLOSED HER EYES…WHISPERED GOODBYE
THEN JENNY TRIED TO START HER LIFE OVER AGAIN
HER FAMILY THOUGHT SHE WAS HAPPY
THE NEIGHBORS FELT THE SAME
CURTAINS HUNG ON THE WINDOWS
DRAWN ACROSS HER PAIN
SHE LEARNED TO HIDE HER SORROW
HE HID BEHIND HER SHAME
TIL SHE DEFIED HIS FOOLISH PRIDE
THEN JENNY TRIED TO START HER LIFE OVER
SHE CAUGHT A GREYHOUND HEADIN’ OUT OF TOWN
HER SPIRIT RISING AS THE SUN GOES DOWN
AND A THOUSAND MILES ROLLED BY BEFORE JENNY’S EYES.
SO MANY DAYS SPENT DREAMING
TOO MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
SO MANY YEARS BELIEVING
THAT SHE COULD SET THINGS RIGHT
JENNY DENIED THE HURT INSIDE
AND HOPED THAT HE MIGHT CHANGE
BUT IN THE END, THAT TREE DON’T BEND
SO JENNY LEFT TO START HER LIFE OVER…
NOW JENNY STANDS AT A CROSSROADS
THE FUTURE IN HER HANDS
SHE FLED THE LIES…SAID HER GOODBYES…
AND JENNY TRIED TO START HER LIFE OVER…
ON THAT GREYHOUND HEADIN’ OUT OF TOWN
HER MIND IS SPINNING AS THE WHEELS TURN ‘ROUND
AND A THOUSAND MILES ROLL BY BEFORE JENNY CRIES.