Jack Nimersheim: Six Decades of Music



It is, concurrently, a humbling, yet strangely exhilarating, realization: My love of music, which began when I first picked up a guitar and started performing on-stage in 1965, has now spanned six decades. During this time I've alternated between actually making my living playing music and using it primarily as a creative diversion, while concentrating on other professional pursuits.

Still, the music has always been there. And I'm more fortunate than most; my music always will be there. Access to decent recording equipment -- initially, tape; more recently, in digital format -- has allowed me to create an audio "legacy" of my musical accomplishments.

This Web site may be the ultimate ego trip, but it's also my attempt to share with others some of the joy music has brought me, through the years. If nothing else, it will provide my son, Jason, an opportunity to roll his eyes and snicker, as he's forced to endure a permanent record (pun intended) of his "old man's" creative endeavors. Once something is launched into cyberspace, it tends to drift out there forever...and ever...and...

"Take that, World!!!" he exclaimed, accompanied by maniacal laughter.
(Click on an album cover, below, to access the associated songs.)



"Ship of Fools"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2014)



To quote John Lennon: "Number Nine...Number Nine". "Ship of Fools" is the ninth Gypsies in Cyberspace album Kev and I have completed since our musical paths first converged, in 2010. We just keep making new music together, digitally eliminating the geographical separation that, long ago, would have discouraged lesser mortals. lol

And now...onward...to Number Ten!
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"Fortune Cookie Zen"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2014)



Kev and I just can't seem to stop making music together. "Fortune Cookie Zen" is our eighth Gypsies in Cyberspace album.

Special thanks to Jim Gaines (pedal steel) and Ron Sachs (guitar) for contributing to this one.

And a special, special thanks to Ron Baumgartner, whose incredible drumming has helped define the Gypsies' sound, over our last five albums. You da man, RB!
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"Chronography"
(Heather, 1973-2013)


What can you say about a band that formed in the early 1970s, the members of which remain friends...even after four decades?

How about, "These guys deserve an encore!"

I recently used my digital "toys" to restore as best I could...from singles, albums, acetates, and demo tapes...fifteen Heather recordings dating back to those early days. "Chronography" also includes two new songs that we recorded in 2012, when the band's creative paths once again converged. Friendship and music, it appears, endure forever.
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"Nightmares & Fantasies"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2013)



Another day, another album. Sometimes, it actually feels like this...given how prolific Kev and I seem to be, whenever we shift into collaborative mode and start work on a new Gypsies' project.

Here's our latest album, "Nightmares & Fantasies", which was recorded between March and September, 2013.
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"From My Mind to Your Ears"
Jack Nimersheim (2013)



Enough Nimersheim songs exist, now, to put together a second "solo" album...and here it is.

Some of these songs previously appeared elsewhere; others are new recordings, showing up here for the first time. They're all Nimersheim compositions... although I cheated, slightly, by including "Ready to Fall", which was written by my son, Jason Nimersheim. Blood is thicker than ego.
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"Greatest Misses"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2010-2013)



Huh? Greatest "misses"? What's up with that? What can we say? Da Gypsies have never had a "hit" -- whatever that means, in this modern age of niche markets and Spotify playlists. What we have done, however, is record some pretty damn good music, over the past three years.

How good? In the end, that's your call. Here are sixteen tracks, culled from our five earlier albums, to help you decide.
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"Middle of Nowhere"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2013)



For our fifth album, da Gypsies took a musical journey to the "Middle of Nowhere".

Several friends contributed their talents to various tracks, on this album. Jason Nimersheim, Jim Gaines, Ron Sachs, Rick Marksberry, and Ron Baumgartner...thanks, all. We couldn't have done it without you.
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"Transoceanic Railway"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2012)



Gypsies in Cyberspace recently completed "Transoceanic Railway", our fourth album. My favorite Scot, Kevin Sweeney, and I continue to make some amazing music together...despite the fact that that pesky Atlantic Ocean still separates us. Ain't modern technology wonderful?

As in the past, several incredibly talented friends helped us flesh out the twelve songs on this one. Special thanks to Ron Baumgartner, Cliff Stanton, Rick Marksberry, and Ron Sachs for keeping this one...um...on-track, musically. We owe ya, guys!
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"Too Old to Rock & Roll"
Jack Nimersheim (2012)



The title track on this album really was inspired by my son's comment, one day, that "Dad, you're never too old to rock & roll." (He also played lead guitar on one of these songs, which is doubly kewl!) Thanks for the inspiration, pal.

This album gave me a chance to reunite musically with my long-time friends and ex-bandmates from Heather. (See above.) It was great, singing and playing with Jim, De, Ronnie B. and Ron Sachs, once again, after so many years. As I said earlier, friendship and music endure forever!
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"Someone Else's Window"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2012)



"Someone Else's Window" is the third album Kevin and I have recorded together since first stumbling across one another, on-line, back in 2009. It's been an incredible musical ride for a couple of guys who have yet to meet, in person.

Kev and I headed down some new musical paths on this one, with a bit of help from some talented friends. Give our latest creative efforts a listen...and let us know what you think.
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"Mad Bad World"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2011)




Here's the Gypsies' second album, "Mad Bad World". Click on the nifty cover art to the left and give it a listen.

We're proud of these twelve songs. We tried to stretch our creative muscles on this one, experimenting with new musical styles and studio techniques...pursuing a unique Gypsies' "sound". As the old saying goes, however, the proof is in the pudding. So, let us know if we succeeded.
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"Gypsies in Cyberspace"
Gypsies in Cyberspace (2010)




How's this for a fascinating concept? Six musicians from three continents, coming together to create a "virtual" band we call "Gypsies in Cyberspace". None of us has ever met, in person...but we have managed to form a musical bond that transcends distance and time zones.

Throughout 2010, the "Gypsies" collaborated on more than a dozen songs...each created, discussed, arranged, recorded, refined, mixed, and mastered exclusively over the Internet. Weve gathered together ten of them, here, to create our first album. It won't be the last.
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"Journey's End"
(Heather, live, 1993)



In 1993, seventeen years after we'd last played together, Heather reunited for a live concert to benefit the historic Hoosier Theater, in Vevay, Indiana. By dumb luck, I managed to make a pretty decent recording of our final ride into the musical sunset.

As was the case with the "Chronography" tracks, above, I recently spent some time restoring and "tweaking" 12 songs from this performance into an audio archive of Heather, live...just a few more musical memories I thought I'd share.


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