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From Here To There

by John Niems

political, spiritual, smokey bar, and love songs
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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1. From Here To There
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2. Only You
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3. If This Is Love
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4. Michael's Dad
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5. With Megan,They'll Be Beggin'
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6. New World Order
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7. In Flight
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8. Is It Really Love?
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9. Look What We've Found
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10. Time Has A Way
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11. Love Has Caught Up To Me
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12. Jesse's Jam
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
John has expanded his lyrics to touch on many topics.

Once again there are vocals with four instrumentals thrown in so the listener is treated to a wide range of musical styles.

From the first note to the last you will enjoy this musical variety and will be singing along! Two tracks feature the TRUMPET GREAT JESSE McGUIRE and for those tracks alone this CD is WORTHY of your collection!

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Peter Rabbit

Absolutely amazing!
I was shocked at the power and grace of FROM HERE TO THERE, the second album from John Niems. His song NEW WORLD ORDER is one that every American should listen to. John Niems doesn't pull any punches with this one. He tells it like it is, and sets his ideas to beautiful music. Mr. Neims man has a magical gift, as it aptly demonstrated throughout this wondrous album.
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Mary

From Here to There
A Review of "From Here To There" by John Niems

A/C, Pop, Rock with a sprinkling of jazz is a musical tapestry I'm so delighted to have been introduced to in the music of John Niems.

I make that statement having spent years of enjoying the acoustical masters of our times, possessing limitations of my own skills at guitar and piano. Limited though I may be, I do have an ear which I continually search to fill despite my mourning of musicians like Lennon, Croce, Fogelberg, Denver and various individual members of bands whom, though have been replaced, will simply never be the same.

Biases now exposed, a new and glorious wind recently blew across my musical landscape in the form of one unique and incredible artist. Herewith is an offering of a music review.

From the moment the first cut, "From Here to There," the CD album title and song, penetrated what I was engaged in. This instrumental, which I could only define as "progressive," sucked me right in and without even realizing it, found myself moving to the melodic, provocative strains produced by an amazing arrangement of horns - (never my favorite instruments unless it was Jim Horn's breath making them become alive for me!) Mr. Horn? Move over! Jesse McGuire, Bobby Soul, Doug Robinson? Come on over and sit beside me!

Intrigued by my visceral response to this, I was unprepared for what followed. Fully expecting more of this style, I was taken off balance, a state I adore in the musical realm, as "Only You" began to unfold. John's voice, which deserves an entire review of its own, invited me into a love song of the caliber of Stookey's classic, "The Wedding Song," Denver's "Annie's Song" and Fogelberg's "Longer Than." To the extent that it moved me to tears. Oops, revealing my romantic side! The emotion expressed by John's voice is nothing less than compelling. It was a vow. A testament to Love. Let me jump to the chase - this song finds its place among the masters who are able to incorporate deep sentiment via lyrics and instruments together in a way that commands one to do what I KNOW we've all done - play it over and over and over again! Hear me, Lovers. This song is for you.

From the unbridled, unapologetic exposure of love and passion, John shakes us up again with "Moving" -another instrumental full of anticipation and the joy of inserting your own words, a rare gift from an artist indeed. Leading me right in, the amazing lead guitar caressed and mastered by Steve Parrish, accompanied by alluring percussion, created a whimsical playground experienced as "damn Feel Good" music - a treasure in THIS world for certain.

"Michael's Dad." Admitting to simply being a baseball fan probably because it's a game I can understand, I was intrigued to learn that "number 23" was a reference to Michael Jordan. Whether a fan of Jordan or not, no one could be unmoved by the depth of emotion expressed in "how proud it must have been to be Michael's Dad.....It won't be easy for #23 - when you lose your best friend, it's hard to go on...No one's exempt from a tragedy" but "his spirit is upon you, remember this," are only a few examples of the universality of John's observance of grief and loss in the unending cycle of life. "How great it must have been to be Michael's Dad" - thank you, John, for reminding us all.

And suddenly, from "there," we arrive "here" to a most provocative and yes, even seductive imagery of the perennial yearn for just "one slow dance" with the object of our desire. "With Megan, They'll be Be Beggin,"John's beautiful voice challenges our imagination in wondering about that love we've all had at one time or another where we understand that "there are no rules with this woman" or man! This is one of those musically passionate songs where the lead guitar takes off, joined in perfect rhythm by sax and percussion and builds in a lovely crescendo. I might at this point, also ask Dave Matthews Band to move over as well! Pure jammin'. My only question remains - what happened after the dance??? ;)

"New World Order" moves in on us asking no permission, no introduction - simply jumping right in. "New World Order...What does that mean? Who's in charge here? Who's behind the scenes? I refuse to be a puppet on a string if that's what they seem to have in mind. I don't understand this thing really - they say we will in time." I will refrain from adding to Art a statement on politics (though admittedly can be Art as well) but in this offering, John shares a social conscienceness that challenges us all to ask the right questions urging us to: Be informed. Refuse to accept the violation of rights and, here I must end before I violate my own promise to not bring the body politic in. He leaves us with a suggestion of a musical ghost. Prescient. Poetic. Prophetic.

And then once again, off we go..."In Flight"... showcasing a trombone solo I've never heard the likes of - urgent. Melodic. Purity. Brilliance. Leading, leading, leading on. This, quite frankly, was a masterpiece. What more could Davinci have added to Mona Lisa?

"Is It Really Love?" Oh, the romantic in me swooned. The pragmatic in me giggled. John almost teasingly asks us the perennial questions we've all asked at one time or another..."is it all for real? How can I be sure? If there's a stronger word, please let me know, tell me girl" or boy, "is it love?" The range of vocals and harmonics is a marriage unto itself but the question remains - "Is it really love?"

Following next is a "Lennon-esque"piece that immediately reminded me of his legendary, "Imagine;" calling forth the best of what's inside us, gently offering guidance as to how to choose the right path. "There can be no more excuses..." and indeed there are none. In the search for the answers nudging us forward, I'm reminded of Dorothy in Oz - finding universally that "there's no place like home." The understanding gleaned from rejoicing, gratitude, mutual assurance and oh so much more necessary to know, that it is through another's eyes we see ourselves.

"Time Has a Way" is a true psalm - a prayer expressed that's meant to be sung and worthy of the allegorical David's crying out to his God - in love AND in despair. John recreates for us the experience our human condition, often defined as soul, where the search for meaning is Process. Many have difficulty expressing that in normal conversation - imagine the ability to express that in song! John does this - generously and deeply offering us a glimpse into the journey. Profoundly.

And then, he takes us wisely back to the heart in "Love Has Caught Up to Me," painting us a scene at ocean's shore, a man refusing to dwell in darkness while waiting for the sun. It might be a solitary walk in a park, a ride down a river, a vigil on a beach wherein we suddenly see the light. Could I describe that moment for me adequately? Certainly not. But John can. And does.

And now I'm stuck. How can I possibly describe the drama, intrigue, delight and ultimate redemption in John's beginning and closing instrumentally in this CD? "Jesse's Jam" - Anyone who's knows what it means as a musician to "jam," instinctively understands the feeling or better still, phenomenon, of what it means to be in Flow. There's no place or space unvisited when one experiences what I like to refer to as "the Ineffable;" something that simply, by its own nature, cannot be defined, even within the resulting joy and release experienced upon return. Thank you, John, for inviting us into a most special place indeed.

"From Here to There" is a testimony to the sheer and utter musical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual genius of one man named "John." My mourning for all the Masters before him, who've soothed my own soul in ways too numerous to count, has ended.

Thank you, John Niems. Thank you to all the other exceptional musicians who joined you in your journey...a journey now become ours.

In Love and Peace,
Mary
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