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Awkward Dance

by Charlie Nimovitz

A variety of styles anchored by strong songwriting and Charlie's distinctively engaging voice. This CD will open your heart.
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awkward Dance
2:15 $0.99
2. Let's Go Deep
3:29 $0.99
3. Somebody's Heart
2:47 $0.99
4. What Is Really True
2:39 $0.99
5. Meant to Be
3:44 $0.99
6. Give It Up (Inner Critic Song)
3:21 $0.99
7. My New Reality
2:37 $0.99
8. In a Dream Reoccurring
4:02 $0.99
9. Get's Me Every Time
2:33 $0.99
10. If I Cry
3:45 $0.99
11. Something's Gotta Change
3:31 $0.99
12. In This Moment
3:43 $0.99
13. Headed Home
4:26 $0.99
14. You Belong
3:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
With shades of pop, folk, rock, country, blues, jazz and new age spirituals, and anchored by his distinctively engaging voice, Charlie's songs have melodies that linger and lyrics that can open your heart. Taken separately, 'Awkward Dance' is a CD filled with well written and wonderfully sung pieces supported by the brilliant guitar playing of co producer John Hoy. His songs talk about love lost and found, spiritual awakening, living with an inner critic and Parkinson's disease. Taken together they form a chronicle of an emotional and spiritual journey toward greater healing.

Charlie Nimovitz is a San Francisco Bay Area singer/songwriter who has performed professionally for over 30 years. From piano bars to bar mitzvahs, new thought churches to concerts he's drawn upon a variety of styles and influences for his music. In the year 2000 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and after a soul searching break has returned to the stage and recording studio. 'Awkward Dance' is his 3rd CD, his first since being diagnosed with PD and his first on cdbaby.com. His latest offering, a healing compilation called 'Sacred Ground' can also be found on cdbaby.com.

"I was instantly struck, surprised and delighted by his voice. I found myself drawn into his lyrics by the compelling sound of that voice. Charlie really does show professional poise, talent and maturity in his arrangements and vocal style"
Don St. Clair Heartsong Review

"Charlie Nimovitz is facing a huge challenge -- Parkinson's Disease. His voice and lyrics were powerful, heartfull, and healing before. Now they are vastly more. His challenge has become a blessing for us all."
--Barry Vissell, MD and Joyce Vissell, RN, MS, authors of The Shared Heart, The Heart's Wisdom, and Meant To Be.

" Charlie's album contains quite a few tunes that I can listen to over and over again. For me, albums like this are few and far between, especially in this day and age. Great songs sung soulfully, produced tastefully." D.R.

"I just have to tell you that never in my 35 years has any music touched me, guided me and left me feeling so positive. Your music is a daily part of my life." S. J.

"Charlie's music touches me like no one else's. While there is a lot of "feel good" music out there, what is unique about Charlie's music is that it speaks straight to me and makes me feel good about myself. And that's magic." R.J.

""Charlie's new CD "Awkward Dance" is anything but awkward. It is a wonderful blend of inspirational and heart opening songs that lead the listener on a journey of introspection, awareness, and just plain fun. The arrangements, production, and carefully crafted song writing add up to a CD that will be listened to over and over, sung along with, and shared with friends. This CD is a must have!" Karen Drucker



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Beverly Copeland, MD

I played it once, and then just had to immediately play it again. I felt happy and uplifted from hearing these songs.
Great tunes and rhythm- I was singing along and then humming some afterwards. This CD does not speak just about
Parkinsonism- it speaks about what it is to be human, in a way that makes me love myself more.

Sam Massarsky

So it’s finally arrived. “Awkward Dance” is now a reality. When Charlie’s shakin’, he can shake with the best of ‘em cause it’s just what he does. It can’t be helped. But this is no superficial “shake it up baby dance”, and it doesn’t take long to see and hear there’s a world of emotion as you are enticed to allow yourself to “go deep”. And that can’t be helped either. So take a breath and dive right in.
What’s true is the realization that all of us have known these moments of waking, and risking, and feeling love starting on it’s way and ultimately the feeling that it was meant to be. What’s true is that we’re all just trying to get it right…in spite of everything…in this moment.
I’m saddened when I think that Charlie might have listened to that inner critic and could have been tempted to give it up…for good. When suddenly all the rules are changed, it’s easy to understand how it could happen, but thank goodness that love and hope always seem to rise up again as if in a reoccurring dream. I know it’s not quite what he meant in “Gets Me Every Time”, but when I listen to Charlie’s songs, he “get’s ME every time”... Each of these songs is a special moment in time.
So what’s gotta change ? The next change is the next moment and it will happen anyway.
All I know is we’re all closer in our journey home with every moment that passes, and that I’ll never lose my faith ‘cause there’s magic in these songs.

Bob Harvey, Jefferson Airplane founding member

Music of the Spirit-Love poetry to the Creator-Healing Vibrations
A Review of Charlie Nimovitz’ CD “Awkward Dance” by Bob Harvey, founding member of Jefferson Airplane:

This is true spiritual folk music. (1)"Awkward Dance" is a requiem to self understanding & seeing the beauty that is there,just beneath the pain that masks the need for acceptance in each of us.(2)"Let's Go Deep" is a lesson learned from taking a trip from the depths of despair into the light of the creator's gift of release, from the darkness of other people's prejudice and projection.(3)"Somebody's Heart" is Charlie Nimovitz's gift to everyone who has felt the pain of rejection, and his answer, which is to open our hearts to the love of the creator.(4) "What is Really True" is Reality Rock at it's very best.(5)"Meant to Be" is a tender love song with balls of brass.(6)"Give it up" was my personal theme song for the first year after I was fired from Jefferson Airplane. Every word of the song was what my inner critic was screaming. It took the unquenchable & burning drive to write and the opening of my heart to the realization that the creator does not create trash. It is up to each of us to be exactly what we want to be, either trash or treasure.

(7)"My New Reality" is the purest form of fun derived from a tongue in cheek form of self deprication.(8)"In A Dream Reoccuring" is an Alternative-Country-Love-Song with the depth and soul of true poetry.(9)"Get's Me Every Time" is the true and real expression of unrequited love that is like a deep and abiding agony - a love held in check by the fear of being rejected.(10)"If I Cry" is an ode to the strength it takes for a man to cry, while others are watching.(11)"Something's Gotta Change" is Charlie, standing between pain and pleasure - a cross between boogie-woogie, rock-n-roll and the Blues. (11)"In This Moment" is simply a beautiful poetic yearning for all the writer's dreams of fulfillment.(12)"Headed Home" is the unabashed facing of our mortality, of our fear of the dark and the unknown. All this is overcome by the faith and belief that there is more to our lives than the simplistic moment of our life on this planet.(13)"You Belong" is a Blessing from Charlie Nimovitz to all who would stop and listen to his poetry and his music.

Caroline Clark

Fantastic fun! Warm, rousing and comforting. And the music is top-notch.
Please send two more!! We're giving them away to people we love.
We've been playing this wonderful CD for friends with and
without Parkinson's. The songs are rousing and touching and
comforting; and voice, music and instrumentals are top notch!
We're using it as a base for a husband/wife exercise/dance
program!! I'm giving one to our neurologist -- who prescribed
dance rather than more meds!! We're laughing again...

Howard Martin

The common link to all souls are feelings and this CD is a common voice of expression for people with Parkinson. I have had the CD for three weeks and play it every day while exercising.

Pamela Polland

This album is a touching, inspiring and educational GIFT.
Awkward Dance is very different than what I had imagined - in all the best of ways. You know, when someone says they've created a whole CD about their experiences with PD, it's easy to imagine a kind of self-pitying and/or morbidity. But Charlie Nimovitz took such an exquisitely high road with humor, tenderness, intimacy, and above all, a very artful style of truth telling. I'm both touched and impressed.

The production values are also just stupendous....Charlie and co-producer John Hoy did a truly great job. I love Hoy's guitar work - especially the Django-like acoustic style on Somebody's Heart and all the other acoustic treatments. I literally laughed outloud with "Give It Up".......so hysterical and true for every single person on this planet over the age of about 2 months.

The backup vocals were so good, I wanted them to be ME :), so I wasn't surprised to look at the liner notes and see Annie Stocking's name. She always adds such elegance. All the musicians were excellent, but John's work just stands out to me above all - and I loved Charlie's accordion, vocals and keyboards. I especially like the baritone part of his voice. It's SO warm and inviting.

And here's the thing that moves me most of all, if I can articulate it. I have a very good friend with PD. He NEVER talks about it (even when I have had intimate dinners with him and his wife....it's this giant elephant in the room, and we're not invited to crack it open and "get real").
In fact, they do everything they can to hide the fact, and it's all fear driven - he thinks he'll lose his job if people know he's "sick". So his friends think he's drunk or on drugs, and he still won't tell the truth. This has disturbed me for as long as I've known about it. I'm a deep believer in telling the truth, and I believe the truth is also the way to heal and educate ourselves and the world around us. This CD is exquisite proof of this idea. I can only imagine how many people have been touched and moved and EDUCATED by Charlie's gentle and honest approach to his own journey with PD.

I'm simply grateful that Charlie has shared his experience in such a soulful, tender and dignified manner.

Leonard Ke

Charlie's music and lyrics inspire and adhere to the Parkinson expeience.
Having a disease like Parkinson's can be a depressing experience. The frustrating inability to do simple things, and the humiliating looks and comments from healthier folks, are hard to deal with. But Charlie Nimovitz adds a touch of humor and a splash of rockin' music and lyrics
that inspire and adhere to the Parkinson experience, giving us a path of growth and acceptance. And for that, I am grateful.

Michael J. Church, Ex. Dir., Movers & Shakers

Go Charlie Go!
Charlie is so inspiring and encouraging for all with and without PD. His talent goes beyond a man and a musical instrument, it is more like an extension of his body to which raw emotions flow. I urge anyone to listen to this music and soon you will be singing and tapping your feet to its addictive rythyms and catchy melodies. I pray that God will continue to bless you with good health and perseverence for many years to come.

Dan Howard

Some of these songs may break your heart; all will help to open it.
"Awkward Dance" Steps Out Gracefully – Charlie Nimovitz Shines in New CD.

"Awkward Dance," the third CD offering from Bay Area
singer-songwriter Charlie Nimovitz, is a living, breathing, multifaceted jewel. The new collection is
rich with finely crafted lyrics and gorgeous, soaring

The CD is filled with songs of transformation, healing, courage, strength, beauty, celebration and humor. Richly woven into the album are exciting infusions of rock, jazz, blues, funk, and country rhythms offered by Nimovitz's
stellar backup musicians. Some of these songs may break your heart; all will help to open it.

Nimovitz discovered a few years ago that he has Parkinson's Disease, a nervous disorder than causes him to shake intermittently throughout the day. The title track describes the singer's confrontation with the onset of the disease as he takes a brave look at himself ("It's an Awkward Dance and I'm too young to feel this old...") This song speaks eloquently of the fragility and vulnerability we all experience ("Been dealt this hand and I'm gonna see it through"). Charlie dedicates the CD to "my fellow Parkinson's warriors," but it offers hope for overcoming any personal challenge, physical or emotional, for all of us.

Don't get the idea this is a depressing or self-pitying album. Far from it! These songs are mostly upbeat, joyous and celebratory; many are romantic and achingly beautiful. "Somebody's Heart" is a lovely and lilting waltz. "In A Dream Reoccurring" has a sweet old-time 1930s Country feel. "Give It Up (Inner Critic Song)" is a humorous, droll and self-mocking wink, giving voice to that judgmental demon inside us all. "In This Moment" is
simply one of the most moving songs I've heard in years. And "Headed Home" has all the resonance and power of a great movie theme song.

In addition to singing and penning all the tunes, Nimovitz plays accordion and keyboards. Charlie's band includes the incredibly gifted John Hoy on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, mandolin, electric sitar and keyboards; with Benny Watson on keyboards, Bob Johnson on sax, Dave
Rokeach on drums, and Annie Stocking and Briana Rose on background vocals.

James Wagner

Beauty=Truth. We've got to get away from Celebrity worship and look to Heros.
What would our culture be like if we could quite celebrating surfaces, and honor Truth in its every form? What could a world be like if we all learned to make friends with the parts of ourselves the terrify us? What if every part of the world that is terrifying, uncomfortable, and awkward could be lit with the light of the radiant love that is? It begins very simply within each of us, and it has to do with turning a compassionate eye towards every corner of ourselves. In this regard charlie is an inspiration to me. His work is brave, it is authentic, it is unique to my knowledge. The first night we met I told him that I would love to hear his songs about parkansins because its something I don't understand or have any experience about, and he said to me, whithout a flinching (though deffinitly shaking) "that's my purpose on this planet." How many people can say that without hesitation? Few and far between in my experience. The care, play, and joy in his music is obvious... the difficulty, challenge, and heartbreak is obvious... the triumph is envitable and the inspiration you'll feel is a byproduct. Thanks Charlie...