Beach

by John Nichols

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Beach is a concept album, detailing a metaphorical experience at the beach. It explores ideas and concepts that deal with the struggles of defining yourself as a human being. Each song is linked by a spoken word in an effort to create an immersive, theatrical world in which the listener can lose themselves.

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released October 27, 2015

Artistic Team: Mainstay

Jeen Na
Aaron Porter
Aaron Covrett
Isaac Taracks

Additional Instrumental performances:

Violin: Zachary Piper
Cello: Boris Popadiuk
Trumpet: Jesse Klirsfield
Sax (Real Eyes, Self Titled): Derrick Dymalski
Sax (Celebrate, Overgrown): Sean Johnson

Mastering by Justin Weis at Trakworx studios

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John Nichols Dayton, Ohio

I've given myself two choices in life; make a living through music or die. I'm not going to die, so keep in touch.

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Track Name: Save Our Minds
"Yo John! Have you not heard?! Give up, the Earth is crumbling!"
"And you can't save the world with idealistic mumblings"

I'm sorry what was that?!
I can't hear you when I sing.
I'm only thinking about the joy this music brings.

We all live our lives one day at a time
It will all be fine if we don't lose our minds
Holding on until we find what we're hear to find
Just keep your head above the choking brine

Countless eyes fixed on the shore
Living life like it's a chore
So bored...

Just enjoy the swim, we all could drown today
And the water is perfect out here anyways
Since living life is a sin, I guess I'll look within
Pity you won't scare me with your fabled fin

Have you ever looked right at a setting sun?
Looked away and saw stars where there were none...
Well every will has a way if you don't mind the run
Come one, come all! It's a free for all!
We must fight for our lives

Countless eyes fixed on the shore
Living life like it's a chore
Looking up!

Just enjoy the swim, we all could drown today
And the water is perfect out here anyways
Since living life is a sin, I guess I'll look within
Pity you won't scare me with your fabled fin

What's true to you?

We're still in Eden, the scene has just changed a bit
Now we have reason
We lost our souls to save our minds
And I don't mind

Just enjoy the swim, we all could drown today
And the water is perfect out here anyways
Since living life is a sin, I guess I'll look within
Pity you won't scare me with your fabled fin

We gave our souls to save our minds
Track Name: Insane
The window is open
Evening air is pouring through
My lips are frozen, but they thaw when I'm close to you
And I've kept them pretty blue

Did these years steal my youth?
A naive romance replaced by a guarded yearning
For the hope I once had
I kissed her in the rain
And I saw the vulnerability as a potential for pain
Is it just me who's feeling insane?!

My chest cracked open
But I kept it covered around you
I can't have you see too much
Pandora's box was better of unviewed
It's true...but there's truth to this loneliness too

Did these years steal my youth?
A naive romance replaced by a guarded yearning
For the hope I once had
I kissed her in the rain
And I saw the vulnerability as a potential for pain
Is it just me who's feeling insane?!
Track Name: Celebrate
Turn the music up louder than my mind
Because tonight we're gonna have a good time

As they see my silhouette shrink
I can feel my essence swell...well...
I will break out of this cage
Scratch the lead on the turned page...crazed...
My fevered fingers find the strings
To feel the high these sound waves bring...sing...
The vibrations fill my brain
To soothe any trace of pain
I'm sane

Turn the music up louder than my mind
Because tonight we're gonna have a good time

There is only one feeling
The kick hits keep me breathing
Rain falls out the ceiling
Dropped sweat?
Or a metaphor for spiritual healing
If life is a test, then I am taking my recess
Turn up, then tune out
The bass in God now
My body's run down
So I need to move to the sound, feel the frequency surround
I'm gonna let it take me, so don't wake me

Turn the music up louder than my mind
Because tonight we're gonna have a good time
Track Name: Real Eyes
The nights we can't remember can be anything we want them to
Looking back and seeing black,
I imagine stars and think them true
How about you?
Our eyes cannot realize which memories are self indulgent lies
Oh I don't mind
It's just for tonight
I'll give up my sight to the flashing lights
Go.

My mind led me astray
Now words only get in the way of what I'm trying to say
So tell the DJ to blast that cliche track
To distract from my panic attack
Let's celebrate the escape from the day

But I can't run away from the truth with lies I conjure to substitute proof
I can't close my eyes to what I've already seen
No matter what I believe, it doesn't change reality

Uhhh...pocket full of crumpled cigarettes
So I'm not placing any bets on my mind
It's easy to close my eyes
I'd hate to find things I don't want to find
So for now it's best if I go in blind
Trigger itch, I'm killing time
The darkness inside me is enough to hide me
Where no one can find me
I'm scared of what they might see
A cracked mask that conceals a blast past
Is revealed like a smoke stack when the pain burns past
Inferno of my fears
Raise a toast!
Cheers to vision unclear
At least I can stand to look at the face in the mirror
Tear stained glass breaks
In the time it takes to fake a smile
Choke back bile
Keep moving for the next mile!
But I don't know if I'm running from the truth or towards it
I'd pay the price for sight if I thought I could afford it
But I'm broke, cause I just bought this smoke
Now the air is starting to clear and I'm left with only fear because

I can't run away from the truth with lies I conjure to substitute proof
I can't close my eyes to what is inside of me

You won't be safe by tuning out
Track Name: Overgrown
I made myself a nest inside of my head,
Now it's overgrow
I planted the seeds, but I left them for dead
Well they sprouted up
Now the roots have made their way inside of my tongue
And the words are pouring out

Oh I'm ready for it...I'm ready for it!
No excuse for why I've been waiting for it
I've been waiting for it!
Because I'm scared to try
But I'm starting to find that all I need are my hands
To unwrap the vines tangled around my mind

I made myself a nest inside of my head,
Now it's overgrow
I planted the seeds, but I left them for dead
Well they sprouted up
Now the roots have made their way inside of my tongue
And the words are pouring out

I'm scared of what I don't know
So I tend to chill inside of my head
Looking out a window
Just watching the days blur past
Maybe I'm just moving a little too fast
I struggle with making the moment last
Classic patterns, my skull shatters
The walls drip with brain matter
So I go home, get stoned alone
Make today yesterday's clone
I tell myself I'm fighting it
But my mind's overgrown,
and I'm feeling sick from hiding it

I made myself a nest inside of my head,
Now it's overgrow
I planted the seeds, but I left them for dead
Well they sprouted up
Now the roots have made their way inside of my tongue
And the words are pouring out
Track Name: Self Titled
Find the words you want to say, then say them in another way
See the human in the mirror,
and wonder what forces put them there
I write these pages with the ash of burning days
as they flicker past
We're waking up and I am here
I'll sing it so they have to hear

No stranger's view can see your world with more clarity than you
So take a look at their ideas and their books
But don't bite into the hooks

What's true to you?
You'll find you always knew.

Do you feel free?
Stuck in the back of a taxi, not even looking at the street
Well I feel free when I climb up to the top of a tree
My mind is as wide as the blue sea
Planning my ways to make history
I want to change the world!
Cliche to say, I know
But anyone can create a new style
And if butterfly effect is at least somewhat correct
You could cure disease with a well placed smile
So find the words you want to say, then say them in another way

What's true to you?
You'll find you always knew.

If you're waking up, then I am here
and I'm singing because I hope you'll hear