Losing Things

by Mark Schirmacher

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1.
03:51
Tomorrow I’m gonna go looking for you I know you’re good, I know you’re true but I’m busy dreaming and I’m not quite through tomorrow I’m gonna go looking for you I remember what you said in high school that you’d never leave me no matter how blue & right now those words are ringing true tomorrow I’m gonna go looking for you Tomorrow I’m gonna go looking for you by the mountain streams and the dive bars too talking to strangers who want a piece of you tomorrow I’m gonna go looking for you So many doings I’d like to undo And strong emotions I could never prove But just last night she heard it too Tomorrow I’m gonna go looking for you
2.
I open up my mind to let you drift inside an itty bitty window with a little bit of grime a plan and 50 kisses to water down your fight I’m never gonna let you go (that easily tonight) I open up my heart to let you slip inside the door is on my sleeve and your room is on the right we’ve shared this space together on a thousand sleepless nights I’m never gonna let you go (that easily tonight) Take off your shoes, take off your hat take your sweet, sweet time about it and then take off more than that we may not have tomorrow so destroy me with your love tonight I open up my arms to let you rest inside it’s been a long day and I’ve got a lot of time so come on over and give me a taste ‘cuz you’re gone by the morning light I’m never gonna let you go (that easily tonight)
3.
04:08
Sleep, mother sleep your children are around you memories surround you and your brother is alright the jungle did not harm him the prayers did not alarm him as they melted into silent early sleep, mother sleep Sleep, father sleep the land you left forgot you there’s still some folks to talk to and your son is by your side the printer loved you dearly as he sang so sweet and clearly in the churches of the prairie where we sleep, father sleep Sleep, daughter sleep your quiet heart is restless tied up and defenseless and your smile is so bright what riches are you seeking? when pen and ink are leaking onto pages that will make the monster sleep, daughter sleep Sleep, brother sleep your words are meant for fighting your laughter rings of righting all the wrongs that held you tight your parents do not own you the future cannot loan you night time visions for your waking hours of sleep, brother sleep Sleep, lover sleep your dreams will come tomorrow we will not have to borrow any sunshine from the sky the moon is softly shining as our days they are unwinding from the spool of everlasting, silent sleep lover sleep, brother sleep, father sleep, daughter sleep, mother sleep
4.
Quit the game, lay it down the flashing lights, the talking town erase the lines, put down the glass It won’t last Morning light spills around moonlight shadows leave the ground daylight peels away midnight’s mask It won’t last Rainy morning, she is gone I should have known all along human love fades like the noonday grass It won’t last We walk, we talk, we touch, we feel that’s how we know this thing is for real All the beauty, all the pain all the sunshine, all the rain this fire show of words, magic and good deeds all up in a flash It won’t last
5.
03:18
Another perfect ending to another perfect day tomorrow’s found me waiting, expecting it that way you may want 4 walls, well, I need a place to stay but when the birds are singing, it’s hard to keep away I sit among the music of nature’s finest band symphony of earth life is trembling in our hands take me, oh half moon, sheer glass and diving duck bring me through the mist and drop me like a rock I’ll soar downward through water grey and calm land on the bottom wash the blood off of my palms you still want 4 walls, I guess I need them too If I leave these 4 walls I’d be leaving you I’ll swim with you, oh beaver, the geese will ask me south to winter in the sunshine, snowflakes in my mouth I surface to the cold world, I gasp and look around In the blooming of the dogwood eternity is found Soaking up last moments, another perfect day all the mess and heartache, I’ve got tears to give away I’m waiting for a voice, I’ve heard it here before this sparkling winter water holds me to its shore
6.
Study of Love Love makes people do crazy things make you buy a gun, it’ll make you buy a ring make you pick a headstone or a parakeet that sings Love let the baby cry in the dead of night sometimes throws a punch and sometimes throws the fight love make the jailor pay a visit to the judge love, give that envelope a nudge Now, men in this world wrap their hearts in steel liquor, lines, and pages trying not to feel but somewhere in a blanket, a shivering memory the seed of love was planted in you and in me Love mends fences and presses grapes to wine torches the earth after harvest time cuts to the bone just to save another breath love ain’t afraid of a mess
7.
03:57
I love you today, crazy once or twice your love saved me I’m amazed (you’re unphased) & you’re still my baby So much tick and tock behind us find a quiet room, remind us what we’re for (lock the door) trouble will not find us When you went away, girls night thought I’d be alright, tough guy I was wrong (love is strong) empty beds don’t feel right Stars were made to shine above me and the way you move, lovely I don’t know (I’m so slow) you were made to love me Darling when you go, take me you know that this world can break me It’s a dream (so it seems) Well, if it is don’t wake me
8.
04:08
I work to pay the bills a little bit dies every day it gets reborn as a song that ends up choking out the killer LPs and whole notes gonna line my grave As I fall asleep next to you the blanket breathes up and down The snow fills up the streets, can I tell you the truth? I hope we never, ever get to town crazy fool I never knew that you could dance just like Madonna crazy fool This shiny world wears thin find a new reason to smile that isn’t some TV show or some God-forsaken device and I’ll stay with you for a long, long while crazy fool one brush with death and I’ve ascended to the mountain crazy fool I still love you like a crazy fool and you’ll wake up soon if I don’t kill this light But for now you’re asleep, we see eye-to-eye and you’re still mine and that makes almost everything alright crazy fool I never knew that you could dance just like Madonna crazy fool
9.
He went to the field not sure what to do since the plane went down, Christmas Eve in Peru he’d come undone the work bell rings he’s getting tired of losing things He didn’t know what hit him, so easy to upset faces and names, so easy to forget sitting at the piano, the broken record sings this one’s called ‘Losing Things’ They drove downtown and I went with the doctor said it’s part of it losing things is a part of life still that doesn’t make it right He tells me his dreams, his memories too gotta get ‘em out, there’s nothing left to do he knows they’ll be gone on tomorrow’s wings he’s getting pretty good at losing things The farm, the chains the tractor too he can’t recall what he’s supposed to do frets for the safety of his youngest kin we all watch him losing things In the basement dark, away from it all she holds his hand, as he faces the wall she’s lost before, she questions the King why do we keep losing things?
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Losing Things is a collection of ten brand new songs by Indie-Folk artist, Mark Schirmacher. The album traces one man's journey as he recounts his life's memories before age-related memory loss steals them away.

Mark's thoughts on the songs:
“I wanted to create something that holds together as a continuous narrative following a single character’s arc, or something that could be enjoyed as a collection of stand-alone cuts, each with their own story to tell. The individual songs come from different places - my personal life, my family tree, my imagination - but they hold together well as a single expression, I think."

Mark's thoughts on working with Christian Andrews and the recording process:
“Working with Christian kept things focused for me, and his style is a great balance of structure, creativity, and openness to new material that I would bring into the studio. We decided to go through the official demoing process to define and refine the songs before hitting the studio, and that proved to be a really useful step. We got to nail down the 'finished' versions before bringing them to the band, and we got a leg-up on what instruments and sounds we wanted for the final mixes."

Mark's thoughts on the sound of the record:
"Using the folk song as a vehicle and backdrop, the continuous thread the listener can follow is my voice, my acoustic guitar, and my harmonica. That's the start of everything for me. Along the way, we'd talk about adding this instrument or that musician to bring out certain elements buried in the music. Elements I couldn't access on my own. Because of so many amazing people showing up to play, the sound of the record moves between Americana, jazz, baroque-folk, acoustic-chill, and straight up singer-songwriter stuff."

Mark's thoughts on working with vocalist, Carrie Boberg:
"We've known each other for a very long time. When the song 'Sleep' started taking shape during the writing and demoing process, I heard Carrie's lush alto in my head and knew that there was a place for her on this record. Honestly, she sort of steals the show. She just shines so bright."

Losing Things is Schirmacher's third studio album since 2015's Broken Hearts Shine. To learn more about the tour schedule, read his blog, or to get in contact with Mark, visit markschirmacher.com.

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released September 13, 2019

Recorded at Winterland Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 2018 - March 2019

Produced by Christian Andrews and Mark Schirmacher

Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Christian Andrews
Assistant Engineering by Zachary Schilling and Kosh
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Microphonic Mastering, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photography by Carl Stover
Art direction, illustration, and layout by Alexis Politz

All songs written by Mark Schirmacher ©2019 CATINABOX (ASCAP)

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Mark Schirmacher is an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. For information on bookings or collaborations, visit www.markschirmacher.com.

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