Surprise!

by Nick Witzeman

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about

This album is a collection of 35 songlettes.

A songlette is a short song.
All of these songlettes are less than one full minute long.

This album has two contrasting themes which mirror one another.
This album took me somewhere between 6 and 9 months to create.
This album was written by Nick Witzeman.
All of the instruments on this album were performed by Nick Witzeman, with the exception of the drumset, which was performed by Chris Warren.

This album could not have been made without the generous help of Malory Owen, Chris Warren, Audrey Law, and many other friends and family members.
This album would like to thank them, and you, for the support.

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released December 11, 2015

All songs written by Nick Witzeman.
All songs performed by Nick Witzeman and Chris Warren.

Album art by Audrey Law.
Her work can be found here: www.audreylawdesign.com

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Track Name: Listen
No,
I don't want a lot,
just for you to give in--
listen.

I
put in a lot of
work; so you just sit 'n
listen.

No,
I don't want a lot,
just for you to give in--
listen.
Listen.
Listen.
Listen.
Track Name: Forward
Do what you love
and you'll make what you make,
and you will take
what you can take,
and it'll be enough--

Maybe I will.
maybe I won't.
I'm not sure...
Even if it were attainable,
even if it were practical, sustainable,
what would I look forward to?
Track Name: Malory
More than just something new,
she's independent.
More than just someone to
accompany me.
Her name is Malory.
It's Malory.
Malory.
Track Name: Everything's Great
Everything's Great--
happy and quickly careening towards a breakup
(I am right, you're wrong).

Joyfully create
altercation, simply refusing to break up.

You mean getting along
requires me to swallow my pride?
I think I'd
prefer to die than
refuse to speak;
I would break
up with you before
I'd acquiesce to that!
Track Name: Sum Money
Recognition, approbation--
is that really what I want?
No. I want fame and wealth--
a lucrative stunt.
I don't want acclaim.
I don't want glory.
I don't want anything but
sum
money.
Track Name: This Is Meant to Last
This is not a stunt,
or just a something to be listened to and then promptly discarded.

This is meant to last,
to cast the kind of shadow that potentially ruins careers.

This is not a front,
I want a something more significant than fame and wealth and garbage.

This is meant to last
beyond just you and me and even, hopefully, your kids.
Track Name: Surprise! Apologize
Never intended to pretend that I knew,
knew what was best for you--
the rest is true.

You know
I never intended to intend to come close to
suppressing you.

Smile! Apologize.
Realize
you're not always right.
Surprise!

Never intended to pretend that you knew,
knew what was best for me.
Decidedly,

I know
you never intended to intend to come close to
infantilizing me.

Surprise! Apologize.
Track Name: I Don't Like Being Wrong
I'll admit it:
you are right.
I'm wrong.

This is big:
I don't like being wrong...
Track Name: Smile
Smile!
Pile it on, now.
That's how you get the job.
Smile and hope she likes you.

Smile!
Stifle reservations.
That's how you get the job.
Smile and hope they like you.
Smiling all the way to the bank.
Track Name: Double Date
Double,
doubled up.
Trouble,
trouble bubbles up--
and back
and forth.
Track Name: Undistinguished
Viable?
Not quite that.
More like long-shot.

Feasible?
Not like that.
Not what you've got.

Overwrought.
Overthought.
Your music's not quite what I

thought it might
be; it's more like
undistinguished.
Track Name: Unwell
I'm unwell.
I'm laid-up,
not thinking straight.

Under a spell
but over obligation,
over constraint,
feeling faint,
I'm unwell.
Track Name: I Will Be Heard
I won't give up.
I won't stand by
while you trample
my work, my life,
something that I believe has worth--
I will be heard!
Track Name: My Dreams Will Come True
I need an avenue in which to be heard.
So, I'll force myself to go and get myself heard.

My dreams will come true.
Track Name: Two Good Things
One good thing,
one good thing's worthwhile.

Two good things
are somehow hard to reconcile,
to file away,
to know that one's gone,
and one's here to stay.

Yes, I loved her then,
and I love you today.
My love is not currency
or led easily astray.
Track Name: Spring
We've weathered the storm.
Spring has come
and summer is soon.

We've weathered our storm.
Fighting's over.
You and I are reborn
in Spring.
Track Name: Everything's Great (Reprise)
Everything's Great!
All is well, I'm simply brimming with potential
(I am going far).

Romantically,
financially, and artistically successful.

And my successes are
predicated upon my skill, my pride, my work--
and I know it's just begun--
Our work, our patience, and the way
our fortune looks today,
I know there's more to come...
Track Name: Change Is Fast
Change is fast--
at least that's how it feels
no matter how long it lasts.

What once was impossible
now has come to pass.

I once said:
"what would I look forward to
if I were to get

what I wanted?"
Now I've got it
and how do I feel?

There's still more I've got to strive for.

But how do I feel?
I feel,
I feel...
Track Name: Inspiration
Inspiration?
No, this just took work.

Indignation.
No, it's true for everyone.

Mozart, Lennon, McCartney, Beethoven,
Sondheim, Wilson, Gershwin, Ellington.

Creation's more frustration than revelation.
Track Name: Instability
Stability,
etc. is good for me.
Not that I've ever had anything else...

Instability:
maybe that's actually
what I've wanted all along.

Is that why I always try to prove you wrong?
Is that why I'm always pushing you away?
Track Name: Sarcastic and Spiteful
Making up
for what?
This something can't be fixed.
This something is ineffable.
This something isn't this.

Maybe we
are simply incompatible.
Even when amicable
we're sarcastic and spiteful.

I still love you, but
Track Name: Bus
What are you doing?
People don't talk on the bus.
Look at me,
I'm clearly indisposed.

Highway screaming,
and the bus is teeming with life.
I don't really
need yours intruding on mine--

No one's sitting here,
it's fine,
no really,
I don't mind.
Track Name: New Orleans
Dirty
cigar smoke and beer-soaked decay--
the homeless, and vomit, and utter
dismay.

But Louis
Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet,
Jelly Roll, and Fats, and Wynton Marsalis
played here;
how could I compete
at the
feet of
the greats and the least
in New Orleans?
Track Name: Late Night Walk
All alone--
But not so alone.
How can a Kendrick, Marvin, Duke, and a Saxophone

keep a white me
such good company
when a late night walk is such a luxury?
Track Name: God
Who am I to say what's real and what is not?
But, then again, who are you to say what's universally true.
Lightning, thunder, where's my punishment?
Don't you think it's arrogant
to extrapolate your own experience?
Track Name: Entitled
I don't deserve anything.
I'm not entitled to
wealth or fame or acclaim,
but I do believe my work
deserves to be listened to.
Track Name: Love or Respect
Being right or being loved?
"Love or respect"
is a false dichotomy.
Track Name: Surprise. Apologize
Never intended to pretend that I knew,
knew what was best for you.
The rest is true.

You know,
I never intended to intend to come close to
suppressing you.

Never intended to pretend that you knew knew knew knew,
knew what was best for me.
Decidedly,

I know
you never intended to intend to come close to
infantilizing me.

Surprise. Apologize.
Track Name: I Love You When You're Right
We apologize,
we cry,
and we decide who's right and who's wrong.

So who cares who's right?
Well we do.
We might love fighting, but even
when I'm wrong
I love you.
I love you when you're right.
Track Name: Summer
We weathered the storm.
Spring is gone
and summer is here.

We weathered our storm.
Spring and summer.
In music and my love for her, reborn.