Shimmer (Los Angeles 1994​-​2003)

by Diana Rosalind Trimble

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After Fiend got the deal with Atlantic Records and the band moved to LA, Randy (bass) and Matt (drums) ended up moving back to New York and Chase (guitar) and I continued to play music together, sometimes joined from other musicians from my past.

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released December 31, 1999

Diana Trimble: voice, lyrics, songs
Chase Harlan: guitars
Jake Rivera: bass guitar
Randy Rollner: bass guitar on Distance, 1995 version
Paul somebody drums
Matt somebody else drums
Another guy drums

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Diana Rosalind Trimble New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I continued to sing and write in experimental performance ensembles that remain important in the history of the 80s & 90s Bay Area arts scene, followed by one decade of tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC (read Little Tiger on here), then another in Europe, always making records of collabs along the way! ... more

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Track Name: Was Born Dazed
Was Born Dazed

What I feel is
There’s something strange and
Terribly unfamiliar about it all
What I mean is
I feel the shit is coming down
On, or around, this spinning ball

All my born days
I always thought it would end in
Fire or Frost
No-one ever let on to me
That we could get anywhere
Anywhere but lost

Just to be different
I won’t believe that
Just to be different
I won’t believe that

What I want is
What I need is
Some kind of meaning
Some faith to replace my doubt
Its not so easy
But it’s not so hard
To find something besides myself to care about

I was born dazed
Wide eyed and wondering
What kind of place have I landed on?
No-one ever let on to me
That we could go anywhere
Anywhere but wrong

Just to be different
I won’t believe that
Just to be different
I won’t believe that


I I
was born
was born
dazed
dazed

I was born
DAZED
Track Name: Here Comes That Feeling
Every breath I take
Tastes like icing on the cake

This time I'm winning
Fell all the way back
To the end of the pack
But now
I got a chance at a fresh beginning
And this time I'm feeling
It'll all turn out

Here comes that feeling
Just like taking off in a plane
Every little piece of the plan is coming together
Laughing out loud
Cuz I'm back in the game

This time I'm winning
Can't stop grinning
Never gettin' dizzy
Even though I'm spinning

Spinning like a kid on a carousel
And it's only because what was was
And because I went through all that hell
Lived through almost dying
Suffering and sinning
Now I'm just winning on my living

Every breath I take
Tastes like icing on the cake

Here comes that feeling
Just like taking off in a plane
And every little piece of the plan is coming together
Laughing out loud
Cuz I'm back in the game

And this time I'm winning
Can't stop grinning
Never gettin' dizzy
Even though I'm spinning

I'm just lucky to be
Spilling rhymes into the breeze...

Here comes that feeling
Just like
Taking off
Track Name: All Night Driving Song
Gettin' on to Sunset
Soon the prince of the sky is bedding down
Ocean in the distance
Tide turns away from town
City hummin' like a crazy jewel
Coyote moon rising overhead
I know I'm gonna
I know I'm gonna be there soon
I'll drive, I'll drive, I'll drive
All the night
Headlines shinin' on the cat-eyes
Only take the blue highways
Pickin' up the Tijuana stations
And the money-preachers
Cracklin' radio - that's the sound the road makes
I'll drive, I'll drive, I'll drive
All the night
Coyote moon risin' overhead
I know I'm gonna be there soon
Headlines shinin' on the cat-eyes
Only take the blue highways
Track Name: In the Distance (2002 version)
The distance grows
The quiet drops
The bird of the soul that I’ve spoken of
Stops
The flutter and beat of it
Weakens and slows
My language is broken
The distance grows

The fire cools
The madness heals
And pains no more the heart that
Feels
And now are wise
Who once were fools
For wisdom is sorrow’s child
The fire cools

In the distance
I can see
The shape of things
I hope will be

Our hearts are torn
But we are blessed
For wisdom grows
At sorrow’s breast

And the bird of the soul
In fire is born
Oh flutters and beats again
The hearts once torn

In the distance
I can see
The shape of things
I hope will be
Track Name: You Reveal
So Real

I see you see me
as though you know me
is there
something you wanna show me

it feels
as fluid as the ground below me

oh I
know that
You could heal me

Cuz you’re
So real that
You
Reveal me

It feels
The truth is

Your holy hunger
Is enough to feed me
The truth is
I need you to need me

I don’t mean to be greedy
Oh I know that you could heal me

Cuz you’re
So real that
You
Reveal me

Don’t you hesitate
Don’t you hesitate

Oh how I
Wish that you would
Touch me
Don’t you hesitate
You could never
Rush me

If you don’t crush me
It will crush me
You’re
So real that
You
Reveal me

Oh I know that
You’re
So real that
You
Reveal me
Track Name: Haunted is What
Haunted is what

Haunted is what
When the words
Offered themselves
Came up
Like a jumping fish
Eager to get caught
In the violent waters of words
That I angled through
Trailing my net for a word
To match the look in
All of our eyes

And lately when I search
For the source of our sorrow
I realize
Obeying all the laws of freedom
And the rule of the Supreme Law
of Love
Means letting you go
Forgiving ourselves and you
And moving on
Haunted is what came up

Haunted by the way you left us
Haunted by the way it plagues us
Haunted that we couldn’t save you
Haunted by the songs you played for us
And that we now play for you
But in the end
Haunted by the love that is still
The gift you gave us

And lately when I reach through the deep
Looking for our sorrow
I see with surprise
The waters are barren
Never a flash of scale or fin
But still
Of game unspoken
And so our crafts move on
This channel is at peace
And other waters are stirring

So lately what we choose to do
Now and tomorrow
Is simply remember your angel smile
And the rule of the Supreme Law of
Love
And so our crafts are moving on

Just before sun-up
Just before sun-up
Track Name: Could if You Would
Could if You Would

If you
If you

They have told me to be fearless
And then gotten scared
Scared of the limitless All

Scared of their own expansion
Scared of a higher dimension
Scared to rise
Scared to fall

Could if you would
You could if you would
You could if you would
Ya could if you would
Ya could if you would

Don’t you be like
Those come and go drifters
Oscillating like a transistor

Who lured by the liberating flame
Then sneak out of the stage door
Scared of immensity
Slunking back into the
Same old thing

Could if you would
You could if you would
You could if you would
Ya could if you would
Ya could if you would

If you...

If you dared
To be unprepared
Ya could if you would

If you dared
If you cared
Ya could if you would
Track Name: Always Now
Always Now

I would never ever
Ask you for forever
But I would gladly give it
At least, that is
In this minute

Liars may lie
Sleepers may sleep
But I like promises I can keep

So let’s just live it
Don’t ask how
Maybe not for forever
But at least
Definitely
Until the end of now

Yeah I promise I’ll never
Promise I’ll always love you
But I promise I’ll love you
Til the end of now

Every perfect moment
Opens like a rose
Oh and eternity’s in a grain of sand
Or so the poem goes

So forget your limits
And let’s just live it
Don’t worry ‘bout how
Cuz who can measure forever?
But isn’t it always now?

Isn’t it always
Isn’t it always

So forget your limits
And let’s just live it
Don’t worry ‘bout how
Maybe not for forever
But at least
Definitely
Until the end of now

Yeah I promise I’ll never
Promise I’ll always love you
But I promise I’ll love you
Til the end of now

Liars may lie
Sleepers may sleep
But I like promises I can keep
Track Name: Hard if You Try
Hard If You Try

Slow down
Don’t complicate
What’s really very simple
There’s no need
To mix things up
No need to scribble on
This pretty picture

Slow down
Don’t label this
Just leave it undefined
There’s no need
To make it fit
Dig too deep and you might
Find it undermined

Don’t overthink it
To understand it
You’ve got to feel it inside

Don’t analyze it
You’ll just un-surprise it
It’s only hard
If you try
So let go of your mind
It’s easy if
You don’t try

Slow down
Don’t emphasize
What really doesn’t matter
There’s no need
To fill the room upstairs
With all that clutter

Don’t overthink it
To understand it
You’ve got to feel it inside

Don’t analyze it
You’ll just un-surprise it
It’s only hard
If you try
So let go of your mind
It’s easy if
You don’t try

It’s easy if
You don’t try

It’s easy if
You don’t try
Track Name: Happy
Happy

Please help me
I’m so happy it hurts
Smiling wide enough
to split me in two

So pull the shades
Don’t let that sunshine in
All my sad songs
Are turning un-blue

All this happiness
Have to learn to deal with it
I guess
So no more sad songs here
I haven’t cried all year

Who do you call
When the joy is just too much
Is there hope for people
happy in love?

All this happiness
Have to learn to deal with it
I guess

Please help me
Please help me
Please help me!

All this happiness
Have to learn to deal with it
I guess
So no more sad songs here
I haven’t cried all year

It’s a good thing
But is it too much
of a good thing
Is there even such
a thing as too much love

Is there ever enough?
Track Name: O America
Breaking out the bombs to blow away the enemy
America my country what is to become of thee?
What happened to your famous liberty
Is it still safe to criticize?
Selling out the truth to manifest a destiny
Jesus at the shopping mall
Crack under the Christmas tree
A perfect credit rating is the ticket to eternity
Is it still free to fantasize?

O America
With the power to lead with light
When did it get so black and white
And did two wrongs ever make a right
Be careful with your might
O America

Report suspicious persons to the government authority
Fear can make American democracy a mockery
Cuz freedom isn’t just a clever marketing mythology
It’s a plan in action

O America
Land of the Free
O America
How will you be remembered
In history?

Buffalo aroma comin from the politician
But no more do they roam
Bulldozed into submission
Locking up the dopers
‘Stead of paying for tuition
What’s wrong with this picture?
Burning down the forest just to auction off the pieces
Settin’ up and proppin’ up puppets of convenience
Prophesyin’ profits like a cult of dollar demons
Devils quotin’ scripture

O America
Who am I talking to?
O America
There isn’t any “them”
There’s only me and you
So what are we gonna do?
O America
O America...
Track Name: Yesterday's Snow
The day’s of my long slow life
Separate
Like the segments of an orange
Or the petals of a rotting rose
Blown from garden to gutterpipe
By the Hudson River wind

But what have roses got to do
with this cityscape?

Discarded furniture
Broken TV sets
Stringers in doorways
Trying to catch eyes
that skitter by
On pavement’s slick
With yesterday’s snow
And tears of regret

Long and slow?
No
More like rapid and spent
Rapid and spent

In the fever of love’s long gone by
And pleasures twisted and bent
Twisted and bent

Like the joy
That bursts on the tip of a pin

There is always tomorrow
And tomorrow
And tomorrow’s regrets
I could lie here from dusk until dawn
Pretending to be absent

Oh you dreary days
New York lament

Tomorrow
and tomorrow

Yesterday’s snow

Yesterdays
Track Name: Let it Ride
On the breath
Let it ride

Speak to me
Tell me things
Confess your soul
Your scariest dreams

And on the breath
Let it ride
On the breath
Let it ride let it ride let it ride

Release your dove
Or unhood your hawk
Peace and love
and Hate and war
Begin and end in talk

Cuz words are like birds
With invisible wings
Choose your crow or your eagle
Choose a bird of prey
Or one that sings

And on the breath
Let it ride
And on the breath
Let it ride

Whisper truths
Never shout threats
Leave space for silence
And we'll have no regrets

And on the breath
And on the breath
And on the breath
And on the breath
Let it
And on the breath
Let it ride
Track Name: In the Distance (1995)
The distance grows
The quiet drops
The bird of the soul that I’ve spoken of
Stops
The flutter and beat of it
Weakens and slows
My language is broken
The distance grows

The fire cools
The madness heals
And pains no more the heart that
Feels
And now are wise
Who once were fools
For wisdom is sorrow’s child
The fire cools

In the distance
I can see
The shape of things
I hope will be

Our hearts are torn
But we are blessed
For wisdom grows
At sorrow’s breast

And the bird of the soul
In fire is born
Oh flutters and beats again
The hearts once torn

In the distance
I can see
The shape of things
I hope will be
Track Name: So Real (Reveal Me Mix)
So Real

I see you see me
as though you know me
is there
something you wanna show me

it feels
as fluid as the ground below me

oh I
know that
You could heal me

Cuz you’re
So real that
You
Reveal me

It feels
The truth is

Your holy hunger
Is enough to feed me
The truth is
I need you to need me

I don’t mean to be greedy
Oh I know that you could heal me

Cuz you’re
So real that
You
Reveal me

Don’t you hesitate
Don’t you hesitate

Oh how I
Wish that you would
Touch me
Don’t you hesitate
You could never
Rush me

If you don’t crush me
It will crush me
You’re
So real that
You
Reveal me

Oh I know that
You’re
So real that
You
Reveal me