Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

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Unique - General | Waving Prairie, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 39,248   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: 7/16/2019
   Sounds Like: Good question!, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Donovan

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Song Description

This is a song that I have been working on conceptually for a couple years. I had a nun when I was in grade school, who taught music. Her name was Sister Bernadelle Mehmert. I have dedicated the album, "I Was Dreaming", in her memory. She passed away at 91 years old born on June 27, 1922 and joined her Beloved Jesus on April 11, 2014. She saw my love for music and natural talent for singing and playing instruments (cello, guitar and piano) at a very young age. She nurtured me for 8 years and I would NOT be the composer and songwriter I am today if she had guided me and patiently taught me. Her name was Sister Bernadelle. That said, I have been wanting to write a great song dedicated to her and that fact that she was my muse. Over the past couple years, I tried to make the song idea work, but it was tough. But, I kept at it and re-worked over-and-over. It eventually became a "story song" about a man who sees her in his dream and goes on his instincts and a quest to find her. He eventually does find her living on a houseboat in Paris on the Seine River.... To hear the rest of the story...give the song a listen. Hope you enjoy it. It was truly a labor of love! God bless, my dear friend, Sister Bernadelle.

Story Behind the Song

#1 Illinois #1 Jazz-Smooth Jazz #1 Jazz #1 Pop #1 Pop-Easy Listening Top Ten - Male Vocal Top Ten - Production

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Melancholy in a classy pop-jazzy way, with interesting chord changes and piano playing, and a voice that reminds me of Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. It's very well done.

    - HarryBudini

A story told as song. Pleasant voice slightly straining in a few places, but that is sort of sweet and vulnerable. Nice melody that fits the lyrics. The beat is subdued, which makes the song smooth. And the story is quite good. I would have called her Bernadette............ but then what to do with the wishing well?

    - Birthe Noer Myers
Lyrics

"Bernadelle"
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2012 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP)& Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
http://www.chetnichols.net * MagicGarageMusic@gmail.com
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Dedicated to my first music teacher, Sister Bernadelle Mehmert (June 27, 1922 - April 11, 2014)

1. He sailed a silver steamer across the sea
Then caught a train to Paris to photographing memories
Painted scenes on sidewalks melting in the rain
Led to ships along the shoreline drifting on the Seine
And she was there
The vision from a dream
Singing 'neath her parasol
Aboard her ship of dreams
To her the river was an endless wishing well
That's where he met Bernadelle

CHORUS:
Bernadelle was a muse
And her music was the magic that she used
She spent each moment painting songs
Mixing words and melodies as they 'd drift along

2. A world of instruments filled her salon
Tools for their inspiration, they would play from dusk till dawn
They spent that summer sailing thru the motherlands
Writing songs and painting stories acting like good friends
But, they were more
Than actors in a scene
Surrounded by the sights and sounds
Aboard her ship of dreams
That's when her river became his wishing well
And he fell in love with Bernadelle

CHORUS
Bernadelle was his muse
And her music was the magic that she used
To weave a warm, enchanting spell
Till he let go and finally fell into her wishing well
Their love's a story they still tell
Of blending words and melodies as they sailed upon their wishing well
Bernadelle

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Copyright © 2012 ® by Chet Nichols ASCAP & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)

All US and Global rights reserved.

This song or any portion thereof (lyrics, music, samples, vocals) may not be reproduced in any form or media, distributed, transmitted, downloaded, shared or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publishers. For permission requests, write to the publisher at chet@chetnichols.net or http://www.chetnichols.net, or addressed to "Attention: Permissions Coordinator," at the address below.
Magic Garage Music, PO Box 2398, Northbrook, IL 60065

Song Length
4:10
Genres
Pop - Rock, Pop - Rock
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Content, Joyful

Subject Matter
Searching for Love, Falling in Love

Similar Artists
Paul Mccartney, The Beatles
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Chet Nichols
Music Credits Chet Nichols
Producer Credits Chet Nichols
Publisher Credits Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
Performance Credits Chet Nichols
Label Credits Magic Garage Music