Aaron Nicholson

Aaron Nicholson

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Ed Asner has called him “no cheap date,” and one fan wrote, “Aaron, your deep thoughts have been a godsend as I go through difficult times in my life. In my time of crisis, approached by winds of disquiet and storms of uncertainty, your music has comforted me like a beacon in darkness.”

Biography

“Great music has the ability to stop time. And Aaron’s music does that.”
- DeeDee O’Malley, Lillith Fair award winner

“…no cheap date!”
- Ed Asner, Actor

“Aaron’s warmhearted music has a sublime gravity.”
- Sudama, Musician

“Your communication is like a laser beam.”
- Jenna Elfman, Actress

Having grown up on Jim Croce, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Eagles, and Indigo Girls, Aaron Nicholson strives to bring the same gifts that those artists gave him to his own audiences.

At the age of 12 he found a love for the theater that, along with his musical heroes, would give emotional shape to his childhood and underpin all of his artistic endeavors thereafter. Aaron also grew up playing piano and singing in choir, but it wasn’t until a friend sold him an old guitar for 10 bucks in high school that he put poetry to music and became a budding songwriter. His first song was a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” to music, which inspired him to set his own dark poetry and write new originals.

Over the years, Aaron’s emphasis in music shifted away from being a catharsis for the darker side of life towards more of a celebration of the intricacies of understanding existence, social/political change, and relationships. His music became about freedom, expansion, and the power of the human soul.

This shift led one fan to write: “Aaron, your deep thoughts have been a godsend as I go through difficult times in my life. In my time of crisis, approached by winds of disquiet and storms of uncertainty, your music has comforted me like a beacon in darkness.”

Aaron has performed as an introduction to Congressman Dennis Kucinich during his 2004 Presidential bid, before a crowd of 2000 in New York’s Union Square in a concert celebrating Human Rights, and countless theaters and clubs.

Lyrics

If the World Ends

Written By: Aaron Nicholson and Justin Michael

If the world ends I’ll be there
To pull a new one from mid-air
And put you in charge
And we can live large

Oh, baby we can see
The darkness comin’ for you and me
But we’re not runnin’
Cuz come what may
We’ve got nothin’
To fear to day

Cuz if the world ends I’ll be there
To pull a new one from mid-air
And put you in charge
And we can live large

We’ve been facin’ overwhelming grief
But we will find our own relief
We’ll outshine the shadows and out run the rain
And prove that joy is stronger than pain

And if the world ends I’ll be there
To pull a new one from mid-air
And put you in charge
And we can live

C, D/B, Am, D/B
The sun’s been shinin’ far too long to fade
And I been writin’ a new song to play
I’m gonna rearragnge the stars to say
D
Tomorrow’s gonna be a brighter day

If the world ends I’ll be there
To pull a new one from mid-air
And put you in charge
And we can live

What's the World..?

Written By: Aaron Nicholson

G
If you wake me up to tell me that the world is gonna end
C F7/C
I’ll say lets go back to sleep
G
What’s the world to me?

I’m laying here with my best friend,
my lover and my dreams
What’s the world to me

Am C G
Things are not the way they’re supposed to be
Am C G
The world is not how they say that its going to be

We got pollution outside, we got salesmen on the phone
The latest war is on TV
Showing what they want us to see

Things are not the way they’re supposed to be
The world is not how they say that its going to be

But I’m flying when you’re home, waiting when your gone
For the next time that I see
Your body walking back to me

Cuz that’s the way that is supposed to be
When I have my say that’s how its going to be

Go ahead and wake me when the tell you the world is gonna end
They’re just talking in their sleep
Trapped in another bad dream

Dreaming that they know how it’s supposed to be
Thinking that they can say how it’s going to be

We’ll just take a walk around the bend, two best friends
Where there is no need to speak
Cuz everything is plainly seen

And we’ll find the way it’s supposed to be
There is no need to say how it’s going to be

If you wake me up to tell me that the world is gonna end
I’ll say lets go back to sleep
What’s the world to me?

Melissa

Written By: Aaron Nicholson

C
She’s walkin’ down the centerline
G/B
Totally blessed out of her mind
C
Cars and trucks go whizzin’ by
G/B C
She don’t even care

I saw her on a park bench where
She caught my eye and I had to stare
So I bought so flowers and took ‘em there
And then we said goodbye

Em
Oh Melissa
C D/G
I don’t even know your name
Em
But I saw you
C D/G
And I looked into your pain
Em
Oh Melissa
C D/G
Everything’s going to be OK
Am C
Just keep those chemicals
D/G
Flowin’ through your veins

She wears a cap of woven wool
Pulled down across her cheeks so full
Her skin of white stands off so bright
Off of her clothes of black

She’ll make you think that you’ve been seen
She’ll pick ya up with a smiling gleam
But she is looking in between
You and something far far away

Oh Melissa
I don’t even know your name
But I saw you
And I looked into your pain
Oh Melissa
Everything’s going to be OK
Just keep those chemicals
Flowin’ through your veins

She’s walkin’ down the center line
From all accounts she’s doin’ fine
A one woman band with charcoal eyes
Who always play the same song

I saw her in a dream last night
She was floating way up high
I tried to save her from the sky
But she just laughed at me

Oh Melissa
I don’t even know your name
But I saw you
And I looked into your pain
Oh Melissa
Everything’s going to be OK
Just keep those memories
Flowin’ through your veins

Discography

What's the World..? - Available on iTunes

Set List

I can play sets from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Here is a sampling of my original titles.

A Time and Place
Alys song
Animal
Awakening
Beggars
Birds Can Fly
Body Story
Bread and Candy
Broken Time
Buried Ember
Close to You
Coming Home
Dancer Girl
Declaration
Desert
Don’t close the blinds
For my Father
From Far to Near
Gladiators
Good Luck
I Believe in Angels
I'll Meet You on the Train
If the World Ends
Indigo Sunrise
Into Another Day
Jackie's Song
Jungle
Kiss the Sun
Knocking
Leaves
Lemon Tree
Let’s Go Down
Lifetimes
Little Bird
Machines
Melissa
Mid-Afternoon
Million Dollar Word
New York City Lights
Not in Our Name
NW Passage
New York City Lights
One World Now
Paint the girl
Pockets Full of Amber
Samantha
Shopping
Snapshots
Spirit and Stardust
Starchild
Stargazing
Static
Sun Inside
The Edge of Time
The Unnamed
Tired of Sorry
To Be Seen
Two in One
Undam(n) the Day
Way Back When
What's the World
Who Owns the Stars
Without Back Wi