My newest poetry audio release SERENADE is out on December 1st and will be available on itunes, amazon.com and more. In this release I read “15″ poems from my latest poetry book CAROUSEL (MCI, Canada). I just did an interview with host Paddy Lane in Ireland on CRY104FM and spoke about all of my other projects on G Plan Media and my music label G Plan Music. My newest poetry book CAROUSEL was just reviewed in Knot Magazine on-line and my poetry documentary VOICES will be out in 2016.
MY POETRY DOCUMENTARY VOICES
Currently working on my poetry documentary VOICES and hoping to finish it this year. This project is close to my heart and have been shooting interviews and more since last October. I just did a radio interview in Ireland on CRY104FM with host Paddy Lane. I talk about my project, music, the poets in VOICES, my poetry books and more.
I’m planning on releasing a new poetry audio collection called “Serenade” in the next month or so. It will have a collection of older and newer poems on it. Looking forward to finishing these exciting projects! Meanwhile you can read the latest review on my newest poetry book CAROUSEL that was released this year. You can click on my radio interview below…..
Reviewed by Brian E. Wrixon
Author: Gina Nemo
Publisher: Melinda Cochrane International
Gina Nemo’s book of poems is divided into two parts. The first part, entitled “Spinning”, contains a selection of her works written over the years – some old, some new. The second half of the book is called “Flying”, and it showcases a grouping of love poems that are dedicated to her special someone. One cannot help but think that the writer of the first section is indeed spinning – spinning around, spinning her wheels, spinning out of control, as she searches for a firm footing and true happiness in life. In the second section, we see the writer who has now found a reality based on love and is flying high with the emotions that this relationship has brought to her. She soars on the wings of love and all the doubts and uncertainties of her spinning stage of life are now far below and behind her.
Early in the book we get a glimpse of her direction as she telegraphs where she is headed. She writes in the poem “Eraser”:
I erased you
On my imaginary
Inside my head
And then one
Day I got up
In class and
I wrote a new story
With permanent ink.
Or later in “The Broken Meter”:
She travelled far to find her way
All that wisdom and too much play
Her heart heard it in his finger tap
His silent madness was her trap.
Gina Nemo finds inspiration for her poetry in all facets of life and living, whether it is in growing older, fighting the diet war, raising children, dealing with death in the family, watching the news, getting through the day with a cup of coffee (hopefully an undisturbed one – “A Moment at a Coffee Shop”), or seeing animals languishing in zoos. They are all fodder for her creative mind. She writes very simply and chooses her words carefully. Unlike many writers, she uses few words. Most times her sentence structure is far from being long and elaborate. In fact, her lines of poetry are often only two or three words long, but they are always words that count for much. And then she surprises you with an offering that seems to be completely out of character with the rest. It leaves you with a delightful wonderment, pondering what could possibly have made her stray into a world of complicated thoughts and sentences. The poem “Statues” is a good example of this different style:
Three young mutilated bodies, lying there like cracked statues
along the riverbank where they took the long way home as their
memories floated downstream.
Cries in the dark, screams fled with the creatures,
for they never thought those monsters were real
and will never walk home to their manhood.
I think that the section on “Spinning” is summed up nicely in the poem “Life’s Pace” when Gina writes:
It’s the pace
Life is not
We watch her carefully maneuver through life as it puts her though the paces. She watches what is around her, tastes it, experiences it and through her interactions with life and its vicissitudes, we follow her words as she journeys and as she attempts to find her own space. We know that she will eventually get there because, as she says in “Queen Dead”:
And I made a
Promise to myself
That I would
Never go insane.
In “Digging For Glass”, she gives us a hint of what is to come in the next section of the book when she writes:
Just keep digging
She told herself.
Pain goes away
Like anything else
Just believe it
Believe in yourself.
In “Flying”, the second part of the book, we find a soul that has been now set free to explore the world from a different vantage point. The writer’s attitudinal change is apparent from the first poem in this section:
7 SECONDS AGO
I lost my heart
7 seconds ago
Of my chest
As she says, “A poet loves”, “She writes memories”, “Her heat melts ice.” The spinning out of control that she described in the first part of the book has now become a controlled spin, a “Twirling” as it were:
I spin for
She has arrived at her designated place in life with her lover and despite all her previously expressed spinnings, she now exclaims:
We are who
It is as if the past has all been forgotten, but we know from her writings that her past has defined her, and stays with her despite her saying:
Once again Gina Nemo looks to everyday life for inspiration for her poetry and she sees “him” everywhere. He is summer, He is in the kitchen, His paintbrush touches her heart, His fingers play her brain, He is the sugar in her coffee, He is the moon, a wave, the ocean itself. It is interesting that she concludes the section on “Flying” with a last reference to “Spinning” in the poem for which the book was named:
YOU ARE MY CAROUSEL
You are my carousel
That keeps evolving
Our hands out, feeling free
Our Hearts on a wire
Swinging with a song
Playing in our minds
The difference is that she no longer spins out of control or spins her wheels to no advantage. She nows continues to spin, round and round on the carousel of her love. Indeed, her lover is her carousel, and with that ride she has now found freedom.
I think that Gina Nemo’s Carousel is a very different book of poetry. Most times we are treated to an author’s collection and it is little more than that, just a collection. Gina’s book is more of a life story, an autobiography. All her poetry hangs together and the two distinct sections tell an actual story. She is a very talented writer who chooses her few words carefully. She leaves it up to the reader to fill in the blanks, to add the missing details. In this way she forces the reader to pay close attention, perhaps to re-read where needed. If this were a novel, we would call it a page turner. She draws the reader in and we cannot wait to get to the next poem to see what happens. That, in my opinion, is the mark of a suberb storyteller. It just so happens that this storyteller is a poet, and a very good one at that.
Brian E. Wrixon
CAROUSEL IS MY THIRD BOOK OF POETRY AND ALMOST 160 PAGES!!
So proud of this book that was just published with MCI (Melinda Cochran International) in Canada. This book has my finest work to date in it and it is a journey for sure!!! There are also some of my most popular poems that I have read on camera and on the radio. It is available on Amazon and signed copies can be found on www.gplanmedia.com along with my other two poetry books “Strings” and “Scarlet.”
G Plan Music (a subsidiary of my production company G Plan Media) just released E. Cousins (Eddie Cousins) music video for his single “American Roads” directed and produced by Gina Nemo. Upcoming “single” release in February from Austrian artist Michael O’ shimpl and his album release in March. Other projects still in the works, My VOICES documentary that I am producing and directing (shooting in Dallas in February) and will continue with other interviews in March and April. Hoping to have it finished by this summer. Poets who will be featured in this documentary along with myself are: Eddie Cousins, Orlando Murcia, Zo-Alonzo Gross, Johnny Olson, Poet Michael Ellis and Mishka Hoosen. A soundtrack release will also go along with the documentary release after final tracks are chosen. G PLAN MEDIA will also be releasing my third full collection of poetry in March.
Other upcoming and future releases on G Plan will consist of poetry and music fusion projects, international artists, poetry audio collections and soundtracks for upcoming G Plan produced projects (television, film, documentaries).
PRODUCING AND DIRECTING FOR MY COMPANY G PLAN MEDIA
I’m really excited about the music video “American Roads” by E. Cousin that I produced and directed a little while ago (video posted below). I’m currently producing and directing a documentary called VOICES that is due out this year. My company has a lot of great things planned in 2015. More about G Plan Media and G Plan Music below.
G Plan Music is a subsidiary of G Plan Media. Upcoming releases on G Plan will consist of poetry and music fusion projects, international artists, poetry audio collections and soundtracks for upcoming G Plan produced projects (television, film, documentaries). In 2014, G Plan Music released Gina Nemo’s album CICADA, E. Cousins album AMERICAN ROADS (new music video for single “American Roads” out now) and will release the first single for upcoming international G Plan artist Michael O’shimpl in February. His album will be released on G Plan Music in March 2015.
NEW POEMS ON NEW POETRY DIGITAL RELEASE SWOOP!
My newest poetry audio release of newer poems and a few older one’s that has just been released. This is my second poetry audio release from G Plan Music/G Plan Media. Most of these poems are currently playing on CRY104FM in Youghal, Ireland along with songs from my albums PLASTIC WONDERLAND (1999), WAITING…(2009) and CICADA (2014). Host Paddy Lane has been featuring my songs and poems on his show on Monday nights for awhile now and it is so nice to hear that people are requesting my poetry and music!!! Stay tuned for more upcoming audio releases in 2015…….All of my albums and poetry audio are available for purchase at: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/GinaNemo
Here is my updated bio for various websites and books. A longer one will be updated on wikipedia soon.
Gina Nemo (Poet, Writer, Singer, Speaker, Actress, Director, Producer) was born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, California. She performed on stage and in television commercials since she was 4 years old. She is best known for her music career and her award-winning role as Dorothy Pezzino in the television series, “21 Jump Street” in which an Emmy was presented to her by the late Bob Hope. Her father was the famous late jazz musician and composer Henry Nemo who came to prominence in the 1940’s and who had many hits in the Jazz era.
Gina began her career in the music business singing at Stepping Tone Records, an Indie Label in Hollywood. She loves to sing and performed in many musicals in the Los Angeles area in the 80’s and 90’s. In the early 90’s she formed the band “22 Nemo” performing concerts in the Hollywood area along the sunset strip and at private functions. She originally produced an album for an Indie Label in Buffalo, New York but it was never released. In 1999 she produced and released the alternative pop/rock album Plastic Wonderland on her own Indie Label, Omen Records. Many of the songs from this album found their way into indie films and promotional campaigns for the television show Stargate SG-1. Her next musical venture was Waiting, an EP recorded in the UK (2009) and then Cicada, an electronica dance music album released by G Plan Music, G Plan Media in 2014.
Gina went on to become a marketing executive for the major music labels Universal Records and Sony/Epic in the 90’s, launching the careers of major artists. She eventually became an independent public relations/marketing company for musical artists, music labels, entertainment companies and small businesses. She is a Singer, Writer, Director, Producer and Marketing Consultant for her television/music production company.
She is currently producing music and releasing albums for independent artists on her G Plan Music label (a subsidiary of G Plan Media) and also producing a documentary about poetry. She produces commercials, television marketing campaigns, television pilots and documentaries. Her other production company that she co-owns has produced various campaigns for Sony Corp, advertising promos and television pilots for television networks and film companies.
She is raising two children while pursuing her Master’s at Harvard and will be releasing her third poetry book in March 2015. Other poetry books that have been released are her poetry books Strings (2013) and Scarlet (2014) on Melinda Cochrane International. www.melindacochrane.com
My first album PLASTIC WONDERLAND was released in 1999 and it is currently getting lots of radio play in Ireland especially on CRY104FM on MY KIND OF MUSIC with host Paddy Lane. This is really exciting!!! Sharing a current review of the album for people who have not heard it. It is a very “progressive album” and is currently playing on the radio along with my poems from my first poetry book STRINGS. My newest album CICADA was released this year and is a more electronic album……GREAT stuff happening on my new label G PLAN MUSIC, a subsidiary of G Plan Media…..I released CICADA on G Plan Music and also E. Cousins debut album AMERICAN ROADS….My newest artist HUALA from Austria will be released in early 2015…..My newest poetry book will be released in March 2015……STAY TUNED……
Plastic Wonderland, the incredible Gina Nemo.
Byline: The Book Reviewer aka The Music Reviewer
Title of Music LP: Plastic Wonderland
All songs produced by: Gina Nemo and Justin Page.
Except: Track #1 “Dreamer” produced by: Justin Page, Howie Hersh and Gina Nemo.
Track #2 “Without You” produced by: Chris Bond and Gina Nemo.
Track #14 “Don’t Take Your Love From Me” produced by: Gina Nemo.
All songs written by: Gina Nemo and Justin Page.
Except: Track #2 “Without You” written by: Gina Nemo and Chris Bond.
Track #14 “Don’t Take Your Love From Me” written by: Henry Nemo.
All songs published by: Omen Fiction Publishing.
Except: Track #14 “Don’t Take Your Love From Me” published by: Indano Music Co.
Vocals: Gina Nemo.
Backing Vocals: Gina Nemo and Justin Page.
Electric, Acoustic and 12 String Guitars: Justin Page.
Guitars: Steve Norton, Rob “Opey” Russ, Chris Bond.
Bass: Bruce Witkin, Guy Erez, Michael Vigilante, Jeff Littleton, Randy Landis.
Drums: Rob Klonel, Burleigh Drummond, Greg Gonzalez.
Keyboards: Craig Owens, Kevin King, Doug Nahory, Fuzzbe Morse.
Violin: Karen Briggs.
Cello: Eric Von Essen.
Mandolin: Marcello Berestovoy, Justin Page.
Mixed by: Maurice Gainen, Bruce Witkin, Scott Kolden, Ryan Dorn.
Mastered by: Maurice Gainen.
Art Direction and Design by: Michael Page, Liz Oakes, Omen Fiction.
Cover Photo and Inside Page: Linda Ford.
Photo Collage: all photo’s by Gina Nemo.
Except: pink coach by Linda Ford.
Back of Album Photo by: Peter Deluise.
Makeup and Hair: Dedra Whitt.
Record Label: Omen Records.
Date of Publication: 1999.
Titles of Songs:
I Don’t Believe in You
Smell the Roses
I’m Looking Through You
All That Water
I Needed You
Don’t Take Your Love From Me
“that’s what little girls are made of ..”
- Old Country Rhyme
An incredible eclectic mix of alternative and pop rock songs with a classic jazz standard (written by her famous father Henry Nemo), tucked in at the end, this music is girl rock at its best. Plastic Wonderland is Gina Nemo’s first music album originally released in 1999. Gina Nemo is a Hollywood child star, noted for her role in “21 Jump Street” who is also a musician, songwriter, poet, writer, public relations maven, television/film producer. I have previously reviewed two books of poetry, Strings andScarlet for Gina Nemo, and the music CD: Cicada, released in 2014.
This music is a celebration in modern alternative rock fusion, some of the songs reminiscent of later Beatles’ influences and others in rockabilly not unlike Ricky Nelson. The lyrics read like a girl’s confessional, the bare soul of love on love, love conflicted, love lost, girl in heartache writing tunes. These are big romance songs, a girl and her band on the American wire.
One of my favourite songs is “I’m Looking Through You” a sweet and dark rain ballad that plays in your thoughts and on. This song is a piano rock ballad, with a brilliant melody line not unlike “The Cold November Rain” by Guns and Roses. “Call her an angel from the sidewalk/ Call her anything you want/ Call her an angel from the gutter/ and let her bleed upon your tongue”.
Also, “Without You” the most fantastic melody hook, perhaps the New Age rock/country music hook of the century. “I can’t be without you”. “I Know” has a sweet melodic electric guitar lick, “you say you don’t believe me but I know/ and I know your smile tastes like death ..” the mix of heartache poetry riffs with sweet melody lines. As if painting a picture of a love affair in Americana, “I needed you” plays with rockabilly influences, “I pleaded with you/ but you just gave me a dance/ because I was crazy for you/ it makes me want to cry ..” with a beautiful new fashion/old fashioned lilt for the last line.
In “Dreamer”, “Plastic Wonderland”, “I Don’t Believe in You”, “Strawberry Lady” you can hear the influences of Beatle’s psychedelia, particularly reminiscent of Sarjeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. “Plastic Wonderland”, “just give me one reason you do the things you do/ the distance in my eyes, getting harder to read between the lines” “I Don’t Believe in You” has a sweet melodic bass line, quiet, quiet and sweet that blows into rock electronica, “I don’t believe in hell/ I don’t believe in all the things you do.”
“Smell the Roses” has a hard rock guitar wale, not unlike the style of Heart with Ann and Nancy Wilson. The hard spaces of lovelife North America “I want to make you break/ and bring you to your knees ..”
For mood music, “Breaking Down” paints the picture of the end of a love affair in a black and white Americana photograph, a girl sitting in a diner drinking a cup of coffee, probably alone, the rain outside, maybe talking on the phone. “you’re watching shadows on the wall/ when nothing seems the same/ with all the dirty rain/ I’m breaking down/ so that I can be alone/ I can be alone/ I can be alone/ o’ yah/ o’ yah/ I’m sorry too.”
“All That Water” is sweet and warm like Summer rain, it plays in warm with a quiet synthesizer. “you took away my soul/ rain against the wind that I cling to . . . “
The last song is a classic jazz standard written by her father, Henry Nemo, “Don’t Take Your Love From Me.” I picture the girl in a piano bar with a fireplace, dressed in a little black dress, languid on a baby grand, perfect with a red rose. A little bit black, a little bit blue and reminiscent of the ‘40’s as if foreseeing the end of World War II when the world was the magic after hard times. The music classic jazz, in perfect voice intonations, beautiful.
The influence of classic jazz standards in the background, perhaps Gershwin and her famous father Henry Nemo, the lyric lines are original in poetic treatise. Yet very post-modern in the angst of conflicted lovelife North America, some velvet rose that knows the wind and the rain. The beautiful melody riffs, in guitar, synthesizer and piano. A fantastical mix of jazz, country and rock/pop influences in that incredible Nemo style, that incredible Nemo magic, Plastic Wonderland by Gina Nemo.
Well things are getting busy!! Poetry in motion in all kinds of great ways!! My work will be published in four upcoming anthologies coming out in the next couple of months before Christmas. My poem “I am His Music” that I wrote for my late father Jazz composer Henry Nemo will be published in an anthology honoring fathers called “Fathers And What Must Be Said” (Rebel Poetry, Ireland). I will also have my poem “Everlasting” included in another anthology called “The Day The Mirror Called” (Rebel Poetry) which is a tribute to a fellow poet’s late husband who she lost recently. The third anthology “The Art Of Being Human Vol 11″ which will include ten of my “Love Haikus” will be published by Brian Wrixon books and is a collaboration with Daniela Voicu & Brian Wrixon. This is the first time my haikus are being published! The fourth anthology “Resonance” will be published in India and will include both English and Hindi poems.
My documentary VOICES which I’m producing (my company G Plan Media, www.gplanmedia.com) and directing is going full throttle with more interviews being shot in LA next weekend. Poets are flying in from New York and North Carolina. I will also be featured in this documentary that covers poets from all walks of life. I am planning on finishing this in 2015. Will be heading to Sacramento early next year to interview more poets for this project. I just released audio of my poems from my first book STRINGS a few months ago and it is available on amazon.com along with my poetry books and albums. Planning on releasing another poetry book early next year.
Other upcoming projects include developing new spoken word/musical talent on my music label G Plan Music (a subsidiary of G Plan Media). We will be shooting E. Cousins video for his single “American Roads” next week also. I will be producing and directing the video. There is a spoken word/music compilation in the works also under the name DY-NEMO. Other projects in Ireland coming up also in the new year. My next poetry book about love will be released in March of 2015.
It is all good!! Life is a bowl of cherries…you just have to know which one’s to pick!! ha