Following on from the 2016 album Scrapbook, Rosie Nimmo’s long-awaited fourth album, Where Time Suspends, is due to be released on 5th February 2021. A ten-track blend of folk, pop, blues and jazz influences, the album showcases the strikingly poetic lyrics and inimitable sound of Rosie, as you can hear with Could Have Been. Rosie spoke with The Fountain about the album as well as this single, and her hopes and dreams for 2021.

TF: You have a new single coming out, can you elaborate on Could Have Been?

I used to host a gathering of musicians in my house once in a while and suggested that, for a change, we could try to each write a song based on a dedication or inscription in a book, on a picture or elsewhere. I had bought a book of love poetry, second hand, and there was a dedication on the flyleaf which said, ‘happy birthday, 1978. love, John xxx Could have been so good (See Somewhere on the Way).’

I immediately flicked to Somewhere on the Way, a poem by Peter Roche which used the words ‘I wanted to say…’ about lots of different situations, including

I wanted to say

I love you

In fourteen foreign languages

But most of all (most

Difficult of all) in English.

It’s a very powerful poem of hindsight, lost love, regret and great sorrow. Perfect for using as the basis for a song, combined with the sentiment in the dedication. I feel it’s one of the best songs I’ve written.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

It’s a poignant, heart-breaking song of hindsight and lost chances; the lesson in it is to seize the day and not wait too long to tell someone how you feel about them.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, I note an LP, can you tell us more about Where Time Suspends?

This album, due to be released on 5th February, took almost five years to make. It was originally to be called Music is Sunshine and that was its working title for well over four years until I woke up the night before the CDs were to be pressed and had bit of a moment realising it wasn’t the right title for a couple of reasons, one of which is that the title just didn’t go with the image I was using for the cover art – a photo I’d taken years before in France. I also wanted something that better reflected the zeitgeist and realised that there is a line in the song Music is Sunshine which worked perfectly both with the image and which also summed up where we’re all at just now – in suspended time. The songs themselves are a varied collection of songs but all work well together, in my opinion, as a coherent whole ranging as they do in subject matter and mood and relating to the human condition.

TF: What are you hoping for from 2021?

On a personal level I really hope that the album is well received and is heard by as many people as possible as I think folk will relate well to it. It would be great to get back to gigging as I really enjoy putting on a show and having people on board with me for that. There’s nothing quite like a live gig!!

I’d also love to believe that the world will soon come out of this awful state we find ourselves in and that we learn from the lessons we’ve lived through. I hope our adversities make us kinder, more thoughtful and considerate of others and of the world and that we use the lessons we’ve learned wisely and for the betterment of mankind and this beautiful planet we inhabit. Not too much to ask is it??!! 🙂

Where Time Suspends is out on 5th February 2021