Mimi was born in Toronto, but grew up in Millburn and Long Beach Island. Later on she would settle in the Red Bank/Highlands area and become a fixture of the Asbury Park music scene.
I Slept... was Mimi’s second full-length album and her only release of the decade. The subject matter runs from experiencing the exact moment of falling in love and wanting to keep that feeling forever (“1st Kiss”) to relationships that endure despite the odds (“Damage Control”); realizing its time to move on from earlier dreams and simply enjoy what life brings you no matter what (“Satisifed Life”) and songs inspired by 9/11 like the haunting “2 Clay Feet” and “I Slept.” In between are mesmerizingly seductive songs like “Canyon.”
When you listen to this album from start to finish, it really takes you back to where many of us were in 2001 after the terrorist attacks. Mimi’s songs about love and hope and dreams all play within the realm of 9/11. Even her cover of George Harrison’s “Dark Horse” fits the theme.
What really makes this album work is the alternative music backdrop that creates a brilliant world for her words. It’s almost like the anti-singer-songwriter album.
It’s a shame that Mimi takes so long between releases. She’s obviously an artist with a lot to say... she just takes far too long to let us in on the conversation.
Highlights include “Damage Control,” “2 Clay Feet,” “Canyon,” “Satisified Life,” and “1st Kiss.”