boats 4  Some people cannot handle not knowing what life will look like from year to year, month to month. They need to have it all planned out. From holidays to birthdays to vacations, to budgets –for them, 2018 has been planned out since January 15, 2017.

Others, play it more week to week, even day to day, with a spontaneity of go — with the flow.

Having lived more in the second option a majority of my life, and now looking to exist more in the realm of the first option, whenever possible,  I find myself struggling with the difference in the mindset between the two and battling who gets the middle. The center. Holy mackerel!

Today, I come to realize, as I lose people in my life for various reasons, including death and differences, I am at a resolve. For today.  What I have the power to control and plan, I will embrace that certainty with experience.  And what is unexpected, unprecedented, and unrehearsed…well that uncertainty is what puts us all —basically and realistically, in the same boat. I will row, swim, paddle — I will not sink. Not today.


The Company We Keep –My Blog Inspired by a Tweet


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Thinking about my career one summer, an e-mail came in– a new compilation & there I was — among great company — I stay steadfast gently carving my name into the trunk of the tree.dmfeetfirst

young-girl.jpg As a young girl this song was it 4 me! and there it was 4. Dionne Warwick – Walk On By & my eyes continue down the track listing… 23. Dean Friedman feat. Denise Marsa – Lucky Stars — a sign? Keep going? Remembering how I pretended to be sick to stay home from school just so I could hear Walk on By.

 a few others in the crowd

  10. Nat ‘King’ Cole – Mona Lisa
  11. Katie Melua – The Closest Thing To Crazy
  12. Eva Cassidy – Fields Of Gold
  13. Billy Joel – She’s Always A Woman
  14. Gene Pitney – Something¹s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
  15. Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
  16. Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got The World On A String

 And maybe next time — let’s discuss Amazon selling my used CD’s SELF for what I consider a baffling amount…and how are they still getting and selling New ones? An early indie artist in 1997 we made maybe 500 to sell and they sold out within a year? That really baffles me…New Self CD’s.

Remembering Dolores O’Riordan & THE PASS

I don’t remember the year however I remember the scene vividly. I was at Griffith Park park in Los Angeles with my friend Helen and my dog Ceasar, a handsome sheltie dog and he was playing and running around and he got very close to a few people sitting down near us. I yelled out to him to come back to me, and then the woman in the crowd spoke out with a very melodic heavy Irish accent –  “Ceasar, Ceasar.” She then said, “He is lovely!” As he ran back to us my friend said in a very docile tone, “That’s the lead singer from The Cranberries.” I heard her voice from that day on,  and often times mimicked it when calling my boy! So for me, Dolores O’Riordan was much more than just a great pop voice,  she was one of the most distinct voices I ever heard call out my dear companion’s name, “Ceasar, Ceasar”. I can hear her today…still.

ThePass_London_logoOn another note, I am starting to introduce THE PASS to a few key people in London. So far, so good…more to follow as the story continues.  Fall/winter 2018! If you can dream it, you can do it!

My 90 Year Old Dad

I was in the shower and had my next blog idea! Still dripping from the shower, I begin to type. Yes I have a towel around me! I blog once in a blue moon. I like to share what is interesting to me and maybe others,  and since there is so much content on the web, words worth reading.

Question: How many people out their have a dad, father in their 90’s? I mean men typically die before women. Someone could write a blog about father’s in their 90’s. There’s much to blog about. There may even be a blog like that out there now.

Here’s the thing, my dad, fell over the other night, taking off his shoes. He was on his bed, sitting (so he says) and he just toppled over. Sprained his wrist. I was visiting him in Florida literally 3 days ago and both wrists were fine.

I got a bit upset, because I know he bends over all the time and when I see it, I freak out. It’s like your 90!!! stop bending over like that! Still he does what he does and how he does it.

Question: Who am I to question what a 90 year old man does, he is sustaining his life, not 100% clean bill of health, still he remains on this earth for me and all those that adore him, to watch, cheer him on and congratulate him for not falling over.

Here’s a video of my dad, regarding his endless and tireless work for Parkinson’s. He is the founder of the Herbert Kay Foundation. and dig the music!


How to Stay Foot Loose & Fancy Free in an Interdependent World, Without Being a Vestal Virgin

VestalVirginIt seems we are all getting more and more attached to things: the newest cell phone,  fit-bit, computers, drama, content, dependent-relationships, new relationships, crisis & mayhem, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts, prescription medication, illegal drugs and other substances. Why have we become a needier race? What is it about this time that has us all so hypo-active on dependency? Your guess is as good as mine. Here’s my guess: because we are needing more and more of everything, as life in many ways gets easier and more conveniences are at our finger tips.

In ancient days people had to fight for everything, even the food on their plates. Their lives were more a matter of survival. In ancient Rome even being a virgin, keeping your body apart from others, was revered; case in point The Vestal Virgins, a group of women who lived aloof from society, in a temple of their own, where they lit lamps and maintained the integrity of Rome by keeping their bodies pure. Of course, this may be taking the concept of unattached too far!

How I stay foot loose and fancy free: I keep it simple. Want less, have less.

LIVE FOREVER – free download

We are sending all new e-mail subscribers a free download of my second release LIVE FOREVER. Here are the album credits!

LIVE FOREVER Denise Marsa, released January 18, 2013

All songs written by Denise Marsa © 2012 Marsa Music / ASCAP
Co-Produced by Denise Marsa & Andy Gabrys
All songs arranged by Andy Gabrys & Denise Marsa
Engineers: Jono Manson, The Kitchen Sink Studios; Josh Bertelli
(all DM lead / background vocals), DM (RM, RD & lead trk 10), Sand
Hill Studios
Orchestral Arrangements: Dan Weiss – Tracks 3, 4, 8, 10, 11
Horn Arrangements: Andy Gabrys – Tracks 3, 5, 7
Vocal Arrangements: Denise Marsa
Mixed and Mastered by Andy Gabrys
Vocal Lead – All Tracks, and Background Vocals – Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5,
6, 9, 10, 11, 12: Denise Marsa
Additional Vocals:
Steady: Nicole Berke, Rhonda Denet, Rachel Millman
Live Forever: Josh Bertelli, Rhonda Denet
Equal: Rhonda Denet
Dog: Ceasar Augustus Hamilton, R.I.P.
Drums and Percussion: Jeff Sussman
Acoustic and Electric Bass: Justin Bransford
Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Andy Gabrys
Acoustic Guitar Solo Back to Arizona: Josh Bertelli
Dan Weiss – Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11
Andy Gabrys – Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 12
Trumpet – Russell Scharf
Alto Saxophone – Manual Ramirez-Ruiz
Trombone – David Borton
Additional Drum / Percussion Programming; Acoustic Bass
Back to Arizona: Andy Gabrys



At the end of 2017 I was busy wrapping up a hundred details, tying loose ends as if they were bows on packages, ensuring everything was tidy and pristine. Now 2018 has come and a whole new year lies ahead, a wide-open expanse of time like a prairie covered in snow–it’s beautiful, exciting and scary. It’s the season to leave details behind and to concentrate on the big picture.

I’ve set amazing goals for 2018. One goal is to bring my show THE PASS to London. I’m setting my sights on performing my live show in theaters throughout the UK (where I have a fan base from my hit “Lucky Stars” with Dean Friedman), then throughout the USA. Obviously this goal will have to be broken down into little pieces, like a disassembled stage set, to make its achievement manageable. I’ll do that next week. For today, a day of freezing temps, (NYC) bright sky, brilliant sun and impending snow alerts, I’m going to savor the driving ambition, the sheer audacity of my idea. I can see my name and THE PASS in lights across a large white billboard–and it looks good; it makes my toes tingle.

As we formulate our New Year’s resolutions, which will have to be carried out with sweat, sacrifice and discipline, let’s all take a moment to savor how wonderful it is to dream, and to appreciate the future stretching out before us, fresh as snow, just waiting for our footprints.


Great Expectations


I want to talk about my work in PR.

Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol, also wrote Great Expectations–a novel about a boy who thinks he is going to inherit a lot of money, gets into debt, doesn’t inherit anything, and must face the consequences. Sometimes managing a PR and marketing firm can be a bit like that! I have always respected my clients and want the best for them. I ask the same from them. It is a collaboration. To that end, I want them to believe anything is possible and to shoot for the moon. I also want them to manage their expectations and understand the role of PR & marketing and the tasks at hand. The overall ROI for our clients has been significantly substantial from the first day our KeyMedia Public Relations doors opened. We want to continue that course.  

Lately, as the days shorten and 2017 slips away, I’ve begun to think about the direction I wish to take my business in the new year. In January 2018, with the help of my associate Maryanne Bertollo,  we’re going to be launching a new project, called Push My Book. In ten easy steps we will introduce unpublished authors to agents; it will be succinct, efficient and super-results oriented.

This is the way I’m envisioning 2018: a year where I focus all of my energy like a beam of light onto desired outcome, and where I achieve this outcome with a maximum of grace and a minimum of stress. I’m excited for all my projects, new and old, and plan to use a portion of energy on promoting my musical show The Pass. 

Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest holiday season…Denise

I Dreamt About Taylor Swift Last Night

So I woke up this morning having had a very long dream that I wrote six songs with Taylor Swift for her new album–which of course I didn’t. What was so interesting was that within the dream while I was working with her, I was making sure I was mentally recording the ideas; I was putting them on my iPhone in my dream. As soon as I woke up I was able to record them on my iPhone for real! In the dream everyone loved these songs!!! What does the dream mean?


The psychological meaning of dreaming about music is that it’s the opposite of chaos. Music stands for harmony and order. Musical dreams almost always have a positive connotation. Ironically, one song I wrote in my dream is called “Crisis”!  Another one is called “Wonder”. An old legend says that angels can send you messages in your dreams…hmmmm that feels nice and warm. I welcome all angels. 

I wonder if Taylor Swift also dreamt of me last night?

Racing Through The Snow

snowWinter is often seen as down-time, a season to lie low and rejuvenate while waiting for warm weather to return. But as the cold comes and the year turns, I am feeling invigorated and living for new challenges.

One thing I’m concentrating on is the promotion of my one-woman musical production THE PASS. As 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the release of my and Dean Friedman’s hit song, “Lucky Stars”, I’m especially eager to bring THE PASS to London next fall. So I’m actively seeking a theater and professional representation. Can’t wait to cross The Pond again–I lived in the UK for four years and have nothing but stellar memories.

I’m also planning on how to feature songs in my music catalog, administered by BMG, on film and TV. We all know how just the right song adds spice to a drama or enhances the best moment in a love story. So I’m eager to lend my voice, and the voice of artists I represent such as Nicole Berke, to exciting new productions.

Another endeavor I’m undertaking is the formation of a special book marketing division for my PR company, KeyMedia Public Relations. I’m designing a very affordable package with first-time struggling writers in mind, to get their manuscripts into agents’ hands and READ and PUBLISHED in the quickest, most efficient way possible. In mulling over names, I’m leaning towards “Push The Book”–reflecting the fun, no-frills but high-quality aspect of this project.

So bears may hibernate and geese may fly south, but there’s no rest for this weary but inspired businesswoman/singer/songwriter and all-around “athlete” this December!