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.

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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
Players:
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
Keyboards:
Dan Weiss – Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11
Andy Gabrys – Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 12
Horns:
Trumpet – Russell Scharf
Alto Saxophone – Manual Ramirez-Ruiz
Trombone – David Borton
Additional Drum / Percussion Programming; Acoustic Bass
Back to Arizona: Andy Gabrys

THE PASS LONDON 2018

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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

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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?

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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!

time and circumstance: most likely to succeed

Recently I attended my latest high school reunion.

I was flattered to know many people knew about my music and they were all so supportive and pleased to know I am still at it, doing what I love.

People seemed to recognize me as…well, as me! “You haven’t changed!” said so many of my former classmates, and they seemed to heartily mean it. However we all have changed and it was amazing how I remembered the faces. That night, we all came together and forgot all the years that had passed since we were all teens and we just enjoyed being together. Being where we are now. It was more about now than it was about the past. We even had a list of questions, like “What did the girls from the student council and our class have a sit in about? What was their format, policy change? Answer: wearing slacks/pants to school.

What does time and circumstance change in a person? I find myself asking. I found out that night that I have the same essential core inside of me that had formed in my teens, maybe earlier. My life had been a continuation, a celebration, of some fundamental quality which had always formed the basis of who I am or even who I intend to be. Hardships, or simply the grind of daily life, may dim some glow within.

I’m proud to feel that throughout everything I’ve faced in life, I have emerged a survivor. This doesn’t just mean I’ve survived economically and physically, with my health and some financial stability. It means my heart, my mind, my creativity and my ability to feel inspired by the world are not just still intact, they are flourishing. To me this is now the true meaning of Most Likely to Succeed.

Here’s a song from Denise Marsa Productions.

Disappointment

It’s the sound of the voice descending that gets me every time. It is so hard for me to hear. Still I must say “no” when I must. I cannot do for others if I am putting myself out or putting my priorities behind another’s.

I will learn to hear a voice descend and accept the sound.

DO IT MYSELF (DIM) The Music Business & Streaming Music

I went indie in 1997. After two hit records as a vocalist and two publishing deals that went south because both times my publisher left the company mid-contract, it was time to DIM. (Do It Myself) dim3 It was a big learning process. And now indie artists are flourishing! They get themselves started and then a major comes along and snaps them up.  And that also means other creatives are doing well too. We can’t do it ourselves. We need CD designs, PR, marketing, etc., indie small creative businesses are depending on one another. I recently hired someone to help with my YouTube channel for THE PASS.  I hired a small film company to film the first run through of the project. We are all supporting one another.

There has been moaning about how bad the music business has been, there’s no money being made, the internet has ruined the value of music and  I say -music has huge value – even more now than ever before. It is everywhere. That is why there are so many music videos on YouTube and Vimeo and why Google, Apple and Amazon have made millions from music streaming! There are more and more streaming options too.  So many other new streaming apps are hitting the market all the time. Dozens. And the big labels are catching up too.

Billboard headline: Sony Music Posts Nearly $1 Billion in Quarterly Revenue as Streaming Booms

The internet is still kind of new (1994  in my world”worldwide web”) and things –  just had to settle in. Change can be upsetting and/or uplifting.  Skeptics, pessimists, optimists, all out shouting one another in today’s media driven world.

Music is music. Here’s my newest release, both my CD”s on one CD! TWO

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Pinpointing My Dream

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After basking in the afterglow of my first performance of THE PASS, my one woman show including original songs, I now say: What’s Next? A dream is a pure thing, beautiful and nebulous as a cloud, filled with light. But to successfully mount a show a dream is unfortunately not enough. I have a vision; I need a plan. To an artist, making the vision concrete can be the hardest part. Luckily, over the years I have formed and developed my own production company, and have handled the careers of indie musicians (and other artists) whose work I respect. Now is the time to apply the same concentration to my own show that I’ve applied to dozens of other careers.

So, today, I have been starting the submission for a new musical festival, here in NYC.  If we get it, it will help with the funding needed to take THE PASS to the next level and around the country, hopefully even around the world. Oh dare I dream that big? Why not!! So this type of working on a dream,  involves dealing with all the tedious parts of an application such as finding documents and filling out information fields–the exact opposite of bursting into song. Setting my sights on the goal, the end results of entertaining people for a 90 minutes of songs and stories,  I am doing it, while running my PR/Production company as well! That is also a part of me, helping others! www.keymediapublicreations.com

I can break through into a life that is better and where I can be my best self–the expressive songstress me. I can see myself traveling to cities and sharing THE PASS.

It’s right there…