In Praise of Heroines

Imagine Classic Literary Characters living in the Modern World. Read Jane Eyre Gets Real, a Novel by Annabelle Troy, available on Amazon!

Heroines come in all ages, races, and body types. They remind us that being a woman is different than being a girl. In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, her last completed novel published posthumously in 1817, the protagonist Anne Elliot is no blushing maiden. She is well into what would at that time be considered middle age, when she becomes reacquainted with her original love, Captain Wentworth, a man she rejected years before because her family didn’t approve of him. Persuasion is both a biting satire, perhaps Austen’s most acidic, and a Cinderella story for the woman approaching autumn. Anne finally marries Wentworth, but not until she has undergone decades of character development and weathered the vagaries of fortune.

In the 1955 David Lean movie, Summertime, no less a formidable lady than Katherine Hepburn plays Jane, a secretary on a Venetian holiday. Having granted herself this vacation as a treat, she gets…

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Tony Awards 2016: Age Doesn’t Matter!

Finally! Age doesn’t prohibit women from being winners! ! My thoughts have been reflecting back to the Tony’s. What an amazing showcase of talent and possibilities! The fact that an actress 62 years young  Jayne Houdyshell won her first award for her work in The Humans, is a wow moment. Raised in Kansas she arrived in NYC in 1980. Before that she was traveling for 20 years in regional theater across the USA. She has paid her dues and it HAS paid off.  hs_JayneHoudyshellIt reminds us all that we CAN turn our dreams into reality. Congrats Jayne!

THE PASS

THE PASS A one woman musical about the ongoing struggle between life as an artist, relationships & money. Through songs and stories, Denise Marsa invites you on her life exploration over the pa…

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EQUAL

Equal

words & music by denise marsa
When I was young I thought I could do anything
Growing up, I tried to hold on to my innocence
Dazed and confused by the hateful words I heard
Can’t people see the miracle in our differences?

We must stand tall
We will not go away
They will embrace us
For we are equal
We are all equal

When you were young did people push you around?
Did you grow up thinking you had to defend yourself with a white picket fence?
Did you sit at your window gazing at the world?
Wondering if you would ever fit in

We must stand tall
We will not go away
They will embrace us
For we are equal
We are all equal

There comes a time in every life when what people say doesn’t matter
Look at what history teaches us…a change is gonna come

We must stand tall
We will not go away
You will embrace us
For we are equal
We are all equal

(c) 2012 marsa music /ascap

 

New Day, New Blog

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Today I am proud to reveal the brand new Denise Marsa blog. For those of you I am meeting for the first time, you can check out my music here. Those who already know me, keep hummin’ LIVE FOREVER.

I am psyched to announce that I just recorded my new song ME at NYU Dolan Studios with Svjetlana Bukvich co-producing & arranging and with Paul Geluso engineering the sessions. ME will be featured in a new project I’m currently working on. It is my one-woman show THE PASS, highlighting my exciting life and times in the music & PR industries. I’m so lucky to have the legendary Gretchen Cryer as my coach and director. I’m going to be crowdfunding very soon for the project; sooooo if you would like to participate, please send your email  to https://denisemarsatheartist.wordpress.com/contact. we would love to have your support and include you in the first round of  contributors!

As a special treat for Pride Month June 2016 , hope you enjoy this performance of EQUAL, a song I wrote from my second release LIVE FOREVER, with the amazing Rhonda Denet and myself singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWIkqzGn1bU.

Equal

It’s a mellow song, a smooth reminder of how we can all fit in– perfect for cocktails during a summer’s evening. Or a make-out session!!

Stay strong…Denise