Happy Easter all! & April Fool’s Day!
Woke up this morning to see I am the featured artist on an online radio station out of California LonelyOak Radio. I am thrilled. It is are resurrection of sorts for me. My career has been lots of starts and stops…all on me, well mostly.
I am launching THE PASS in the London this fall. Come hell or high water I will pour my heart & soul out in front of curious and hopefully open audiences. I started writing this project in the spring of 2016 and am feeling so very focused! YES!!! Being a featured artist today, on LonelyOak Radio gives me fuel and hope. Something we ALL need to carry on.
Check out my song Time to Drive, this Easter Sunday and April Fool’s musical treat on LonelyOak Radio. DeniseMarsa Today we present ‘Time to Drive’ by Denise Marsa at 9:55AM (PT) Apr 1, in #NewMusic show, invite your friends to come and listen at LonelyOakradio.com
and check out TWO, my two releases SELF & LIVE FOREVER in one! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/two/1292040900
It 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.
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.
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
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?
Winter 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!
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) 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
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…
On Thursday 9/28 at 7 pm I unleashed for the first time The Pass, to an audience of 20 privately invited guests. It was held in the home of my director Gretchen Cryer. The performance was an extremely rewarding experience for me on many levels as I had worked so very hard to prepare for this event. I’d been working with a vocal coach, (Tania Travers) rehearsing long hours with my accompanist, Marta Sanchez, and with my director, as well as tweaking the script a lot before the show. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
I had told myself before I started the show that after I was done with my last final word of the script and had sung my last note if I asked myself “why did I do this?” I wouldn’t perform again. My first visceral response, I can’t wait to do it again!, was my Geiger counter–I WILL keep on performing the Pass, hopefully, many times. Once it was completed I was 100% ready to do it again. Now I am fine tuning all details, making the show even more special and full of impact.
The Pass coincided with the solemn time of Yom Kippur; I didn’t want to do any social media until Monday, after the High Holidays. Monday morning I was confronted with the dire news about the Las Vegas shooting. This tragedy did eclipse a lot of my inner triumph. What really affected me was that it was during a music event–and music to me is about what saves us, what gets us through the tough times. Here this 64-year-old man murders, destroys, at a music event–this stopped me cold in my tracks. It brings up the art of promotion; when is it appropriate to promote yourself or when should you concentrate on the tone brought about by a devastating interruption?
It’s Tuesday now, as we all try to swallow the facts about the Las Vegas shootings. Then more bad news…As a great performer, Tom Petty, leaves us, we realize how important every minute is. Friends attended his Hollywood Bowl performance last week; they said he was amazing. My song In a Matter of Moments is playing in my head. Still we must face that life just keeps going on, no matter what. You’ve gotta find the strength, the reasons to do what you do, to love what you do, to love the people you love and support and find a purpose even when things seem so insane. So my afterglow was dimmed; but there will be more afterglows to follow.
As a musical performer I’ve been told I often use sweeping and dramatic gestures and move about a lot on stage. What I’m learning now is that being a singer with a band is a lot different than doing a one-woman show. As I rehearse my show THE PASS it’s been brought to my attention by my director, Gretchen Cryer, that I need to stand still–at least once in a while! During my rehearsal yesterday I was pacing around the stage, thinking and moving spontaneously as I would in life. But this can be distracting for an audience, even off-putting. I’ve been advised to block out all my moves so that when I speak and sing I will be standing in pre-arranged places–no more wandering around! I’m a free spirit who enjoys making each performance different; I even sing my songs with slight variations every time, to keep them fresh. It’s just the way I roll.
However, for THE PASS, the first run-through, which is September 28th, is an invitation-only performance and will be trying out a new style: one of stillness. I will perform my anecdotes and sing my songs according to a pattern that I’ll have pre-determined, as much as it is within my power to do so. Varying my act a bit, by tweaking the way I usually perform, will be a big challenge. But it will also keep me aware of both myself and the audience in a fresh and exciting new way.
I am thrilled (and nervous) to be preparing for my first showing of THE PASS and will be sure to let you know how it goes.