Don Puluse

Don Puluse: As I am speaking with a few journalists about my career as we get ready to launch THE PASS in London next month, I was asked how I got started in the music business. I recall the day vividly.  I came in on train, from New Jersey, I sang and played inside Columbia Studios, it was an amazing space, while Don Puluse and Dean Friedman sat in the control booth, listening.  I sang two songs I had written,  one song on guitar and one on piano. Dean came out, put his arm around me, gave me some advice and Don became my first manager.

Having not spoken about him and now speaking about him, after so long, I realize what a big influence he was, not just with the music but also how one conducts themselves in the notorious, all to often cut throat music business filled with egos and lots of other fillings as well. Don was a shining of example of who to be and how to generously share your experience and talent as a collaborator. Music is ALL about collaborations. Thank you Don. I was no doubt too young, too in my own head, about my own success, to understand the long term value of our working together.

I remember what he described as the one thing you need to succeed long term in the music biz…and it wasn’t talent, which baffled me.

Give up?

A sense of humor.

Until today, I had no idea of his extensive credits, I do now.  https://www.discogs.com/artist/266159-Don-Puluse 

My 1st lighting designer relationship

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I am pretty open to new “types” of relationships…this is certainly a new one for me!

Today marks the first & only NYC run through with our lighting designer#KenWills for #THEPASS Thrilled to have his vision on board and on stage!

The Playground Theatre David Burns PR here we go! Please LIKE our FB page https://www.facebook.com/ThePassMusical/

Beyond excited…

There are two sides to a live theater experience: THE PASS: THE AUDIENCE

Putting together THE PASS has been an eye opening and all encompassing experience for me. There are no short cuts, no splicing of tape with a razor, which is how I learned to edit in the studio before Protools. (photo Delia Derbyshire, see more here: http://www.effectrode.com/echorec-3/delia-derbyshire/ delia_derbyshire_radiophonic_workshop_1965

There is the experience of creating the piece, pulling it together, after you have written it, with various collaborators, musicians, coaches, directors, producers, lighting designers, stage design, projections, sound design, the theater, the publicist, the journalists, and all… to reach its final destination: THE AUDIENCE. That’s the other side.

My working on THE PASS has been the most intense, & exciting,  gut wrenching, out of my comfort zone & scary experience in my professional music career. We open on 9/27 in London at The Playground Theatre. I am going back to where it all started. London. Sharing (truly) my stories along the way. Before and after…I first stepped foot on the land of cars driving on the other side of the street. When I fell in love with England.

There are always other sides, other stories, other ways of being, other songs and other days. These days…are these days and these are no ordinary days for me.

and today I discovered Delia Derbyshire.

See you in London!

 

8/16/18 Madonna 60… Aretha Gone

arethamadonna Aretha Franklin passed away on Madonna’s 60th birthday. Just realized this fact. A wow fact in my opinion. History. Culture. Pop Music, Soul Music, American History. Change.

Women singers, artists, performers, changing the world through music. Giants.

Just watched the movie trailer for the documentary Truth or Dare from Madonna. I never watched it, however it’s on my to watch list this weekend.

Time is a gentle blanket. For some.

Great Britain: The Sum of Our Parts

flag UKWith the up coming premiere of THE PASS in London at The Playground Theatre, and work at KMPR, my life is pretty full and time has become a bit precious. However today as I look back at my time in London and all the amazing people I have known and worked with over the years that are British, I realize the impact Britain has had on my life. Aside from it providing my first big success with  Lucky Stars, there have been so many talented and supportive people both while living in London and while living in West Hollywood and NYC that have helped me with my music career. They have also influenced me personally. They are  the sum of all my parts. You know who you are. Forever grateful.

Who Am I? Live Out Loud

LOLGala2018-Save-the-DateTomorrow night I’m attending the 17th Annual Young Trailblazers Gala for Live Out Loud. It is being held at the The Times Center in NYC. Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community.

I was honored to be asked to be a part of the Development Committee this year and I happily agreed. I know the founder’s brother Stephen and his brother Leo asked me to help. Volunteering for a cause, for the one event, was a great experience. We are all so busy however when you need to find the space and time to make a difference, you can!

I attended last year’s event and I remember how much fun the Silent Auction was so that was my focus. It’s a great way to donate for an event –quietly bidding for something you want to take home! I want to thank Diana, Mick and Robin, Stephanie, Helene, Mitus, Jordana and Roberto for their support and generous gifts.

Teens have to face so much as they transition from a child to a young adult. It is a powerful time of change, physically and mentally. And being LGBTQ+Trans adds to the ultimate question: Who Am I? A question, I myself quietly and painfully struggled with…when my music career first began.

When we focus on the positive we lessen the power of the negative. Here’s the link to give a gift, any size, any time. 

 

 

 

 

The Sounds Outside the City

kittyWhat I love most about being outside the city, either in rural areas or suburbia, is the sound of people working on their homes. The lawn being mowed, the leaves being blown, single hammers rhythmically aiming for that head of the nail, sprinklers buzzing and twirling, and a stray cat puss-n-boots with mittens and all, showing up at the door, speaking cat-language, and actually thinking you know what she is saying.  The sound of her munching on some left over salmon and you realize you have a friend for life. Your home is most often your largest personal financial investment in your life. Take care of it. I love being home.

 

 

 

Resurrection

resurrection 2Happy 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.

lonelyoak-freeradioCheck 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