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 

Celebrating Single

In a world where pairs seem to capture much of the celebration – from engagements, to weddings to anniversaries, I am celebrating single today 3/31. The word, the intent, the content of one. Single: consisting of a separate unique whole individual and being an individual or existing as an indivisible whole. An indivisible whole…very appetizing.

No matter what your relationship status, you are still one single person.

 

 

Uncertainty

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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from £41.80 
1 Used from £41.80 2 New from £52.57 

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
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