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…

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.

The Company We Keep –My Blog Inspired by a Tweet

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Audio CD
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.

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!

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…