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.
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.
Recently I attended my latest high school reunion.
I was flattered to know many people knew about my music and they were all so supportive and pleased to know I am still at it, doing what I love.
People seemed to recognize me as…well, as me! “You haven’t changed!” said so many of my former classmates, and they seemed to heartily mean it. However we all have changed and it was amazing how I remembered the faces. That night, we all came together and forgot all the years that had passed since we were all teens and we just enjoyed being together. Being where we are now. It was more about now than it was about the past. We even had a list of questions, like “What did the girls from the student council and our class have a sit in about? What was their format, policy change? Answer: wearing slacks/pants to school.
What does time and circumstance change in a person? I find myself asking. I found out that night that I have the same essential core inside of me that had formed in my teens, maybe earlier. My life had been a continuation, a celebration, of some fundamental quality which had always formed the basis of who I am or even who I intend to be. Hardships, or simply the grind of daily life, may dim some glow within.
I’m proud to feel that throughout everything I’ve faced in life, I have emerged a survivor. This doesn’t just mean I’ve survived economically and physically, with my health and some financial stability. It means my heart, my mind, my creativity and my ability to feel inspired by the world are not just still intact, they are flourishing. To me this is now the true meaning of Most Likely to Succeed.
Here’s a song from Denise Marsa Productions.
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…