Bryan’s Song by Jessica Labus is the tenth song to be featured on my Blog as part of my mission to provide you with inspiration through songs that have been performed by musicians on Alive with Clive over the past couple of years.
Jessica performed Bryan’s Song during her first interview on Alive with Clive on March 9, 2007.
As mentioned in her bio on her My Space page, Jessica was born in Florida but raised in the New York towns of Niagara Falls and Grand Island. She’s been singing since she was 3, taught herself to yodel at age 11, learned to play guitar and played in a country band at 14, and developed a passion for musical theatre at an early age through classics like Annie and Chicago. After brief stays in Connecticut and Rhode Island, Jessica moved to New York City, where she earned money by playing music in the subway, and later attended the prestigious American Musical & Dramatic Academy, where she studied musical theater.
Inspired by the women that graced the stage of the iconic Lilith Fair tour in the 1990s – the likes of Ani DiFranco, Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan and Joan Osborne, among others – she picked up the guitar and started writing songs, never looked back, and has played at some of the most venerable venues in New York City, including The Bitter End, Kenny’s Castaways, Arlene’s Grocery, and The National Underground.
For additional information about Jessica and to listen to more of her songs, go to www.myspace.com/jessicalabus.
The arresting Bryan’s Song, the first song she wrote and the first song on her recently released debut CD, Mirrors, is a reflection of her unapologetic, tell-all, songwriting style. She wrote it for her brother, Bryan, after he had experienced a series of devastating mishaps.
To give you an inkling of the depth of wisdom within the song, here’s the chorus:
Sometimes you have to feel the pain
To be guided to where your strength remains
Don’t hide it inside you let it change
And you’ll be guided to what your heart is saying
I have found this song to be particularly inspiring, and my sense is that you will too!
Here’s the video clip for you to enjoy of Jessica Labus performing Bryan’s Song on Alive with Clive:
Jessica Labus is currently in 11th place in The Alive with Clive Top 20 and, together with Anthony Melillo and The Melillo Brothers as well as Serotonen, will be performing at The First Alive with Clive Top 20 Concert at Waltz-Astoria on May 30, 2009.
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