“Jump” by Allison Scola is the seventh song in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20.
“Jump” is one of the thirteen songs on Allison’s CD, A Braver Kind.
Here is a picture of me with Allison Scola and Janie Barnett, the producer of A Braver Kind, that was taken in the TV studio before Allison’s interview on Alive with Clive on January 9, 2009:
This is what you will discover about Allison from her Bio on her Web site, www.allisonscola.com:
After months of working 12 -14 hour days at a top New York advertising agency, songwriter and singer Allison Scola realized that she had missed her true destination by just a few hundred yards: That moment was when she discovered that day in and day out on her way to the office, she had been walking right past the Brill Building, the songwriting headquarters of the 1940s to 1970s. Within hours she quit her job, and since has thrown herself into crafting songs and performing.
Allison’s dedication and talent show – her 2004 Song Sampler received rave reviews from CollectedSounds.com and Musesmuse.com and landed her a place in the national Chick Singer Night showcase, the On Stage Italian American Artists showcase, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers showcase. In addition, her song “Something Better Waiting” reaped a Finalist Position in the 2005 Hank Williams Songwriting Contest, and “Risking a Fall” won her a 3rd Place prize in the 2005 SolarFest Singer-Songwriter Competition.
In 2006, Allison performed in New York’s Columbus Day Parade, and in 2007 she wooed audiences during her Italian Day pre-game performance at the New York Met’s Shea Stadium and Staten Island Yankees Stadium. In the summer of 2007, her band, Allison Scola Project, was voted a finalist in the CBS News Early Show “Living Room Live! Battle of the Bands Contest.”
Allison creates songs that weave hues of her Italian heritage and fascination with Mediterranean folk culture together with personal accounts of her experience as a modern American artist taking risks in love and life. Her latest album, A Braver Kind, produced by Janie Barnett and engineered and mixed by Jon Gordon, illustrates her power as a songwriter and musician. With a voice that’s been described by Music-Reviewer.com as “comforting and all-embracing, like being in the presence of your long lost best friend,” Allison transports listeners to a world where hearts are bursting and dreams come true.
When Allison appeared on Alive with Clive on January 9, 2009, she performed two other songs from A Braver Kind: “Your Key” and “Failure Is Impossible.” To see a video clip on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube of Allison singing “Your Key” on Alive with Clive, click here.
While introducing the song, “Failure Is Impossible,” during her interview on Alive with Clive, Allison, who studied gender issues and feminism in college, said that “Failure Is Impossible” is a phrase she borrowed from Susan B. Anthony, one of her heroes, who devoted her life to a 72-year struggle to secure voting rights for women and equal rights for all. The accomplishments of Susan B. Anthony paved the way in 1920, 14 years after her death, for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The words, “Failure Is Impossible,” are the last public words of Susan B. Anthony and became the mantra women used to gain the right to vote.
“Failure is impossible,” said Allison, “points to: It’s impossible to fail because you’ve just got to keep pushing forwards.”
To see one of my earlier Blog posts about Allison’s song, “Failure Is Impossible,” click here.
Here’s the video clip for you to enjoy of Allison Scola singing “Failure Is Impossible” accompanied by Janie Barnett on Alive with Clive:
You will find additional video clips featuring Allison on one of the pages of her Web site when you click here.
The lyrics of “Jump” incorporate themes of courage and bravery, with the metaphor of overcoming the fear of jumping off a rock’s edge into cold water below being interwoven with Allison paying tribute to her grandparents, who left the country of their birth in their late teens to pursue their dream to create a new future in America.
“Jump” is an uplifiting song that will inspire you to be enlivened by your fears, confront what scares you, and “Jump!”
Here are a few lines from the chorus of “Jump,” which was written by Allison and Lorraine Ferro:
I feel so alive
I feel so assured
With the sun on my path
And the wind on my back
I’m alive like never before
With the sun on my path
There is no looking back
I am not afraid to take a jump . . . .
I am a braver kind
Today I jump!
Allison is currently in seventh place in The Alive with Clive Top 20. To vote for Allison to move up The Alive with Clive Top 20 Chart, click here.
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