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Pop / Rock 05/09/2018

By Helping Others, She Found Her Voice: Singer/Writer Peggy Sarlin Charts A Fulfilling Path And Releases Blues-Infused Album, 'Let There Be Love'

By Helping Others, She Found Her Voice: Singer/Writer Peggy Sarlin Charts A Fulfilling Path And Releases Blues-Infused Album, 'Let There Be Love'

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Singer/author/brain health advocate Peggy Sarlin is on a worthy journey, helping others and nurturing her artistic voice along the way. Her story is as unexpected as it is inspiring - she was signed to Columbia Records and had early success as a songwriter for Bette Midler and Patti LuPone, wrote scripts for popular children's television programs, and even wrote for NASA.

Everything changed in 2012, when her husband had a stroke. That personal trauma started a sequence of unlikely events chronicled here (and below,):

Through it all, music has been Sarlin's North Star. Her new Blues-infused album 'Let There Be Love' finds the storyteller mining her fantasies (and her pain,) to create a vivid landscape of detail-driven songs. She comments, "Love is the great, inexhaustible topic. My new album sprang from my fascination with exploring love in all its infinite moods and manifestations. Happy memories flowed out of me; as well as laments for my current difficult situation. And I found deep fun in writing romantic fantasies that offer a dreamy escape.

Songs often come to me as stories, and because of my work as a scriptwriter, I naturally structure them in three acts. I try to write songs that paint vivid scenes with dramatic forward motion.

In my other career, I write about the brain, and I've learned that resilience is crucial for brain health. Music penetrates the deepest levels of the brain and builds resilience in miraculous ways. I feel its power in my own life: music is my constant companion and always brings me strength."

'Let There Be Love' was Produced by Jeff Franzel, Paul Frazier and Steve Williams, and was recorded at Atomic Studios. From the romantic fantasy (and red velvet gown) of 'Jasmine Perfume' to the gentle stroll on a Santa Monica beach in 'California Kiss' to the nearly unbearable loss and pain of the soulful lament 'I Can't Stop the Sun', Sarlin's new songs invite the listener to share the journey, the emotions, the rich landscape.

Sarlin will celebrate the album's release with an October 20th concert at The Triad in NYC. Tickets here:
As referenced above, Peggy Sarlin has also inspired and supported hundreds of thousands of Alzheimer's sufferers and their families with informative books and videos released in 2016 and 2018. In 2016, Awakening from Alzheimer's was her first documentary series, and it has since garnered over 3,000,000 views. Now, to coincide with World Alzheimer's Day on September 21st, Sarlin's new online event, Awakening from Alzheimer's: Regain Your Brain, will share additional advancements, interviews and promising information. Watch the Regain Your Brain Trailer here:
Sarlin's Alzheimer's work helps families find hope and optimism amid their fear and sadness. There are countless stories of lives she's impacted, and she sees her role as being an inspiring, uplifting force for people as they face their challenging times. She comments, "I'm your friend through the tough stuff."

Whether through her music or through her Alzheimer's work, Peggy Sarlin is seeking to impact people's lives in a positive way - a goal we should all aspire to!

More about Peggy Sarlin, in her own words, from her website:
I'm so glad you found me. Maybe you discovered me through my music. Or perhaps you know me from my books and video interviews on brain health, Awakening from Alzheimer's and Regain Your Brain.

In any case, I'm delighted to meet you. The big news here is my new album, Let There Be Love, featuring ten soulful songs I wrote to explore - what else? - love, love, love.

Produced by maestros Jeff Franzel, Paul Frazier, and Steve Williams, it features some of New York's top musicians and was recorded at Atomic Studios.

This is my second album (my first was Friends and Family) and it comes directly from my heart. Songwriting is a profound adventure for me and I'd like to share with you the unusual story of....

I started out as a singer/songwriter and enjoyed some success. Columbia Records signed me; Bette Midler rocked Madison Square Garden with "I Regret Everything," a comedy song I co-wrote, and Patti LuPone recorded it twice.

But, being a practical soul, I relinquished music with a sigh, promising myself I'd return…someday. So I turned to writing scripts for many delightful children's television shows (Cyberchase, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and Olivia, among others), occasionally managing to sneak a song into a script.

My eclectic freelance career also found me writing a book on the brain, scripts for NASA, and a speech for the Pope. (That's a whole other story.) Life was interesting and packed with pleasure, and then on November 16, 2012, my husband had a stroke.

One evening, in the summer of 2014, I set out on a walk. I remember feeling so exhausted from my caregiving duties that I was scared I'd faint. To rouse myself, I began to sing - and to my astonishment, a new song came out, almost completely formed.

You'll find that song, "When Love Walked By My Side," on my first album, along with nine others that came bursting forth in the days and months that followed. Suddenly, after years of silence, my musical muse was working overtime. Writing songs is a joyful addiction, magically allowing me to stand inside and outside my experiences at the same time.

Much of what I write is blues-infused, because…well, I'm blues-infused, too. My love of the Great American Songbook permeates my songs, as does my enthusiasm for soul, pop, rock, and the whole shebang of American music.

Music comes alive when it's shared and it's my honor to share my music with you. The emotional intensity of the last few years has sparked a blaze of fellow feeling in me for anyone who gets walloped by life and tries to respond with a little kindness, humor, and panache. Maybe that's you, too. Aren't we lucky that music soothes the soul?


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