happiness happens when our hearts combine**

Official Melissa Polinar Blog

** just add water

If you haven’t checked this out:

This a “behind the scenes” video at the beginning of my San Diego sessions working with Jesse for this album …that I’m about to release. It’s been almost a year and I can’t believe we’re at a point that I can finally release this thing. Thank you for your patience. And I hope y’all enjoy the record when it comes out officially on January 14. 

Love y’all. 

-mp

P.S. Thanks Andrew Rose for the footage! :) 

Why I Wrote “Above Water”

I’ve been a bit fragmented past few weeks. 

But when I think about it, I’ve had spurts of “fragmentation” within the past few years. I guess this is why I’ve resorted to music. I put my thoughts and feelings into crafted songs in hopes that somehow, the gaps and short-comings might sting a little less than they actually do… and appear/convince myself that I’m not as broken as I actually am.

Although some songs might not be identified as 100% autobiographical, each song that I’ve written and/or co-written in my life has some sort of “MP fragment” left in there somewhere - whether they be a lyric, melodic, or chordal line. 

So here I am well more than halfway through 2013 (it’s fall for crying out loud!). This year has been the voyage of my 1st full-length album. I know it has taken me a while. For those of you who have followed my career for years, some of you might’ve thought I should’ve released at least 3 LPs instead of my measly 2 EPs and a few singles out on iTunes right now.

In reality… deep down, I wasn’t ready. 

Deep down, I needed to be ready to write a song that wasn’t just “crafted nicely” or “melodically cool” or “lyrically clever” or “using chords that’s interesting” - just honest. 

So when I decided to record this full-length album and gathered enough courage to do it, I haven’t even written that “honest” song that I wanted to put on this record. 

So what did I do? 

I walked in Jesse’s studio in San Diego last March. I had the first 2 chords of the song… absolutely no lyric… Jesse and I decided that we should just build this track anyway. I knew how it was going to feel… the “vision” and what it was going to talk about…  and what I wanted to communicate overall. I just haven’t started - I just had fragments in my head (there’s a common theme here). I didn’t even have the 1st line. Just “lalala’s” here and there… 

Please note, that I’ve NEVER done this in my life. I always came in studios (for my own projects) fully ready with nicely “packaged” songs. 

In the middle of recording, I had to rework lyrics as I went. I even went to San Diego for a 2nd trip to re-track my vocals because the first go-around didn’t feel right. 

So here is the song and almost a week out on iTunes at this point. It’s not the most “pop” nor is it going to compete anywhere close to Katy Perry’s “Roar” or Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” (to name a few) climbing up the charts right now - because it was never my purpose.

Many have responded well especially because Jeremy's impeccable voice is part of the song… but I felt like I needed to explain myself further because this very song… ABOVE WATER… 

…talked about the “letting go” and “taking courage” - the juxtaposed life answer that fighting for life is to have the courage to give up completely.

surrendering = living. 

You don’t have to figure it all out. Let people in. Let people love you. Let it all happen. 

Bottom line… and as candidly as I can put it… 

"Above Water" depicts my struggle (at one point or the other) with…

depression. 

the doubts. the battle. the triumph. the reversion. to starting over.

there. you. go. 

So THANK YOU for loving it - for those of you who do love it. 

THANK YOU for just enjoying it - for those of you who don’t quite relate but appreciate the musicality of it. 

..because for me personally, the song is a small “landmark” for my journey as an artist… well, more so as a person - really. 

You’re part of this. You’re witnessing it. 

I have more songs to come. Some are familiar to your ears. Some aren’t. 

I’m just thankful - that you’re ready to listen. 

so. THANK YOU.

iTunes (U.S.)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/above-water-single/id694922205

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~~~ LYRICS ~~~

ABOVE WATER
(polinar)

bleeding til it hurts
the need to start over again
the stillness with the burn
remembering how to be begin

when will it be my turn
when time and I become friends?
and how will all this work
when you know where I have been?

You see, the fire that was isn’t here
my heart is hanging onto every fear
Singing the words as i try to heal
this dark and deepest part of me
trying to hold on

CHORUS

Keep off the ledge
far from the edge now
wave the white flag
it’s time to back down
wake up and set
to keep your head above water

dive in the sea
where you can be and
swim in the deep 
where you and I breathe 
wake up and set
to keep your head above water

II.

For all and what its worth
we rose and fell but in the end
we learn from how we were
everyone longs to pretend

drowning in the dark
even when the sun touches our face
reaching for the stars
as we look back in the race

You see, the fire inside disappeared
my heart is always out in the clear
telling myself there’s nothing to fear
when the dark and deepest part of me
is trying to let go

BRIDGE

Oh the crashing waves
Bury me til I choose to be brave

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©2013 kwurke tunes pub (ascap)

 

…more soon. 

-mp

 

P.S. Hugs and love to these guys: Jesse Barrera, Alan Ladan, Danny Morledge, Noah Bartfield, and Jeremy Passion (Manongdo)

It’s not officially out yet but it’s already Shazam’able! ❤ JULY 30, everybody!

It’s not officially out yet but it’s already Shazam’able! ❤ JULY 30, everybody!

Album Update & NEW SINGLE on the way!

polination:

(Kickstarter update July 15, 2013)

Hello FRIENDS! 

Once again, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and patience as I’m still trying to get this album all the way to the finish line. I hope your summer (that is if you’re on the northern hemisphere) is going well and I hope y’all are soaking up some Vitamin D while you’re at it.

I’ve been juggling a few things while I’ve been truckin’ for this album to get done - doing the usual writing sessions, shows, and etc… Being an independent artist has its challenges but I just want to assure each and everyone of you that this album is still and has been progressing beautifully (I repeat, BEAUTIFULLY) - - I’m truly excited to share when the time comes. 

As some of you might already have an inkling, I can officially announce that my original projected August 2013 release (as stated from my Kickstarter campaign) needs to be pushed back. I hate to keep all of you waiting but I knew from the get-go that these things happen and could possibly happen for my project.

One of the main reasons for the delay is that I need more time recording the rest of the tracks with David Ryan Harris in Los Angeles next month - August. Then after that, I’d have to give a bit more time for post-production and time for me to package it all up for you. David and I have already put in studio time from last week of June until early July. I was the first production project he took on after being gone from Australia since mid-March - 3 months! 

I had such a blast working with the guy and it was all-in-all a learning experience for me because this was the first time I had worked with him on a production standpoint (we’ve only written before). It was so fun picking his brain and getting into his creative groove. I truly can’t wait to get back in the studio with him again and get errrrthangdone. You can see a few photos below - taken by Andrew Rose

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 On the other end, my tracks with my super talented friend Jesse Barrera are all pretty much mixed and ready to get mastered! I did go back to his studio in San Diego beginning of June to re-track vocals. Since then, he edited, refined more parts here-and-there, and finalized mixes. They’re all sounding incredible! Jesse is now truckin’ along with other projects and if you follow him on his social networks, the guy is a production machine! Pretty amazing.

So basically, we are just waiting for every song to get completed on the production/mixing end before sending off to mastering. I’m hoping to release mid-late fall/autumn of this year - as it stands. 

Now for the AWESOME NEWS!

To finally start things off, I’m releasing a single called "Happy" off the album! Can I get an aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-men!?! It was co-written with my lovely friend Nina Storey. And it was produced by Jesse Barrera and the “JB Cave” crew. I absolutely LOVE how this song turned out and it’s the most fun and light-hearted track off the LP. I originally wasn’t intending for this song to be on the project because I thought I had all the songs in place and I no longer had room. When I played it for Jesse one night in his studio, just for the sake of sharing, he basically convinced me to have it on the project. It didn’t take me long to say… “let’s do it!” And it’s funny how it is now the FIRST single release for this album. So here we are… 

The official release date worldwide (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) will be 

JULY 30, 2013!

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…and THERE YOU GO.

We are almost there, folks! Almost there! So please hang tight… THANK YOU, thank you, THANK YOU for sticking around, for being patient, and for being awesome. 

More soon… 

Love and blessings,
mp

From my Kickstarter update…. just posting it everywhere. Cool. :) 

Meet The Producers

mpolinar:

Hello y’all!!!! 

I hope all of you are doing well wherever you are in the world at this very moment. As for me, I’m currently in Southern California (LA/San Diego) doing my usual rounds of co-writing, meetings, spending time with friends/family, and a few shows. After my stint with Guitar Center’s Singer/Songwriter competition and being named one of the top 10 finalist, (which by the way, was a lot of fun and it was an experience that I’m truly grateful for) …I’ve been working hard putting schedules and logistics together for this album so we can finally make this happen! That in itself have been a lot of work and presented a major brainteaser. Nevertheless, this is all fun for me! I’m truly excited and I hope all of y’all are too. 

To make a great album, understandably, one would need an overall vision, great songs, and talented musicians. But in order for all those elements to cohesively work together, you would have to pick a gifted producer …and in my case, producers

So ladies and gentlemen… 

Meet the producers… 

DAVID RYAN HARRIS 

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Need I say more?! …Yes, David, or “DRH” as many would affectionately call him. First of all, if you need an introduction and have no clue who he is, here’s his Wikipedia page link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ryan_Harris - I’m not quite sure how accurate it is but you’ll get the gist of what he’s done within his remarkable career so far. 

I’ve had the privilege to work with David for the first time almost 2 years ago. It was May of 2011 when we co-wrote the song “Feels Like Home” and I released my version on iTunes back in June 2012. I’ve been a fan of his work years prior to actually meeting/working with him. I even remember going to a few of his shows at The Hotel Café (Los Angeles) when he was on break from tour (with John Mayer at the time). So as you can imagine, I felt tremendously honored when I found myself in the same room creating music with him…and later on sharing the stage on a few events/showcases in LA. 

Fast-forward, it was months ago that David and I started discussing production involvement for my project. We’ve had a few conversations on how I/we wanted the songs to sound like and etc. I truly feel that he understands my musicality and songwriting. He’s going to be the “new” element to my produced sound. I’m truly excited for this and I cannot wait. 

We’re slated to track our songs this June. 

P.S. He just produced India.Arie and Natasha Bedingfield – no. big. deal. 

JESSE BARRERA 

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This decision probably didn’t come as a surprise for many of you. If you have followed my career for some time, you’d know that Jesse and I worked before and have been good friends for years now. He produced my “As of Now – EP” in 2010 as well as my last single “Feels Like Home” back in June 2012. I’ve also worked with Jesse for his other productions (his own projects and for his clients) – doing background vocals, vocal arrangements, and songwriting. 

Jesse started off as a member of the San Diego-based rock/alternative band “My American Heart” back when he was a teenager. After being a rockstar traveling all over the world, he decided to spend the years shortly-after focusing on his solo artistry, refining his skills as a producer, and building his studio. He has worked with many independent artists producing/mixing/mastering records for artists such as: Jeremy Passion, Daniela Andrade, AJ Rafael, Mitchell Grey, Michael Carreon, Nessa Rica, and Tori Kelly – to name a few from a rapidly-growing list. 

Not only is this guy immensely talented and hardworking, Jesse is like family. So I’m in San Diego right now and I’m about to track my songs with him until the end of this month (March). 

So there’s the update everybody! 

Who’s excited?!?!?!?!?!?!? 

Well, I am! (insert 100,000,000 exclamation points here

Lots of love, blessings, and more soon!

-mp

- - - - - -

…in case you missed the memo from earlier. :) -mp

(via christinaluna)

Meet The Producers

Hello y’all!!!! 

I hope all of you are doing well wherever you are in the world at this very moment. As for me, I’m currently in Southern California (LA/San Diego) doing my usual rounds of co-writing, meetings, spending time with friends/family, and a few shows. After my stint with Guitar Center’s Singer/Songwriter competition and being named one of the top 10 finalist, (which by the way, was a lot of fun and it was an experience that I’m truly grateful for) …I’ve been working hard putting schedules and logistics together for this album so we can finally make this happen! That in itself have been a lot of work and presented a major brainteaser. Nevertheless, this is all fun for me! I’m truly excited and I hope all of y’all are too. 

To make a great album, understandably, one would need an overall vision, great songs, and talented musicians. But in order for all those elements to cohesively work together, you would have to pick a gifted producer …and in my case, producers

So ladies and gentlemen… 

Meet the producers… 

DAVID RYAN HARRIS 

Need I say more?! …Yes, David, or “DRH” as many would affectionately call him. First of all, if you need an introduction and have no clue who he is, here’s his Wikipedia page link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ryan_Harris - I’m not quite sure how accurate it is but you’ll get the gist of what he’s done within his remarkable career so far. 

I’ve had the privilege to work with David for the first time almost 2 years ago. It was May of 2011 when we co-wrote the song “Feels Like Home” and I released my version on iTunes back in June 2012. I’ve been a fan of his work years prior to actually meeting/working with him. I even remember going to a few of his shows at The Hotel Café (Los Angeles) when he was on break from tour (with John Mayer at the time). So as you can imagine, I felt tremendously honored when I found myself in the same room creating music with him…and later on sharing the stage on a few events/showcases in LA. 

Fast-forward, it was months ago that David and I started discussing production involvement for my project. We’ve had a few conversations on how I/we wanted the songs to sound like and etc. I truly feel that he understands my musicality and songwriting. He’s going to be the “new” element to my produced sound. I’m truly excited for this and I cannot wait. 

We’re slated to track our songs this June. 

P.S. He just produced India.Arie and Natasha Bedingfield – no. big. deal. 

JESSE BARRERA 

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This decision probably didn’t come as a surprise for many of you. If you have followed my career for some time, you’d know that Jesse and I worked before and have been good friends for years now. He produced my “As of Now – EP” in 2010 as well as my last single “Feels Like Home” back in June 2012. I’ve also worked with Jesse for his other productions (his own projects and for his clients) – doing background vocals, vocal arrangements, and songwriting. 

Jesse started off as a member of the San Diego-based rock/alternative band “My American Heart” back when he was a teenager. After being a rockstar traveling all over the world, he decided to spend the years shortly-after focusing on his solo artistry, refining his skills as a producer, and building his studio. He has worked with many independent artists producing/mixing/mastering records for artists such as: Jeremy Passion, Daniela Andrade, AJ Rafael, Mitchell Grey, Michael Carreon, Nessa Rica, and Tori Kelly – to name a few from a rapidly-growing list. 

Not only is this guy immensely talented and hardworking, Jesse is like family. So I’m in San Diego right now and I’m about to track my songs with him until the end of this month (March). 

So there’s the update everybody! 

Who’s excited?!?!?!?!?!?!? 

Well, I am! (insert 100,000,000 exclamation points here

Lots of love, blessings, and more soon!

-mp

JUNE 26, folks! :) <3

JUNE 26, folks! :) <3

This is what I worked on today - a lot of today, actually. So Matt Cusson’s harmony on this song isn’t on here yet. But you’ll hear my violin arrangement and playing! :) Not the final mix… not EVEN a mix. 

SEE THE STARS - to be released soon

vocal, guitars, violins, written by: Melissa Polinar
vocal harmony: Ernie Halter
bass: Noah Bartfield
producer, engineer: Jesse Barrera

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(Source: mpolinar / mpolinar)

I’m sooooooooooooo excited! -mp

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FEELS LIKE HOME (clip/preview)
[m.polinar/d.r.harris]

produced by: Jesse Barrera
drums: Danny Morledge
bass: Noah Bartfield
keys: Alan Ladan 

(Source: mpolinar / mpolinar)

Sorry for teasin’…

But here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to in The JB Cave past few days. :)

(Source: mpolinar)

This is why I like Mr. Barrera. We agree on like music stuff about 95% of the time. Haha.

This is why I like Mr. Barrera. We agree on like music stuff about 95% of the time. Haha.

Remember this song? It came up on my iTunes tonight and I couldn’t help but reshare this with y’all. <3 -mp

"Say You’ll Stay" from my As of Now EP

(Source: mpolinar / mpolinar)

Tracked vocals for &#8220;Paper Airplane&#8221; for Jeremy&#8217;s project produced (or co-produced) by Jesse.
I forgot how tough it is to sing this song&#8230;really. But alas, its done. 
Jesse, do the rest. thanks. 

Tracked vocals for “Paper Airplane” for Jeremy’s project produced (or co-produced) by Jesse.

I forgot how tough it is to sing this song…really. But alas, its done. 

Jesse, do the rest. thanks. 

Just came up on my iTunes&#8230;.LOL!!!! 
"Gospel Thriller Mix" and "featuring The Louisiana Church Choir"
hahahah! 

Just came up on my iTunes….LOL!!!! 

"Gospel Thriller Mix" and "featuring The Louisiana Church Choir"

hahahah! 

Yes I have.

Yes I have.