Marianne Kesler is a Dayton, Ohio-based singer-songwriter with a life-long love for music. A prolific artist, she’s been writing and recording music for over 25 years, and has released five albums and more than 10 singles as a solo artist. She’s also collaborated with numerous other artists, including neo-soul/pop/folk artist Leah Thompson, with whom she co-wrote over 30 songs, as well as her friend Kate Stanton, as part of a duo named Every Lovely Thing, who I featured in an Artist Spotlight nearly four years ago. On top of all that, she’s also written a three-volume trilogy of free verse poetry/prose and photography.
Her pleasing style of folk/pop has earned her comparisons to such artists as Judy Collins, Carole King, Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow. In fact, she cheekily describes her sound this way: “Imagine if Joni Mitchell got together with Leonard Cohen for a writing session at the coffeehouse where Neil Young and the Counting Crows were playing, folk artist Jan Krist was singing, Tori & Fiona were pouting, Over The Rhine & Aimee Mann opened, and Santana stopped by to play some smokin’ guitar…Yeah, It sounds something like that!“
Today, Marianne has dropped a hauntingly beautiful new single “If I Could Fall Into the Skies“, which I’ve chosen as my New Song of the Week. Her first release of 2022, it’s a melodically simple but impactful song, dominated by a somber but lovely piano movement, and accompanied by airy synths that create an enchanting backdrop for her gentle, ethereal vocals. My only criticism, and it’s a minor one, is that I wish Marianne’s vocals were a bit more pronounced, as the bold piano keys sometimes overpower her delicate vocals. Otherwise, it’s a wonderful track.
The bittersweet lyrics speak of wanting to know someone – perhaps a romantic interest, but it could apply to any special friendship – better, but being unable to break through to them:
If I could fall into the skies If I could fall into your eyes If I could somehow find a way I would stay … I would stay. Staring at the water it appears as though the world is upside down Summer skies reflected there are shimmering like clouds upon the ground I could jump right now … If I just knew how Gazing in your eyes I glimpse a depth I’ve never noticed there before Subtle undertow beneath the surface has me aching to explore I could jump right now … If I just knew how If I could fall into the skies If I could fall into your eyes If I could somehow find a way I would stay … I would stay. Standing on the edge with everything I’ve ever wanted down below Painfully aware I’ve never told you how I feel or let you know But I could jump right now … If I just knew how Catch a falling star … Landing where you are Starlit skies … In your eyes Upside down … Spun around ’Til the world seems out of focus as I fall … If I could fall into the skies If I could fall into your eyes If I could somehow find a way I would stay … I would stay ... I would stay … I would stay ... I would stay … I would stay.
Marianne created a stunning video to accompany the song, about which she has this to say: “This song was inspired by seeing how the sky was reflected through a window onto my glass top desk ~ looking as though I could fall right into it! I tried to shoot video footage that captured this same ‘world upside down’ reflection (mostly on water) to add visuals to these lyrics of longing.”