Singer/Songwriter Leslie Mendelson
Leslie Mendelson performed "Hit the Spot" from her new album Swan Feathers. Mendelson's vivid, subtly crafted tunes—which range from the effervescent exuberance of "Hit the Spot" and "I See Myself with You" to the bittersweet introspection of "No Easy Way Out" and "If I Don't Stop Loving You"—are supported by organically soulful performances and spare, understated instrumental arrangements. The result is a timelessly resonant and emotionally honest album which often recalls the classic work of such vintage role models as Carole King and Laura Nyro.
"I'm really proud of these songs," Mendelson states, "so it was important to me to get the feel right, and make sure that the emotion came across. To me, they're pop songs, so I wanted them to feel upbeat and to feel like they have a life, and I hope we got that."
Thanks in part to the influence of her father, a trumpet player and music teacher, Leslie became obsessed with music during early childhood, learning to play piano by ear and coming up with original lyrics and melodies. By her teens, she was writing personally charged songs in earnest, and making her first attempts at recording demos of her compositions.
"Doing music as a career was always my dream," she recalls. "Whether that was a realistic goal or not, I didn't care, because music was always a safe place for me to go. If anything else in life was giving me trouble, I could always just sit down and play and everything would feel OK."
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