New York singer/songwriter Melody Rose recently released a video for her song "These Walls" featuring Andrew Carroll. The song is simple, poignant, and elegant, and the video showcases all three. Take a look at the video and then see what we chatted about.
PopWrapped: ‘These Walls’ is such a beautifully simple song, what inspired it?
Melody Rose: 'These Walls' was actually written mostly by my boyfriend, Andrew Carroll, but I helped him shape the song. We wrote the song about the beginning of our relationship and finding one another. Since we created it in his apartment in Brooklyn, we personified the walls of his apartment to our love story. It was a last minute decision to put it on the record, but I'm really glad we did. It has become one of my favorites.
PW: I love that most of the video is shot in a room really bringing the attention to the song itself, was that your idea?
MR: I really wanted to shoot the video in the room that the song was written in because I wanted everyone to see and feel the inspiration and the meaning behind it. The water damaged, bland walls are personified in the lyric as love grows and the walls "finally find their light." My goal for this video was to make the lyrics come to life.
PW: The outfit changes were so perfect and well thought out, did you have a favorite among the dresses?
MR: I have to say that changing wardrobe was one of the most fun parts of shooting this video! I was lucky to find that same dress in three different colors. I really loved them all, but the white was definitely my favorite. I also loved that dark denim shirt and red pant on Andrew.
PW: Do you have any upcoming shows to promote your EP, either local or abroad?
MR: I am performing at SS Cape May in Cape May, NJ March 18. for details, check out www.sscapemay.com Besides that, I am working out some tour details for the summer. Dates are TBA, but you can stay informed on my website www.melodyrose.net.
PW: I read that you got a lot of inspiration from Carole King and it really shows in your music. What drew you to her and other musical inspirations?
MR: I grew up listening to Carole King and many other amazing artists. My parents exposed me to so much music. My mom was a singer and my dad worked in the touring industry, so I spent a lot of my childhood in rehearsals, recording studios, and backstage at rock concerts. My stepmom was a ballerina with an incredible taste in music and her father is a member of the Rascals, (Felix Cavaliere) so the music of the 1960s and 1970s really stands out as my favorite. Besides Carole King, some of my favorite artists include The Rascals, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Queen, U2, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson.
I studied opera for ten years and jazz for eight and I have a M.A. in Music Composition as well, so my palette of inspiration also includes the classic singers and musicians like Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Jane Monheit, and Sarah Vaughn.