The New York Optimist
January 2009
loridejesu.com
Lori DeJesu, a singer/songwriter from
New York, NY has been singing since she
was a small child. However, neighborhood
plays and family sing-a-longs were
satisfying for only so long! Originally from
Huntington, NY, Lori moved to New York
City to pursue her love for entertainment
right after graduating college with a degree
in Psychology.

Having a taste of NY City and the
entertainment business, Lori liked to act as
much as she liked to sing, but it soon
became evident she was better at the
latter... While at a club with some friends,
Lori became mesmerized with the band on
stage. "They were so much fun. They had
an amazing stage presence". She was
hooked. The band asked the audience if
there were any female singers who knew
Melissa Etheridge's "Like the Way I do".
Although, her friend encouraged her to
jump up and raise her hand, Lori declined.
At that point, another female jumped up on
stage to sing the song. As Lori reports, she
regretted her choice and was filled with
envy. As it turned out, this girl did not
know the lyrics and the band kicked her
off stage! They asked again, "Does anyone
know the lyrics and can sing?” This time,
she didn't make the same mistake. Lori
took stage. Not only did she just "sing" the
song; she "performed" the song. She knew
it was where she belonged.
When you listen to Lori's lyrics, you get a sense that the life events surrounding her permeate through her song writing.
Beautifully written, her words flow like a song-stress in the night.

Grateful


When I was little I remember falling down
You picked me up and said that no matter what, you’d always be proud, you never let me down.
I wouldn’t feel so bad, knowing that you understand, I was young and didn’t give a damn. You showed me I can.

Everything has changed; I will never be the same.
It took most my life to realize that I’m strong enough

And I’m Grateful for having someone like you near me
I’m Grateful –Oh yea

When I was leaving I remember feeling sad
You held me tight and said, see you soon, you knew I’d come back
Well you know me better.
I wouldn’t feel so bad, knowing that you understand, I was young and didn’t give a damn.
You showed me I can

Everything has changed; I will never be the same.
It took most my life to realize that I’m strong enough

And I’m Grateful for having someone like you near me I’m Grateful –Oh yea

When I was losing I remember giving in
You held my hand and said “Little girl you’re tougher than you think” Now it’s all I believe in
I wouldn’t feel so bad, knowing that you understand, I was young and didn’t give a damn.
You showed me who I am.

Everything has changed; I will never be the same.
It took most my life to realize that I’m strong enough


And I’m Grateful for having someone like you near me. Without you I don’t know where I’d be
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