“Music Brings Us Closer” An original song, written and performed, by Susan LaVelle & Matt Dorland

This is our second year for entering NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. Last year, if you recall, we entered our song, “Silence” and this year, we’ve entered another of our favorite original songs, “Music Brings Us Closer.” Both songs reflect our commitment to bettering the world through the power of music.

Susan’s podcast interview with Sharman Nittoli for “Live Your Bloom” Podcast!

Sharman is a life-long professional jazz musician and teacher in the NYC–NJ area and has written songs for and recorded by Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and others, and currently hosts a program and podcast to encourage people (Bloomers) to “Live Your Bloom” by pursuing new or renewed dream seeds that help make the most out of this life!” Podcast length: 22:19

From Matt: “Major life update: I’m moving to New York City in August to pursue new & exciting opportunities in jazz, teaching, and musical theatre! After a week of interviews and apartment hunting, I’ve accepted a job offer at “Keys To Success,” a piano school in Brooklyn, and will find a sublet in Manhattan while I continue to look for a permanent place. Those of you that know me, know that I’ve dreamed of living in NYC since I was a little kid. Now that dream is finally coming true!”

Stay tuned for more info on what’s happening with Matt in NYC!

Check out his website: mattdorland.com

Matt & Susan’s song “Silence” was written in response to the need to speak out for justice. We must not keep silent when our voices should be heard.

Silence cover art Matt Dorland & Susan LaVelle

We used this opportunity to open up “Just a Touch of Jazz” Artist Profiles on all your favorite streaming services! Check out “Silence” on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon et. al! You can purchase the song on Amazon and Apple Music and we appreciate and thank you for your support!

Or just say, “Siri, play ‘Silence’ by Just a Touch of Jazz”!

We entered our song “Silence” into the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. You will find it on the Tiny Desk website with all the other entries. You can also find it on our “Just a Touch of Jazz” YouTube channel.

We will let you know how the contest goes! The final winner will give a concert at NPR in Washington DC in September.