I Never Told You I Was Broken ~ New Video

I Never Told You I Was Broken is not an easy song, nor an easy subject. In a culture of emotional repression, victim blaming, and lack of empathy, it can be extremely difficult to tell others that you have been abused, assaulted, traumatized, or suffer from mental illness. Even those with sympathy may treat you differently, or trust your competence less. It is a door that cannot be closed. Our self preservation instincts cause us to hide parts of ourselves that are in no way bad, but will be construed as bad, and give us permanent classification. These imposed negative labels may come to dominate other’s perceptions of us. While trauma can affect everything, it is not the whole of a person. Trying to overcome trauma while facing fear or judgement from others adds more mountains, and can be debilitating. Survivors may keep things private for very good reasons, but they may also internalize shame, even when they have done nothing wrong. You can tell the world and be judged, or tell no one and feel isolated; Are these the best we have for choices in a world where we know better?

This song is for anyone dealing with that pain, you are not alone.

New Live Video ~ Whatever Happened to the Bookstore

Lift your head up, lift your head up, lift your head up, lift your head up now! It is about truly taking in all of the beauty in the moments and the world around you, and also about looking directly at the things in our world that need action and reform. Here is a live performance from The Repressions’ latest show at c’mon everybody in Brooklyn.

OPHELIA’S SONG -Now available on all Music Platforms

Ophelia’s Song means so much to The Repressions. This song is inspired by literary characters who meet a tragic end, and imagines offering them compassion, in order to find their own self-worth. We have the strength to be our own shelter. and to pull ourselves out of the darkest water.

Find this song today on all music streaming and download platforms:

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81VIFIU1LK8
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/1XLLJjFxgkdJr0ci1prmvS
APPLE MUSIC/ITUNES: https://music.apple.com/us/album/ophelias-song/1538369863?i=1538369864
AMAZON MUSIC: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B08BHWF1X8/the-repressions
DEEZER: https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/98314622/radio?autoplay=true
BANDCAMP: https://therepressions.bandcamp.com/track/ophelias-song
IHEARTRADIO: https://www.iheart.com/artist/the-repressions-34651416/
TIDAL: https://listen.tidal.com/artist/20084593
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/the-repressions/ophelias-song

New Video – Ginger Dizzy!

Ginger Dizzy is an important song for The Repressions, as it tends to make audiences happy and sing along, which is one of the most meaningful things that music can do.  It is also the song that inspired the “vaudeville” part of The Repressions’ style. There are quite a few versions out there, Barbara and Ben, just Barbara, just Nate, the recorded version with Barbara and Nate, but this live performance captured this week actually features all three Repressions… the new definitive version…

Sometimes it is better, or maybe a little necessary,  to be hazy and out of it, rather than sad… of only for a little while… Confusion you can choose is better than the blues…

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