Marc Zola Live from The Rye Room [Video Premiere]

Vortex Music Magazine

The latest Rye Room Session features local singer-songwriter Marc Zola. Watch him perform “Broken Man” at the Rye Room.

As a psychotherapist, singer-songwriter Marc Zola has unique insight into the struggles that come along with the human condition.

A self-proclaimed introvert, Zola recognizes his desire to seek depth within his relationships drives both his professional and creative life.

“I am privileged to spend my days listening to others' stories.” Zola says. “The experience of bearing witness to loss, heartache, resilience and healing is profound. The struggle is challenging but always inspiring. This deeply personal and confidential work is so meaningful and important to me. But it's only part of me.”

It’s no wonder that as an individual who holds space for a wide breadth of intense emotions and experience, he turns to his writing as an outlet for his own emotional work.

His professional work has led him to realize that “there's commonality between us, you just have to look and listen.”

Though Zola reflects that it isn’t always easy to recognize those commonalities and practice empathy, he often finds clarity through the songs he writes.

The song “Broken Man” marks Zola’s return after a hiatus from performing that spanned two decades. Zola wrote it while observing the dynamics of relationships play out over eggs at a local diner.

“My songs are about connecting the dots between us all,” he adds. “They're a reminder that we are all more alike than we are different.”

While Zola doesn’t yet know exactly what’s in store for his creative renaissance, he’s sure of one thing: He’s caught the performance bug again and entered into a prolific surge of writing.

Watch Marc Zola perform “Broken Man” live from The Rye Room below. Then don’t miss the second video from this Rye Room Session next week on the studio’s YouTube channel.

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