Jamie Alimorad’s “Break the Fall” hit streaming services on April 8, 2022. With Alimorad’s smooth vocals and the light, peppy percussion, it’s no surprise that the song has garnered over 26,000 plays on Spotify.
Written by Alimorad and Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, and producer, Ross Vannelli, the song seems to offer a helping hand to a friend who needs it. After the last two years, I think we all need a song (and a friend!) like this. It reminds us that we can’t do it all, and I think that’s important to remember. I know I try to do everything without help. I’m sure some of you can relate as well. “The weight is on your shoulders, but you can’t do it all.” That feeling of loneliness can be overwhelming and difficult to overcome. It’s nice to have it all put into words in such a great song.
Just as the message is meant to be the light to the darkness that surrounds us, musically, “Break the Fall” is light. Vannelli did a wonderful job with the production and the goal of the song. Alimorad’s vocals lend their own sense of airiness, as well.
“Break the Fall” is the second song of 2022 that Jamie Alimorad and Ross Vannelli have done together. We are told that there are several more to come, so be sure to follow Alimorad on his social media platforms linked below the interview. No, this Boston artist is nowhere close to done yet.
Q&A with Jamie Alimorad
Q: We really love “Break the Fall”‘s vibe! What inspired this track?
JAMIE ALIMORAD: Thanks so much! “Break the Fall” was inspired by a conversation I had with someone dear to me. We were still getting to know each other, and she hadn’t been too open yet. For whatever reason, that night she decided to open up. I knew from certain things she shared on social media that there had been some challenges in her life recently, and she was feeling put down. We had a great night, and a few days later I was in the studio, where the song just came out.
My producer, Ross Vannelli, was sitting on the couch and told me he had this melodic idea, and as he started showing it to me, I knew exactly what I wanted to say. I wanted her to know that while she’s on her own journey, she doesn’t have to do it all alone. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had moments where family members, partners, friends, co-workers, have all put us down for one reason or another. Maybe they don’t understand our dreams, desires, or goals, but when they don’t give support for your efforts, that’s when you feel heavy, and can push you towards of place of giving up. I may have written the song with a specific person in mind, but it’s a universal message.
Q: Can you walk us through your typical creative process?
JA: 99.9% of the time the music comes first. I’m always singing, humming, or whistling to myself, so melodies may come fast and furious. Not everything is noteworthy, but when something hits I sing it into my phone and then let it marinate. I’ll come back to it a few hours, days, weeks, even months later, and see if I still feel the same way about it. If it still grabs me then I continue, if not, then I put it in the archives. Every so often I’ll catch lightning in a bottle, and have the music and lyrics done very quickly. Regardless, I like to complete an idea. Even if a chorus is missing, or I know another section should be there, the germ of the idea needs to be solid before I step away from it.
Q: We love your vocals! What first got you into music?
JA: Thank you very much. I take great pride in my voice. I was born into a musical family, so it’s like breathing to me. I don’t know what life is like without music being played somewhat constantly. My dad introduced me to many of the artists that have become my favorites, and then as I got into school I did piano lessons, sang in the church choir, joined the school band, and so on.
Q: What do you do when you’re not making music?
JA: I’m an avid Nintendo fan, so I’m often unwinding with a good video game, solo or multiplayer. During my favorite months of the year I’ll be watching the Red Sox, or any other baseball game that catches my eye. I’m very active, so I like being outside either on a hike, or walking along the beach. If I can get enough people together for wiffle ball, or some shooting around on the basketball court, I’m always down.
Q: What projects do you have in the works?
JA: I have many more singles releasing throughout the year, and I’ll be going back in the studio soon to work on new and unfinished material. There will be more music videos, and concerts too!
Q: We have to know: what’s your go-to happy song?
JA: I have to give you two because they’ve been such a part of my soundtrack – “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione, and “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. If those two songs don’t fill you up with happiness, and an ear to ear smile, then I think you’re missing out.
Reviewed & Interviewed by Dana Sullivan
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