A computer programmer by training, Joe Melillo has slowly been uncovering his musical talent his whole life. Joe’s tenacity has allowed him to work his way to being a singer and songwriter with many music releases to his credit, He has also made some of his children’s songs into books for kids. Inspired by such artists as Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, Joe has a voice and writing style, as well as a personal disposition that makes him feel like a friend you’ve known for years, even though you may have never met him. Recently Joe Melillo released his inspiring, self-empowerment track entitled “Climb High”.
A large part of what makes Joe’s songs and lyrics so great is that he often works less by addressing an idea directly and more by allusion and suggestion which, with his genuine poetic ability, allows him sometimes to express something of the inexpressible.
This means that it is often a mistake to try to ascribe too specific a meaning to his lyrics, but it seems to me that throughout “Climb High”, Joe Melillo is totally specific and precisely on the point: “Climb high, higher than you think you could. Just try, to go higher than you think you should. And know why climbing higher is always good.”
But Joe tends to be even clearer further ahead: “Others will hold you back and tell you that you lack. But just know that it’s true, that only you can hold back you.” And if you’re still not convinced of yourself worth, Joe drives home the point here: “Believe you deserve the best, and don’t listen to the rest. Give yourself all that you can and grow into a great woman or man.”
The decisiveness with which Joe delivers these messages leads me to believe that these are demons he has personally fought with and overcome. And especially in the chorus when Joe lets his voice explode with powerful confidence, it’s a sure sign that he believes you can do it, because he knows he has done it!
The arrangement and production is minimal serving the song and Joe Melillo’s performance perfectly and Joe himself sort of speaks out the words in the verses, and then forcefully sings through the choruses, while brilliantly managing to imply both the melody and the message somehow.
The effect of the whole thing is supposed to be your wake-up call and it succeeds in its intent, as this is not some half-hearted musing, but a heart to heart appeal to be who should be.