The album, ‘What’s On My Mind' is a collection of original songs concerning the life of a mature woman living alone in uncertain times. These songs have strong melodies with memorable lyrics concerning love, politics, dreams, and loss. Yep, the things that are ‘On My Mind’.
She released this album in the dead of winter…. A good idea? Likely not, but it IS part of the story of the record…. Coming out of the darkness and into the light, just like the earth’s annual winter to spring journey. Recorded in Woodstock, NY by Tedd Orr of Sertso Studios and mixed and mastered by Mark Dunn, ‘What’s On My Mind’ was a year in the making and several years in the planning. There were some serious setbacks, mostly related to health issues in band members, which really made it appear that the record would never get finished. However, the band is now on track and, as it says in the last song, looking forward to a New Day…..
Other songs tell some stories that have touched Marilyn’s heart: a mothers loss of her son to drugs, a call to LISTEN to ideas you think you don’t agree with, a friend who suffered from Huntington’s disease, saying no -and yes -to love, people who chronically lie. She uses folk, rock, grunge, punk and bluegrass sounds to help tell these stories, and the artists she asked to contribute do an excellent job at delivery.
Marilyn did not have to go far to find musicians to help, because they are all good friends. Rick Warren (Rick and Marilyn, Doc Horton and the Jay Street Band, Magic Stones, Clouds), her guitar-wizard partner, continues to weave his magic with Mike Pagnani (Beer-Stained Fiddle, Hudson Busk), who sings with his violin and his voice. Peter Tenerowicz (The Fabulous Versatones, Overtones) keeps a solid beat, assisted by the bass sounds laid down by Aaron Martin (Aaron Martin Band). In all, the music is transporting and interesting, with (as always with Marilyn’s records) a great variety of styles.
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