Aaron Marcus | Men Don't Cry

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Men Don't Cry

by Aaron Marcus

This emotive album consists entirely of original music, varying greatly in style from track to track, inspired mostly by eastern North American and northern European dance traditions. Rutland Herald/Times Argus Tammie award winner--best traditional album.
Genre: Folk: Contra Dance
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Finlay's / Menopausal Fridge / Some Biological Process (feat. Joanne Garton, Hollis Easter & Andrew VanNorstrand)
5:03 $0.99
2. Waiting for Phyllis (feat. McKinley James)
2:55 $0.99
3. Always with a Smile (feat. Hollis Easter & McKinley James)
2:52 $0.99
4. Marisa's / "North Street in Early June" (feat. Sam Sanders)
3:58 $0.99
5. Mount Abraham (feat. Andrew VanNorstrand)
2:27 $0.99
6. Men Don't Cry (feat. Hollis Easter & Andrew VanNorstrand)
4:41 $0.99
7. The Castle / Till Melissa
3:48 $0.99
8. 17 Chickens / North Bay Jubilee / Lobster Boat Blockade (feat. Hollis Easter)
4:42 $0.99
9. A Bat Is Living (feat. Sam Sanders)
2:28 $0.99
10. Bagpipes & Marmite / Dorothy's Piano (feat. Joanne Garton)
2:53 $0.99
11. Winter Greens (feat. Hollis Easter & McKinley James)
4:10 $0.99
12. Peggy's Maggot / Slängpolska in E Minor / The Veery
5:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Aaron's gift as a tunesmith pairs beautifully with their craft as a performer, defining and articulating an entire world of feelings with never a note misplaced. The piano shines on this album, commanding respect in Marcus's contemplative solo work and powerful ensemble performances alike...by turns playful and grave, exuberant and insightful. I haven't stopped listening to the album since my review copy arrived."
--Hollis Easter

"...an easy-going, unassuming musical genius...one of the most thoughtful and melodic songs I’ve heard this year and in the recent past."
--Rutland Herald
*Winner of the Times Argus/Rutland Herald Tammie award for Vermont's best traditional album of 2018*

"Every time I hear “North Street In Early June” tears fill my eyes...Aaron's gift for composition and overall feel touches the soul deeply and the lush arrangements and placement of songs takes one on a musical journey filled with such beautiful images. I know this collection of songs will be at the top of my play list for a long time."
--Rich Colombo

“So happy I’m laughing with joy, listening to the CD. I feel like I've fallen in love with music again.”

“[The title track] had a huge impact on me...and it struck me to the core...The whole CD, while listening to it on my way to work, made me smile, made me cry, made me feel good...It is a gift, and it will be for many people who need to hear this message.”

“I particularly like “Waiting for Phyllis,” and can’t seem to keep my hand off the repeat button.”

“I am so obsessed with the CD. I’ve been playing it nonstop in the car for the last week and a half and every time I go back and listen I hear more and more things that are so fascinating to me musically, and how it is becoming a part of the healing process for me”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the cd! What wonderful, engaging, affecting, inventive work. So many unpredictable but perfect little twists/variants in the compositions that set them apart from being just more lovely, folk-influenced songs...So many of the pieces had that extra something.”

"I was swept away by the beauty of [Aaron's] playing...[Their] music spans jazz, traditional and classical and combines them in a beautiful way.

“With the state of the world, what it is, I needed grounding today, and listening to [this] CD really helped.”

"Very soothing and relaxing, but still upbeat enough to keep us awake!"

"I love the CD! Beautiful stuff. Really connecting with it emotionally."
--Oliver Scanlon

“[Aaron is] such a special person, a confluence of rich, diverse, deep talents and human nurturing. I am in awe...[Aaron's] music brought smiles with its delightfully quirky modulations and modal changes, tears from sadness to joy, occasional melancholy, unstoppable rhythmic dance response, and jaw dropping awe at all musical/dance talents...I'll wipe my eyes now...”



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Far and away my favorite
So glad to see that others are discovering this treasure of a CD from Aaron' Marcus and company. There is literary as well as musical and compositional originality here, with influences spanning from the natural world to traditional music from Sweden, Scotland and England. Aaron's classical training, sensibility and skill combine in turn with rhythms reminiscent of jazz, and a sonically old-school recording brings the piano at its grandest to the ear.