Mara Levine | You Reap What You Sow

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You Reap What You Sow

by Mara Levine

While I am primarily a folk artist, this song has been recorded as an upbeat bluegrass track, with three part harmony, guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin and bass
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Reap What You Sow (feat. Greg Blake, Bob Harris, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Mollie O'Brien, Mark Schatz & Scott Vestal)
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I met Susan Shann at the SERFA conference in 2016 and she gave me two of her CDs to listen to. “YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW” impressed me immediately as a special and timely song. I loved the melody, especially on the bridge. I always invite audience participation, and the chorus was catchy, singable and the entire song resonated with me as a positive message about doing your best at whatever you do and reaping the rewards or fruits of your labors. One could also interpret the song to mean caring for others and nurturing relationships, in particular keeping your word and your commitments and that this will be returned to you in kind.

I heard it clearly in my mind as a bluegrass song and sought out the best of bluegrass talent for the recording, yet the arrangements, style and quality of their playing truly has had broad appeal to listeners across the entire spectrum of roots music. The band features luminaries Greg Blake, Bob Harris, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Mollie O’Brien, Mark Schatz and Scott Vestal. The track is co-produced by Mara Levine and Bob Harris.

“You Reap What You Sow” also fits beautifully with the overall theme of my upcoming CD, FACETS OF FOLK, which has several socially conscious songs, some songs about being a better person and considering how we treat others, as well as some favorites and new discoveries written by contemporary songwriters.

“Mara Levine’s clear and expressive vocal on “You Reap What You Sow” is supported by a stellar lineup of musicians who together deliver a tasteful and artfully produced rendition of this heartwarming song.”
- Mark Schatz

“Congrats on such a great song. The writing, message, and execution are fantastic. Thanks for sending this.
I will encourage everyone to play this as it is a standout cut! Keep making great music.”
Devin Adams 91.3FM WYSO “Rise When the Roster Crows”

"I first met Mara Levine at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. She was singing with a Bluegrass band. I tracked her down so I could hear her beautiful voice again. I have been listening to and playing Mara’s music ever since. I had the pleasure of booking Mara into KAFM's Radio Room in Grand Junction, Colorado. The audience loved her! Well-known as a folk singer, Mara has stepped into Bluegrass with “You Reap What You Sow." Carefully chosen musicians have given Mara the instrumentation and harmony vocals that she deserves. Mara selects songs with great care and her singing evokes emotions that you and I can feel in each one. Her voice is clear and deliberate as she takes you on a journey in each song."
- Veta Gumber, DJ Bluegrass and Beyond
KAFM Radio

Mollie O’Brien appears courtesy of Remington Road Records
Greg and Mollie vocals recorded at Swingfingers Studio
Guitar and Mara's vocals recorded at Ampersand Records by Bob Harris
Scott Vestal recorded at Digital Underground
All other instruments recorded by each artist remotely
Mixed and mastered at Ampersand Records, Bridgewater, NJ by Bob Harris/Mara Levine
Additional mastering by Mike Morrison at Digital Media Workshop Produced by Bob Harris and Mara Levine (p)(c)Mara Levine/Mara’s Creations 2017
Artist Photo Credit Neale Eckstein
Cover image courtesy of under creative commons license
Graphics and typography by Hillary Foxsong
A special thanks to Greg Blake for being so supportive. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have sung with him and to have learned from a masterful singer of bluegrass and country music. ~Mara



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