Mari Anderson | Visible By Night

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Visible By Night

by Mari Anderson

Mature, female Folk Pop with nods to Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Alison Krauss
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Circle of Light
4:30 $0.99
2. Let Me Go
3:23 $0.99
3. Breaking Glass
3:31 $0.99
4. Avery
4:26 $0.99
5. One Night
3:39 $0.99
6. This Thorn
3:46 $0.99
7. Date With the Muse
3:38 $0.99
8. Madeline
4:32 $0.99
9. Ladder of Years
2:40 $0.99
10. How Love Feels
3:26 $0.99
11. Our Fathers
4:29 $0.99
12. Don't You Sleep
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
When I wrote these songs, I knew that some were highly personal, others (I thought) more universal. With the benefit of time, I realize each song expressed something deeply personal – in some cases, things I couldn't admit or didn't even know at the time.

These 12 songs that embrace the human condition. I've written about inner beauty and finding love late in "Madeline." "This thorn" achingly portrays the pain of unfulfilled love. "Breaking Glass" the euphoria of exceeding personal limitations.

Will you like my voice? Well, take a listen to the sound clips, but the best description was written by author Herb Kauderer and goes like this:

"Mari Anderson's voice is hard to describe. The standard battering of life leaves us numb and wading through storms of grey. Mari's voice penetrates the numbness and greyness, not through anger, pain, love, or desperation, but just an uncontainable yearning to live in the world of feeling and color. And she lets us share her lifeline..."

Ultimately, the themes of enlightenment, the search for faith, mortality and love are universal. I hope, in listening, you see a little bit of yourself and are entertained as well. I've been told time and time again that my songs provide hope and life. I guess it must be true. I feel privileged to share them with you.



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Hank Cramer -- Ferryboat Music, Seattle, WA

Superb debut album from a gifted singer/songwriter!
Mari Anderson's debut CD "Visible By Night" is a superb album!

"Singer/songwriter" is a tough genre, and too often we hear good songwriters who are poor singers, or good singers writing weak material. Not so here!!! Mari is doubly gifted, as an insightful writer who explores the hidden realms of the heart, and as a powerful yet mellifluous singer who expresses the words with richness and clarity. Her tones range from warm honey to crystalline clarity, always carrying you along on the magic of her words. Mari's wide-ranging style invites sometimes conflicting comparisons -- I hear both the grittiness of Shawn Colvin, and the dulcet expressions of Carole King. Mari is equally adept at expressing inner feelings ("Breaking Glass", "This Thorn"), recalling old love ("One Night"), or singing a ballad of the tragic death of a young immigrant long ago ("Avery"). Mari's sidemen are fine instrumentalists, who play with skill and subtlety, never distracting the focus from her vocals. An added bonus to this CD is the superb graphic design (also Mari's work!), with an eight-page booklet containing all the lyrics to these great songs.

Mari Anderson is a brilliant, exciting new artist who should be on everyone's CD player. She makes me laugh...she makes me cry...and that's what music is all about.

Meg Flannagan

mellow muse
While the poetic lyrics are a little contrived, the overall sound and blend are wonderful. Perfect for a night with candles and wine. Music for just chilling.

Eileen Hotho

Move over, Sheryl Crowe, step aside Judy Collins, Mari Anderson has arrived
Mari Anderson's new CD, Visible by Night, is as welcome as a soft spring breeze. Her music is like silken thread, delicate and strong at the same time. The sensitive lyrics stand alone as poignant poetry; combined with her beautiful voice, the songs demand an audience. Listeners will swear Mari is writing about their own lives, so convincing and skilled a story-teller is she. In One Night, she recalls the passion only a 16-year-old can feel to burn a memory that lingers a lifetime. When the CD is still, the melodies linger. If one feels a vague regret for once was or could have been, the only cure is to play Visible by Night again and again.

Tim McGee

This is folk of the best kind.
This ain’t rock and roll. This is folk of the best kind. Those of us who have enjoyed Mari’s EP have now found a more confident collection here. We are along for the ride as Mari shares history with us: history involving the Falls (Avery), recent history (Our Fathers), or her own history (One Night). She sings the perfect Hallmark card for a long term relationship (How Love Feels), or the acceptance of moving on (Let Me Go).
The Arrangements are sparse and dead-on, with the focus where it should be. But, with a touch of violin, drum, or piano where it feels right (way to go Marty!). Mari excels at harmony (first Emmylou, then Mari) and stands very well on her own. For all of us that grew up with Bob and James and Joni- this is where we need to be. A treat.

Carl William Thiel

Mellifluous and commanding
Mari is in fine voice from the start to the finish. "Mellifluous" and "commanding," come to mind. (I must say, her voice is definitely the prominent component at
nearly all times. No way it's in danger of getting
lost in the mix.) The accompanying musicians' parts are rarely more than background stuff: when they play it's appropriate and complementary, but definitely restrained.

This is, by the way, a great sounding album; one can tell that all the little nitty gritty production stuff (often caused by mixboard gremlins) has been addressed. There's nothing to distract one from the desired effect of each song, which successfully rake up emotions from the depths of one's soul.

In a way, it's kind of new age-y, relaxing music. There's nothing to jolt the listener and make him say "What was that?" I can see how some might think of it as a good CD to put on after a hard day (which isn't a bad thing). One could say that with this album Mari Anderson has dropped a balm on the mercurial Buffalo music scene.

Tom Kaminski (Rochester, NY)

It's like she's singing to ME...
I've played this CD constantly since I've received it - it feels like she is singing to me, personally. The music is so tasteful and the words tell beautiful stories and express strong feelings. Like the song "One Night" - that time doesn't diminish the memory of such a special night. I found many of the songs stuck in my head today - "How Love Feels" making me think about the little things that show love. The music itself is warm and wonderful from the smooth violin in Avery to the background pickings of Kinloch Nelson and cool percussion on "Date With the Muse". Mari's voice is beautiful and real. This is a CD you'll want to play for all your friends (that's what I've been doing)!

Cheri Stas

You need the whole collection to get the whole picture
One of my favorite gifts to give as my friends “age” is a Mari Anderson CD. This is what I tell them: “This is my friend Mari, who on her 40th birthday decided to stop waiting and start creating. May you also take the risk of making your own dreams come true.” For me, this is what “Heaven on Earth” and “Visible by Night” are all about…exploring the possibilities within and taking a chance on yourself. Each time I play either CD, I remember the teenager who was a friend and am grateful to have a piece of her talent in my hand. I love “Heaven on Earth” for its simplicity and purity; I enjoy “Visible by Night” for the arrangements and storytelling (particularly “Avery” and “Madeline”). To have one CD without the other is to have an incomplete collection…”Heaven on Earth”is who Mari Anderson was, “Visible by Night” is who she thinks she might be, and the next (I’m planning on it, Mari!) will be who she really is. In my mind, it will be a torn blue jeans, Henley tee, plaid flannel gospel track. If you’re a dreamer – and one who likes to sing along – Mari Anderson is for you

Amy Killeen

I first heard about Mari's CD from her daughter, Louise, who works in my office. I am so glad I bought it from her! Not only have I been enjoying it, but my husband has, too. He is a massage therapist in training and he's been using it during massages. His clients love the relaxing nature of it!

Don Ash

invitation to perform in Angelica, NY
We've enjoyed your talent via mp3's. Would you consider performing at our new place in Angelica, NY? Please see and consider scheduling an evening here. Thank you. -Don Ash

Herb Kauderer

Beautiful, lush, diverse, hard to categorize, outstanding voice.
Mari Anderson’s second CD ‘Visible By Night’ is a work of beauty. It is hard to categorize with too many ballads for rock, too much soul for pop, too much rhythm and instrumentation for folk. What it contains are sumptuous, lush pieces with good songwriting, occasional sweet harmonies, and solid instrumental arrangements.
It might be better if the tempo were picked up a little now and then, and Anderson’s remarkable voice were unchained more often. But the CD highlights the songwriting which is elegant and strong. Anderson can be chiselingly detailed as in “Madeline,” or magnificently general when she writes, “Say goodbye to the fathers of our youth.” This album compares favorably to the work of Judy Collins, but contains more energy, lusher instrumentals, and a better voice. And that’s saying a lot.
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