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Mark Weigle

by Mark Weigle

Mark's best yet.
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1. White Guy
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2. Plenty
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3. Easy
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4. Used to Be
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5. Some Mercy
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6. All Kinds of Love
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7. The One
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8. First Blush
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9. Your Laptop Screen
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10. Rainbow Ride
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11. To Know
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12. Harry Hay Song
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13. To Be
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14. Sweet Real
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15. What You Want
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16. In the Last 5 Minutes (Unplugged)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Mark Weigle’s deep, flannel-warm voice is the stuff of bunkhouse fantasies, but his story-telling lyrics are so much more than seductive. They reach to the very core of what it means to be a man loving a man. If you like your hard-on with a heart on its sleeve, this is the cowboy for you.”

Armistead Maupin – “Tales of the City” “Night Listener”

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Steve Bice

Mark Weigle
Mark Weigle puts into words what it means to be gay, proud and aware. Listening to his beautiful voice makes me want to curl up with someone special.
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John Scheuering

Mark Weigle
This is an excellent CD. It's everything advertised and more. I have all of Mark Weigle's CDs and I find them to be sensitive and hard hitting but fun at the same time.
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Hugh Silcox

Mark Weigle
Another great album! Such a sweet voice and such thoughtful lyrics! You say so much that needs to be said. One minor quibble: why oh why did you go all het on us in this remake of "In The Last Five Minutes"??
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David C. Brown

Mark Weigle
Beautiful Mark! Sentimental and musical, with wit, charm and sexuality. I love him.
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Mike Tyacke


The albums are great! I only wish we could see him in concert. Mark has a wonderful way of expressing complicated thoughts simply and vividly. He also has a real since of social justice/injustice. If he as is as nice in person as he is in his songs, Mark would be a wonderful friend! I look forward to his next CD!
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steve worley

Mark Weigle
Mark Weigle’s songwriting skills continue to grow in a positive direction. While his instrumentation becomes more intricate it never loses it’s heart. As usual his lyrics are thoughtful and moving. But mostly for me it’s his voice that I can’t help falling in love with every time I hear it. Keep them coming Mark!
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Eric

Fantastic!
I first learned about Mark Weigle reading the Wikipedia entry for "Bears" which referenced his song "Buddy Got Gut." Shortly afterward, I had all of his albums. Based on these, I bought this one off this site, and am thrilled about how good it is. Buy the album. You won't be disappointed.
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Michael Geiger

Mark Weigle
I first heard (and met) Mark at the LA Pride several years ago. I am nto sure why I bought his album then. I wanted to give it a try. I did. I bought The Truth Is. When I put it on and listened to it, I knew I have discovered something quite wonderful.

So, I rushed out and bought All That Matters. These were his only two CD's at that time. I kept looking for new ones and went to his Website. I bought each new one as they came out. He spoke to me through his music.

Then, he created SoulSex (Wrestling the Angel/Versatile). Unfortunately, I thought Mark was putting out a double CD to make some money. I thought most of the songs were trite and vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. I thgouhgt it would be the last for me.

Then, this one came out and I HAD to give it a try. Thank you Mark for coming back! Not that I want the same old stuff in every album, but I do insist upon quality.

I can't tell you which is my favorite cut on this CD as they all speak to me with an insight only Mark could have.

Thak you Mark for your creativity and the sentiment inherent in your art. Incidentally, my 12 year old son loves the song White Guys.

You have a fan!

Michael
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Ben Borsellino

A Great Listen
Another wonderful collection of songs from Mark. The sound is more professional and the words are just as insightful as ever. Then you have his voice which is mellow and heartwarming.
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Bill Realman Stella

I love "Mark Weigle"...
(If y'all will indulge, here's a revision of my full-length review written for my column, called "Dancing To Architecture", in the newsletter of the NJ Gay group GAAMC(.org).)

Mark Weigle’s new album is titled "Mark Weigle".

|| I love "Mark Weigle"...
|| ...and I have a strong appreciation for Mark Weigle, the man, as well. This album, like any good man, takes time to reveal its secrets. "Mark Weigle" begins with "White Guy", more directed towards the listeners who will enjoy its snarky humor than to white guys. It's a gauntlet to run before entry is allowed to the album’s inner sanctum. Of the next several tracks, intriguing glimpses of the inner man on "Plenty" and "Used To Be" balance simple virtues with sophisticated understatement, and "Easy" is a ballad for a love not meant to be. In "Some Mercy" lies as beautiful and sad a lyric as has ever been written: "Promise not to notice / the tremble in my touch / Stay and hold me while I cry / For all of my wasted love". But "All Kinds of Love", "The One", and "First Blush" are "Mark Weigle"'s solid center.
|| Weigle’s favorite theme may be the connections between the spiritual and the sexual. He celebrates their concurrence, their meeting places, the points of contact, the bridges between spirituality and sexuality. On SoulSex, his previous album, he expressed that explicitly. "Mark Weigle"'s songs have an explicit nature as well - not in the sense of language and topics prohibited to children, but as explicit as the layers peeled from a sharp-dressed man, explicit as rain is on muddy rocks, explicit as the gentle/manly honesty exhibited for all to see.
|| "All Kinds Of Love", as agile, expressive, and light as a soft-shoe tapdance, promises (quietly) joy, fulfilled. I’ll not quote, but let the lyrics’ plainspoken confidence effect you at first listen. Something this beautiful but understated, presented as a country two-step folk song (or is it a reggae lullaby?), is so unassuming and egoless it seems impossibly simple.
|| "The One" is the softest cut (in more ways than one) on the album. Its sweeter arrangement nearly obscures its heartbreak. At two and half minutes, its brevity is an example to less competent songwriters who think every idea must be expanded into repetitive choruses and variations. "The One" cuts close, but clean.
|| "First Blush" employs self-restraint differently, the sung melody accompanied by a number of guitars which play tight counter-melodies that build like wordless street-corner harmonizers singing with pluck(s), not doo-wahs.
|| Resist the temptation to conclude these folky songs are simple. You may perceive them as easy listening, but do not deceive yourself that these songs are easy. If it was easy or simple to write, record, perform, and promote songs this good, you'd hear a lot more like them, wouldn't you?
|| Highlights in the second half: "Rainbow Ride" embraces a post-Gay freedom from gaystream trappings, that are dismissed with the delicious line: "You gay your way and I’ll go mine." "To Know" reveals the inner monologue which accompanies one’s personal, universal struggle for one-to-one intimacy when it’s so much easier to slip comfortably into routines. "Sweet Real" flirts with nostalgia and transcends it, giving voice to one of my favorite themes with the opening line "I grew up taking real for granted". By song’s end, a travelogue-full of memories offers evidence enough to show deeply what real is.
|| This album "Mark Weigle", like any good man, shows how much he has grown.
|| Weigle has shown his inner truths before, but there’s a consistent, centered, grounded difference this time. A greater percentage of Weigle’s songs make a solid impact, land their blows, than on prior albums. And the criticism I’ve withheld from previous albums is that Weigle’s "Deep, flannel-warm voice" (as Armistead Maupin puts it) has often been too much so, muffling consonants to the point of inaudibility. Not so much here, with a striking improvement in placing Weigle’s voice, stronger than ever, more forward in the mix.
|| This album "Mark Weigle", like any good man, is not perfect.
|| I love the song "Your Laptop Screen", which reappears here after previously appearing almost buried among sexually blatant (but fun!) tracks on SoulSex. And if ever there was a track which deserved to be given that kind of unusual attention, the kind which is an independent artist like Weigle’s prerogative, it’s “Your Laptop Screen”. But the song also deserved to be re-recorded, with a more in-tune acoustic guitar.
|| As Jim Fouratt wrote in his review of SoulSex, it’s also true "Mark Weigle"'s songs could "have been the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain…". And he is "a gay musical treasure [and] country icon, waiting to be discovered by the world." It's a vision I share, and I hope, once you discover Weigle’s music for yourself, you will too. If enough folks treat Weigle’s music with the love it deserves - if folks stand for nothing less, it will be heard at hoedowns and back porches across the land. And on soundtracks, too.
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