Having grown up in New York, Mark Newman’s musical journey has taken him around the world several times, both as a sideman and as a singer / songwriter and he has shared the stage with some of the greats, including Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), John Oates (Hall and Oates), Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance), the late Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) and Sam The Sham.
At The Border is his latest track and was released on 02/12/2022. It started out being about when people were fleeing Ukraine, but it’s also about people around the world trying to escape oppression and hunger.
It’s a soft, melodic song, despite the themes, and I think this is what makes it such a powerful track.
The gentle snare drums that keep everything together are perfect against the strumming on the electric guitars, and the solos are sublimely carried out.
What really makes this song though is the vocal arrangements. Mark’s voice, on its own, is powerful enough to carry the message across to the listeners, but mixed with the choral backing vocals, the song really does pack a punch.
Music is always a fantastic way to spread a message and when it’s done as well as this, it should be done more often.
I look forward to hearing more from this incredibly talented musician.
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