Paul Mark single review…February 3, 2017….

PAUL MARK

AND THE VAN DORENS

HOW DO THE BLIND BECOME SO FAMOUS?

RADIATION RECORDS  RDTN 5955

HOW DO THE BLIND BECOME SO FAMOUS?—REPUTATION TANGO

Paul Mark wrote and recorded these two tracks in 2015, as part of his “Stowawys” project, and, boy, do they both ring resoundingly relevant today.  Paul bills both of these tracks  as “inauguration-ready,”  and “How Do The Blind Become So Famous?” and its companion, “Reputation Tango,” take a long look at the current political landscape, with tongue not always planted  in cheek.

Listed as “alt-cabaret-blues,” Paul’s bombastic vocals are accompanied by piano and accordion on the opening cut, as he introduces us to life imitating art, and brazenly proposes what would happen if “dogs would learn to drive,”  or that “chimps were somehow winning elections,” leaving us all to “suffer through the antics of a few!”  The “B-Side,” if you will,  “Reputation Tango,” deals with the second-rate con artists who would glean ill-gotten gains from an unsuspecting society, and, when busted, reply with a big “I’m sorry,” to “make it all better!”

Paul Mark takes to task those whom he feels have “stupidity” as their “sole qualification,” and gives the lot of ’em an atomic wedgie with “How Do The Blind Become So Famous?” and “Reputation Tango!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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