Mark Kanu | Garden of Love

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Garden of Love

by Mark Kanu

Folk/blues/jazz songwriter with handcrafted original tunes. Guitar-acoustic-electric, piano, banjo and harmonica in an Americana style with poetic lyrics and soothing vocals dancing through each story like a pair of well worn loafers.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Make It Easy
3:09 $0.99
2. Misery
2:02 $0.99
3. Merry World
2:47 $0.99
4. Dreams Turn to Water
3:56 $0.99
5. Garden of Love
3:10 $0.99
6. Lake Asphalt
3:29 $0.99
7. It's a Beautiful Thing
3:07 $0.99
8. Let Go
3:54 $0.99
9. That Long Kiss
3:44 $0.99
10. Keep a Little Room (Room in Your Heart)
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
When I put the art work together for this album cover I was taking the dog for a walk and came across a weed that had busted through a crack in the sidewalk and was blossoming in the late fall in New Mexico. This became an appropriate backdrop photo to display the track titles on the back cover, because it is so much like life finding a way to navigate obstacles, and fulfill itself against the odds.

The 10 songs on this project represent several years of work most of which were completed in the early morning hours between 3 and 6 am before I headed off to work. I wrote, sang, arranged and played all instruments-acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and sampled string parts, harmonica and used some drum samples to spike the rhythms as needed. Layering my vocals and choral harmonies, my son Nick even helped me hit a couple of high vocal notes on a few of the choruses. On Saturday mornings I headed over to see my friend Doug Geist, a drummer, percussionist and Grammy award winning sound engineer who helped me produce, mix, and master this collection in his Santa Fe Center Studios here in Albuquerque, NM. He also played some beautiful drum tracks on a couple of tunes. Doug is a master at creating beautiful sonic spaces and I believe this collaboration delivers the personality and character of each piece.

These songs are about day to day experiences over many years, getting my butt kicked falling in and out of love, losing loved ones, raising kids, and being grateful for what I have in life. I have an appreciation and exhilaration that comes from recognizing life for what it is: happy, sad, frustrating, beautiful, and sometimes angry. The songs are as varied as the emotions they convey and I used styles for each that would help me tell their story in the best way.

“Merry World” came from dropping my children off at daycare over the years and realizing how much we rely on these “orphanages” to raise our families. It’s about wishing we could slow it all down a little. “Lake Asphalt” is about one of the homeless folks, trekking up and down Route 66 at dawn near my home, who manages to survive each day collecting cans, accepting fate, and reminding me we are all in this together. “That Long Kiss” comes from trying to remember details about a lost love, but only having one kiss tattooed in my memory. All of these songs have a story behind them, whether they take place in a graveyard or God is telling a snake off in “Garden of Love”. I also wanted to urge one of you to save a space in your heart before I saw you marching off to work in “Room in Your Heart”, and tried to live though a dear friend trying to accept her terrible loss in “Dreams Turn to Water”. Some songs are a bit defiant, some a bit saccharin, but I invite you to go with me for a bit to relax and take it in. - Mark



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The signature of a great song is whether or not it has staying power. I found myself singing these songs over and over again as if they were treasures, not to be lost, but left in my memory. Best wishes to Mark Kanu for his new album. Let's look forward to more of his music in the future!