Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

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Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

Love is a gift that is usually given with the utmost sincerity, but there's no way of telling how long it will last. It's not just the fickle nature of the human heart that guarantees this, but the simple cruelties of fate, which can take away the person who has given your life its greatest meaning without a moment's notice. While singer and songwriter Mark Mulcahy has shown he knows more than a little about the nature of love in the fine songs he's written as a solo artist, and with his bands Miracle Legion and Polaris, he learned an especially harsh lesson in September 2008 when Melissa Rich Mulcahy, his wife and the mother of his two daughters, died suddenly and unexpectedly. Beyond the human tragedy of Mulcahy and his children losing someone so important in their lives, there was the unfortunate reality that life as a single parent would make it a lot harder for Mulcahy to continue his career as a musician, songwriter, and composer of contemporary operas. So Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy is a very real act of love on behalf of a handful of friends and admirers of Mulcahy and his music; this album, created in tribute to Melissa, a woman who loved music and was fiercely supportive of her husband's career, features a number of Mark's most memorable tunes performed in a rich variety of styles. The presence of Thom Yorke (contributing a spare, electronic-based treatment of "All for the Best," a Miracle Legion number he's covered in concert with Radiohead) and Michael Stipe (performing "Everything's Coming Undone" with a band including Tom Gilroy and Hahn Rowe) will doubtless lure a great many listeners previously unfamiliar with Mulcahy's work, but everyone on this album turns in work ranging from quite good to excellent. And the musicians approach these songs in enough different ways to demonstrate the full spectrum of emotional colors in his songs, from Vic Chesnutt's spare solo turn on "Little Man" and the lightly sweet country-rock of Josh Rouse's "I Woke Up in the Mayflower" to the noisy, expressive eccentricity of Frank Black ("Bill Jocko") and Rocket from the Tombs ("In Pursuit of Your Happiness"), and the epic-scale guitar crunch of Dinosaur Jr.'s "The Backyard." For the stylistic variety of these interpretations, the consistent strength of Mulcahy's songs and the wise, compassionate tone of his lyrics give this collection a unified voice, and if it unwittingly raises the question of how someone as talented as Mulcahy could gain little more than a cult following with this level of talent, it also demonstrates that the belief these musicians (and the late Melissa Rich) placed in his work was in no way misplaced. Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy wasn't created to give some critical favorite a musical high five or raise money for a worthy charity -- it's a concrete demonstration of caring and support for a fellow artist in a time of need that will also put some publishing royalties in his pocket to help care for his children. If that's not a show of love when and where it's needed, it's hard to say what else would qualify.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663115819
catalogNumber: 11581

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Lloyd   Bass
Chris Harford   Vocals
Cheetah Chrome   Guitar
Brad Jones   Organ,Piano,Drums
Will Robertson   Bass,Piano
Hahn Rowe   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Michael Stipe   Vocals
John Stirratt   Vocals
Ray Neal   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Collingwood   Track Performer
Steve Mehlman   Drums
Thom Yorke   Vocals,Musician
Josh Rouse   Guitar,Vocals
Aaron Schwartz   Percussion
Jason Moulster   Bass
Jim Crosskey   Electric Guitar
Geoff Sanoff   Piano,Vocals
Neil O'Brien   Percussion,Drums
Jason Mills   Guitar
Paco Martinez   Bass
Jeff Wiederschall   Percussion,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Scott Amore   Organ
Dub Gabriel   Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals
Ben Kweller   Guitar,Vocals
Anna Soloway   Vocals
Padma Newsome   Violin,Viola,Upright Bass
Jordan Katz   Horn
Matt Berninger   Vocals
Aaron Dessner   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Bryan Devendorf   Drums
Scott Devendorf   Vocals
Patrick Sansone   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Andy Yorke   Guitar,Vocals
Nigel Powell   Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
David Berkeley   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Frank Turner   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Daniel Greene   Guitar,Vocals
Dave & Ian Thomas   Vocals
Tom Gilroy   Guitar,Vocals
Aaron Kant   Drums
Jason Mills   Guitar
Rich Hinman   Dobro
Neil O'Brien   Percussion,Drums
Jeffrey Greene   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Amore   Organ

Technical Credits

Brad Jones   Producer
J Mascis   Engineer
Will Robertson   Producer,Engineer
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer
Paul S. Thomas   Producer
Chris Collingwood   Producer,Engineer
Neil Baldock   Producer,Engineer
Peter Katis   Producer
Josh Rouse   Producer
Mark Mulcahy   Composer,Liner Notes
Hayden Desser   Producer,Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Scott Amore   Engineer
Dub Gabriel   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,beats
Ben Kweller   Engineer
Patrick Sansone   Engineer
Nigel Powell   Engineer
Paco Loco   Engineer
Carlos Anthony Molina   Producer
Elvis Perkins   Engineer
Myles Mangino   Producer,Engineer
Justin Pizzoferrato   Engineer
Tom Gilroy   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Levi Person   Producer
Scott Amore   Engineer

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Ciao My Shining Star 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
princessteapot More than 1 year ago
great listening and memories of Mark's early recordings.. BUY BUY and remember!