Published Jul 01, 2005She might think of herself as a terrible hostess but party girl Carolyn Mark must be doing something right because she has friends all over the country. Taking a tip from her last album, The Pros and Cons of Collaboration, Mark gives the pros another shot with Just Married. From her first splashes as one-half of the Corn Sisters with Neko Case, to the curatorial feat that became an all-star tribute to Robert Altmans Nashville, Mark has made collaborating with others an art-form. Even though shes one of Canadas premier songwriters, Just Married features but two original songs penned solely by Mark, enabling her friends songs and some covers to get a run for their money. Peterboroughs Silver Hearts add their spirited barroom blues to "North Country Fair while Mark coos beautifully with kindred spirit Geoff Berner on his "Its All Just a Matter of (Where You Draw the Line). Corb Lund checks in with a jazzy take on "Sweet Thing and the Fine Options "The Happy Bluebird Sings is just downright pretty. Mark and Amy Honey have fun on the spoof "Rocket Piano Man but there is simply no better song here than Ford Piers brilliant soul-infused cheater, "Done Something Wrong. Its the perfect duet and adds much to Just Marrieds status as a fun, eclectic affair.
A duets album seems like the perfect idea for you. Youre like a born collaborator. Thats sort of classier than saying Im easy! I like it; Im "a collaborator I just cant stand to be alone! Actually I have a lot of duets albums in my collection and I really like the whole "one-song-at-at-time approach. Because youre alternating people, its a good breeding ground for songs. I want to keep doing it so that theres a volume two and it becomes a double album someday.
Is this more like that Sinatras Duets or where Natalie Cole sang with her dead father? No, Im actually there with the people. Its not like Bono phoned it in from Dublin! But if something should happen to me, we could do it like Natalie Cole where Im on a screen behind the person singing. I dont know, singing with your dead parents is kind of an odd thing. And I thought it was weird that they did Sinatras tracks separately and put them together with Bonos.
Everyones slagging Bono these days. No, when Geoff Berner and I were in Dublin Id say, "I dont want to go to soundcheck and hed be like, "I hear Bonos going to be there and Id go (excitedly) "Really?! So, Im pro-Bono. (Mint)