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August 25, 2017
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Richard Lewis, comedian, actor: "Mark Cohen is cut from the same cloth as Pete Seeger. He is a true friend and troubadour whom I have admired for over four decades."
Seth Lipsky, editor of The New York Sun: "'Wildwood Flower' must be one of the most haunting melodies in the American idiom, and it's hard to think of a lovelier and more lovingly embroidered version of it than that in Mark Cohen's 'Thank God For You.' I predict it will be played millions of times.”
Michael Lydon, a founding editor/writer of Rolling Stone Magazine, author of Rock Folk (Citadel Press) and Ray Charles: Man and Music (Riverhead Press): "Cohen and The Spririt's new CD, Thank God for You, blends rock, folk, and gospel idioms into a soulful mix of moods and styles, Mark's compelling voice rising above a driving band. My favorite track: an inspired thirteen-minute performance of the Carter Family's "Wildwood Flower" that Mark plays on a rich-toned old Martin guitar.
Neil J. Sapin, Phoenix, AZ: "Dallas In November is hauntingly beautiful. I listened to it at least a dozen times. I can't get your song out of my mind."
B. Cole, Lewes, DE: "TV has been full of stories about that fateful day in Dallas fifty years ago. Your song says it all most poignantly in a few short minutes."
Phyllis B, Dearborn, MI: "Your songs are addicting. Each and every one is special to me for a different reason."
Nancy White, NY: "“I cannot get enough of Mark’s song Worms on Thank God For You. Great music, great lyrics, hilariously funny and profoundly serious all at the same time.”
Alan Bernstein, CA: "There are so many songs on this cd that transported me to different places, places I love to go. And with me, this is no small feat. Moments of Grace is a very special CD."
Jeff Tone (1), NYC: "I listened to the "Mike and Mark" show (a 90 minute radio interview) twice and enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed your new songs "To Be With You" and "Horizons" and the acoustic rendition of "Wildwood Flower." Your interpretation of the latter is one of my favorite instrumentals. Later I listened to the electric version. You take a simple tune and scale the heights with it, entering into a transcendent realm, then you return to the main theme. It is truly the musical equivalent to William Blake's line about seeing "heaven in a Wild Flower."
Jeff Tone (2), NYC: "I saw Mark perform for the second time at the Towne Crier on Sunday night. Once again, he put on an excellent show. Mark brings it all together: voice, musicianship, original material, warm rapport with the audience. If you haven’t seen Mark perform yet, see him! You're in for a treat."
Jan Miller: "Love your stuff, Mark!"
Harvey Marshak, former publisher of Rock Magazine: "I own over 500 CDs. Moments of Grace is one of five or six that I listen to over and over again."
Donny Smith: "Love that material so original and peaceful sounding."
Ilana Vorobyov, NYC: "I loved the live songs you played on St. James Infirmary. It was great to hear "Your Healing Touch" back to back. Can't decide which version I like more. You have such a way with words and you are such a great storyteller. With a great sense of humor and wonderful soul to boot! You are a force to be reckoned with.
“Touched my heart. Mark Cohen makes beautiful music. I listen to Buffalo every night.” Craver, iTunes
“Love it. Mark Cohen’s sound is a great escape, the return of beautiful and original music.” Scott Neiman, iTunes
“Mark Cohen has an amazing voice and I would buy Buffalo any day. It shows there is still great music. If you want to just listen to simply great music listen to Moments of Grace.”- Riley Neiman