SINGLE REVIEW: December At The P.O. by Paul Mark

Paul Mark has been a New York based musician and recording artist for over 25 years of his career, which has seen him through education and travel, plus a lot of adventure along the way that is worth writing home about. The latest Paul Mark & The Van Dorens album – Gravity is an opus to behold, and from that opus comes the single “December At The P.O.,” with Mark sitting at the piano for another eye opening song with amazing lyrics about mail sorting on the holidays, it brings a peaceful sound and a somber message for anyone feeling the holiday blues.

Once “December At The P.O.” is over it is worth continuous spins and if you have not heard Paul Mark yet, this track will definitely have you onto the Gravity LP and hopefully more. I was impressed the first time I heard this band, so it is easy to say how good it is and recommend it as a must hear in 2020 as the year comes to an end and everyone hopes for a better outcome in 2021, which music seems to not be going away but touring has subsided. If I were back in NY, I would venture out to see him.

The Van Dorens are his band, but the studio performance video features a solo performance at the piano by P. Mark, so it is all him if you choose to watch the clip, as it does add the right view for a song like this with lyrics that tell a story just in time for the holiday rush, as people turn to music as a way of escaping the norms at this time of year, and it is a thing we do in general. And the way Paul Mark delivers a narrative vocal on “December At The P.O.” is sensational.

If you are into the piano man routine, this is up your alley, but it can easily be taken more seriously, like any good holiday song. It could just be a coincidence or a deeper process behind the timing of this release, as it also serves as the final track from the Gravity album. Either way the timing is as impeccable as the artist and his traditionally driven music, which also has its modern edges, and the great production helps all the-more with that. This is a musician who knows how to balance the right measures of seriousness and playfulness.

“December At The P.O.” plays like a personal experience, and for all I know it could be, but it could also just be part of how it succeeds at cutting through the depressing times with a positive and reasonably humorous track. Anyone’s guess in music is good enough, especially with something this good, it’s a wonder Paul Mark is not more well known by the masses, but piano crooners are not a dime a dozen and a lot of the time a locally best kept secret. I was moved by this single and the credit is all do to the artist.

Bethany Page

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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