Legend of the Neighborhood

by Marian McLaughlin

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This song was written with love to celebrate the exuberant life ad spirit of Aaron Brown (1987-2006). Donations generated by downloads of this track with go to Music for Life, an after-school music program established in Aaron's memory.

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He was a legend of the neighborhood,
always walking his black dog around.
And when I’d see him with his headphones on,
I’d call out “Aaron Brown!
Aaron Brown, what’s going down?”
Oh that boy’d be a walking,
but he’d stop and start talking
to anyone who came around.
In his camo jacket his music was a racket
his headphones blared with sound.
And in summer and spring
he never thought such a thing
of shoes he walked barefoot through town.
Oh, that was our Aaron, that was our Aaron,
that was our Aaron Brown.
And you’d be in luck if you saw his blue truck
barreling right down the road.
‘Cause he’d smile and wave
and he most likely gave
stranded walkers a fun ride home.
With his foot on the pedal
he blasted country or metal,
with him it would always change.
And in his overalls
with a slight southern drawl
he was anything but strange.
‘Cause he was our Aaron, our Aaron Brown.
He was the silliest guy you could ever be around.


released August 20, 2015
Marian McLaughlin - guitar, voice
Ethan Foote - electric bass, auxiliary percussion
Alan Kayanan - drums
Matt Hotez - trombone
Neil Brown - trumpet
Brian Falkowski - saxophone

Song by Marian McLaughlin
Arrangements by Ethan Foote
Recorded and mixed by Michael Okusami
Produced by Michael Okusami, Ethan Foote, and Marian McLaughlin
Mastered by Jeff Gruber of Blue House Productions

Artwork by Vianney Paul



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