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Boston USA   Jan 15

Artist Bio

Influences:   Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Willie Dixon, Fred Eaglesmith, Dwight Yoakam, ooo can't forget Lucinda Williams

Play serviceable guitar. Grew up in rural Pennsylvania, now live in suburban Boston. I tend to write songs with realistic imagery, I keep 'em short as a rule--I ain't no Dylan or Milton.


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  • @quork  Mar 9

    Re. Fred Eaglesmith, I’m in an amateur band that has covered for or five of his songs. Great songwriter and performer.

  • @quork  Mar 9

    Thanks for listening to Things They Don’t Tell You... I paraphrased a few words, but most of them are taken directly directly from the Gospel. Pretty cool stuff. If you’re interested you can Google Gospel of Thomas and find the text.

  • @msculli1  Mar 3

    Thanks for listening to Prime Cut. I used prime numbers for the length of notes to try and vary the way the chords formed. Prime numbers are not divisible by 4 so I way hoping to make a song with an unusual structure. Not sure it works though. Cheers.

  • @msculli1  Mar 3

    Thanks for listening to Move Along. Now if only I could find that killer chorus...

  • @unknownbecky  Feb 26

    Thanks so much for your nice words, Mark!

  • @mikegtz  Feb 25

    Mark, thanks for dropping by. A group of Boston area FAWM participants (including me) has met every year for the past several years and planning to met again this year. Go to the Connecticut Southern NH Eastern Mass regional forum for the latest information.

  • @berni1954  Feb 23

    Hi Mark,
    the secret to my protagonist's success is he is a nice guy and he makes the lasses laugh 😉 - it also helps that until that climb he had a kind of supreme confidence that he was doing the right thing 😀

    PS I agree with you about details. Time constraints were an issue here - the song is already five minutes long - so I didn't do the "background info" scene I planned.

  • @berni1954  Feb 22

    Thanks for giving "The Climb" a listen. I had hoped there was enough hints at the background to my protagonists' relationship to allow the story to be taken at face value. But to answer your questions is not easy. Why are they together in the first place? He is a nice guy, he is experienced, she perhaps felt inexperienced, in need of the stability he has been able to offer. For whatever reason, she was drawn to him in some way (that didn't involve money - he is no Donald and she no Melania). Their friendship became a love affair. Psychologists might say she has a father complex or something. She is NOT a child, but a young woman, so there is no hint of anything creepy (or there shouldn't be).

    They may well fill each other's current needs, but what he seems to realise on that hillside (and it does start with something as simple as him being out of breath - but gets confirmed when she breaks into song) is that their differences will tear them apart. Rather than continue on enjoying the kudos of a young woman on his arm, he chooses to break it off and give her the chance to truly blossom out of his shadow.

    This song is based on a few relationships I know of (both straight and gay) where the age difference between the partners was considerable.

  • @jkolb  Feb 21

    Love your lyric suggestion. "I'll pack your bags and a snack". That's awesome.

  • @s7even Feb 20

    Hello! Just stopping in to let you know that “backroads” has a demo up. Hope you like it.

  • @gordon  Feb 18

    Hi Mark, thanks for stopping by and having a listen to my songs. Much appreciated.

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 16 kidding that’s what I thought I read!!! Freaked out man!!!
    Haha..I told my husband and he said “flash” not flesh

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 15

    Sheets of tat flesh!!!
    Wow! That one threw me for a loop..
    Hey thanks for the visit and your great comment!

  • @chucknamaste Feb 13

    Thanks for checking out my tunes! “Korean Bubblegum” would make a nice soundtrack to some curling or figure skating haha 😂

  • @zoelogical Feb 13

    thank you for your kind comments on girls in glass coffins! that is all pretty much exactly what i was going for, so it's really nice to see the effect on someone. if you eat apples make sure they aren't poisoned ones, lmao

  • @noel Feb 11

    Thanks for your comments on lyrics. I have not put melody to this one ....would be happy to collaborate if youwish

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 11

    Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab track with Colleen! Was great working with her!

  • @colgoo  Feb 10

    Hey, Mark! I just noticed you live near me! That is so awesome! We have a FAWM-over party in March to celebrate and share our favorite songs in the round. It's kind of like a coffeehouse open mic. I'm considering throwing the party in my living room (or maybe even my church in Somerville) this year so we can fit more people into the fun. Go check out the regional board in the forums and let me know what dates work for you!

    Also, start listening right now to @bethdesombre, @wistah, @jyllian, @tamsnumber4, @mikegtz and all the other Boston area artists. You won't regret it!!!

  • @pabrizzer Feb 9

    Thanks for the visit to Is This What You Came For?

  • @ryanwells5150 Jan 28

    Great influences. Looking forward to hearing your tunes!

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 28

    Hi Mark! I am in NH and there is a FAWM Over party in Somerville, MA every year. I hope you checked into the "Northeast" thread and say hello to the Mass folks there, you might get to meet them after FAWM is over! Welcome and don't be a stranger!!

  • @oneslowtyper  Jan 27

    Welcome aboard Mark. If you're unfamiliar with the process here, you could go check out the 50/90 site, which is an extended 90 day version of FAWM. That event ended in October, but all the songs, comments, forums, etc. are still there to sample.

  • @guatecoop  Jan 24

    Yes, I would cruise around the forums, explore the music and the music that the commenters wrote, and such. It can be really great here. I think it is. Enjoy!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 21

    Welcome! I really hope you have a great month of writing and make lots of new friends!

  • @guatecoop  Jan 16

    Hey there! I'm glad you joined us!