Influences: Lucinda Williams, Willie Dixon, Fred Eaglesmith, Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Kasey Musgraves, Smokey Robinson--mostly people who tell a compelling story with few wasted words.
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. (But someday maybe "Little Milton?")
I participated in FAWM 2018 and 2019 and 50/90 2018 and 2019--and, wow!, FAWMstock!
|#2||Doctor, Will My Dog Be Okay?||
|#3||Crazy New Dance Called IDLYNM||
|#4||Built for Comfort||
|#6||Privacy Mode, You Turn Me On||
|#7||Waiting for the Rest of My Life to Begin||
|#8||Lotto Winner's Dream||
|#9||Finish What You Start||
|#10||Fireflies in My Belly||
|#12||Healing is a Process||
|#13||Maybe Change My Medication||
|#14||You're Drinking Too Much (You Ain't Left Much for Me)||
Thank you for listening to my song "In The Pages of a Magazine".
Holy cheese and crackers...I've got work to do! Congrats on the win, my man. Sherry's demo with me is up. And I'll be listening by the weekend.
Thanks for the kind words on my one song. Much appreciated.
Just saw your note. I may try to perform spitball at the open mic, but I could barely carry off the ones that were recorded as solo guitar today. Three weeks practice should help
I think you not hearing all the lyrics for Firefly is for the best...this way perhaps you still respect me 😝
LOL, I've been up until 3am every night doing a new FAWM song...trying to juggle my son's Eagle Project and kids home for winter break...I can only do so much...that's when the house is quiet, try to get into bed before everyone starts getting back up LOL!!! Must be why I'm killing off so many women in my songs LOL!!!
Thank you for commenting on my songs "Erase Me", "Half Way There" and "The Naked Eye" and collab song "Kiss Me Again", I appreciate it!
Thanks for listening to the dobro tune with Mike Skliar. Privacy Mode was a hoot, and I look forward to checking out more of your stuff.
And I'm so happy you picked up Violet Cusp! Means a lot to me.
I think you nailed what I love when Tammy turns one of my lyrics into a song -- it's never predictable. She has a way of writing music that defies our expectations and yet remains beautiful. I don't think it's an easy feat but she does it consistently and I admire that ability of hers so much!
LOL, I think we need to hold that Sad Song title together....LOL!!!
Thank you for the listen and comments, Mark!
Thanks very much for your generous comment on “Waiting for the Supernova”!
Thanks so much for your insightful comments on my skirmish song Waiting. Really appreciate them! Again, really like your Waiting for the Rest of my Life to Begin. It was a great prompt!
Thanks for listening to my song "The Naked Eye", just to clarify, she is his dream and she is real, but if he doesn't act on it, she remains invisible to the one who is supposed to love her. Sorry if that doesn't clear it up.
Thanks Mark, well spotted! I'm writing a prose poem reimagining that particular Grimm's tale and the lyrics borrowed from the same source
Thanks for the note on "Two Kinds of People", there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it when I go to listen. Maybe you need to turn privacy mode off 😉
Seriously, let me know if it's still broken and I'll see whether an admin can help
Thanks for listening to "Pancake Breakfast" - no clogging there, I think what you're hearing is banjo "cluck!"
Thank you for your kind comments on my song, "Wash Me Clean"!
Thanks for listening and commenting Mark, so glad you enjoyed Spitball. That one was really fun to write, I spent a day walking around just thinking about possible reasons for telling a person it was time to bail.
Regarding FAWMover in Somerville, I'll be there!
Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my skirmish Sugar Song. Yes, Coca Cola donuts taffy is like a mantra for me. LOL
Dog song - fixed! 😀
Howdy! Thanks for comment, and inspiration! Will soon follow you with a dog song of my own. Keep up the good work and the reading! Jared Kushner knows his shit - it's not the quality, it's the quantity of the texts that counts. LOL.
Thank you for your kind comments on "Wrong Way to Be Happy", Mark! Haha! Swanky panky IS a thing! "Sanky" panky is a male sex worker. Swanky adds to the person being sung about trying to impress others...hence the next line, "giving the impression you are someone else." 😛🤣🤣 (Hmm, maybe I should add these to my liner notes 😉
From your comment on Sam Beckett's blues, I believe you are thinking of another Sam Beckett and Ziggy than I was. The song was written in the world of the 80 tv series Quantum Leap. Sam was a reluctant time traveller, Al was his hologram buddy, and Ziggy was a semi sentient time computer. I love how I wrote it ambiguous enough that it takes on the meaning whatever the listener says it means.
Haha! I seem to remember someone else having something similar 😉
Hi Mark!!! My ears are ready for your FAWM creations!!
Can't wait to hear what you're up to. If we get around to it, always up for a collab.
Hey! Two years of FAWMstock...so much fun! Looking forward to hearing your songs 😀
Hey, Mark! It's a new year and ooooooOoooh a new year of FAWMing!! I'm so excited!! Hope to see you again in July!
Key of G, dude. Think about that and then think of me whenever you get a riff in your head next month.
Mark, my man! Welcome back to the well of creativity!