Influences: Lucinda Williams, Willie Dixon, Fred Eaglesmith, Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Iris Dement, Smokey Robinson--mostly people who tell a compelling story with few wasted words. Add Kacey Musgraves and Anderson East.
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.
Last year (2018) was my first FAWM, then I did 50/90 in the summer. Met some really nice people on line and in person through this.
|#1||Prepping for Sundown (Homeless)||
|#2||Messy Breakup, Clean Getaway||
|#3||Be My Love or Be My Liar||
|#4||Best Thing To Ever Happen to You @writeandwrong||
|#5||Kicking and Screaming||
|#7||Would You Loan Some Tonight?||
|#11||The Oscar Goes to You||
Thanks for listening to my CD and I hope to be there tomorrow if it's not too nasty on the way in.
Hi Mark! Yep I'll be at Bloc 11 on Sunday. Can't wait to meet everyone in person! 😀
Thank you for commenting on my song "Doll", I appreciate the listen!
Thanks for the listens to my songs! Yea, I play out a bit here on the south shore of Boston, I live in Plymouth. Mostly open mics but once in a great while at a not very well attended street fair or at the Plantation here...lol. I don't know a lot of covers. So about 3-4 songs at an open mic is about all that most people can stand from me. 😀 After that they are listening for a familiar tune.....
Thanks for listening and commenting on my collabs "Since We First Touched" and "Move On" I appreciate it!
Hi, Mark, yes, I'll be at Fawmstock in July. Made it official the other day by sending Lori a deposit. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Thank you for listening and your comments for It Just Doesn't Matter. I look forward to listening and commenting on your songs once the hoopla dies down and we have 14 in the can
Thanks for commenting on Someone To Stan, Mark. Exile on Main St!? Wow, that's high praise! Thanks!
Thanks for your kind comments on my songs about lying! Nope, I’m not Dutch (another lie) just spending a little time in the lowlands. Happy FAWM!
Thank you for listening and thanks for the heads up about the Massachusetts forum thread. I'm in Roslindale and could be talked into crossing the charles...
Thank you for listening! I did mean "where", so the word revolution becomes a verb. The answer to the question then is "in the hallways", the idea being these conversations that we have on the periphery at work/school etc. are the starting point for change. That's where the daughters revolution.
haha, thanks for the feedback mate.. I record everything at 148 bpm 😀
Thanks for the comment on my 'Elvis' song. I guess if I was a real fan, I could have come up with more Elvis references!
thank you for your comment on another man done gone
There are inanimate plastic dolls that cry, it is meant to have a double meaning, also, there are very fake "plastic" people that cry to get what they want, both people are to blame in the song. Thanks for visiting the song, always happy for you to come around!
Please understand I am a mess of a girl and am not making my way around FAWM as I want to, please don't feel forgotten, I'm just behind.
It is now, buddy! Hey man - thanks for being such a great support. It has been very hard working through all that has happened and I almost gave up on FAWM this year. I'll be before FAWM is over to check out your goods!
And yep, Patti and I are inked in for FAWMstock again this summer.
I notice you're not on my watchlist. What the hell? I guess I put you on the 50/90 watchlist but neglected to do that here. So I see you've been busy.
Thank you for your kind words. You'll note that I showed uncharacteristic self restraint by NOT adding a verse that ends "If he were a pile of leaves / he'd be named 'Russell.'"
Thanks for your kind words on my skirmish effort Right at Your Side. Hope to get the music posted by the end of FAWM.
Thanks for giving my take on the Sunday Skirmish a listen. Glad you liked it. The life and death angle was the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt.
Thank you very much for the comment on Undertow! Glad to hear you liked the track!
Thanks for listening to my songs, Mark. "Like a Sondheim confessional in a musical." - so flattering, and wow you get me! LOL
Thanks for taking a listen to Run Baby Run. I really appreciate your Insight!
Thanks for the listen / comment on my "Rat Killin' Time." I had to go look up Whitey Bulger: his brutal life does seem like a good fit.
Thanks for the recommendation on I Call You Joy. I am verklempt at how this touches people.
On my Prostate Song YOU SAID: “This a public service announcement, with ukulele .” and I pissed myself laughing. Thanks for the shout out.
Hi Mark,thanks for listening to my Hawaii song. B-52s are local Hawaiian slang for cockroaches... don't ask me how that came about. It is partly explained in the last line of that verse. But I couldn't get it to follow exactly, so the connection obviously got lost. I'll maybe rework that sometime.
Thank you very much for the nice comment! Happy you enjoyed the track!
Love Supreme! I'm an uncultured chump to not be aware of this song, I see lol
Thank you for listening...and multiple times!
Alas, not FAWM-over; will be in Japan for most of the month, and I have a gig in NYC the one weekend I'm not in Japan. But I hope we'll cross paths at some point!
Thanks for the comment on With our Eyes, I appreciate the feedback.
Love that image!
Thanks for the comment on "Mercedes". It's my first year doing FAWM, and I'm learning so much. I never shared my music with others before other than with family and some friends, and they're tired of me always pushing new songs on them. So I really appreciate the fellowship on this site. I don't have a style myself, but I like traditional country, the old real blues, good folk music, and the early Caribbean-Brazilian stuff. Since I've been on this site, I learned that there's some really good rap out there as well. I write about half of my songs in English and half in Lithuanian, but I'm doing all the FAWM songs in English. Lyrics really matter to me, but I look for the total package. The words seem to appear first, but poetry alone is incomplete expression, for my soul at least. I really like the two songs you posted so far. Looking forward to more. Take care. - Saulius
Thanks for the comment on “Candy Apple Red Shoes.” Last year was my first FAWM, too. Great people here! Was going to do 50/90 but had several family losses then and I wasn’t up for it. Good to be back this year.
Thanks for listening and commenting on my songs "You Are Fragile" and "Tempting Time", I really appreciate it!!
Mark, thanks for visiting and good to see you. The chords for the Alexa bridge are GCGD and then GEmCD.
Thanks mark, I'm posting three songs right now LOL!! Why are we up at this hour?? LOL!!
Thank you for comments on Pre Now. Jimmy Buffet has a song called Pre You about the singer talking to his girl friend. I've also used the phrase pre and post migration (of IT networks). Don't know I've ever seen Pre Now used (but it probably has) it just seem to fit as I was writing 😀
Thanks for the listen to “Tequila Take Me Home.” I must confess I took some creative license with the “no home, no car” line. And I used Apple Loops so I can’t comment on the guitar part. It was fun to do, though.
Hi! I'm not usually this prolific, but I'm on a road trip for a week starting tomorrow, so I'm front-loading! 😀 Great to connect with you again, Mark. 😀
Hey! Have a great FAWM! Will you be at FAWMStock again? That was fun 😀
Indeed I am! But...NOT missing the snow, ice, and temps!! I'll be bringing a selection of jello this year lol
Hello Mark!! Hope to hear you at FAWM and FAWMover and maybe even FAWMSTOCK??
I look forward to grand new vistas this year. Another collab might be fun.
Hey, it's the wine guy! Happy FAWMing this year!
Hey Mark! See you in February!
Hey Mark! 😁 Hope you had a nice rest of the year after FAWMstock!