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Happy New Year

My annual ode to you, my online friends. Happiest, healthiest and most prosperous of New Year's to you, your family and YOUR circle of friends. Thanks as always for being here.
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An old new way of working...

I promised a more thorough update - well, here it is. For those of you who have watched me struggle with moving forward in the studio - you'll find a great deal of joy in it. In my previous post about workflow, the studio, art etc., I talked…
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Saying farewell to a friend...

So my brilliant buddy Dennis Winge is leaving the area - we've played together a bunch.  He's an amazing guitarist - and an incredibly sweet man.  Here's a little snippet of our last musical jaunt together.
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Gee, Mark... you kind of disappeared.

Well, yes, I did in fact. HI! I hope this finds you all well, happy and thriving, and you had a smashing holiday in whatever way you chose to celebrate. I took a bit of time before posting this - much has happened, and I wanted to get…
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Help the Hudson Valley

As you may be aware, Hurricane Irene cut a pretty good swath of devastation through the area in which I reside - the Hudson Valley of New York.  While Irene is nothing but a memory for some, others are still dealing with the aftermath. It’s…
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John Mayer NAILS it (and me)

When I first heard John Mayer - what struck me was how old and wise his guitar playing was. Bastard.  🙂 I've not been a follower of his - nor do I own any of his stuff... but there's no doubt that he's incredibly talented, and has worked…
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Nylon Scars

So my dear, dear friend Laura Kaye long ago mentioned Nikka Costa, and how much she loved her.  (Nikka's got a voice wayyy beyond her years... an old-soul funktress.) So when my FB friend Alisa B Anderson posted a link to an awesome new…
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A beautiful milestone...

So I was writing lyrics about the am radio I listened to when I was 6... And this came across my "desk"... The first performed & recorded music in space... And I wept. Dunno wy - just something beautiful about it. 🙂 Enjoy. M. UPDATE:…
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Anatomy of an amazing gig.

So those of you who know anything about me know that I don't play out live very often.  There are several reasons for this - not the least of which is, as an original artist, you have to either be a band, or else have a band that can play your…
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Fitting into a box...

The opening lines of my bio sum up this blog post pretty well. How does an artist present themselves to the world when they don't fit into a predefined box? I started using a service - headliner.fm - which allows you to selectively share…
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Playing hard to get...

So I was heading down to a local restaurant for a mid-afternoon meetup with a newfound but dear friend. As it was a beautiful, crisp fall day, I decided to walk it - not too far, and Lord knows I can use the exercise.  So I grabbed my headphones…
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Don Henley on the industry and downloading...

Back in 2009, I wrote a post called "Honor Art" , that began my online project -  it talks about filesharing and its' effects on indie musicians, among other things. Those of you who follow me with any regularity know that I give some of…