It was a Saturday – March 25, 1978.

Which would have made me 14.

I was hanging out in my room in New Jersey… with WPIX-FM, my favorite station, playing – I listened to it all the time.

They had been playing this single – You Really Got Me – by this new band Van Halen, for at least a few weeks. And I loved it.

Well, on this early Saturday morning, the DJ came on-air and said… “Anybody who likes this new band Van Halen… call me up.” That’s nearly verbatim.

So I called.

He answered! He said “Wanna come down and meet the band?”
I was on a bus from Jersey within two hours.
Out of the 15 or so people who called, two of us showed up.

Two of us.

We arrived at the Daily News building on east 42nd street in Manhattan… and seeing as there were only two of us… they asked if we wanted to interview the band for the station.

We both said yes. They asked if we had heard their album. Neither of us had, so they put it on for us. It had gotten through maybe four songs when the band walked into the door, with their manager.

They were an opening act at the Palladium in NYC – for Journey and Ronnie Montrose. As such, comp tickets were rough for them to come by. I know this, because I sat there and listened to their manager on the phone, trying to wrangle tickets.

She interviewed Eddie. I interviewed David. I have absolutely no recollection of the interview itself, because I was nervous as hell. But we did it.
And they gave us each a pair of tickets.

Well… I had a date set up back in NJ with my then girlfriend for that night. I found a payphone, and called her… she was NOT happy about my wanting to put it off, so I said OK – see you tonight.

Then I realized that the band had been wrangling for the tickets… so I thought I’d bring them back to them, in the hopes that they might be able to use them.

So I walked from 42nd Street to 14th Street… went to the stage door and knocked. Big burly guy opened the door and said “What do you want?” I said “I’m here from PIX to drop off tickets.”

And he let me in the door, and told me where the dressing rooms were.

I got there before the band. But they were there within 15 minutes. I played Eddie’s guitar… saw Michael’s pristine road gig rack of basses… went down to the stage with them and helped set up Alex’s bass drums (two massive cannons that consisted of 4 bass drums chained together)… messed with a couple of Frisbees that resided in the back of a missile on the left of the stage…
and I ended up sitting 4th row, in an empty Palladium, with David Lee Roth, drinking a baby bottle of Bud.

I never got an autograph. I just gave them the tickets so they could use them, walked back to the bus terminal, and rode back to NJ.

A beautiful end to the story…

While I never got to see Van Halen play, I made friends with people at the radio station that day. I went back to the Daily News building dozens of times, just to hang out there. I met Rockpile and Rick Derringer and Gene Simmons when Kiss was still wearing makeup and no one knew what they looked like without. I got to cue up records, play guitar live on the air behind the station manager Joe from Chicago, and hang out with John Ogle, the newsman for the station – and tear off newsfeeds from the teletype machines.
It remains one of my fondest memories.

p.s. – if you’re the girl who showed up at the station that day too, I’d love to hear from you.

My dear friends from across the pond, Dave and Caroline Lee of The Bugcast, featured me for a full half hour on their DN12 Live Broadcast.

I was totally chuffed (see what I did there?) that they’d ask, and that they included me.  Plus, the first half of the show features an incredibly talented bunch of folks who form a group called I Am Not Lefthanded… they are totally worth checking out.

Or, you can hear the cast here.

Love,

M

A lovely review of Let It Go, from my dear friend (and awesome musician) Dave Fields. Very grateful.

Dave Fields review of Mark Marshall’s LET IT GO by Dave Fields Big City Blues Magazine

First of all let me start of by saying that I’ve known Mark my whole life, and he’s my oldest, closest friend. Having said that, in my humble opinion Mark Marshall is one of the GREAT undiscovered rock/pop and beyond singers. Not to mention one of my favorite songwriters who continues to inspire me.

Wow, what can I say about this CD! The story line of the CD talks about love lost and the struggles of relationships.

Right from the first song, the title track LET IT GO, I got chills…. I can totally relate to the story of a love that goes totally wrong… and the sax on this track from Erik Lawrence is just blistering. INTO EACH LIFE SOME RAIN MUST FALL is a delightful version of the Ella Fitzgerald classic featuring Lara Hope on vocals and Neil Alexander on piano. FROM THE INSIDE has a flavor of George Michael but done in a Mark Marshall flavor. The little ditty LITTLE BUTTONS smacks of a Cheryl Crow / Tom Petty original, but Mark showcases his vocal prowess – as he does on LOVER PLEASE. Wow! I love this track! The video also blew me away. Mark’s haunting vocal performance is one that all rock aficionados will LOVE! NEED TO BE AROUND is a fun rocker with outstanding background vocals. The arrangement features great dynamics and musical drama. THE WAY WE LOVE is a beautiful loving ballad where Mark really features the most beautiful, light, heart wrenching part of his vocals. It got me right in the heart… And yes, the song is a heart wrenching story. Also I love the chord changes and how every note punctuates every emotion of the storyline of the song. BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT  is a “Beatlesque” version of the timeless classic. I love the Brian May guitar parts!!!! YEAH BABY! EPILOGUE is a musical flight where Mark takes the listener into the clouds into a new realm where hope is eternal. After listening I was left wanting more…

One last thing, being that I am a huge Mark Marshall fan I was hoping to hear more of his searing guitar work. He was my guitar teacher! I’m ready for another lesson – LOL!

Love you Mark! Your fans are going to LOVE this CD!

I had a wonderful talk with Sal Miccio of Woodstock Regional Artists, which aired on 7/7.

Many thanks to Sal and David Laks for making it happen!

Lover, please has waited a very, very long time to be released.

It’s the second video from the Let It Go album.

Rather than make it a performance video, I decided to make it a lyric video, backed by manipulated public domain footage. It doesn’t need my face. 🙂

It’s slow and sultry, which to me totally fits with the song.

Enjoy.

Love,

M

An important p.s. – I wanted to make this multi-racial.  (And multi-gender, for that matter)  But there was nothing in the old public domain movies that WAS multi-racial.  And being that we’re in social distancing for the time being, there was no way for me to shoot new, intimate scenes between varied partners.  So it lives as it is.
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