"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift: that's why they call it the present" - Eleanor Roosevelt|
"The Grown-ups" 12" EP is fixin' to be re-released as a digital download to MARK 30 YEARS since its release!
Thank you for visiting - welcome. A songwriter scientist, I play recurring roles as a recording artist, singer, musician and performer. Music (songs) has come to me since I was an adolescent. It spans genres and generations. They defy categorization, or perhaps render it moot. There are many unique and interesting musical pieces, most with an infinite shelf-life. In bands or singularly I have won songwriting and performance competitions, opened for large acts, and have been the headliner as well.
These days I perform my shiny compositions on piano for special events as backdrop or at a winery or private party - with and sometimes without vocals and harmonies. When I take out the "good" piano I encorporate custom, tastefully layered MIDI accompaniment. I call it Markaoke. This website attempts to portray an aspect of my musical arc. There is a page devoted to the 2013 instrumental post-folk/rock CD "Elevator", as well as one for my my long and storied discography. Surf on, troopies.
Throwing a house party? Need some spiffy background music for your event? For booking information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR SHOWS LIKE!?
A: Good Question. The "performance" is evolving. I enjoy talking to a responsive crowd. I like to explain aspects of the songs - some remarkable and noteworthy things generally happen in or around them.When singing and playing, I try to add new songs every gig, with an occasional quirky "new" cover (non-original) and works culminating from my nearly vast reportoire.
Q: WHAT KIND OF MUSIC?
Good music. Unexpected music. The songs are not all the same. They are not all the same genre. My influences have been Rock, Jazz, Folk, Classical, World music, etc. and my songs reflect those. Listen with an open mind and heart and this music will fill them for you. I have been carefully (this word was carefully chosen) writing beautiful music, while being my own "worse" critic.
I have only been performing as a solo pianist/singer for the past couple years. It can be nerve-rattling and an all-out blast! Before this I was usually in bands (see Bands). My original compositions go through a (nearly) rigorous vetting process. I am proud of these redeeming songs, many are world-class by way of chord structure, melody line, lyrics or simple uniqueness. The cover songs are chosen in a similar fashion - ones I enjoy sharing and playing - not particularly "typical" live standards.
Getting so much better all the time.
Thankfully I have had supportive and encouraging friends - new and old. Here are some unsolicited words from them about my music or performances:
"This is a note to thank everyone for the great tunes. I was having a pretty awful day and I put on my headphones and listened to Elevator. It helped....after about ten minutes I was calmer and able to concentrate on my work and let everything else go. So if you need some music to study by, relax in traffic, work on taxes, or enjoy a quiet dinner then Elevator is a must have." - Kate B, Norfolk, VA|
"[Elevator] ... is awesome! Currently in heavy rotation at work. Highly recommended!" - John P, New Port Richey, FL
"...I simply fell in love with it. I play it in my van all the time, especially after a trying day or during heavy traffic. It is so calming. I would have a hard time picking out a favorite tune as I love them all." - Jacque E, Tampa
"Thanks again, your efforts at my Mom's party were greatly appreciated!" - Mark W, Pinellas Park
Cool VIDEO with pretty mountain pictures!
In late 2013 the Elevator CD was released. Seventeen uplifting, original, timeless Rock [mol] instrumental compositions are on this album - nearly an hour of passionate, lovingly crafted music. Please listen and "like" some samples, such as Louise or Go or Stay.
The Grown-ups (mostly)
New videos are coming up on YouTube, we anticipate a thirtieth anniversary re-release (with bonus material) of "The Grown-ups" EP and, eventually, a new CD with vocals. I am approaching music with a renewed vigor lately. I may not have reached the level of notariety that many of the songs deserve, but I have little regret about that. The songs, however, have universal merit and need to be heard!
Where does the time go? Cheers,
Aug 25th, 2016