Mark Hansen Music - LDS Rock Music - Free Downloads

Mark Hansen Music - LDS Rock Music - Free Downloads
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WARNING: Listening to this music doesn't require parental approval. It's a bit of clean rebellion. It keeps your outlook up and your hope alive. It's got strong drums and screaming guitars. It pumps you up and drives your life. It's a hunger for exploration. It chooses the right and returns with honor. It's music you don't have to confess to your bishop.

It's not your parents' "Saturday’s Warrior".

It's "A Joyful Noise"

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Yesterday was a very, very, very long musical day. My semi-annual showcase.

It started at around ten loading the last of Morey's gear into his van and driving it to my ward house. We started loading in and setting up. Schlepping gear is always tedious and back-breaking, but it makes for a great show.

So, we schlepped and hookedup and plugged in and tested and tweaked and set up chairs and tables and worked right up to show time at 7 that evening.

The show itself was great, even though the audience was sparse. The ones that were there were way into the music and the show, singing along, clapping along, and just getting into it. They stayed through the whole show, too. I'd guess there were about 20 there, and about half of those were youth.

A couple of high spots:

John N was there to play the trumpet to "Toy Soldiers" live, instead of just the recording, and that made a very special moment. I was down below, off the stage when he makes his musical entrance, so I could hear him, but not see him. Then, at the end, I backed off to one side and looked up and Morey had him backlit with blue and a little amber, and it was GORGEOUS! the way those lights sparkled up his trumpet was amazing. And his tone was rich and pure...

It was cool, also, to look over at Zack Newman, John's son, and see him singing along on almost every song. He'd just gotten the priesthood, so I dedicated "He's Out There" to him.

Sherri came out and did "Take a Stand" and "Sunshine". She was way nervous, but did a great job. As I was listening to her and watching her in front of the audience, I was at the same time amazed by her voice, and very proud of the songs and the productions we had all put together as a team.

At the end, the kids scored up a bunch of Pass-it-On CD's, and we packed up. We had a lot of people help so, it didn't take as long as it has in the past.

I do wish that more kids had been there, but I felt like it was one of my best performances ever, and the ones that were there were into it and having fun. Who knows? Maybe a song or two touched them...

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