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"

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Yesterday was the first day in the FCMA workshop weekend. The workshop is a fun event where LDS Musicians gather, have panels, network, schmooze, and generally have a great time. I've been every year for the last five or six. Always fun for all.

There was a special treat yesterday. Chance Thomas got to speak. I met Chance when Jodi and I were first married. We'd just moved into this ward, and Chance was there, and we were kinda drawn together as musician types seem to be. We quickly became fast friends.

He introduced me to Jim Anglesey and Clive Romney and the SLC studio scene, and gave me lots of encouragement and indirect instruction. What a guy.

So, I haven't seen him in some 12 years, and it was a thrill to give him a hug and a CD.

Then afterward, I stopped by Lindy Kirby's home for our annual Pre-Workshop LDSM party. Got to see Steve Brown again there, and surprised him by knowing both the chords and the harmonies to "Who Am I?", one of his songs. Julie Keyser and a few others were also there. Got to hear some new songs, hang out, have fun.

So, now it's time to get showered and ready for the real workshop. I'll probably report on that more over at MoBoy...

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Guess what I'm doing, right now, even as I type?

I'm printing and assembling the first run of "One United Generation"... My first CD!

I'm so stoked. As I look at them, though, they still seem a bit surreal, like I'm not sure if it's really happening yet. What a milestone for me, personally!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Saturday, March 12, 2005

It's been a crazy few days, and I haven't had a chance to catch up with myself. It's gonna get even crazier for the next couple.

Thursday, John came over and we cut some horn parts on a song for Jeanni Gould. I still have to do a rough mix for her and drop the files to wav on a CD.

Then, last night was our ward talent show. I got to set up my small PA for it, and sing "I Will Sing this Prayer", and then I had to leave because... Jodi and Jacob came home! After 6 weeks gone to Arizona, they're back! And it's great to have them here. It's like, we're a whole family again. It feels great.

Then this morning, I finally finished up the tracks for "Carry Me" for Jason. I got those in the mail already. Good to have that done.

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

There's a song I've been working on for a couple of people on the LDSM list, and I finally got around to getting some of the tracks cut tonight. An acoustic guitar track, some rough drums and a bass track. The guitar was tough. It changes key all over the place and the chord changes come pretty quick. But I finally got a good keepable take.

Once these three tracks are done, I'll send it off to them and they'll add the keys and the singing. Kinda fun. The paino player wrote it, and I was just called in to do some of the tracking. Kinda fun to work on someone else's song and just be a musician rather than arranger and producer all at once!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Monday, March 07, 2005

Diego showed me the designs he had so far for my CD, and we printed them out and made a prototype jewel box. Pretty schweet. I kept staring at it like it wasn't quite real. Then tonight, I spent a bit of time, after Brendon went to sleep, testing my CD printer to see what sorts of configurations worked the best. It's exciting! It's happening!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Sunday, March 06, 2005

What a fun time tonight. After I got Brendon to bed, I came down and cut vocals for "I Will Sing This Prayer". I've been practicing it for about a week in the car, and I was surprised how much that paid off. It usually takes me three or four takes to get "in the singin' zone", but I was feeling pretty strong even with the first take. The fact that the song sits nicely in my range had something to do with it, too, I'm sure.

Then I sparkled up the drums. That turned out pretty well, but was kinda frustrating, because the computer kept doing weird things with the notes I'd play. It would put them on the grid, like, a 32nd note before where I played it. So, I had to go in and move every MIDI note I played. Clumsy. But it's done. Now I just have to comp all the vocal takes and do a mix!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Where am I!? I've been lax!

I forgot to tell you about the thursday night rehearsal of the project! It was the first time since before Christmas, I think, that we've all been there! There's been several where we were only three, and the missing one has changed each time, but it's been a long time since there's been all four!

And the perfect attendance award goes to...(drum roll)...Morey!

Oh... Wait... It's his house. He has to be there.

Oh, well. We'll still give him the cheers.

Anyway, it was great fun. We worked on "Dancin' Their Lives Away", one of mine. Actually, that was the first time we've all played it together, too. Fun. We just kept running it until it all rocked. And we worked up one of Matt's called "We Get What We Want". It's this cool kinda theatrical power ballad about how what we get in life is want we put into it. We literally get what we ask for, even though it might not be what we think we're looking for.

Anyway, fun tune.

Then we revisited some old stuff, like "BookaMo", John's swing version of "Book of Mormon Stories". It was way rusty at first, but we got into the swing of it (pun intended).

Today, I got to go to our monthly Club Cubase meeting. That's always a lot of fun. Sometimes it's tough, what with family or work requirements, I get to go about once every 3-4 months.

I ran into Ron Hill there, aka "Laconic Funk". He'd just finished his CD, and he gave me a copy (autographed it, too!). I got to spin it on the way home. I'll probably review it over at my moboy blog, too. It was exciting for me to see him make the leap of faith to finish his mixes and put them out there. It's kinda scary, and I can sure relate!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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