Mark Hansen Music - LDS Rock Music - Free Downloads

Mark Hansen Music - LDS Rock Music - Free Downloads
Get the new CD, "The Third Time" HERE

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"

Friday, April 29, 2005

I just got back from practicing with the guys. "Random Tangent" we're now called. Pretty cool, eh? We chose that name because from one moment to the next we can't be sure what we'll be talking about. We just have fun playing off of each other in conversation that way.

We had a good rehearsal. It's been about three weeks since our last full rehearsal, with all of us there, so it felt good to put things together tonight. We had to almost relearn a couple of songs, but they gelled pretty quickly.

They'd have to considering we're playing in the Tooele City Park on May 21, and we've only got two reharsals before then!

You're all invited to come out, too.

We put a new one together tonight, one of Matt's. Actually, the others had learned it last week (I wasn't able to be there), so I learned the bass part and we did it all as one, and it is so sharp. It's a protest tune, but I'm not sure what the title is, something about "In D. C. Tonight"... Really smooth. Most of Matt's tunes are really big and bold, but this one we're playing minimal, understated. It's tasty. One of my new favorites.

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Church was kinda fun today. As I was going through the halls between classes, I kept bumping into people that would say, "Hey, I saw you in the paper!", or "Nice article!" or whatever... It was kinda fun!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Friday, April 22, 2005

A couple of cool things happened today, musically speaking. One was that an article about me and "Generation" appeared today in the West Jordan Journal. It's a smaller community newspaper that services West Jordan. It came out as a result of those press releases I sent out a few weeks ago. It was fun to read how the author had put it all together after our short phone interview. It'll be interesting to see what that does for traffic to my site. Or orders...

Another was that I got to talk to my old voice teacher. I'd given her a copy of the CD about a week ago through her sister. So I got to visit with her for a minute about the CD. It sure made me feel good. A lot of the areas and parts that I'd been the most nervous about were some of the places she pointed out as having the most progress. That sure made me smile!

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I haven't done much recording lately. What little musical time I've had available has gone into making more "Generation" CD's. But I think I've finally caught up with myself on those. I'm excited to see people wanting them, and to get them sent out the door. I've also been excited by the buzz I've been hearing about the CD on the LDSM list.

I did spin through some songs the other day and think of what needed to be done to finish them. That was cool. But I still haven't done anything to finish them! :-)

But it's also time to get back to making music.

First, though, I've got to clean out my studio! It's gathered a lot of mess in the time that I've been lagging. I don't know how it happens. Stuff just sort of materializes. :-)

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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Friday, April 01, 2005

I got some of the pre-release copies of the CD sent out the other day, and so some of the LDSM folks that received it are starting to report to the list. It's really exciting to read the mini-reveiws. Here's two of them:

“I got my copy in the mail yesterday! I had to put away Josh Groban to listen to it. Mark, it's awesome! My very first impression was that this was NOT a home-grown album.

“Now you all know that rock is not my forte... I'm the quiet, dull hymn writer of the group... But Mark's album is awesome. He is the one who introduced me to Inspirational Rock about four or five years ago, and whether he knew it or not I was secretly a very skeptical and hard sell. But it only took the first of his concerts at his wardhouse to sell me. It's been a long wait for his album, and it's been worth the wait! All musical expressions have their place and all messages have a way to be expressed. Just because I'm a dull, boring hymn writer doesn't mean I don't enjoy Mark!

“You rock, Mark!”

Bruce “Bruceman” Forbes

”Hey I just got my hot-off-the-press copy of "One United Generation" in the mail today, and WOW! Mark, it's very very cool. Rock on man!

“I'm head-bangin’ to "Millstones" right now. Other tunes of special note: "He's out there" is kind of an endearing reassurance tune. "First Step" is light and folky, which works for a baptism song. Nice break from the energy of most of the rest of the album. "Pharisee" is a great tune, very catchy, ironic, really good production and heavy message! And the finally the title tune at the end is a powerful finale.

“There's a great variety, but there's a rock power that really should get noticed. This is not Peter Brienholt's LDS music, or JKPerry's. This is much grittier and edgier that almost anything else out there, but the message is strong and good.

“Wake up, teen mormondom, this is your music!”

Marco Davis, of Pearl Award Winning group Fiddlesticks

It's exciting to hear a bit of a buzz getting started.

Last night was way fun, too. For the first time in probably a month, or month and a half, we had all four of us at practice. We finally got all the way through the "Gettysburgh Gigue". And by the end of the night, it was actually sounding really really good. It was one of those musical moments that charges you up.

Which was nice because I probably shouldn't have even gone. What with the FCMA workshop last week and all, I've been neglecting the family. So, thanks to my wife for the sacrifice. Fortunately, it's three weeks before we can schedule another jam session, so I can relax a bit.

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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