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"

Thursday, August 11, 2005

I tell ya, I so, so needed today to happen!

I don’t know if I mentioned it before here in the blog, but a while ago, “One United Generation” got picked up by a distributor (Windriver Distributing). And I’ve been pretty excited about it. They took a whole bunch of CD’s to the Nauvoo Pageant, and sold a few.

Anyway, today, they got me into the LDSBA show! For those that don’t know, that’s the Latter-Day Saint Bookseller’s Association trade show. It happens every summer. Publishers and distributors and creators set up booths to show off the latest and greatest in LDS stuff. The thing is, it’s a closed show. Not open to the public. It’s primarily designed as a time where manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors show off their wares to retail store owners. And they come from all over to buy their inventory for the next year. There were some from England and Australia there today!

So, Windriver had gotten a booth (their third straight year), and invited their artists and authors to arrive and do signings. I’ve been wanting to go to this show for the ten+ years that I’ve been trying to do LDS music. So, I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity.

So, I took the day off work, and spent the whole morning in their booth, signing CD’s and getting my sales pitch on! I finally got to meet JB Howick, the owner, and his wife, and they’re great people. And it was wonderful to show so many people my style of Mormon rock! There were a few retailers that placed orders that included my CD on the spot, and I understand that most of the ordering happens in the week or two that follows. That’s as people get home and start sorting through all the swag and free samples they got.

It was great to interact with people, and to get so much positive feedback. I really needed that, especially after the small turnout at the American Fork show, and the almost complete lack of responsiveness at the Raspberry Days Festival performance. I’d really felt down these last few weeks.

So much so, in fact, that I hadn’t blogged about either of those two events. Sorry about that! But today kinda restored my faith in pushing forward. I mean, I know that I’m going to keep on keepin’ on anyway, but it’s sure a lot easier when you feel like you’re makin’ a splash somewhere…

I got to meet some cool people, too. Like John Moyer, the screenwriter of “The Singles Ward” and the “RM”, and now the director and writer of “Mobsters and Mormons”. I can’t wait to see that one!

Anyway, I’m back at it.

MRKH - Mark Hansen
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