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, November 01, 2009

Old, Old, Old Songs!

OK, I went through some "major" drama a few weeks back because one of my old hard drives (in a USB box) crashed.  I was afraid that I'd lost a lot of my old mp3s of really old songs.  Lost, as in, permanently gone.

But, I found some backups of them on CD, so I'm all good.  Drama averted. 

So, I put three of them up.  I'll do more as time goes on.  You can hear them here.  3 Songs:  "A Joyful Noise/Rockshow", "Long-Haired Weirdo", and "Superman".

Let me tell you a little about them. 

In early 1993, I put out a cassette album, my first, called "A Joyful Noise".  I'd always thought of my music in those terms.  Some people (like my dad) think rock is just noise.  OK, if that's how you think, that's fine.  The scriptures tell us to make a joyful noise, so I'll do that! 

"A Joyful Noise/Rockshow" was the title track of the album, and the first one on side one.  I always envisioned it being the opening for a big concert.  I can see in my mind's eye just how it would all play out, flash pots and all!

"Long-Haired Weirdo" was also from the same collection.  It was written in anger.  My wife and I, being involved in foster care, had been attending a training on how to teach kids about AIDS.  They taught us how to be sensitive to the feelings of others who had chosen "alternative lifestyles".  OK, that's fine.  But then they spent much of the time belittling and ridiculing those who had chosen traditional lifestyles.

Also, at the time, I had very long hair.  It was interesting at the time, because it also meant that I wasn't always fully accepted within LDS circles, either, even though I was an active, card-carrying member.  In a lot of ways, I wasn't welcome in either camp.

The last one I posted, "Superman", was done at the request of Andy J.  This one was written as an apology to my dear wife, who has put up with me and my crazy musical dreams for a lot of years, now.  It was done in the summer of 2002, as I was working on "One United Generation".  This one is my attempt at a ska tune.  Some who have heard it have mistaken it for a mariachi band.  Your mileage may vary.  In a lot of ways, this one is still my kids' favorite of mine.

Come back often to hear about new songs and shows. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including his Dutch Oven blog: Mark's Black Pot and his LDS pop culture blog: MoBoy blog.

Mark's Other Blog Posts: 7 Years of LDS Pop Culture, A Twitter Primer for Small Businesses

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