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"

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Favorites, One United Generation

In the last few days, I’ve had a little bit of fun listening to my LDS Rock Music CD’s.  I’ve got them ripped to mp3’s, on my cell phone.  They sound pretty good in my car stereo, cheap as it is, but they really sound incredible in my ears with the buds.  Especially the kind with the rubbery ear tips.  Those trap the bass the best!

It’s been quite a while since I spun these tunes, and even longer since I recorded them.  Sometimes, I get to feeling down about the whole thing and I think that they’re not any good.  Then I listen again, and remember how much fun it was to make them and I think, “Wow, these are actually really good!”

Some of them, I like more than others, of course.  Let me tell you about my favorites from each disc.

From “One United Generation”, I especially like the first track, “Here in Me”.  It was funny, but once, long after that song was done, I had a powerful testimony-building experience.  I was sitting in my studio, listening to tunes, and it came up.  I just got washed over with the Spirit and it felt soo good.  I was sitting there, listening to this driving rocker, with tears in my eyes.  What a feeling.

“The Taker” is another one that really grabs me.  I love absorbing the harmonies at the end, especially in headphones.  It’s funny, though.  I was trying to get this sort of Urban, R&B, borderline hiphop kinda vibe.  My musician friends who heard it said, “Wow, Mark, you really nailed that Pink Floyd sound! Great job!”

I love the orchestral arrangements on “Millstones”.  My friend John Newman wrote those parts, and he really took the song to new places. We tried to record live musicians, but with no budget, it just didn’t work out.  In the end, I used sampled strings.  I’ve always dreamed of performing it with a real string orchestra.

There are more, but those are the LDS Rock tunes that really catch me from the first CD.


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