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, October 04, 2013

The Songs of Zion: Bill Dent: Cithara Vitae

A long time ago, when I was newly married, and trying to work my way into the Salt Lake City music and studio scene, I did some sessions for a girl named Chelsea and her backup band. They were a fun bunch, but at the time I didn't realize just how much of an impact those early friendships would have in the long run. I guess we never really do, do we?

In that band was a guitarist, Bill, a kind of quiet friendly kid, who was incharactaristically good for his teen years. We had a great time cutting and mixing the tracks, but we didn't go much beyond that.

Several years later, we met up again at a teaching/recording facility in Sandy, UT. It was there that our friendship went from casual to connected. We worked together on a lot of projects, his and mine, and we just had a great time hanging out together there.

He cut most of the lead guitar tracks on my first published recordings, on the cassette "A Joyful Noise". That was released in 1993. I've listened to those recordings so many times over the years, now, that I don't think I can imagine them without Bill's tracks.

One of my favorites is "Long Haired Weirdo". There are two solos in that song, separated by a harmonica bit. I had initially intended for him to cut both tracks, because, frankly, I'm not even close to being the melodic shredder that he is. He, however, insisted that I cut the first solo, and he would play the second. So, now, I listen to that tune, and I love how my track rips in and sets the stage for the absolutely blistering rock that comes up next.

Many is the time that he would take my ideas in a song and turn the whole thing into something far better, without ruining what I had already done. And all with a quiet, unassuming smile.

So, my point is that he has now released an album of his recordings, his own tunes. Some of these, I've been listening to for years, and he's now remixed and remastered them. Others are totally new tunes. The album is called "Cithara Vitae", which is kind of a clever way of saying that it's a guitar-based record of his life.

Check out the tunes. Get the album. It rocks.

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