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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"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

NEW SONG! "Been There, Done That"


In this song, I took a subconcious clue from Supertramp. They had a string of big hits in the 70s and 80s. Slicing, bitter, cynical lyrics happily sung to boppy and happy melodies. They did "The Logical Song", and "Take the Long Way Home" for example.

So, this tune is all about the cyclical nature of depression. It kind of splits me in two. It's set in a time when I'm feeling good, and life is going well. Metaphorically, I'm outside, playing in the sun. I look at my metaphoric house, and I see myself moping in the window. There's a storm raging inside the house. I want myself to come out into the sunlight, but deep down, I know that I'll eventually go back inside where the storm is.

I was personally very encouraged by Elder Holland's conference address:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/like-a-broken-vessel?lang=eng

Anyway, here's the song and the lyrics::

Been There Done That
By Mark Hansen
2/23/2011

I see myself again
Back where I started in
Looking out the window at the bright blue sky

I don’t like to see me there
With a dark and cloudy stare
I want to help but I don’t know what to try

The storm on the inside’s full of hopes and fears
The rain on the window’s dripping down like tears

Chorus
Been there done that
Been there done that
Don’t know why
Keep going back

Out on the sidewalk here
The sun is shining clear
I wish I’d come out where it’s warm and dry

I smile and wave and say
Hey, Mark, come out and play
But something holds me in and I don’t know why

I know that I’ve been out on sunny days
But I always end up inside, back in the rain

Chorus

I want to see me change
I watch me and it’s strange
I don’t know what else to do or what else to try

I hate to see the pain
To watch me in the rain
I want me to come out and see the sky

But soon I know that I’ll go up and step to the door
I’ll push it open, step inside and cross the floor, ‘cause I’ve..

Chorus
...Been there done that
Been there done that
Don’t know why
Keep coming back

Arranged and produced by Mark Hansen
Vocals by Serenity Seely
Other instruments performed by Mark Hansen


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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Oh, Simeon

So, as I was growing up, at each Christmastime, before we would open up the presents, we would read the scripture story from Luke 2. Then we would continue, and my father would read about when the new parents brought Jesus to the temple and met old Simeon.  Here’s the story, starting in verse 21:

“21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”


Well, that story stuck with me. It seemed to me that Simeon had a lot of faith, and a lot of perserverance. So many others didn’t believe Jesus when he spoke or did miracles, many others marveled, but didn’t understand. Still, many others saw, heard, and believed.  Simeon believed before Jesus was there, was led to the temple by the spirit, saw the baby Messiah and knew who he was. He understood what would happen, even as Jesus was just a baby.

And, then, that was all he needed. “OK, Heavenly Father. You can take me now. I’m done!”

When nobody else knew what was going on, Simeon was already a faithful believer.

So, here’s his song:




Oh, Simeon

By Mark Hansen - 2/15/2011

Each morning you woke up
Lifted your weary head
Placed your aching feet
And rose up out of bed

The robe you wore was heavy
Each year slower than the last
A meager bowl of meal and
A prayer to break the fast

Chorus:
Oh, Simeon
Oh, Simeon
How long you have waited
Oh, Simeon
Oh, Simeon
With a faith that never faded

And at the temple door
Each day you watched them come
As they brought in their sacrifices
And then left one by one

A father brought his new son
And his wife, both new and clean
This family brought the spirit
Like none other you had seen

Chorus

Bridge:
I’d sure like to know how you felt as you held the child
That all those years of waiting had finally been fulfilled
The holy promise you’d been given: that you would see the one
That you’d been serving all these years
At last it was all done

Chorus

One morning when the sun shone
Across your weary head
Your eyes no longer opened
Resting in your bed

Vocals: Ashton Ripley
Drums: Jason Jones





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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Catch Your Rainbow

I wrote this one a long time ago as a Christmas present for my father-in-law. He was going though some real struggles, and I think it helped him to feel loved. We brought the whole family to the studio to sing the final chorus. It was great.

He passed away yesterday. I had long since lost the recordings and the lyrics. My wife, Jodi, his daughter, asked me to sing it at his funeral. I pieced together what I could from memory, and then wrote more to fill in the gaps. in the end, I think this is a better song!

I'll post a scratch of the guitar and vocals later.


Catch Your Rainbow
For Don

The rains fall hard and stormy
With lightning and thunderous roars
The winds are harsh and gusty
No reprieve from the constant downpour

But wait, there’s a moment of sunshine
That splits through the clouds of gloom
The bright rays break into colors
So you chase it to find where it blooms


Chorus
When will you catch your rainbow
And find your pot of gold
It’s hard to build a future
For a man who won’t sell his soul

When will you catch your rainbow
And find your lucky star
Look in the eyes of your children to find
How lucky you really are


The stars are starting to glimmer
And the salt air chills to the core
The stars at your feet are many
And the waves wash them past the shore

You struggle to shake off the sadness
As you stare down the lonely beach
Trying to find the peace of mind
That always seems out of reach


In life’s tough school you’ve studied
And earned your highest degree
And built in the hearts of your children
An incredible legacy

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

A New Song Written! Tiny Hill -or- Thus Spake...

I’m very excited!

The last song I wrote was for February Album Writing Month (http://fawm.org) back in 2011. Many of those songs were never fully demo’ed. After that, I went into a long, dark funk where I wasn’t sure what I was doing with life, much less with music.

So, after learning the new percussive style of guitar this last fall, I decided that I was going to do FAWM again this year, and I got a bit of a head start.

So, this is the first song I’ve “finished” in 4 years. I say “finished” because I realize that it’s still in draft form and may well go through many changes yet.  But I have been able to play and sing it all the way through, so it counts as “done”. It’s not just a snippet of a verse or two, or maybe a chorus.

This one is about the inadequacies of the philosophies of men to deal with life. We think a lot, but without faith, without prayer, without guidance from Heavenly Father, I think it’s easy to become self-important or to get lost in the noise. Now, granted, even with spiritual clarity, there are still a lot of questions. But in my life, I’ve felt more secure when I’ve been tuned into His signal.

I’ll be posting some demo vids later on, when I’ve gotten it more practiced

Tiny Hill  or Thus Spake..
By Mark Hansen
1/18/2015

Well, he woke up that morning with the sunlight in his eyes
With the daily sounds of fighting in apartment 35
All day long his boss was griping, nothing’s getting done
In the break room was a tv with a game show being won.

Later by the bus stop was a man with a sign
Who shouted that the end was near and we would all be fryin’
How many days, he tried to ask, as if the man was countin’
Far away he saw a tiny hill
And thought it was a mountain

Chorus:
Where is he, the man of wisdom and tranquility
Whose eyes are closed, whose thoughts are deep in his philosophy
Who’s left the world far behind, his destiny fulfilled
To sit there all alone up on the hill
To sit there all alone up on the hill

On the TV news that night were bombs and blood and wars
Economic crisises and ads for all the stores
There were scenes of people marching there were riots in the streets
The tyrants were oppressing or a team had lost a meet

The pundits all debated to the left and to the right
He thought there had to be a way to get out of the fight
He said there's gotta be a place away from all the shoutin’
So he climbed up on the tiny hill
That he thought was a mountain

Chorus:
There he sits, the man of wisdom and tranquility
His eyes are closed, his thoughts are deep in his philosophy
He's left the world far behind his destiny fulfilled
But it sure gets lonely up there on the hill
But it sure gets lonely up there on the hill

Bridge
The internets are grumbling, asking what are we to do
Now that God is dead and Superman flew
away, away

Now he wakes up each morning with the sunlight in his eyes
He smiles a tranquil smile and he thinks it's no surprise
That everyone would come to hear the words he has to say
Because he has all the answers to the questions of the day
But the couple keeps on fighting in apartment 35
And the prophet at the bus stop is somehow still alive
His boss is looking at the empty cube in accountin’
While he waits on his tiny hill
Thinking it's a mountain

Chorus:
There he sits, the man of wisdom and tranquility
His eyes are closed, his thoughts are deep in his philosophy
He's left the world far behind his destiny fulfilled
But it sure gets lonely up there on the hill
But it sure gets lonely up there on the hill

Update (7/5/2015)  Here's a home vid of me playing the song:


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A "New" Song! Sort of...

So, I haven’t really been doing much music lately.

Actually, it’s been a few years since I did any significant writing, recording, or performing, for that matter.  I participated in FAWM (February Album Writing Month) a few years back, and got a bunch of great new tunes out of it.

It was a lot of fun, and I got really creative for a bit.  But, the Dutch oven cookbooks kinda took over much of my creative focus, so I never demo’ed those tunes. In addition, I had some struggles with my computers and my music software.

I’ve had a few chances to perform in the meantime.  In fact, Brendon and I worked up some tunes for a house concert at my friend Andy’s house. It was really fun performing with my son, and a few of those tunes were premiered that day, from that FAWM batch.

Then, another friend of mine got a monthly open mic going out here in Eagle Mountain, at this fun sandwich/coffee shop called the Little Corner Cafe. I managed to get a couple of good performance videos out of it.

This first one is from the FAWM songs, and it’s called “Messin’ With The Recipe”.  Here’s the video:



Here are the lyrics:

Messin’ With the Recipe

By Mark Hansen with Jodi Hansen - 2/19/11

Some people I know when they cook
Double check the recipe and follow the book
They measure every spice They sift and pour
Doing to perfection What’s been done before

No reason to question No reason to doubt
Somebody else already figured it out
So why go
Messin’ with the recipe

Some people I know When they’re in the kitchen
Work fast and free With their imagination
A little of this and A Pinch of that
What should we add? Well, what’ve we got?

No time to wonder No time to waste
Just throw it in And see how it’ll taste
So why bother
Messin’ with a recipe


Is it savory or is it sweet?
Is it dessert or is it meat?
Do you like the smell?
Do you like the flavor?
Do you chomp it down
Or is it a dish to savor?

Now I’m not a chef But when I’m cooking
I’ll have the book open And I’m always looking
But I can’t ever leave Well enough alone
I’m dashing, splashing flavors Stirring all on my own

Sometimes I hit Sometimes I botch
But I always try  To kick it up a notch
Seems I’m always
Messin’ with the recipe

Is your life savory or is it sweet?
Is your life dessert or is it meat?
Do you like the smell?
Do you like the flavor?
Do you chomp it down
Or is it a dish to savor?

Seems I’m always
Messin’ with the recipe



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