Friday, August 15, 2014

Fancy Fancy

Greetings,

Tonight I am once again posting "Fancy Fancy" the title track from Rain Station's Fancy Fancy CD. I made a new playlist on my iTunes and added this song. It comes up often as the playlist is short and each time it does I pause...and listen...and remember...

What I wrote previously about this track..."There's a definite sadness to this track and it always makes me feel a little uneasy when I hear it. Yet, I keep playing it...over and over. Like this dis-ease is something that I need. Maybe it is because I am close enough to the subject matter to understand it more fully than most. Maybe it is because this track is from a period of my life that I would consider dark. Each time I hear it I can picture myself in the studio at the Rain Station - 45th and Lawton. Musty smell in our converted garage/studio space....black splatter backdrop hanging...work bench holding my 4-track...the feeling of being at the edge of the world...alone...in a fog...in the fog..."

Song seems fitting for tonight.

Have a listen.

Have a great weekend.

Mark Harvey

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time flies....Summer time...

Wow...

It is hard to believe that it is almost August.  Summer has moved by so quickly and when I noticed how long it had been since I had an entry here I thought I better get crackin'.

Not a lot to report - busy at work - busy at home.  I had intended on getting some new music done, but then I got derailed.  I have a few new songs that need some work so we'll see how soon I can get those completed.

Since we ARE in Summer I thought I'd post my favorite Rain Station Summer song(s). I've written about "Summer Home" before, but perhaps some of you haven't heard it at all (or recently).

From Rain Station's Criminal Goat CD (here)...
From Rain Station's Fancy Fancy CD (here)...
Have a great evening and happy Summer!

Mark Harvey

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jay E Moores

Hello friends,

Today is Jay's birthday...he turns 50. 

It is amazing.  I have known Jay since I was around 19 years old (and that's A LONG time).  Jay has been more than a best friend - he's been more like a brother. I have long respected him.

We've been through a lot of interesting things - both together and apart. I honestly don't know where I'd be in my life if it weren't for Jay.  He has always lived a life without excuses - pushing limits and boundaries and getting the best out of everyone around him. I have benefitted from his take on life.

I miss him terribly now that he's in Maine, but I know we will always be together in spirit.  I know we'll "ride again" whether that's doing the SOB Puppet Hour as Hoagie Malone and mopehead or recording a new Rain Station album.
It may have been the fall of 1988 when I first met Jay.  He was renting a room in Berkeley, CA where my friend Tony Iuppa was living.  I would make treks to Berkeley often and would hang out with Jay every now and again.  A few years later Jay and I began working on projects together.  He put some of my music in his science fiction movie The Anemic Butcher, I got to be an extra in that movie, we did some episodes of The Mark Harvey Show and we worked on what became Rain Station's first album, Criminal Goat. Playing music together and getting weird led him to eventually move into a room I had in the house I was renting in the Sunset district of San Francisco (this in 1993).  
Six official album releases, a TV show, a Puppet Hour and a lifelong friend is what Jay is to me.

Please join me in wishing Jay a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Cheers!

Mark Harvey

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Today I am thinking about what Memorial Day means to me.

When I was a kid my Dad would take me to Memorial Day services at a local military graveyard.
He taught me to respect our Veterans and what they gave to ensure our way of life.
He was in WWII, the Captain of a mine sweeper (Navy) and his job was to sweep the bays and waterways of the East Coast.
He had some pretty harrowing stories to tell.

His Navy experience was always with him.

We'd go to Fleet Week (in SF) and tour the ships almost every year.

I understand now that due to his rank we got tours that ordinary people would never get.
He was very proud to serve his Country and I am very grateful that he did. He instilled a love our Country in me that I hope to pass on to my kids.

My Father is buried in the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Mark Harvey

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cheer Up My Camp


Much of the reason I went with the pseudonym mopehead was due to tracks like "Cheer Up My Camp". I have always been into recording sad acoustic songs. Often times I bum out my family because I am listening to something that they think is depressing (and I think is beautiful). There is nothing wrong with emotion and some of the best music ever has been recorded in deep, thoughtful and contemplative times. Lonesome music makes me feel at home. Things that cause thought and emotion - that's good. Sometimes during the day to day rush we thrive on other types of emotions - anger, impatience or worry. mopehead songs are not intended to be perfect, but rather real and honest (or real honest). "Cheer Up My Camp" was on a demo tape I was circulating (I think by buddy Jay might be the only person who still has his copy). You can listen to the whole CD here. When I hear tracks from this time period I get nostalgic - thinking about love that was and love that was lost. Every now and again I get a pang of pain and sadness, but I'm blessed now to have a wife and life I love more than loves I've lost and lives I could've had. However, from time to time, "the worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home." I feel this way...sometimes too often.


Mark Harvey
(mopehead)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mind Blowing

Greetings everyone,

As the weekend starts I thought I'd post this track from Rain
Station's "Stonedozer" CD (here).

Rain Station released "Stonedozer" on April 20th, 2000 an 11 song odyssey filled with tracks that'll get your blood pumping, warm your heart and touch your soul.

If you have yet to listen to Stonedozer, there is no better time than now to have a listen. Tonight is the perfect time to embrace this disc. As one reviewer said, "I have always been a big fan of Rain Station and their lo-fi recording roots but the recording of Stonedozer has elevated them to near major label sound quality"......"This is the BEST Rain Station CD to date"...Charlie Harrelson, EvO:R.com

"Mind Blowing"

Nobody gets a second chance
Rain Station has got better plans
Nobody wants to set you free

It's mind blowing
That we're here at all
Keep rising
Floating on the stars

Nobody gets a second chance
Rain Station has got better plans
Nobody wants to set you free

It's mind blowing
Changes yet to come
It's mind blowing
We've only just begun
It's mind blowing
When life is going right
It's mind blowing
It's mind blowing

Nobody gets a second chance
Nobody wants to set you free
Nobody gets a second chance
Nobody wants to set you free

Have a listen to "Mind Blowing"
Have a great weekend everyone,

Mark Harvey

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A friend of yours

Greetings friends,

I wrote "A Friend Of Yours" when my buddy Jay was living in New York years ago. Since moving to the Bay Area decades ago Jay has left four times - once to New York, to Maine where he's from, to the Philippines, and now back in Maine.. Each time he has returned to the Bay Area only to head back out.

The last stint Jay had in the Bay Area we recorded Rain Station's "Underground" CD (here).  I'm hoping that he can return again someday so we can work together. We've talked about putting records together remotely, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe someday...

Until then, please enjoy the little ditty I wrote about Jay's first departure...
Have a nice evening,

Mark Harvey
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