Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Family Ancestry

Hello friends,

Over the past couple of weeks my son has been working on a project collecting information regarding family ancestry. This project has rekindled my desire to understand my roots better.

I was adopted and am fortunate to know my birth Mother. That part of the puzzle is intact and I learned new information due to my son's project - things I didn't know - which is very cool.

Now I want to find my birth Father, but the task isn't easy. His name is James Anderson - a very common name. From what my birth Mother has told me he graduated in 1968 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Management . He was working at an insurance company for the summer months, and it was at that insurance company that they met. In late August of 1968, he was going to boot camp and then into the Air Force. They dated during the summer months. He enjoyed hanging out at the fraternity house, which was Delta Chi.

Years ago, before my son was born I believe my birth Mother found him through the University of Minnesota alumni association. She sent "Jim Anderson" a letter, but did not get a reply.  At the time this "Jim Anderson" lived in Medford, OR.  I have a friend in Medford that did some checking and I believe this "Jim Anderson" now lives in Eagle Point, OR. Again, that is IF this is THE James Anderson.

I can understand a person's reluctance to want to accept what happened so many years ago.  I don't know what I would do if I received an email or call from someone claiming to be my child, but as a Father I think I would try to give the person the closure they need in life.  There's a gap in my history and I feel I need to fill it for my own sake (and for the sake of my children).

Why am I writing this blog post?  To put it out there into the universe for you all to read, to put it out there in hopes that somewhere someone knows a man named James Anderson who graduated in 1968 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Management.  I want to fill in the blanks!

I have been blessed with a wonderful family.  My late Dad, Mom and sisters, Uncles, Aunts, cousins are fantastic.  This isn't about wanting to encroach on anyone's life or be added to a Christmas card list. This is about knowledge.

Anyhow, please share this blog post around.  If you happen to be in Oregon and anywhere near Eagle Point let me know.  Maybe you can drop by and ask this "Jim" some questions.

I have been sending "Friend Requests" on Facebook to people named "James Anderson" in an effort to see if one of them is him.

Just seeking closure...not getting any younger...

Mark Harvey

Saturday, November 01, 2014

November 1st - October's Over

November 1st has come. October's Over. Blogging everyday during the month of October has become part are my Halloween festivities.

Today I am posting (yet again) mopehead's "October's Over". I'm not really sold on the track so if you like it let me know and if you don't - well...keep your comments to yourself. Most importantly it is a commentary on how I feel the day after Halloween. It usually takes me a few weeks to get over the loss felt when the Halloween season is over. Although I love that Halloween is the gateway to other holidays, it always seems to come and go so quickly. October 31st is also when my Father passed away so it now has multiple meanings for me.

As I tell people when they question me about Halloween being my favorite holiday...

Halloween is the greatest play day of the year. As an adult you can get away with being anything or anyone (well...almost). And unlike other holidays if you choose not to participate you aren't shunned. Seriously folks...if I told people I just didn't feel like participating in Thanksgiving or Christmas I would be excommunicated. If you don't participate in Valentine's Day you don't have love or know love. 4th of July you are not a patriot. Halloween? Eh...no biggie.

Of course that seems just plain wrong to me, but I like the no pressure nature of my favorite holiday.

Enjoy the track...

Mark Harvey

Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31st...IT'S HALLOWEEN!!!

Well folks...we made it!  Another FULL month of blogging and blog posts and tonight I'll be taking my kids out for trick or treating, seeing the sights, eating some candy and having fun.

If you're not already aware of it, you can surf over to 13thTrack.com Halloween Radio and stream Halloween music for your party, for trick or treaters, to play in the dark or just to vibe out to.  Surf on over!

There are a few songs that resonate with me on Halloween night specifically.

First up is "Candy" from Rain Station's "DARK RIDE" CD. Jay created a fantastic video for this track - here - and I just LOVE this tune.  Have a listen...
Next up is another track from "DARK RIDE" that is perfect for Halloween night.  Jay created a video for this track as well - here.  Have a listen to "Trick or Treatin'"...
Last up tonight is a FREE download of "It's Halloween" which is an unreleased song from Rain Station.  Jay made a video for "It's Halloween" and you can watch it here.  Have a listen to the song before you download it.
Download "It's Halloween" here.

OK, enough treats - go out and have a safe Halloween!

Mark Harvey

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30th - Happy 10th Anniversary!

Greetings guys and ghouls,

Ten years ago today I married my wife.  We both would have preferred to pick a different day for our wedding anniversary since there's always so much to do to get ready for Halloween (if you're like me) and our anniversary doesn't get the attention it deserves.

This year is unique for many reasons.  Lots going on in personal and professional lives, but all is good.  Hopefully we can find a way to get away at some point to celebrate our 10 years of married life together.

I love you honey, Happy Anniversary.

So since we're talking October brides...have a listen to "October's Bride" off  Rain Station's DARK RIDE CD.

If you've not taken the time to check out the DARK RIDE videos, please do. Visit JackoLantern.org or click the links below....
and the BONUS track "IT'S HALLOWEEN"

Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife and Happy 30th of October. TOMORROW is THE day! HALLOWEEN PEOPLE!!!!
Mark Harvey

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29th - Pumpkinland Halloween CDs - never too late to download 'em

Greetings friends, readers, Halloween enthusiasts or whoever you are...

Halloween is nearly upon us and if you're like me you've either decorated OR you'll soon be decorating your house for Halloween night.  I enjoy decking my house out even though I don't get many kids up my steep hill.  One of the most important parts of creating the atmos-fear is sound.  Last year my Mother-in-law told me that the kids that did come to my house asked her how she could stay in such a scary place.  The music is what led them to believe the place was so scary.  I didn't have too many props out, but I did have my Pumpkinland music blaring out of every window.
Put some time into creating the right atmos-fear not only with your decorations, but with SOUND.
If you are in need - guess what?  I've GOT what you need.  Have a listen - it doesn't cost anything and you can download the music fast and easy.

Pumpkinland is the original "hauntscape" I recorded back in 1999 for my first home haunt

Pumpkinland II followed in 2000 and was recorded due to the incredible success I had with the original "hauntscape".

Pumpkinland III was recorded in 2001 and was recorded to complete the trilogy.

Each Pumpkinland Halloween "Hauntscape" can be downloaded for $10 each.  Money well spent.

Check 'em out!

Mark Harvey

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28th - Rain Station - DARK RIDE videos


Have you had a chance to check out these videos yet? If not, here they are again... videos Jay made for our Rain Station DARK RIDE CD.

JackOLantern.ORG Animation from J.E.Moores on Vimeo.
Please enjoy the fun Halloweenie cartoons and please, purchase the CD if you haven't already.  It is available for download on iTunes (here), at Bandcamp (here) and for a physical copy of the CD pick it up at 13thTrack.com Halloween Radio (here).

Halloween is nearly upon US!

Mark Harvey

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27th - Count Chocula cereal

Good evening fiends,

Just a quick hit tonight as Halloween approaches.

This weekend was rainy and as such I avoided putting more props outside.  On the radio this morning it said that we may have rain on Halloween so I am going to be careful about what I put outside.  As I've said before, I MAY have three or four trick-or-treaters total, but it really is more about my kids enjoyment at this point.

Speaking of kids enjoyment, my son and I were grocery shopping on Friday and he noticed the Monster cereal display.  My wife and I don't buy sugar
cereals for the kids, but I figured I'd make an exception and pick up a box of Count Chocula since he and the other kids hadn't ever tried it.

Needless to say it was a hit (what kid doesn't like chocolate cereal) and I think we may have another Halloween tradition on the making.

The box has a comic strip on the back that my son couldn't put down.

There's a brewery in Colorado that bought up all of the Count Chocula is Fort Collins.  Evidently Black Bottle Brewery (here) brews beers with cereal.  I may need to pick up some more Count Chocula for my own brewing experiments...
Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

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