Thursday, June 04, 2015

fasten seat belt

Greetings friends,

Tonight I'm posting another new song that I wrote on an airplane.  I've found that writing music while flying is really great - I have hours to work - no one talking to me as I focus on music - it really is great.

This song is called "fasten seat belt".  Like "above the clouds" I'm not sure if these tracks will ever get lyrics written for them, but for now I am just happy to have them out in the world for someone to hopefully listen to.

So, have a listen...

And thank you for reading, hearing and checking in with what's new with me.  I'll be flying again soon and you can bet I'll be writing more music.

Good night,

Mark Harvey

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

To Heaven

Greetings friends and readers,

Here's a repost of sorts, but in the case of "To Heaven" I felt the need to put this song back into the Universe on my daughter's 16th birthday.
(Illustration on left: "Stairway to Heaven" by Jim Warren)
"To Heaven" comes from Rain Station's Stonedozer CD (as some or many of you may know).  I still think Stonedozer is some of the best music Jay and I have ever recorded and although I really like Underground (and DARK RIDE is a hoot), I think Stonedozer really captures everything that Rain Station is.  The disc just sounds so good to me.  It has a good mix of both Jay's and my vocals, musical influences and it really feels connected in so many ways (mentally, physically, spiritually).  That may be why I love this one so much.

"To Heaven" always wells me up when I listen to it.  This song was written with so much love and at a time when I had just become a Father for the first time.  Being a stay-at-home Dad was a real blessing, one that at times I wish I had with my other three kids.  The involvement I had during the first few years of my daughter's life is irreplaceable.  As the 15 years have past since this song was recorded "To Heaven" still stands the test of time. I love my kids so much and feel blessed to have them in my life.  They truly take me to heaven when I look into their eyes - they are my angels here on Earth.




There is a certain spiritual bend to the tune (obviously) which I don't apologize for.  I was raised to believe in God and learned to allow others their own belief system without judgement or criticism.

I wrote, produced and performed this song with backing vocal help from my sister Beth and Idia Huntley.  I still don't know where Idia is these days - her voice adds such magic to the track.

"Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them" - Richard L. Evans


So true...


Mark Harvey

Thursday, May 14, 2015

above the clouds

Hello there friends, fiends and cohorts,

Tonight I am posting a new track that I composed while flying...in an airplane.  I have meant to write lyrics and record vocals, but it is hard enough these days to write a new track let alone finish it.  After much debating with myself I decided to add it to "still...mopehead" and hope to get around to writing lyrics and finishing the track at a later time.

Recording music is something that is important to me - like water - it refreshes my soul. Creating is so important to me.  I need to do more of this.

Have a listen and let me know what you think of this new track.

Cheers!

Mark Harvey

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I'd replace the time if I only knew...

Greetings and good evening to you all,

This song came on as I started down my driveway this morning at 5:15 am this morning.  And as I listened to two guitars, two voices, recorded using my DAT recorder and some nice headphones for mics I thought about those foggy days in San Francisco.

Those days are a far cry away from today.

Oh the things money can't buy...



Good night friends, Mark Harvey

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!

Since Friday the 13th is here once again, I thought I would repost this (yet again)...
Is Friday the 13th unlucky? I've never thought so. Then again, 13 is my favorite number and I am no Paraskevidekatriaphobic! I read this article as well as heard a lot on my drive into work about the number 12 and how perfect it is and how 13 must be imperfect if 12 is perfect.

This year no one at work said to me, "Well, tomorrow is YOUR day!" which was interesting since every year someone has brought that up. Hmmm... I guess there are OTHER issues on folks minds these days. I'm looking forward to relaxing tonight and watching a movie with my kids.

Some time ago I found this interesting "info" on the number 13.

A Journey Into The Number 13

In The Great Seal of the United States, which can be found on the back of the dollar bill, the number 13 is used 13 times. The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: first, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle's beak you will read, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," meaning "one nation from many people." Above the Eagle you have thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away (13 clouds around the stars). Again, we were coming together as one. Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But, think about this:13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin word "Annuit Coeptus" above, 13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum", 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 clouds around the stars, 13 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle's wing, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 olives on the branch, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. And the number of letters (13 x 3) in the title: "The Coat of Arms of the United States of America".

On Miles Davis's 13th birthday, his parents gave him a trumpet.

Thirteen is the death card in the Tarot deck.

The Friday the 13th club used to meet religiously in obscure places each and every Friday the 13th. The club was to self destruct in accordance with the wishes of it founder on last Friday the 13th in October of 2000. The club was founded in 1936.

Many hotels and apartment buildings do not have a 13th Floor.

People don't like to travel on any given Friday the 13th, and tickets are always easy to get.

13 Bloody Sunday. On January 30, 1972 (Bloody Sunday), 13 unarmed civilians were shot and killed in Belfast when British troops clashed with Roman Catholic demonstrators, causing retaliatory actions by guerrillas in Northern Ireland and demonstrations south of the border.

According to the American Mathematical Monthly, the 13th is more likely to fall on a Friday than on any other day.

In ancient times, Friday the 13th was a sacred and festive day celebrated by women before it was invalidated and condemned by the ancient patriarchy. Thirteen was the number of lunar revolutions in a year, thus a feminine number. And Friday, derived its name from Freyja, the Norse goddess of love and fertility, the Nordic Venus. Thus Friday the 13th was devoted to that goddess.

Napoleon, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt all would not dine with 13 at the table.
The most frequent explanation of the superstitions that sitting thirteen at a dinner table may prove unlucky or fatal is that it summons up the ominous memory of the story of Jesus and his twelve apostles at the Last Supper: "Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen you twelve apostles, and one of yours is a devil? He spoke of Judas Iscariot. For he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve" (John 6:70-71)

O.J. Simpson and the number 13. O.J. Simpson and Nicole Simpson were officially divorced on July 13, 1993. Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman each had 13 letters in their names. Their dead bodies were discovered in Brentwood on June 13, 1995.

The British Medical Journal released a study evaluating the number of hospitalizations on Friday the 13th. It found that falls, animal bites, poisonings, and car accidents were more numerous on that date. And the journal found it impossible to say whether the day itself was unlucky or that the psychological weight attached tot hat date made people more susceptible to those accidents.

Negative prophecies, after all, are always goads for dire consequences.
Many believe that 12 is the perfect number. It is often symbolizes totality, perfection, a completion: the twelve signs of the zodiac, the twelve gods of Olympus, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve Imams, the twelve Gates of Heaven, the twelve months of the year, the twelve hours of the day, the twelve-tone musical scale, the twelve subatomic building blocks quarks and leptons now believed to constitute all the material world. Into these systems, the number 13 brings a kind of instability, an element of intrusiveness, confusion, un-canniness and disorder.
In the Mo system of Tibetan divination, the number 13 is said to belong to Penden Lhomo, the Tibetan form of the Buddhist goddess Sri Devil, the fierce protectress of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan state. In this system of divination, three dice are thrown, which can result in numbers from 3 to 18. The number 12 is the unluckiest, the number 13 is the most favorable.
There are said to be 13 stages to Buddha hood consisting of ten bodhisattva stages and three additional pre-Buddhist stages.

"M" is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet and it also stands for marijuana.

The 13 House. In 1884, Sarah Winchester, the Winchester Rifle heiress, began constructing of her lifelong obsession, the 160-room Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Mrs. Winchester, who had lived in New Haven, Connecticut, was deeply upset by the death of her husband and daughter (he from pulmonary tuberculosis, she from marasmus one month after birth), and she consulted a medium. Supposedly the medium explained that the spirits of all those who had been killed by the rifles her manufactured had sought their revenge by taking the lives of her loved ones. Furthermore, these spirits had placed a curse on her and would haunt her forever. But the medium also stated that she could escape the curse by moving west, buying a house, and continually building on it as the spirits directed. In this way, she could escape them and perhaps find the key to eternal life.
One of the most extraordinary features of the house is the role that the number 13 plays in it. A partial list of the 13's in the house include:

13 cement blocks in the Carriage Entrance Hall.
13 Blue and amber stones in the spider web window.
13 bathrooms.
13 panels in the wall by the 13th bathroom
13 windows in the 13th bathroom.
13 steps to the 13th bathroom
13 windows and doors in the old sewing room.
13 hooks in the Séance Room.
13 Ever-Flow drain holes in the Italian Sink.
13 rails by the spy hole in the South Conservatory.
13 steps on the 1st flight to the fourth floor.
13 ceiling panels in the Entrance Hallway.
13 sub-panels in the ballroom ceiling panels.
13 glass cupolas in the greenhouse.
13 holes in the drain-hole cover.
13 gas jets on the Ballroom Chandelier
13 stones in the Oriental Bedroom windows.
13 squares on each side of the Otis Electric Elevator.

On April 13, 1984, the Winchester Mystery House officially celebrated on hundreds years of Mystery, with the help of the Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850 of E Campus Vitus, by unveiling a special 100th Anniversary Plaque commemorating Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House for "100 years of Mystery". At 1300 hours (1:00 P.M.), the bell in Mrs.. Winchester's bell tower was rung 13 times; and at the conclusion of the celebration, 1,300 balloons were released into the air. There are 13 parts to Sarah Winchester's will; her signature appears in it 13 times.

Between June 1962 and January 1964, Albert H. DeSalvo, known as the Boston Strangler, killed 13 women in Boston, Massachusetts. Tried and convicted in 1967, he was murdered in his jail cell.

On the evening of Friday the 13th in January 1995, the iconoclastic artist Ray Johnson jumped from a highway bridge over Sag Harbor Cove in Long Island, New York, and was last seen by two teenage boys backstroking in the freezing waters. Several hours before his death, Johnson checked into a nearby motel and specifically asked for room #247, whose digits add up to 13, as do the digits of the time he was spotted in the water by the two boys, 7:15 p.m., and as do the digits in his age, 67. (The day before his death, Ray Johnson had phoned a friend and told him, "I have a new project, the biggest I've ever undertaken, the most important in my life".)

On September 13, 1993, Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn in Washington D.C., after signing a declaration of agreement on interim Palestinian self-rule.
Agamemnon was murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, on the 13th of Gamelion (January)
Odysseus, the 13th of his group of companions, is the only one to have escaped the devouring appetite of the Cyclops Polyphemus.
The Amazon Queen Minythyla tried to mate with Alexander the Great during a period of 13 days.
Oenomaus, the father of Hippodamia, killed 13 of her suitors before Pelops won her.
Phillip II of Macedonia was assassinated shortly after he allowed a statue of himself to be erected along with those of the 12 gods of Olympus, making 13 statues in all.
Thirteen is to be considered the age of puberty, and the first transition into "teen-hood".

That 13 brings ill-luck is mere tradition,Yea, even more, it's foolish superstition-For 13, lucky number runs,Through all our Country's ripening suns-Tis for Our Land and omen good-For Peace-Liberty-Brotherhood!
--From Lucky13, a mini-epic written by Maurice Walter in 1919

The 13 American colonies banded together to revolt against England and formed the United States Of America. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 13 representatives, and a flag with the 13 stars was made on January13, 1794. France announced support for the 13 colonies on June 13, 1778.
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which declares, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States." Mississippi was the last of the nine Civil War holdout-states to approve the amendment.

The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 hours Central Time from Pad 39 (13 x 3), and had to be aborted on April 13 after the explosion of an oxygen tank serving the command ship. Three of the sleeping periods scheduled for the astronauts were supposed to start at 13 minutes past the hour, as was the possible splashdown times. The film Apollo 13 grossed $26 million (13 x 2) in its first weekend showings in the United States.

When Princess Margaret was born in Scotland's Glamis Castle on August 21, 1930, palace officials delayed the registration of her birth for three days until another baby was born, so that the princess' registration number wouldn't be 13.
When Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to West Germany in 1965, the number of the platform at they Duisburg railway station, from which she was about to depart, was changed from 13 to 12A.
When Spanish princess Elena de Bourbon celebrated her marriage on March 18, 1995, to the banker Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, he participated in an old Castilian custom by ritually pouring 13 gold coins into the hands of his bride as a sign that their goods would be held in common. (bienes con juntos)
The French monarch Louis XIII, who declared the number 13 to be his favorite number, married Anna of Austria when she was 13 years old.
The Sun and the Moon are in almost a perfect 13 to 1 ratio. The Sun moves approximately one degree a day, while the moon moves thirteen degrees a day. All of this has made 13 a moon number (13 moons in a lunar year), and 12 a sun number (12 months to a calendar year)
The number 13 bus in London remained unharmed throughout World War II.

So how's about that all you #13 lovers!?!

Mark Harvey
A #13 Fan

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year

Well, we made it through 2014 and here we sit at the start of 2015 wondering what's in store.  I hope for each of you a peaceful, prosperous and exciting New Year.

I will, as usual, press on and do what I do.  I look forward to a New Year filled with good things.

Cheers!

 Mark Harvey

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

I've been a little silent lately.  There's a lot going on and I haven't had the time (or what I call the bandwidth) to write.  I'm working on getting my energy back - fighting burnout.

I did want to take the time to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.  I hope today brings you and yours much joy.

All my best,

Mark Harvey



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