Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Holidays from Mark Harvey's World

Greetings and salutations,

Each year I make compilation CDs for Halloween and Christmas. This was the first  year (in many, many years) I did not make a Halloween CD.  I fought this, but eventually gave up as time was not on my side and the pressure I put on myself to get it done wasn't healthy. I missed recording a new Halloween track too so overall this Halloween season did not live up to my expectations. I had been in a funk already, but this failure (in my eyes) really sunk me.

This has been a rough year for me anyhow. My torn bicep tendon hasn't healed as I had hoped so I had a second surgery in August.  My arm still isn't healed from surgery #2 and my overall outlook has been pretty dim for quite some time. I've been at home with this injury for too long and their doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
As I passed through Halloween and on to Thanksgiving I decided I HAD to make the Christmas CD this year...I just had to.  This would be my 19th Christmas compilation CD - something I give to my friends and family each year - something everyone is fairly happy to receive whether it is via download or a physical copy of the CD.

Giving the gift of music - whether my own or someone else's is part of who I am.  Sharing music is something that cheers me up.  I hope receiving this cheers you up too.

Here's the link to the 19th edition of The Harvey Family Christmas CD - 2017...

Click here (or above - "link") and enjoy!

I'd love to hear from folks who've downloaded and had a chance to listen to this year's CD.  Your Holiday greetings would mean a lot to me.

Merry Christmas,

Mark Harvey

Thursday, November 02, 2017

November 2nd, 2017...

Driving down the streets on November 2. No signs of Halloween anywhere. It is always a very rough time of year for me. The Halloween decorations are gone and we have the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays looming over us. The Fall weather is finally perfect. I drank my first pumpkin beer last night. Something about that seems strange since I typically drink some pumpkins beer in the month of October. This past October was different than other Octobers for some reason. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it is because of my second arm surgery. I wish I knew so I can make the change. I don’t want to have this Halloween hangover.

Mark Harvey

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November 1st, 2017

Well folks...

That's it.  Halloween is over.  The month of October is over.
I carved (or helped carve) four pumpkins last night. The weather was perfect for pumpkin carving.  We set them out to protect the house and they did their job.
I took my kids out trick or treating and saw some great things - and took photos of them.  This year I decided to provide treats in the form of my Pumpkinland CD to owners of houses when I particularly enjoyed their decorations.  This was a lot of fun and I got a great response from people.  I'm hoping to hear my music in this neighborhood for years to come.  In the future I plan to keep a stack of CDs on me to give to the owners of decorated homes that I dig.

Here are just some of the sights I saw last night.

Clearly I was fixated on pumpkins (as I usually am).
Today I avoided the call to shop for more Halloween stuff with a minor exception so I felt good about that.
Tonight I started the pumpkin seed roasting process and taking down some decorations.  It will take a little bit of time to get things put away.
I'm undertaking a huge project of organizing everything I have and purging some of the things that just don't fit into the overall picture of Pumpkinland. I'll likely post something about the items I plan to move along to see if perhaps someone locally wants to add it to their Halloween collection.
I hope you and yours had a fantastic Halloween and I look forward to next year and the fun that my favorite holiday brings!

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 31st, MP3

Good evening friends, fiends, boils and ghouls,

By now many of my East Coast friends are probably wrapping up their Trick or Treating and we West Coasters are going out and seeing the sights, seeking Tricks and Treats...

Back in 2002 I participated in producing a charity CD (with a number of other artists).  It was called "Haunters Helping Haunters" and I had three songs on the disc.

"Helping Haunters" was recorded specifically for this disc.

Please have a listen and ENJOY...

Tonight I'm making this tune available for FREE! One last treat from me to you this season.

Download "Helping Haunters" now - here.

I hope you enjoy some of the FREE Halloween treats I've posted.  Remember to support independent artists (like me) by downloading or purchasing music - you can find my music for download here, here, here and here.

Mark Harvey

Click here if you can't figure out where to download the track

October 31st, 2017...

Good morning gals, gents and ghouls,

Last year around this time I recorded a new "HauntScape".  As I get my house in order post Halloween I plan to find ways of creating more 'HauntScapes'.

Today please enjoy...


Crank it up loud for Trick or Treaters...and let me know what you think, please.

Happy Haunting!

Mark Harvey

October 31st, MP3

Well friends and fiends...looks like we made it!  Another FULL month of blogging and blog posts! 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 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 for now - go out and have a safe Halloween!

Mark Harvey

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30th, 2017...

Greetings guys and ghouls,

Thirteen 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 not unique for many reasons.  Lots going on in, but all is good.  Hopefully we can find a way to get away at some point to celebrate our 13 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 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!


Mark Harvey

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October 29th, 2017...

Greetings friends and fiends,

Hoping your Halloween season and been fun and festive.  I've had an interesting month of October, busy with all sorts of seasonal and non-seasonal pressures.

Today I was able to look back at our gathering at Pumpkinland fondly. It has been some time since we've shared Halloween and Pumpkinland with a group of people.

As today started getting away from me I decided to reduce the pressure of a 2017 Halloween compilation CD (which I just didn't have time to work on).  That really provided me with a lift toward getting other things done. I don't like that I'm missing a year of something I really enjoy doing.

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 28th, 2017...

Greetings and salutations,

Tonight there was a little Halloween gathering at Pumpkinland.  A good time was had by all.  Here are some photos pre and post party.

I had various musics going during the party - playlists of songs from past Halloween compilation CDs I've created and then in certain spaces I'd have tracks from my Pumpkinland CDs playing. It really added to the ambiance of the party and some of our guests would notice the backing soundtracks going (which I thought was pretty cool).

The majority of this I'll be enjoying into November (so that's cool).

Happy Haunting,

Mark Harvey

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