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The Oak Tree December 22, 2014

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I was blessed by someone dear to me recently with a most unusual Christmas card. THey themselves had found it by complete accident. After themselves passing thru a great trial and being in the hospital suffering for several weeks they recieved a card that had this message in it.

After I had been in a car accident, and other situations. I was passing thru and interesting time in my life just recently. This card was sent to me. I was so blessed and touched by it I wanted to share this with all of you as well.

I trust this message stirs your hearts and breaths wind into your sails as you press onwards in your journey of life.

A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away.
THen snapped its boughs and pulles its bark. Until the oak was tired and stark.
But still the oak tree held its ground. While other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke, “How can you still be standing, OAK?”
The oak tree said , “I know tha you can break each branch of mine in two,
Carry every leaf away, Shake my linbs, and make them sway. But I have roots
stretched in the earth, Growing stronger since my birth. You’ll never touvh them,
for you see, They are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn;t sure Of just
how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you, I’m stronger than I
ever knew.”

 

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Thank you for the UNDO button!! November 17, 2013

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I was working the other day trying to upload a new blog posting and other things all at the same time. I noticed on my server an updte was needed, and all I had to do was click an it would all be takeb care of by itself. WONDERFUL!! or so I thought….

I hit the button and all seemed to go as planned, then a snafoo occured, when it was finnished my blog was GONE> SO maybe you noticed the other day when you came by and said to yourself “Mark needs to get with the program”. Well so as I tried to figure this all out I even called those masters of the universe the all knowing IT people….they stold me I could not fix it and would have to go and reload everything.

Well I was triping and started the process of uploading a new blog and posting. I noticed an UNDO button and decided to take my chances….and what you know, it fixed it like NEW. So I am happy to say that I am back in business although I may have two postings that are the same. You now know why.

On that note I must stress the importance of backing up your data, buying a storage disk, or using the CLOUD to back up your data. For when you need it the most you can just hit RESTORE! Imaging if they could build that for your life. Well I guess there is one, you repent and learn again the importance of saying your sorry but would not that be awesome if you can just hit a button and it would be like YOU never said those things, you never acting like that or what ever? That would be cool.

Peace

 

 

 

Devotion October 5, 2013

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Devotion.

 

 

 

A song called “Devotion” from the up coming NEW release of “Passing Thru” by Mark Allan Wolfe. This is an acoustic piece mixed with several synth pads and a light piano solo covering.

A acoustic guitar melody accompanied by synth pads, and piano trickleing around. Music was made primarily for meditation time, reflection and so forth. More heavier music is available as well as soft rock, Jazz and electronic at markallanwolfe.com. feel free to repost this and share it as well as other videos available from the website.

 

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More tips on getting music placed July 17, 2013

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I have been enjoying the feedback and questions from the previous posts I thought I would elaborate a little more and share a few more thoughts with you. Now before I begin I must say that you may not think what I share is perhaps a tip, but these have been things that have and still do help me out. These thoughts and ideas have come from experience and from certain folks I know in the business who are either A&R people, other Music Supervisors, Composers and if I may GATE KEEPERS Muahahaha!

Now some of this MAY hurt your heart and get you angry, but if you are sick you go to the DR to find out whats wrong. If you are trying to get music placed or make some money in the music biz you are reading this humble attempt at a BLOG. I do NOT have all the answers NO ONE does but here we go…

Ok so you have made some music, you are trying to be FAMOUS, you are trying to share with the world your most incredible song that has ever graced the ears of man….now what do you do? How do you go about trying to get it to the right people? Some of you who read this may have years of experience and this will all seem silly or maybe a review of sorts.

To some this will be strange and you have never heard of these things or even contemplated them. Some of the terminology may seem foreign and strange but if you take the time to learn and read up on  these things they will benefit you in years to come.

How do you explain something that has taken a life time to learn and put into practice with in a few senteces? How does one reveal the truth to someone when they do not want to hear it? Wait a minute what? Yes thats right many people do NOT want to hear what I am saying. You want OTHER people to do all the work for you but you want to reap the rewards of THEIR labor? Yes Mr Anderson this is true. I have seen it time and time again. On one hand there are a group of people who will bust their butts and do what ever they can to try to make it in the busness and then there are those who will go half way and expect the same results. Does not happen.

You have to do your homework no matter what you have to study, force yourself to do things you would not neccessriy do as a musucian such as read, educate yourself. I cannot begin to tell you how many people will email me or call and they have NO clue as to how things work and how this business end works, they think that you make the music place it on itunes, or make a youtube video and people will stop in there tracks. Not that there is anything wrong with not knowing for we are all learning. It is the fact that this is all they think needs to be done. That some one beyond the great expanse will hear them and sign them and their music as in the days of old, or the movies.

Ask yourself a few of these questions, and write them down on paper or on your laptop….

Where do you want to be in a year?

Where do you want to be in 5 yrs?

How do you get there?

Who can help you get there?

Why do you want it?

These are your goals, your blue print for what your trying to do.

Where is music used? EVERYWHERE

Who provides them with that music? How can I get my music to them, or that person?

Why do you write your thoughts and ideas down? If you do not have some form of direction YOU WILL NEVER go anywhere. You have to set out a course a plan. You have to put yourself in the right places at the right times. I believe it was Walt Disney who said  “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”

You need to identify and try to start meeting filmmakers and music supervisors. A few things to try to remember when meeting and establishing ANY new relationships with in this business are as follows;

Composing is primarily a relationship-driven business. If you are not one who likes to work with people you may have trouble working in this field. Not impossible just something to work on. Be seen as a solution NOT a problem.
Be someone who’s easy to do business with and approachable. Do not be arrogant be a little humble. Like with in ANY relationship building, remember to consider others time and thoughts not just YOURS.

Respect their time – when you call, get to the point and always listen. Don’t take anything personally. If someone gives you their thoughts or ideas (like this BLOG) do not trip out just realize that it is just their views. RESPECT, relax, do not stop making music because you got rejected EVERYONE gets rejected.Edison the dude who helped discover the light bulb failed like hundreds of times I think even 206 times!
Always inspire confidence in you and your music. Always remember the unique aspects about you and your music.
Do your homework – learn as much as possible about the person & projects.

I will always share when I can to try to help out everyone. I would humbly ask that if you like this posting and have benefited from it that you write us back share your music with us if you want. I am always looking to network with people of like mind and collaborate so feel free to email. I would also like to ask that you share this with anyone you feel would benefit. It is like we are trying to put into practice what I have been writing about these past few articles. Lets build relationships. ROCK ON!

 

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Whats behind the music June 15, 2012

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So I thought I would try something new today. Always looking for something to cause a stir or get folks like you into learning about my music. I probably do not try hard enough but none the less you need to start somewhere.

I was thinking about how inspiration comes to me and maybe you but it usually comes as a surprise. A sort of wind that fills your heart and mind. Perhaps it is this way with you but today while cleaning I started hearing this melody come thru into my mind. I was thinking yes I dig this now only if I can just get it out of my mind and into music we would be cool. This is the never ending struggle we as musicians, songwriters or composers feel. It is like this passion that fills us, to strive to get it all out there and see what sticks. Some times it is just for you, others it is something for everyone.

Then you have fight past your own feelings and emotions for you constantly wonder, “what will people think?” I always try to throw those thoughts and caution to the wind. Let the muse lead you to the song. Not an easy thing to do hence we try anyways.

So I thought it might be interesting to share this humble journey with you and express what it is that goes on inside the heart when one tries to compose or write music. Now I must also admit and confess something terrible. I do not know how to accurately write out the music. I understand it, I know the chords most of the time, yet it is very difficult and mundane for me to be a copyist and scribe out the notes one by one. I do not have the patience or the desire to do so. I am more happy to try and find the song this way than the other. So lets begin. Over the next few postings I will begin to share a bit about the songs and we shall see what comes of it.

I would also encourage you if you listen to my music, please comment or share an email as some of you have already done, and explain or share your thoughts either GOOD or BAD on my music. I read every email and endeavor to learn and respond to each one, although not as fast as I would like. So if you dig it or hate it give me a word about it but please do not be vulgar or use curse words. LOL Well onward ho and lets begin….

New music video from Mark Allan Wolfe May 12, 2012

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Well I was wanting to share a few new videos I made and created recently. I do hope you enjoy them. The songs are a few years old but the videos are new.These songs have meant a lot to me over the years. I had a lot of fun creating the music and recording them. There is a story behind each one but I guess if your interested I can always tell the story just email me and ask me to share what is behind the songs if your interested.
The song first is LOVE SONG a vocal song I wrote for my wife and I hope you like the music as well as the lyrics. On this track is my vocals and I also played all the instruments as well.

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The second song is called PEACE. A song created about 10 years ago I recorded it in a small studio in southern Indiana. Again I performed all the music and arranged everything. This song has special meaning to my heart as well many different emotions going thru the head during the creation of it. I remember it was spring and the the trees where bursting with green and bird where singing there songs of love hence it was a very magical time yet inwardly I was a mess. So enjoy it.

Freedom and Liberty April 20, 2012

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Well my friends and all those musicians out there I thought I would post something a little different today. As I was thinking about what I could possibly write I would follow in my rock n roll roots of rebellion and take on the hardest most strangest and difficult subject and just blast it with some ideas and thoughts. I know what your thinking, “Mark, I know you have no hair but I think the sun has burned your mind bro?” LOL it is all good the difficulty I am sharing about is actually with in our own minds! It is our preconceived ideas and thoughts, or attitudes towards certain issues that make it difficult for the truth to permeate into its dark corridors. Almost like a splash of cold water isn’t it? Hence now you know why I said it would be a little difficult for now I have your attention.

Anyways know first that I am not trying to persuade you into a certain way of thinking. I am not questioning your faith or belief in freedom, or making you switch from a political belief you may have. I am just wanting you, no matter where you are, no matter WHO you are, to stop and think about a few things. to remember that you are NOT a slave, you are not ignorant and you have a destiny.

I know some of you who read these little blurbs of mine come from all around the globe, but this is also for you as well. For no matter where you live or what country you hail from human freedom and liberty are common ideals to which all men and woman can relate to. You may start reading these few quotes and say this is rubbish, you may get mad at me for even posting some of these but I ask you why would you get mad or angry for me trying to encourage you to think about your freedom?

To make music or write songs is a great thing, it is embedded in my psyche. For those of you in in a backwoods,country mind set I am a creative musical person, I eat breath and sleep music. I challenge the status quo of certain beliefs to gain new insight and understanding along with also gaining different ideas to sharpen my craft. It is my job as a composer of music to try to reach into your heart and play the chords I want to play to inspire you, to move you bring you elation and joy to help you tap into your feelings of love and sensual abandonment. All along the way doing it to moving pictures that flash before your eyes. Well may I have a moment more to share with you some RARE gems of decent thought, to perhaps inspire you to think. So with out any further foot draging….

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”

Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833) Reference: Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 718.

“Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them.”

Thomas Jefferson (letter to Edward Carrington, 16 January 1787) Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America(880)

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

John Adams (Defense of the Constitutions, 1787) Reference: The Learning of Liberty, Prangle and Prangle (96); original The Works of John Adams, C.F. Adams, ed., vol. 6 (168)

“The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.”

George Washington (letter to the people of South Carolina, Circa (1790) Reference: Maxims of George Washington, Schroeder, ed. (16); original The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Fitzpatrick, ed., vol. 31 (67)

“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.”

George Washington (letter to Benjamin Lincoln, 29 June 1788) Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (403)

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

John Adams (A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765) Reference: The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams, Thompson, ed. (28)

“Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as they feel that effect.”

Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Adams, 21 December 1817) Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Memorial Edition), Lipscomb and Bergh, eds., 15:109.

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
George Washington

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
Thomas Jefferson

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”
James Madison

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
James Madison

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy to our people.”
Ron Paul

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
Luke 4:17-19

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
1 Corinthians 10:22-24

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1-3

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:12-14

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.”

John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

Well I hope I have inspired you to think of a few things. I hope I have caused you to for at least a moment to ponder what our founding fathers went thru as men, and human beings. How they were all willing to suffer and give us, our freedom and liberty. They fought against the tyranny of the day and prevailed. I think we can learn a lot from them, their courage and wisdom inspires me to be a better man. I do hope you have enjoyed your read and I trust the you would give some of this music of mine a listen for you never know what may inspire you along the way. Now you know what is sometimes behind my thoughts and the music.

Mark Allan Wolfe
http://www.markallanwolfe.com

Hope for your HEART February 8, 2012

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So here you are pressing onwards so to say. You have created all sorts of music designed the CD’s, got tours lined up or at least some gigs even if they are just playing parties for the time being. None the less you got something going. You have a dream, a desire to share your music with the whole world, yet you do not know where to start. Perhaps you do know where to start yet you have been plugging away for it for some degree or been climbing the hill for years. THIS IS FOR YOU!!

There is this certain type of bamboo that grows deep in the heart of China and it takes like five- six years to even start to grow but when it does it grows like 90′ ft with in like 6 months! Consider the farmer who plants his crops and does everything he does and needs to for a crop to grow. He has NO idea that things will come about, yet he tries and continues to do what he does for hopes that He will eventually reap a harvest.
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You need to have the same attitude, that no matter what you will climb this mountain. You will succeed in your efforts WHAT EVER THEY MAY BE!! No matter if you are trying to get some where in business, make a name for yourself in the music business or in life. You may be trying to deal with something that has kept you down for years and you try and try only to not see anything. For all you know right after the next hill, the next day the next swing your answers will come!

I wanted to just drop you a note of encouragement and give you a little hope for your heart. You need to believe in something so why not believe for the best. It is what keeps you going? To many people failing at something over a 100 times you might begin to think something is impossible. After 150 times you might seriously doubt your sanity and question your motives, yet you would not even think perhaps of trying 200 times, well someone did they pursued with something for nearly 999 times actually on the 100th time BOOM!! the perfect filament for the light bulb was found.
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Well if your trying faint not, if your at least trying to get where you are your doing something. Never give up and never surrender, you never know who is counting on you and how you will change the world or those around you.

Behind the music January 31, 2012

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Well here I am sitting in my studio wishing I had hair still so I could pull it out. lol I got some killer new upgrades, new gear, software that will enable me to communicate with aliens and a new droid phone. Well maybe not aliens but you get the picture. I am saying I have all these new upgrades and what not but not enough time in the day to learn everything and implement all these new procedures on top of making new music, licensing more music for certain projects and promotions and oh my the list grows.

So you say , “Mark ? What is your problem?” to which I would say …nothing but I thought I would share my drama with you guys for seems like everywhere you turn there is drama on TV, Film, at the grocery store, plus I like sharing with you guys and I enjoy what you share with me.

So, I got this new phone today in the mail my sweet heart angel got this Galaxy Samsung kick butt phone. I swear you could probably launch a satellite with it, or even use it as a can opener. at any rate I have not even scratched the surface of this thing only synced my social network to it and trying to figure everything else out. I thought it would be somewhat silly to share a bit about it and stuff like it.

We live in a generation where a few years ago we would scoff at things like that being used like, who needs cell phone when there are so many phone booths all over the place? Yes the future has come down upon us with a raging fury that would make Attila the Hun proud. In our attempt to work faster and more proficient we have added on another level of stress and added stuff to clutter out minds with the ever-growing frustration to make money to buy more stuff!

I now try to tackle the task to learn how to maneuver thru this land of Apps, shortcuts and their little buttons and social networking issues. I know in the end these things will allow me to create more and work faster and hopefully reach out more to people like yourself. I am really hoping that if I can do a few things in this life it would be to share my music with the world and try to encourage folks all around the globe that there is hope for a better day and a better future.

If you have any ideas , websites, personal helps that you have found in your endeavors to gain understanding with your phone apps or your social networking why not share with every one here, perhaps you will share some wisdom to us folks who are trying not to turn the thing off by sending an email. Remember to smile it is contagious.

Rock on!
Mark Allan Wolfe
mark@markallanwolfe.com
www.markallanwolfe.com

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