Category: Biography

Want

I’m going to reference Buddha and the Spice Girls, the Bible and Jerry Maguire, the Serenity Prayer and Tag Team. Because that’s just how I roll. People want things. It can’t be helped. In the space between the wanting and…

Crying at Movies and Songs

Hi, my name is Mark, and I cry at movies. And songs. And other stuff, too. But especially movies. And songs. Probably like most people, I’d sometimes feel tears well up while watching a movie. Maybe a few would escape…

Talking About Depression

Reasons why not to talk about having depression: Embarrassment. Shame. People will make too big a deal of it. People will make too little a deal of it. People will be on eggshells, which would only decrease connection with others,…

SpinTunes 5 Judging Wrap-Up

Except for a few loose ends (like announcing the winner) that are in others’ hands, SpinTunes 5 is pretty much done, at least for me as a judge. It’s been interesting, challenging and worthwhile. Thanks to Spin for inviting me.…

Thoughts on Songwriting Contests

In addition to some valuable learning about my songwriting and how to participate more effectively in songwriting contests, my SpinTunes experience led me to some general thoughts on how songwriting contests are — and could be — run. SpinTown and…

Meditation on Doing Nothing

I’d heard about a Buddhist meditation group about 1.5 years ago. Specifically, it’s a Vipassana meditation group, which means it’s about insight meditation. I’d put it off for a while, but several weeks ago I decided I’d like to try…