About Mark R. Kent
Born in 1949 in Detroit, Mark R. Kent is a performing musician who plays guitar and piano, and sings. He has released three CDs on his self-owned label, Red Drum Records, and currently has 24 songs listed on iTunes for online sale. He spent 38 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter, photographer and editor before leaving the business in 2012. In October 2014, a new newspaper opportunity cam ... read more
Hello, and I hope the new year has found everyone in good health and spirits. I am fine, although still physically recovering from the bypass that I underwent in the fall. This unfortunately is going to keep me away from some gigs in coming time until my voice power returns to levels which satisfy me as a performer. If you do hear me perform, it may well be instrumentally or maybe backing others for awhile.
In the meantime, I want to welcome all the new visitors and friends that will be coming on board now that I've upgraded my membership. I have CDs available at a reasonable rate as well as a 11-song download card available through link ... please look me up. Also, there is a considerable library of my recordings on iTunes and other online outlets. Please patronize my works and enjoy! All the recordings were produced in Hollywood at CAZADOR Recording by one of the finest independent producers in the trade, Mr. Jimmy Hunter.
One thing I am hoping to accomplish in 2016 is a chance to get some of my music placed in the film, television and visual arts industry, particularly film. If you are involved in any of these trades, please talk me up if you like what you are hearing!
The next message is for my American followers ... this year is also an election year, and quite honestly there are politicians out there running for office who are not in the interests of people who are artistic, intelligent, open-minded, diverse or just plain talented or tolerant. It is emphatically important for everyone to REGISTER and VOTE this year. Not doing so may allow for this right someday to be taken away, and believe me, some folks would rather you never set foot in a polling booth. I won't name names; leave it to your imagination who I'm talking about. Voting rights: Use it or lose it!
In the meantime, please dial me up and enjoy what I am putting out there, and I hope you all have a happy, safe and prosperous 2016! We'll talk again soon, Mark
Hello, everybody ...
My apologies for my recent absence from these pages, but life intervened recently. Back in early September, I had to take a routine test at the cardiologist's, and something on it didn't look right to him. So he scheduled a heart cath to check my arteries, and five minutes into it, I was told, "Mr. Kent, you need a bypass ... tomorrow morning at 7:30." So Dr. Michael Damrich at Mobile (Ala. USA) Infirmary performed that the next morning, and after time in ICU and lengthy recovery, I am back at work at my newspaper job and playing my instruments, but my singing voice has no strength right now, so I am not going to be doing any full-out performances for awhile. Instrumental guitar/piano as I can, but for now that's about it. Really, I am just glad to still be with all you, and by reading my weekly numbers I see you never left my side, even in these darkest hours. Between modern medical science, love of family and friends and (yes) prayer, I've gotten a new lease. But let this be my message to you ... do not ignore strange goings-on in your body or skip routine medical testing. My potentially-fatal condition was caught on one of those and fixed properly. God bless you all, Drs. Damrich, Shaw, Whetstone and O'Dowd, and the thousands of you loving people I could feel in presence if not see in person. I hope to be back singing my heart out soon; until then, please enjoy my music every day! Peace, Mark
Hello. I am neither Australian nor New Zealander, but I understand to those, especially among you friends, who come from those two fine places what the significance of this day is. For the rest, I will be glad to give a condensed account. A century ago today, On April 25, 1915, the Battle of Gallipoli during the Dardenelles campaign of World War I began. A large number of men from Australia and New Zealand (also Ireland and Canada, all fighting on behalf of Britain and the Allied Powers) launched an assault against the Ottoman Turks (fighting on behalf of Germany and the Central powers) in and around Gallipoli and Souvla Bay in the Dardenelles Strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and the Indian Ocean. The campaign was particularly tragic for the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), which suffered tremendous losses. To this day, ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in both countries. Many of us Americans know of the story from the Johnny McDermott ballad "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (have a listen today, but be warned; it's a terribly sad song). I dedicate this day to those ancestors of the lands Down Under who were there, and to the hopes that mankind will someday realize the foolishness of fighting war by proxy, and war in general. Peace to you all today, 4/24/2015.Read more
Hello to my friends and subscribers, and a sincere thanks to everyone who has come on board recently.
I hope after what has been a hard winter at least in the eastern link. that things are starting to warm up as they are in southwest Alabama. Perhaps if you are inclined to spend a day at the lake bank or river bank with fishing rod in hand, you might want to spin "The Fisherman's Patience." The song is even better in its natural habitat.
Please let your friends know about my music and how they can sign up to join the subscriber list. All the music on my playlist is available for download on iTunes, and even more is available through link, or you can email me at markkent10@link and I can arrange personally to sell a CD or download card to you. My three CDs, all released on my own label, Red Drum Records, and produced by Jimmy Hunter at Cazador Recording in Los Angeles, have plenty of fine material, including some covers of old favorites and lesser known should've-been classics. The titles are "The Boy From Skibbereen" (2005), "The Fisherman's Patience" (2007) and all-instrumental "Monday Night Guitar" (2009). I also have an 11-song download card available, "The Best of Mark R. Kent," which can be gotten through link as well.
Thank you for believing, and to all, a warm and a peaceful spring (or fall in New Zealand and Australia) MRK
Well, as I continue working at the Call News weekly paper and working on my music when I can, the inevitable Carnival season (or Mardi Gras as it is known here) has arrived in Mobile. For those of you who live far from here (and my overseas subscribers from New Zealand to the Netherlands to Russia and beyond), Mobile claims to be the first place in America where Carnival was practiced, around 300 years ago ... although especially in northern Europe the festivities are much older than that.
I want to thank all 2,000 strong of you subscribers, now representing, as I believe, every continent except Antarctica. For my friends in the Netherlands and northern Belgium, ik wil ooit mijn muziek te spelen voor jullie ... in Belgie en Nederland!
I will explain at another time how I came to learn some of that fascinating language.
Even though my work is the top priority in my life, I feel there will be some good opportunities to perform live once spring comes and the temperatures start warming up (in Alabama that comes sooner than other places). In the meantime, please enjoy one of my selections, and play liberally from my list. My works listed here are available for download through iTunes and other outlets, and for those looking to score a download card or CD, visit my page at link ... in the meantime, have a happy Carnival! Peace (it's a priority) .. Mark
"John Riley" trad. arr. Mark R. Kent and Jimmy Hunter; arrangement published Pomoxis Music BMI. Lady vocals by Kelly McCune (orignally from Oklahoma but living in Los Angeles now) ... Jimmy Hunter, engineer, producer and percussion, Robert Staron on bass. From the CD The Boy From Skibbereen, my first release.
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