“I grew up on the because I lived on farms and stuff and your only friends were the box and earphones and listening to the radio,” Mark says. “I think that’s what got me decent at writing radio songs because I’ve been listening to them my whole life.”
What’s he listening to these days?
“The older I get, the more I travel, and man, I’m just traveling, traveling, traveling,” he tells WordNews.org. “I don’t have the opportunity to just turn on the local radio station and listen like I used to. I hate to say this because I do music all the time, but sometimes, when I’m not doing music, I like to have down time and not listen to anything and just get kind of peaceful.”
Music for Mark is more than just background music or something to chill out to.
“For me, music is an outlet,” he says. “When I feel frustrated, whenever I have an emotion—good or bad—is when I go to music. Even when I was young, music would be an outlet, to release a lot of things into the piano. You take a bad experience, release them into the piano, and out comes a beautiful song.”