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I Wish I'd Known

by Mark Courtney

All original songs about friends, family, fun, flings, failures, fantasy, fugitives, fighters, fools, forever. Just life.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Day After (the Day You Needed Me)
4:18 $0.99
2. Roots
3:28 $0.99
3. I Wish I'd Known (Feat. Richard Inouye)
3:45 $0.99
4. Tropical Depression (Feat. Norman Chilton)
2:14 $0.99
5. Hill of Death
3:40 $0.99
6. The Butterfly and the Rose
6:29 $0.99
7. Broken Sister, Unseen Guide
3:53 $0.99
8. The Warriors (Feat. Norman Chilton)
4:06 $0.99
9. Two Steps Ahead
5:00 $0.99
10. Cold Dakota Wind (Feat. Michael Pritchard & Mark Sukontarak)
3:31 $0.99
11. The Shallow End
3:49 $0.99
12. My Pledge
3:20 $0.99
13. Dead Man's Journey
3:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
All originals, the songs on this album represent some of the themes that have occupied my thinking, recently and over my lifetime. People have told me that some of the songs are nothing like the things that have happened in my own life. But I don’t think you have to experience personally everything you write a song about. Songwriters channel a lot of emotions they experience vicariously through friends and family, and I think there’s a good bit of that in this album. There are also direct (some painful) experiences, ones that we all go through. The loss of friends and family (I Wish I’d Known, Broken Sister, The Warriors), nostalgia (The Butterfly and the Rose—generated I’m convinced from watching too many Gunsmoke episodes), fear of “settling” (The Shallow End), and fascination with desert landscapes that currently surround me (Dead Man’s Journey). But people take different things from a song. So, you can decide what motivates the rest.

Many thanks to my fellow artists on this album. To my East Mesa trio-mates, Michal and Mark, for their work on Cold Dakota Wind; to Richard for the beautiful cello on the title track; to Bino for his creative additions to Tropical Depression and The Warriors. And of course thanks to all of my friends and family for their support, especially to Chris for putting up with all the creative angst and for being willing to listen to draft after draft of each song (now that's love!).


Mark, September 2011.



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