Why did you select this song as your current single?
I chose to release “I Won’t Miss You MN” as my most recent single because it really speaks about where my head is at right now. I wrote the song about how at one time I was playing 7 days a week in MN and now the scene mostly supports live music on weekends and half the time only Friday or Saturday at that. I moved to TX because you can still play 7 days a week here in Austin and I was hoping to find some musicians to work with me on the next recording project and I’m glad I did.
What was the writing process for the song?
“I Won’t Miss You MN” is the only song that’s performed with a full band on the Mark and Martina release otherwise it’s all acoustic. I had been demoing new songs with my portable studio in the woodshed at my folk’s farm in my home town. “I Won’t Miss You MN” was really what was in my head so I’d spent some time with it. I had other songs too but this one was getting a lot of attention because I was feeling it. An old band mate of mine, Michael Rumore who used to work at Paisley Park had just built a huge home studio set up with a new operating system and he wanted to shake the bugs out of it before taking on any paying clients. Michael asked me if I’d like to record my songs acoustically. Like, I could say no. I also asked if he’d take the tracks I’d recorded for this song and mix them since they were the furthest along and the rest is a release available only on my site http://markstonemn.com and Reverb nation I call Mark and Martina. Martina is my acoustic Martin Guitar. Yes, I name my guitars. After all I end up spending more time with them than I do people.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
“I Won’t Miss You MN” is very personal and very right now. It’s not like me to write a song like I shot the sheriff because I’ve never shot anybody. “I Won’t Miss You MN” is about my life right now and either people will connect and identify with the emotion or they won’t get it. While writing it I thought of dropping the MN and just leaving it You and making it more general but it took away from the emotion of it for me so I felt it as is.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I’m not sure you can summarize any man by just one song but you can definitely understand a passage of time if you take the time to absorb it. It’s like the songs are pages and the EP’s/Albums are the chapters. The books not finished yet. It’s a work in progress.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
I Won’t Miss You MN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_9nid-Rg_k has homemade video. I made it to put some visuals to the words. It’s funny because when I started writing it I really meant that I wouldn’t miss it and even by the end of writing it I realized that I would and do. I miss my family and friends but I don’t miss just being able to play on weekends.
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