Mark Easley

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The Wedding Song
Homeward Bound (Duet)
Blackbird (Solo)
Yesterday
Classical Gas
Lyin' Eyes
Wichita Lineman
Cowgirl in the Sand
Margaritaville
My Maria
Needle and the Damage Done
Your Song
Rocket Man
With A Little Help From My   Friends
4 & 20
Scarborough Fair
Feelin' Groovy
Me and Julio
Anji
Cowboy Outfit Song

Never Goin' Back
Helplessly Hoping
Triad
Find the Cost of Freedom
Amazing Grace
Over the Rainbow
Brown Eyed Girl

Fire and Rain
California Dreamin'
Because I Love You
This Old Guitar

 


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These are bonus tracks recorded by Mark. Click on the song title to download and play the MP3 file, or right click to save to your disk.

The Wedding Song

Recently I got out my old Fender 12 string guitar, dusted it off, put on some new strings, and it sounded pretty good. By chance I happened to see a show about Peter, Paul, and Mary, and they talked about this song, one of the most beautiful songs for 12 string guitar ever. Paul wrote it for Peter's wedding, and it came to him so fast he thought it was a gift from God. So Paul donated all the publishing royalties to charity. It has since become one of the most widely published songs in history, appearing in countless wedding song books.

Scarborough Fair

Simon and Garfunkel Arrangement of an old traditional tune. This is the first song I leaned how to finger pick.

 


Anji

A great acoustic guitar song written by Davy Graham, then recorded by Paul Simon, and now me.

 


Feelin' Groovy

A short and happy Simon and Garfunkel tune, the video features a duet with Ralph Gordon and Mark Easley at the Simon and Garfunkel Tribute show in Charlotte.

Me and Julio

When Paul Simon was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, he chose to play this song.

 


Homeward Bound

Here is the simple and beautiful live version of the classic Simon and Garfunkel song. A song for just a guitar and singing doesn't get any better than this.

Blackbird (Solo)

For this version of the classic Paul McCartney song I borrowed a few ideas from the great version on the Sketch CD.

Yesterday

I used my Takamine 12 string for this beautiful Paul McCartney song. And of course who can forget when Mr. Bean finally broke his silence by singing out "Suddenly..."

 


Classical Gas

Mason Williams performed this on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968, and I have wanted to learn it ever since. I finally got new a nylon string guitar for Christmas, so here it is.

 


Wichita Lineman

Glen Campbell was a great guitarist and singer back in the sixties, and he had a weekly TV variety show that my brother and I watched religiously. His show was great, because he always brought on some of the best guitarists of the time, like John Hartford, Mason Williams, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, and many others. I recently went to see him play a show in Reno and he can still crank out the tunes.

Cowboy Outfit Song

The Smothers Brothers was another great show I liked back in the 60's. They would have a lot of great musical guests, and Tommy would always play a nice Gibson Hummingbird guitar. Here is one of their classic comedy songs. Imagine Dick and Tom dressed in Cowboy suits.

Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett came up with a great sing along party song when he wrote this one. This song was requested by Rich and Jan Martinez, who sang this with me hundreds of times on The Patio, our famous hang out in California in front of our neighboring apartments. We kept Carlo Rossi in business while singing this song.

My Maria

1970 by B. W. Stevenson. This is for my wonderful wife Maria. She has been my life partner and supporter since we got married in 1988.

Lyin' Eyes

The Eagles were the most popular band in the mid seventies, and we all did our best to play covers of their tunes. Anytime you got out your guitar, people wanted to sing Eagles.

Your Song

My good friend Sketch from Japan came up with a beautiful guitar arrangement for this old favorite song, so I recorded a duet with him.

Rocket Man

Elton John wrote this one. I remember my friend Rob Csongor doing a great job playing it on keyboard at a company party one time.

With a Little Help From My Friends

This was one of the few songs that the Beatles allowed Ringo to sing lead. He didn't want to, and he pleaded with Paul to leave him alone. But Paul cajoled him into giving it a try, and a great singer was born. Ringo later said that belting out that last high note on this song was one of his favorite Beatles memories.

Never Goin' Back

The Fleetwood Mac Rumors LP got me through the summer of 75 while I was working in Iowa. This is my instrumental version of a great song from that record.

 


Needle and the Damage Done

Neil Young has always been an inspiring artist to me since I first heard him when he played with Crosby Still and Nash in the '70s. He has a totally unique guitar playing and singing style, and has written tons of great songs. This is one of my favorites.

Cowgirl in the Sand

Neil Young. One day in high school we had tryouts for choir or something. My friend Marc Cornelius brought his 12 string in and sang a good tune. On impulse I asked him if I could borrow it, and I did my audition in front of the whole music department singing this song. I was surprised when everyone stopped chatting and listened to me, and broke out in applause at the end.

 


4 & 20

Steven Stills is one of the great rock guitarists, and he has mastered acoustic too. This is one of his good acoustic tunes.  I recently saw him play his Suite Judy Blue Eyes flawlessly live in concert. That is as good as it gets in guitar playing.

Helplessly Hoping

Crosby, Stills, and Nash, with their beautiful harmonies and guitar playing have always been favorites of mine. This song shows off their style perfectly.

Triad

When David Crosby was in good voice, he could really sing. This is one of the more difficult songs I like to sing. I remember singing it in coffee houses in high school.

Find the Cost of Freedom

Another great Crosby Stills and Nash harmony tune.

Amazing Grace

One of my favorite traditional tunes.

Over the Rainbow

Written by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. Some things were much simpler when I was growing up. For example, we only had 3 TV channels and no VCRs or DVDs, so when a favorite movie came on TV it was a big deal. The most popular for us kids was the once a year replay of The Wizard of Oz. My Mom was a big fan of the movie ever since she saw it in the theater as a little girl. Like many other families, we would gather around the TV with popcorn and watch every minute of it, until we had memorized every song and every line. As soon as it was over, we were already looking forward to next year. Those were good days, and I still remember the songs.

Brown Eyed Girl

My dog Ruby loves this song.

Fire and Rain

This was the first big hit for James Taylor, and we were all singing it in high school.

California Dreamin'

I remember this Mamas and the Papas song very well from 1966. It started me dreaming about moving to California, which I eventually did for 20 years.

Because I Love You

This is another song for my wife Maria. It is our love song. Shakin' Stevens is a popular rocker in the UK, but has never caught on in the States. This song was a big hit for him in Asia, and everyone was singing it when I lived there, and it got to be one of my favorite songs. When I heard my future wife start to sing it as she rode on the back of my scooter in Taipei, I knew she was the one for me.

This Old Guitar

John Denver said he had an old guitar that he lost, but then found again many years later. This is the song he wrote about it. Guitar players do get very attached to our guitars, and we like to keep playing our favorites. And if you take care of them, guitars sound better as they age too.

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