Gary Marks - singer, songwriter, author  
  singer, songwriter & author  
Gary Marks official website Gary Marks official website Gary Marks website Gary Marks official website Gary Marks website Gary Marks official website Gary Marks official website
Home
Gary Marks official website
Gary's Music
Gary Marks official website
Gary's Books
Gary Marks official website
Gary's Paintings
Gary Marks official website
Biography
Q & A
Discography
Current Photos
Social Action
Contact Us
Gary Marks official website

Questions & Answers with Gary Marks

 

>> Back to Q & A with GARY

 

Your “sound” keeps changing over the years -- from folk to jazz to rock. What makes you want to change your style?

“Well, I think most writers evolve and change naturally when they are not interfered with, or don’t get in their own way. In my case, I guess I have devolved from writing really complex jazz-based harmonies with asymmetric meters and wild solos in the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, back to my harmonic and rhythmic roots – rock. . . .Jazz was an amazing learning experience. It helped me learn the art-form of music; it allowed me to understand piano and music theory on a deep level. So many of the best players on earth are jazz players. I wanted to see and know what they did and how they did it. But I never had a desire to play a book of standards. And fortunately my teachers when I was in my twenties, Michael Cochrane and Art Lande, didn’t set that as a goal for me. They were very unique teachers who also saw my uniqueness, and liked my songs enough to even want to play on my records. John Scofield talked me out of going to Berkeley School of Music, for instance. They all got it that I was a songwriter first and foremost, and that I wasn’t wanting to fit into a jazz format, or any format.

After years of studying, and writing songs from those studies, I decided to just play and write the music that made me feel the most like me. Rock is that for me. I grew up with The Beatles, Dylan’s Highway 61 and Blonde On Blonde, Ray Charles, Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bob Marley, The Stones. But I also still love Art Lande’s music, and Keith Jarrett’s music, and Oregon, and Scofield. So I suppose my studies and my roots just keep taking me on a long spirally trip through all those places.”

 

 
 

 

 
Gary Marks website Gary Marks website Gary Marks website Gary Marks website Gary Marks website Gary Marks website Gary Marks website
 
  copyright 2007 © Gary Marks Music All Rights Reserved   
Gary Marks music website
Image Forward - Internet Marketing