Back in October I wrote about a Christmas folk band called Mark and the Mongrels of which I am a member. Today, I would like to reflect on this past song writing/performing season and share with you some of the new jams and old favorites.
Since August, we had a somewhat regular Wednesday night band meeting, where we would pitch ideas, sample songs, edit, rehearse and drink beer (not necessarily in that order). We established some goals early on including: playing a live show, partnering with Second Helpings (an Indianapolis-based charity) and officially ‘dropping’ an album.
Well on December 20, we circled up at the Tin Roof in downtown Indianapolis and played what some would call an ‘intimate’ show – it was mainly friends and co-workers in attendance, but there were a few outsiders who were likely entertained/confused. We raised a little money for Second Helpings at that event, and today I present to you, our album:
I know what you’re thinking, “Why would I want to listen to Christmas music now?” Here are a few reasons:
- For anyone in the Midwest: the weather feels more like Christmas now than it did in December.
- For those who are tired of Christmas music: you can’t be tired of these songs! We perform no covers – only originals.
- For those who claim Christmas is behind us: yeah, if you are a pessimist.
So go ahead, click the link. You can listen for free if you want, or better yet, own the album for a measly $5 and feel good about donating a few bucks to a worthwhile cause! Purchase comes with a year of merriment from merry men.