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    Mark Hogan

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Forget The Past lyrics
    2Movin' On lyrics
    3Never Saw It Coming lyrics
    4Over You lyrics
    5Denying Being Without lyrics
    6When The Hard Times lyrics
    7Save Me lyrics
    8What I Need lyrics
    9Goodbye lyrics
    10A Night Not Soon Forgotten lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1When The Hard Times Settle [2006]


    Mark Hogan was born on September 25th in the beaches of Toronto, although he currently lives in Scarborough. He is currently 18. He first started playing guitar because a friend had one and it looked like fun, so he went out and bought one and he has been obsessed with it ever since. Its just something he can't live without, although he also play bass, drums, and some keys.

    The album he is working on right now is pretty different from what he has been playing with his bands in the past its not quite as fast or heavy or anything its just what he feels like doing. It's a lot more acoustical tracks then he is use to but it's all good and he is having a lot of fun with it. his influences are The Ataris, Dallas Green, The Early November, Dashboard Confessional, Green Day, Johnny Cash, and more but there are really just too many to list and not bore you to death.

    Mark's Past in Music

    In the past he has been part of many other bands, but only two that really stand out in his mind. The two that he will never forget are Eternal Instinct and Motion Drive (Lost in Fate). This brings me to his first real band (Eternal Instinct), which taught him so much about the music game. He was in bands before them but this was the first serious one. It originally consisted of Him, Jordan (his cousin who played bass), Scott (a friend who played drums), and Andrew (a friend of Scott's that played guitar). Then after fights and Andrew leaving morphed into Mark, Anthony (bass), Scott (drums), and Andy (guitar). They battled it out for a good year and a half before disassembling due to differences. They did some studio work which was their demo "Up at Six in Aurora" which contained 1. What's Wrong With Them, 2. Would You, 3. Once It's Gone, and 4. Fuck Your Opinion. They also had many live appearances at places in much of the GTA such as The Opera House, The Reverb, The Kathedral, Third Floor Reillys and more.

    Unfortunately in May of 2005 Eternal Instinct broke up so what was he to do but start another band. Mark had round up a new drummer (Aaron), lead guitarist (Peter), and temporary bassist (Tom) to get them going and then in June of 2005 they had their first practice, They sounded pretty good. Exactly one week later they were booked and played the El Mocambo. For a first show it went surprisingly well. This band then needed a new bassist, after looking high and low for one Mark stepped up to the plate and took one for the team and played bass for two shows. Then when their drummer left they were forced to cancel a show and had another huge show coming up which they couldn't just let go by. They then called in a fill in drummer after two practices with him they were good to go and they rocked The Opera House that night. They didn't play any shows for a long while after that until they found a new drummer which was a good two months later, and this brings Cory into the picture. About a week later Mark was really sick of playing bass so they recruited Anthony to play for us, about 2 weeks later they felt something was missing from their sound so they got Andy in on guitar and relieved Peter of his duties. They then found another band with the same name as them and instead of asking them to change theirs which they couldn't because the other band was signed they had to change theirs. A week later Andy had come up with Motion Drive and thats the name they went by ever since.

    After three shows under the new name Mark left the band to pursue his solo project which is now his full time project, because his heart just wasn't in the band anymore. He couldn't go on playing shows and not feeling the message that he was putting out there. Whats the point in putting out a message if you don't want to stand behind it? With his solo project he feel as if every line that comes out is straight from the heart because its all him. So every line he says or writes he can get behind one hundred percent.

    What Brought him to This Point

    It took a lot to get Mark to the point of becoming a solo artist. Endings bring new beginnings which is exactly my case. It wasn't until his grandmothers death that he realized solo is the way he belongs. He had always been writing songs about his personal life and they didn't really seem right playing them with the band.

    The Story of Goodbye

    In October of 2004 Mark's grandmother in which had lived with him for almost his whole life was diagnosed with cancer. They gave her two years to live and within the time she lived after that she got sicker and sicker. A few months after this when she new she would not be here for long she asked that Mark played at her funeral. Well not only would he play , that he would write a song that would forever be her song and that will always make him remember her every time he plays it. This was one of the hardest songs he ever had to write and it took him many months to finish it. Then one night in the summer of 2005 he got a call from his mother saying he had better finish the song soon cause his grandmother was not doing to well. Well that night he went home and played until 8am in the morning working on the song. The next morning he played the song for his mom and she loved it. When his mom went to the hospital later that day she told his grandma that the song was finished it was only hours after that that she passed away on August 5th 2005. It was as if she was waiting for him to finish it. Goodbye is not just another song that he has written, its got so much more meaning then all the others because it took so much to write emotional wise. He had to sum up his whole life that he had ever known her and sing her way out. Its definitely not an easy thing to do.

    The day of the funeral is was as if he was playing another show with his band, he was calm and ready. After the gear was set up and the funeral had begun and it was getting closer to him playing he started shaking and got more nervous then he ever had. When it was his turn to go do his thing he wanted to back out and not do it, he had to he told her he would and with something like that you have to keep your word. Well He started playing the song but half way threw the song he had to stop. He broke down at the point and realized what was going on, his grandma was gone and he is never gonna see her again. Up until that point he was cool about it and it hadn't hit him but when it did it was as if that was his only thought and all he could remember was what they had done together, and all the things that will never happen again. He then started playing again and finished, and went back to his seat, stumbling his way there breathing really hard. At the reception afterward people were telling him how beautiful it was and that they wanted a copy of the lyrics and CD when they come out, which is always nice to hear after a performance. The only real thing he would have to say about the song goodbye though is that his grandmother was a great person and he will always miss her and that she will always be in his heart.

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