Finally, I’ve had some time

The title sums up this post in the best way possible.  I’ve been busy busy busy these past two weeks, writing, working, planning, and not being in front of my computer.  Good thing I have Droid so I can stay up to date on the happenings of the world.

The new songs that I’ve been working on seem to be getting better and better, but of course I would say that.. I’m the one writing them!  So eventually when I get them posted up either here, on YouTube or Facebook, you can decide for yourself.

Things seem to be changing in my life for the better.  I don’t think I’ve been this happy for a real long time so I’m excited about the path I am heading down and I think everyone who takes the time to read this pointless blog about myself, should be too!  So be happy and yeah to be happy is just a good thing anyway because… it’s almost Christmas!

Speaking of Christmas, I can’t believe that it is already here! 3 more weeks and then bam! the year will be over.  How crazy?!  Well It’s been a wonderful year for me and I am anxious to see where I’ll be this time next year, hopefully a lot further in my music career and just further along in my goals in life. We shall see.

Alright so this post wasn’t very eventful, but I feel like I needed an update even if it was just to post something. So for your entertainment I’ll post the link of one of my favorite songs of mine to play.  It’s called “Smiling While I Sleep (It’s You) Co-written with my fellow songwriter and friend Joseph Moore.  Here ya go!



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Procrastinating, “I Wouldn’t Mind”

I fell into the procrastination trap and am trying to climb up it’s slippery walls as I type up this blog post.

A lot has gone on since my rant about “No technology”, I’ve played a great writers round at Sweet Ces Ces here down in Nashville and have written four new songs in the last three weeks.  Life has been treating me very VERY well :).   I’ve been writing with great friends and things seem to be falling into place without too much problem.

I’m going to post a video of a song I co-wrote with my friend and fellow songwriter Joseph Moore.  It is called, “I Wouldn’t Mind” and being that this is my blog, I’ll explain a little bit about the song.  Pretty much the sessions that Joseph and I have always start out as just a conversation and from that conversation we eventually pick up on something that either on of us had said.  This is exactly how we came up with the idea for “I Wouldn’t Mind”.  I told Joseph, “Hey man.  I wouldn’t mind falling in love” and from that sentence the song was created.  A lot of people find that to be pretty fascinating that songwriters are able to come up with a whole song just from a phrase that someone said.  I, myself, am one of those people and I am thankful I am one of the lucky ones who can do that!

So here is the video and the lyrics to sing along too.  Enjoy it!


I Wouldn’t Mind (Joseph Moore/Mark Vikingstad © 2010)

Verse 1:

I wouldn’t mind getting caught outside in the rain and being swept away, as long as it was with you

I wouldn’t mind getting caught up in your eyes for awhile so you can’t help but stay,


I wouldn’t mind falling in love,

I wouldn’t mind falling in love,

I wouldn’t mind falling in love,

Falling in love, with you

Verse 2:

I wouldn’t mind if you called at 3am askin’ baby how you’ve been, and I wouldn’t lie

‘Cause I’ve been dreaming of a girl, who could come and change my world, that’s why I want you here next to me,


I wouldn’t mind falling in love,

I wouldn’t mind falling in love,

I wouldn’t mind falling in love,

Falling in love, with you

Verse 3:

I wouldn’t mind if it snowed outside and you got cold, I’d give you my coat, and I wouldn’t mind


Like a shot of warm sunlight on a cold autumn breeze

And all the times I thought I was in love, this time it’s for real,

You’re like a brand new way to breath, and I just can’t get enough

I wouldn’t mind falling in love with you



I don’t mind, falling in love

falling in love with you


I don’t mind, falling in love with you.


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2nd post, No Technology

My second post is here!  Can you believe it?!  Me either.  I figure that I am off to a good start though, being that it’s the second post in two days.  I can imagine that some people say, “Hey! I’m starting a blog, it’s going to be so interesting and everyone is always going to want to read it etc etc” and then they only post one thing.  Well, I beat all of those people and now am ahead of the game!  That’s probably because I got some good advice from some friends of mine, which was “Write a lot and write often”  Easy enough!

A situation popped into my head today at work after my co-worker had left her phone at home and posed this question, “Man, how did we ever survive without cell-phones?”  I sat on the question for a second and thought, “How did we?” and not only phones, technology in general.   We all seem to be ruled by the, tweet, the news feed, the profile and the status update.  I’m not saying that I’m not ruled by it either, hell I’m on my phone just as much as the next facebook addicted 20 something, but when the question is really thought about, it is kind of sad and depressing.  I mean I could only imagine what would happen if there was no technology at all; it would be a chaos and anarchy, but if it were to be for just one day, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.   A day without phones, computers, media, and TV sounds terrible for some people, but for some with an open mind, it could be one of the greatest days of their life.  There would be no plan. Everything would be played by ear and there would be no distractions from working on something productive or something artistic.  Maybe in a day without technology you’d find the quality time with family that you were looking for.  For myself, I know that I would most likely write for most of the day, go outside and enjoy/see the beauty of nature in a different way.  Yeah, that sounds sort of cheesy, but it’s the truth haha.  So I ask you, whoever is reading this blog, what would you do?  Would you be one to complain? or one who would enjoy a day free of tweets, ringtones, and status updates.  Let me know!  I’m actually curious.

Well this post is sort of not what I would normally want to write about, first it has pretty much nothing to do with my music or my writing and second, I’m rambling on about a situation that may never arise ever! Pretty swell if you ask me!

Now it’s time to start thinking about the next one… hmmm…





Mark? Start a blog? What?!

Yeah the title may be exactly what you are all thinking, that’s pretty much my reaction too.  Usually people start a blog when there life seems pretty interesting and society has a yearning to find out what that persons life is all about.  Reading about details, facts, fun stuff that can make the reader want to live vicariously through the writers words.  Well I can tell you that as of right now, my life is probably not that exciting or interesting and it may be a little like yours, I work a day job, I live in a house in Nashville TN,  I play 5 instruments, I sing, play in bands, record and write music, and I aspire to be a famous artist.  See?  That is not much different than any other average American 23 year old.

I started this blog because well, honestly, I was told it would help me in my career.  How?  No clue yet, but I’ll do almost anything (almost) to get my face, name, and music out there to lovely readers and listeners!

Also, in future blogs, I will post songs and write about what they mean to me, and why I wrote them.  Maybe not every song, I like to leave some songs up for interpretation, but most of them are so straight forward anyways, it’s not too hard to figure out who, or what I am writing about ha-ha.

Well this being the first post I’d like to say, thanks for joining me in my adventures and I’ll be doing my best to keep this all up to date.  Now, if only I can link this all to Facebook, twittter, myspace, ourstage…..

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