Berthmark Music

Still doing what i have always Loved, growing old with music.

www.berthmarkmusic.com Hi and Welcome. Berthmark is the persona name of Singer Songwriter Mark Joseph Parsons. He is a Singer/Songwriter of Fun Loving Romantic Folk/Rock and Blues told through a story telling Tongue. You got to tell a story, don’t you.? , he says. He learned how to play the thin whistle and bodhran and over the years that followed, he went on to teach himself other instruments. Short stories was a huge passion of his and he began turning them into songs and bringing them to life, This particular method was the perfect fit for him and he has being writing this way ever since . At the age of 16 he saw an add in the local newsletter about an act looking for members for a local Folk group. He applied and later was invited to join that Senior folk group in his local church, They played regularly at mass and it was there he gained valuable experience with the more experienced musicians and mastering his own unique style of playing. A few years later he set up his own junior folk group and taught other younger kids how to play and sing, This is something that is very close to his heart and he still continues to this very day . As a youth worker through Foroige he encourages, supports, advises and produces all kinds of music for kids. He has played on the live circuit with many bands with many different styles of music, One of his bands, had a record label interested and his future seemed promising but life started to take its toll, with band bust ups and all that other stuff that comes with rock n roll and the industry. Its was around that time, He found himself struggling physically and mentally,.Fighting the inner demons that affect so many artists and also trying to raise his young family.. It was his Music and writing that kept him going through this period . “Music and writing is in my bloodstream and it has always been my lifeline”, he says, He took the time needed to recuperate and he is back with some fantastic Music. He has classed himself as a writer of indie singer/songwriter stuff, He was reared on the likes of the Dubliners and Christy Moore,moving hearts and planxty, So he thought he would have a go at writing a ballad for change. A song such as…. “Government A” ( about our then struggling Irish government under the bad leadership of Cowen and their bad choices and mishaps, a song most countries today can relate to today ) Another Song.” R.I.P In Loving Memory.” (Is a song about a woman’s heart ache at the powers up above for taking her love away, after his long struggle with Alzheimer’s for years) His music takes a story and tells it with heart to bring it to life with soulful acoustic music.. His music includes covers and lots of originals, He has built up quite a back catalog of his own songs over the years. Some have being recorded as home demo's.and some he has released out to the General public .Feel free to check out some of his work.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music has always been a life long friend of mine, Back when i was just a lad it helped me mature and turned me into who I was to be and as I got older it helped me understand life a bit better and helped me get through many bad moments.

What is your music dream?

I would rather stay awake and keep taking this long path that I have to date being taking, If you fall asleep at the wheel you will miss the good stuff.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Understanding, We cant really blame a language barrier in the world as nearly everyone can speak English now, But its the understanding of why a person believes in what they believe. One thing I found no matter how extreme something seems to us, who may be somewhat ignorant, there is always a valid reason... well.? Unless its a selfish one.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I got my mind set on you, by George Harrison. What a song. When i first heard that song as a teen, it touched me and it later got me into my favorite band of all time The Beatles.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

See above...Lol

What inspires you to make music?

Back in school, I was taught how to play the thin whistle and Bodhran (Irish drum) and prior to that, I always loved to write stories. Making up characters and putting them into situations.. Then one day, I was outside messing about and I heard music coming from around the corner, when I got there I saw a friend of mine playing Guitar out on the street with his band and I thought ...That is cool. That is what i want to do, so I taught myself the guitar and started putting my stories to music and well..the rest is history.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Life is an open book and has many passages about many people doing many different things, some bad some good, and that is what I love to write about with my music. Unless its personal, then I become one of my subjects..

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

There are so many Artists now days making music,it has become too easy with computer technology. But the one thing that makes me different from them is, I started out not through making video's in the safety of my bedroom on social media, but playing live in front of people and I love the feeling of seeing peoples faces light up as soon as I hit that first nervous chord, then I am in my element. Then reaching out to them afterwards, talking with them about how they felt...Music is an art form and people should get to experience it first hand, not from a computer screen.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

First of all, If you want to be a musician, you should at least learn to understand music first by learning to play an instrument, not just push a few buttons on a computer keyboard or click a mouse, that is lazy...

What do you think of Drooble?

Honestly, I dont know much about you guys, but I do like what you are trying to do for music and for musicians like myself. We need all the platforms we can get.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Being over shadowed by greed and untalented individuals that I believe do'nt deserve their success. They didnt put in the work, They Just happened to be in the right place at the right time, selling a product that a backer knew they could make money from, the art form has gone. Before a musician moved you and worked hard to get to a certain level and blew your mind with their music...Now days they just blow your ears.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I am in many forums, for guitarists and Songwriters and Every time I hear a song and it moves me, I try and help them the best I can by connected with them and sharing their music with my followers. I also run a music club for kids aged 11- 18, where I try and hone in on their skills and give them pointers...Id like to change music back to where it all started, real people playing real instruments and this is how I am trying to change it, through our youth... Your welcome. lol

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Just understand it and if you have a real story to tell try and tell it...It is so easy to write a love song, That is why there are so many nowdays, but to actually move someone with your music with a real topic...That is the art.?

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

There is a young man from Canada , Called Dan Schonski. Who I have got to know. In my opinion he has everything going for him and is going to be big, if he is not over shadowed by the tripe fueling our airwaves at the moment. https://soundcloud.com/dan-schonski