Mark De Rose

Mark De Rose

 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Mark De Rose blends introspective lyrics with heartfelt acoustic rock. Influenced by musical greats like James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews, De Rose brings a distinctive sound that has been challenging listeners and entertaining high energy crowds for over a decade.

Biography

Ask the fans of Mark DeRose's music what it is that keeps them coming out to his shows and you will find a common tie that unites them: sincerity. "There is an honesty to Mark's work that is so easy to connect with. Whether it be his solid and intelligent lyrics or the intensity with which he pours himself into his live shows, the listener can easily relate to the emotions expressed in his songs.”

As a singer/songwriter and an instrumentalist on piano and guitar, the multi-talented Mark DeRose blends introspective lyrics with heartfelt acoustic rock. Influenced by musical greats like James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews, DeRose brings a distinctive sound that has been challenging listeners and entertaining high energy crowds for nearly a decade.

Patrick Kirchner of The Fly describes this engaging music as “thoughtful and provocative, laden with metaphors of hope and celebration for life – the stuff that makes feel good music feel so good."

In just a short time working as a solo act in the college music market, DeRose has booked an impressive amount of shows with the hopes of always adding more to the calendar. He looks forward to introducing the Mark DeRose Duo/Band to the college market in 2010/11.

Fueled by a genuine passion for performing live, Mark has a history of numerous performances at a wide range of venues. He's been keeping busy by growing a fan base hungry for great music and good times.

Just last year eight of his songs were cleared for use on television’s oldest daytime soap opera Guiding Light. He has had the pleasure of opening for national touring artists Michelle Branch (Jan. 8th, 2010) Edwin McCain, Josh Kelley and Blues Traveler! He also had the unique opportunity of performing with The Baltimore Marching Ravens as a part of the halfime show when the Ravens played the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers (Nov. 29, 2009).

According to Michael Lessner of Live Nation (Former V.P. Executive of Capitol/Motown/EMI Records), “Mark’s music is definitely going in the right direction.” Just like many first-time listeners, Lessner was “pleasantly surprised” and ready to hear more!

Lyrics

Satisfied

Written By: Mark J. DeRose

I flew to the moon and took those steps so few get to take.
It was no giant leap, more a simple act of faith.
See I believe in myself perhaps more than what’s good for my own health.
That’s why the minute I stepped on the moon I was wishing for the stars.
Forgetting that I’d already come this far.

I’m never satisfied and time after time I’ve been too blind to see the good in front of me.
And everyday I wake and every step I take.
I always want a little more,
but I don’t need anymore.

I fell in love with a girl from the highest of heavenly states
She gave me her hand and stole me the key to heavens gate
But that wasn’t enough. I romanced society and I sized her up.
She was the daughter of St. Peter. It was so nice to meet her...
but tell her I’m looking for the daughter of the chosen one

I’m never satisfied and time after time I’ve been too blind to see the good in front of me.
And everyday I wake and every step I take.
I always want a little more,
but I don’t need anymore.

Think it’s time that I realize everthing can’t be mine.
But I still can’t let it go.

I’m never satisfied and time after time I’ve been too blind to see the good in front of me.
And everyday I wake and every step I take.
I always want a little more,
but I don’t need anymore.

All My Life

Written By: Mark J. DeRose

Something about September when autumn’s rolling in.
And all the colors have gone to changing.
Sends my mind to wandering, tripping on remember when.
Pictures of you and I shining in my mind’s eye lets me do it all over again.

Those days are gone forever.
Memories we’ve made together are etched upon my mind for all my life.

For as long as I can remember you were always there for me.
You gave me more than I could ever need.
Did I give you worry as I was trying to find my way.
Sharing in the miles, the triumphs and trials I’ll never find a better friend.

Those days are gone forever.
Memories we’ve made together are etched upon my mind for all my life.

Playing in the backyard we’d go chasing down hail Mary’s.
Always happy to be the monkey in the middle.
Acting half your age, you’d say “It’s a number and nothing more”.
Tell me how you had a way when you were in your glory days, tales from way back when.

Those days are gone forever.
Memories we’ve made together are etched upon my mind for all my life.

All my life I will miss you.
I look inside, that’s where I find you for all my life.

Something about September when autumn’s rolling in.
And all the colors have gone to changing.
Sends my mind to wandering, tripping on remember when.
Pictures of you and I shining in my mind’s eye lets me do it all over again.

In A Daydream

Written By: Mark J. DeRose

I am flying high above the clouds, weightless on the breeze.
I dive into the blue below me, I’m swimming in the seas.
Running across a wheat filled plain, the wind chases after me.

There is a place where only I can go.
I close my eyes.

In a daydream, I’m in a daydream, in a daydream.

I am drinking with an angel of God, we revel in the night.
Drunken by her beauty, wishing away the morning light.
She leaves me with a kiss and in a whisper the answers to this life.

There is a place where only I can go.
I close my eyes.

I am drifting away lost in a daydream.
I am drifting away lost in a daydream.

In a daydream, I’m in a daydream, in a daydream.

Across The Sea

Written By: Mark DeRose

Little girl cries out for her daddy’s arms, father come quickly, they’re playing our song
Remember the first time we heard it on the radio?
We were down by the water on the Delaware shore.
What feels like yesterday must be thirty years or more.
As the castles we were building drifted back into the sea we danced beneath the setting sun.
And all the world had disappeared.
Just you and I as we danced across the sea.

We were dancing, flying, waltzing on the water across the sea.
We were dancing, hand in hand you and I across the sea.

I can still us dancing in that beautiful light.
The sand castle princess with the king twirling by.
Innocence shines so bright looking through a child’s eyes.
It all looks so different from when I was a little girl.
And it’s hard to see beyond the walls of my world.
I’m tired and I’m broken but I’d fight to find the strength just to dance beneath that setting sun.
And all the world would disappear.
Just you and I as we dance across the sea.

We will be dancing, flying, waltzing on the water across the sea.
We will be dancing, hand in hand you and I across the sea.

Give to me your burdens and take my hand.
We can dream ourselves down by the water where the ocean meets the sand.
All your pain will disappear.
Just you and I as we dance across the sea.

We are dancing, flying, waltzing on the water across the sea.
We are dancing, hand in hand you and I across the sea.

Seulement Pour La Nuit

Written By: Mark J. DeRose

Seulement Pour La Nuit

I’m lying in bed, she’s fast asleep and singing like a bird
How beautifully odd, the sweet melody but I cannot make the words
She’s miles away across the sea in a dream of Paris, France
Or could it be she’s trying to talk to me in the language of romance

Seulement pour la nuit, she sings to me
Seulement pour la nuit she’s singing in her sleep

I spend my days in a nine to five haze lost in a concrete maze
Imagine my surprise getting lost in her eyes. So much blue within the grey
A foreign affair could lead anywhere. She carries me away
But holding her near, her sweet song in my ear is where I’d rather stay

Chorus

La la la la la love, la la la love, la la la la love.
La la la la la love, la la la love, la la la la love.

So what does it mean? I’m caught in between the sunrise and a dream
She’s packing her things and now as she sings it sounds so different in the morning light

Seulement pour la nuit, it’s only for the night
Seulement pour la nuit, it’s only for the night
Silly boy, it was only for the night
Silly silly boy, it was only for the night

It was only for the night

Breathing Life

Written By: Mark DeRose

Breathing Life - Mark DeRose

People, modern people racing to the sound of the unwinding hands of the clock

Evil, it’s a modern evil that teaches us the winner is the first one who can make it to the top

I won’t run I’m gonna take my time there’s no such thing as falling behind when you’re the only one who could ever know the way down your road

I want to take the time to breathe in this life.
Be a part of my days as they go flying by.
Still, I hear that bell and I fall in line, never falling behind.
This is yours, this is mine but tell me who’s winning are we winning?

Rebel, am I a lazy rebel?
Or have I found the simple treasures in the gifts that I can measure in my fist?

Warrior, I’m a peaceful warrior quiet I’ll remain as I go against the grain of the myth

I won’t fall for all the lies that hide within the shallow dreams fueled by nickels and dimes.
Headlines and deadlines on a clock bound life carved in stone.

I want to take the time to breathe in this life.
Be a part of my days as they go flying by.
Still, I hear that bell and I fall in line, never falling behind.
This is yours, this is mine but tell me who’s winning are we winning?

Standing in the middle of a crowded street, the world is busy marching to a broken beat that I cannot find.
My life flashes by, my eyes are open wide, I see the ways that I am blind.
I’m breathing life.

Let You Go

Written By: Mark DeRose

Let You Go – Mark DeRose

You came a knockin in the middle of the night knowing full well I’d let you in.
Cause there’s so much between you and I back to where we begin

One night can change a whole lifetime this much I am sure
But the sunrise showed the fear in your eyes as you were walking out my door

And now I know that I love you
That’s all you need to know
And to show you I love you I’m letting you go.
Letting you go
Letting you go
Letting you go

We went loving down a slippery slope never looking at what lay ahead
Turning a blind eye to our hearts and the lights that were burning red

Now you’re finding it hard to trust in me all these words that I’ve said
You think you’re just another girl in my life but you’re silouhette upon my bed

Let’s me know that I love you
That’s all you need to know
And to show you I love you I’m letting you go.
Letting you go
Letting you go

Letting you go and I hope you’ll come back to me
Letting you go and I hope that you will see

That I know that I love you
That’s all you need to know
And to show you I love you I’m letting you go.

Circle

Written By: Mark DeRose

Circle – Mark DeRose

Call it selfish anticipation of what’s to come
or a hopeful wish for some future love
When I was just a child I quickly came to see
that when I found love if I gave love it came back to me
There’s a line in this life that forms a circle and comes around?

I wanna be good, I wanna be kind and I wanna be the best friend you’ll ever find.
Cuz there’s a line in this life that forms a circle that comes around and around and around
There’s a line in this life that forms a circle and comes around

This life can be so unfriendly as it spins up and down
It will kiss your face and bend your knees then knock you to the ground
It’s a troubling destination on this bittersweet ride
a journey best taken with a faithful friend by your side.
There’s a line in this life that forms a circle and comes around?

I wanna be good, I wanna be kind and I wanna be the best friend you’ll ever find.
Cuz there’s a line in this life that forms a circle that comes around and around and around
There’s a line in this life that forms a circle and comes around

Keeping things equal between two loving people it’s like tracing an invisible line
It doesn’t matter it all seems to scatter cuz we know it all comes out in time, in time.

To say I could be your everything would be a foolish man’s vow.
But I’m gonna love you the best and only way I know how.
And I know that my love will fall short from time to time.
But back into your heart and grace I hope you’ll let me climb.

There’s a line in this life that forms a circle that comes around?
I wanna be good, I wanna be kind and I wanna be the best friend you’ll ever find.
Cuz there’s a line in this life that forms a circle that comes around and around and around
There’s a line in this life that forms a circle and comes around

Discography

Good To Be Here - 2004
Tales From The Sandcastle Kingdom - 2007
Mark DeRose Band - Self Titled EP - 2009
Hear To Listen - Mark DeRose Band Live @ The Capitol Theatre - 2009

Set List

Carolina Smile
Daydream
Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
Circle
Breathing Life
Babylon - David Gray
Brighter Day
All It Ever Takes
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
Satisfied
Find Me There
Rain King - Counting Crows
Bounce
Gentle Footsteps

Keep me in mind
Across the sea
Me and Julio - Paul Simon
Saving Time
4 and 5
The Joker - Steve Miller
All Fall Down
When I fall
Cecelia - Simon and Garfunkel
Maria
Sing
So Much To Say - Dave Matthews
Table for Two
All my life
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

This is an example of my "typical set list". Which runs about 2 to 2.5 hours with one set break. Therefore, two sets with a mix of both originals and covers. If need be, I can certainly go shorter for the 'showcase' type gigs (hour or shorter).

As one can see, the covers tend to dip into the older stuff with occasional tunes from my "favorite contemporary artists".