Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

by Mark Gothard

Released 2003
Released 2003
Songs you would sing with others, gathered round a boxcar fire, hopping a Northbound train.
Here's my story. I started writing songs when I was in college. I was a kid then, and did things for the sake of doing them - everything was an open door. Almost all of the songs I wrote then reflect that.
I graduated and stumbled around the country, living in some pretty interesting areas including hermit-like in the forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains and grizzly-like in the rough hills of Jackson, Wyoming. The songs I wrote during that time differed from the songs I wrote in college in the sense that I was no longer a meek adolescent but part of "the world" - reality had changed from a sweet-sounding violin to, at times, a screaming siren (in my ear). The songs I wrote during that time illustrate my change.
After my time in Jackson, I got serious and decided not to let life be something that was "beyond" me but stand up and try to live in a way that reflected what I thought to be true. I've recently started writing songs in the sense that they're not songs I need to write but songs I choose to write.
Anyways, Dead Reckoning (which is a term used in navigation meaning travel without the use of visible landmarks) is a collection of songs taken from the one's I wrote while on the move 'round the U.S. and while taking a stand here in the armpit of L.A.

Mark Gothard

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