MarkGunter.net - nada y nada & yada yada yada
Sunday, Mar 01, 2015 by MarksCarts
A place for all my stuff, somewhat organized, loosely categorized. I'm beginning a new effort to "flesh out" the fantasy of this egocentric e-haven.
In this place, I plan to share anything that interests me. I'll promote the content on Facebook and twitter once I'm up and rolling.
Thanks for dropping by! Take a few moments to browse around, and feel free to comment below on anything that catches your interest.
Alchemy [al-chem-y] noun. 1 : a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life 2 : a power or process of transforming something common into something special 3 : an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting OK, this article is not about alchemy, in the literal sense. It's about doggie poo and creative thinking. You know, some people just seem to have that "Midas touch", succeeding in business ventures …continue reading
The year is 2012. Meghan Voghel, a 17-year-old high school athlete had just won the race of her life to become the 2012 Ohio state champion in the 1,600 meter event. But what happened next was even more memorable for this talented and beautiful young woman. Meghan still had the 3,200 meter race to run, and she was exhausted. She decided to run anyway, determined to finish all events. When Meghan turned the corner on the final lap, she was in last place. Just ahead of her ran Arden McMath, a runner from a rival school. It seems McMath was having a tougher time than Vogel: As McMath neared …continue reading
This is a gallery of unfinished paintings that I've carried around over the years, which were damaged by flood waters in May of 2016. Some of these were 30 years old, others more recent. Some would probably never have been completed. They were never meant to be seen in public, at least not in an unfinished state. Some are quite juvenile in appearance. The only reason they appear here now is because I may not elect to go through the effort of salvaging them now that they are damaged to varying degrees, and I wanted to have a photographic record of them. At the end of the gallery are three …continue reading
The Basics If you've never picked up a mandolin and are a new beginner, you'll want to get a good start by holding the instrument correctly and learning to master the basics. I have compiled a list of free lessons below to get you started, and I encourage you to take plenty of time to work through each set of lessons at your own speed. Some are repetitive, either repeating or overlapping some material, but it is good to fully assimilate every one of these lessons to help you build a solid foundation when you begin playing. 1. Eight "Mandolin Basics" videos by Pete Martin: …continue reading
One of today's top mandolinists, Sam Bush was a teenage Kentuckian in 1969 when his mentor and music teacher, Wayne Stewart, suggested that they form a bluegrass group with banjoist Alan Munde and call the group Poor Richard's Almanac. In the words of Oklahoman Alan Munde: Wayne Stewart had this idea for a group with this kid he knew in Kentucky named Sam Bush, who was probably 15. So I moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and we formed Poor Richard's Almanac. Not long after, I got my draft notice, but before I left, Sam, Wayne and I made this tape, later released by Ridge Runner …continue reading
An accounting of my lineage, and of my own immediate family, beginning with my great-grandfather P. C. H. Gunter and ending with a listing of my grandchildren. Pleasant Calvin Houston Gunter was born on June 23, 1841 in Jackson County Alabama. He married twice, and had 10 children, the youngest of whom was my grandfather, David Elmer Gunter. P. C. H. Gunter was a farmer and a mill worker, and fought for the Confederate State of Tennesse in the American Civil War. My grandfather, David Elmer Gunter, was born in 1889. He spent his life working for the railroad, and followed the tracks to Louisiana, …continue reading
Bo Carter was born Armenter Chatmon on a plantation outside of Bolton, Mississippi, in 1893, into a house full of stringed instruments. His mother played the guitar. His father played the fiddle. Bo and his siblings (nine brothers) were naturally musical, and sveral became professional musicians. Early on, the boys began performing together at barn dances and parties. Later, several of the Chatmon brothers and Bo joined up with Walter Vinson. Each was proficient on several musical instruments, and they formed a string band known as The Mississippi Sheiks. Bo's first known recording session …continue reading
The following is an accurate, so far as I am able to determine, accounting of my lineage, covering the six generations from 1700 - 1880. It begins with John Gunter, a pre-Revolutionary War American who resided in the Virginia colony and worked as a surveyor, and carries through to P. C. H. Gunter, my great-grandfather, who served for Tennessee in the Civil War. Several of my ancestors fought for this new country in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and for the Confederate States of America in the War Between the States. I'm just posting here a skeletal summary of the lineage, with …continue reading
"Blind Willie McTell" (May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959) was a bluesman who was born and worked primarily in the state of Georgia. His birth name was William Samuel McTier, and he was reportedly born blind in one eye with some small ability to perceive light in the second eye. He could literally have described himself as "blind in one eye and can't see out of the other". The young man lost the last vestige of sight by puberty, but like several other blind youth through the ages he found a means of productivity in the field of music. Willie attended schools for the blind …continue reading
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