A note about me and this site
For the purposes of this blog, I’m using a pretty generous definition of “band” and “been in.” I’m going to try to add a new entry every week or so. By my last count, this should take about a year to complete. I’m not going chronologically or in any particular order. Do check in, subscribe, comment, etc.
I played bass in most of these bands, sometimes as primary member, sometimes as a frequent sub. I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, moved to New York in 1982 when I was 18, and more or less stayed there until 2006 when I moved to my current home in Phoenicia, NY.
I’m not writing this because my music career has been especially noteworthy. Few of the bands I’ve been in have achieved anything but the most local renown. I’m a good bass player, but there are many better ones out there. I know a lot of musicians who could write a blog called “Every band I’ve ever been in” and it would have a broader appeal than this one. But looking back, it’s been a whole lot of music, and the connections make for a pretty unique portrait of who I am and, at the same time, a pretty spot-on portrayal of what it’s been like for many of us to play music for the last 35 years or so.
I’m 48 as I write this, and my memory is far from perfect. I welcome any corrections or comments from band members or listeners. I plan to include songs, videos, photos, and posters when I have them; in short, far more information and music than anyone could possibly be interested in. Thanks for reading.
– Mark Lerner
You can reach me via comments here or at mark @ ragandboneshop dot com