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The BIG Reason

Music, opinions, and portfolio of Mark Eagleton, musician and web developer in Northern CA.


An archive of rare, discontinued music, and some of my personal music-releated projects.

  1. Boneback Sarsky Solo Project front cover
  2. Box of snuff tins

    Table Top Box

    In the victorian era, music boxes were commonly made from old snuff boxes. There were personal sized pocket boxes that you carried around with you, and table top boxes for your parlor or coffee table.

  3. A photo of Ella and I with ukuleles

    The Cruel Minuet

    An original composition inspired by Leigh Nash’s Cruel Heart (her song, not her attitude). This is totally different, though. This recording features my daughter Ella on rhythm ukulele. She is a hoss.

  4. Me, all dressed up with no where to go

    Baltimore Oriole

    Hoagy Carmichael has always been a huge favorite of mine. A legendary songwriter, and under-rated performer. I have always been a sucker for songwriters performing their own songs. Hoagy is at the top of my list.

  5. A photo of my ukulele and I from the floor

    The Creekside Serenade

    A waltz I wrote in G minor, inspired by memories of driving home from band practice in Dixon and pulling over at a dark sky spot beside Putah Creek to look at the stars. We were playing Lonesome Moonlight Waltz a lot at the time.

  6. Me and my ukulele looking out the window
  7. My ukulele and me

    Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

    One of my all-time favorite Bill Monroe waltzes, this arrangement by YouTube’s ukulelezaza is what inspired me to record these country and bluegrass waltzes on the ukulele. Ukulelezaza epitomizes everything I love about this instrument. He doesn’t post enough, but his channel is very worth subscribing to.

  8. My grainy ukulele

    Kentucky Waltz

    One of the waltzes I’m working on. I did this one pretty strait with almost no dynamics. I like the idea of bringing out the structure, but I may spiff it up a bit. Bill Monroe’s vocal phrasing is really great on this tune, so I’ll probably try to emulate that.

  9. Mark Eagleton ukelele portrait

    St. James Infirmary Blues

    I’d been working out ukulele arrangements of some country and bluegrass waltzes, when I stumbled upon this in a songbook my wife picked up. It derailed my waltz project for a little bit, but I like the way it came out.

  10. America, America

    M.e. - America, America

    I wrote and recored this EP in August of 2000 as part of my album-a-month project. It features an unusual electric Thai string instrument my friend S.britt brought back from a trip to Thailand.

  11. Necromancy demo cover from 1989

    Necromancy - Demo

    Twenty five years ago, when I was but a budding, punk rock-obsessed bass player, Davis, California’s Necromancy was about the hottest ticket on the Yolo County scene—at least as far as I was concerned. I saw them just about every chance I got (which admitedly wasn’t too often. I was 15 years old, after all). I must have looped this 5/6 song demo a thousand times.

  12. ALL Live in Studio A Cover
  13. TDK D90 cassette tape
  14. The Maids - Back to Bataan 7" cover
  15. Truck
  16. America America album art

    M.e. - Hi Miss America

    A terrorist falls in love with Miss America. Unrequited love in the terror community ends with the destruction of a country. I wrote and recored this song in August of 2000. Any similarities to the events of 9/11 are purely freaky.

  17. Safety and Manners
  18. Say Goodnight

    M.e. - Say Goodnight

    This song is about a stalker. I wrote it a very long time ago about my friend Jeannette who thought she was being stalked.