August 2020 posted by on August 5, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

Earlier this year I read a great biography from legendary recording engineer and record producer Al Schmitt “On The Record”.  Al has done so many things including the magical digital duet with Nat and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” in the early 1990’s. Engineers Al Schmitt, David Reitzas, and mega producer David Foster worked together on that recording.

(A little Techno Info… a 4 minute recording CAN equal 100’s of hours worth of work for musicians, engineers, producers and anyone involved.)

The agent that booked me for last month’s wedding also booked me as bandleader for David Reitzas’ wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. This job was in the 1990’s (David Foster played the wedding ceremony on a white baby grand piano in the garden.) Now, usually with a very nice wedding such as this, there would be pages of instructions, a minute by minute event list …but not today.  The agent called and said “ I haven’t got any details, the bride and groom are real relaxed about things, just do what you do Mark Carter”……OK !

Time for the first dance came and I asked the female vocalist for a list of her current favorite songs to sing for this dance. I walked over to David Reitzas and said “May we do Unforgettable for your first dance?” and he said “NO !! I don’t want to ever hear that song again, I worked on that record !! “….I just stood there for a second and then looked at the list, How about “Through The Fire” by Chaka Kahn ? and again he said “NO, I don’t want to ever hear that song again I worked on that record !! “…ahhhh…How about “Wind Beneath My Wings” By Bette Midler ? and again he said “NO, I don’t want to ever hear that song again I worked on that record !! …Oh man I was sinking fast !!…..So I reached back…..How about Elvis Presleys“Can’t Help Falling In Love With You “ ?”Perfect !! he said “I did not work on that record”  

Well, I was really trying to feature our great female vocalist that day but the ball bounced right back in my corner so I sang the song and the bride and groom were happy campers….If I’ve learned one thing in my 40 plus years of playing music for people, it’s this…You NEVER know what’s gonna work at any given moment……be prepared and say a prayer.

Stay Blessed , Stay Well
Mark
626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

July 2020 posted by on July 12, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

I’ve always looked at the music biz as one big pie.
If you choose it as a career, you might get a slice or two. I’ve been really blessed and fortunate in 40 plus years in many areas as a performer, studio musician, band leader, guitarist for hire, guitar teacher and music composer, music contractor and yea even
a jingle writer !

With the performing world in such a mess right now, 
I thought it might be a good time to share some memories. Here’s a favorite….

I was working as a band leader for a “entertainment agency” and  was contracted to lead a band at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, (now I’m a wedding singer). The agent gave me all the details which can be page after page and then said “at a certain point in the reception you will have a guest singer and you will know what to do, have fun !! “
So, it’s a beautiful reception and for the first dance the father of the bride wants to  stand on stage and give a toast. Well, he goes on and on about his love for his little girl and all the stories of her growing up and not a dry eye in the house and I’m getting choked up just thinking about my own daughter ! Then he says ” There’s nothing I would not give my daughter on her special day, so today I give you The King” and out of a side door in the room pops “Elvis”! All of a sudden the room is full of laughter and everyone is rolling in the floor !! “Elvis” walks up to me and says “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You in the key of E ” The band was laughing so hard we could hardly play….It was one of those moments.   🙂

Stay Blessed , Stay Well
Mark
626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

June 2020 posted by on June 3, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

How are we doing friends ?
I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Well, here we go………
with social distancing in place, a mask, hand sanitizer,
in a dining room, and performing in person !!

June 6 2020     6-9 pm.        Saturday Night

Cara Mia
7945 Vineyard Ave, Ste d-7, 
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 360-1498

As we all know, things have been changing rapidly
so please call before you make the drive.
I’m hoping for the best !

Summer is here and it’s a great time to get those kids
busy …. and some adults too!
So I will continue  teaching guitar students over the internet for the time being.

In closing I want you all know that if you need anything and I can help, or if you just want to call and say hi, don’t hesitate. Now more than ever we need to stay in touch.

626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

Stay Well……Mark

May 2020 posted by on May 3, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

How are we doing friends ?
I hope everyone is safe and as healthy as can be.

The Good News..

I received a phone call last week from a couple 
that have come to see me work for many years
and offered to send me a gift. My heart melted.
I told them I was fine and I didn’t spend everything.
I’m fortunate and thanked them for reaching out.
Thank God for the good folks in this world 
….Blessed

So…..In all my spare time now I wrote and recorded
a new piece of music, a bit different, but fun !
I sent it to my friend Phil Brickner and he
came up with a cool video. It’s posted on YouTube
“A Surf With No Name”  by Mark Carter.
Get ready to ride the waves !!

And..
The past 3 years I have become a Yoga student and a friend of mine was a Yoga instructor at a local
gym that had to close their doors. So Linda is giving me online Yoga classes overFacetime. 
She’s excellent and knows how not to hurt us folks
…..over 30     🙂 
If you want to get rid of some of that quarentine..
contact her at   Ctlindatan@gmail.com

And …
I’m adding a few more guitar students this month over the internet. If you are interested, 
please feel free to call or email me at
626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

Stay Well……Mark

April 2020 posted by on March 30, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

Sending out my prayers and love to all.
May we be safe in this world 
from this virus that has taken so many and
praying for a speedy recovery for those in need.
Amen.

I have been teaching AND studying guitar since I was in Jr. High School. Now after 47 years of performinig
on a weekly basis performing it is no longer an option.

So now what ?
I am involved in online Guitar Lessons.
Using Zoom, Skype, and FB Messanger
I am teaching children and adults the
in’s and out’s and joy of music.
You or your children with time on their hands 
might want to explore this world.
It’s a great place to put your energy in times like this
or actually anytime.

If you are interested, 
please feel free to call or email me at

626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

With all my love and prayers
until we meet again
Mark

March 2020 posted by on March 3, 2020
Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

This year is off and running my friends !
Working on some new music in my studio,
teaching, and performing has got me 
busy. but it's a good thing .
I enjoy this journey way too much.
Hope you are enjoying yours .....

Stay blessed.....Mark

Friday's 6:00-9:00
Dattilo Ristorante Italiano
2288 E. Florida Ave.
Hemet, CA
(951) 658-4248


Saturday's  5:30-9:30
Toasted Barrel
1300 El Sobrante Rd,
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 737-946


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5   Private Event       afternoon     I.E
6   Dattilo              6:00-9:00     Hemet
7   Toasted Barrel     5:30-9:30     Corona
11 Private Event      afternoon      O.C.
13 Dattilo             6:00-9:00     Hemet
14 Toasted Barrel    5:30-9:30      Corona
17 Tartan Room        7-11             Orange
18 Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
20 Dattilo              6:00-9:00     Hemet
21 Toasted Barrel     6-10             Corona
24 Tartan Room        7-11             Orange
25 Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
26 Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
27 Private Event      morning        O.C.
27 Dattilo                 6:00-9:00     Hemet
28 Toasted Barrel     6-10             Corona
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Februray 2020 posted by on February 7, 2020
Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

Happy Valentines Day all you lover's !
I've got a couple of new weekend gigs 
in the 951 area code, so if you are out that
way stop by and enjoy a night of love songs !
Be sure and make your reservations

and...
Another birthday rolls around on the 9th.
This is the one where my health insurance changes
I understand its a good thing     :)

Stay blessed.....Mark

Friday's 6:30-9:00
Dattilo Ristorante Italiano
2288 E. Florida Ave.
Hemet, CA
(951) 658-4248


Saturday's 6:00-!0:00
Toasted Barrel
1300 El Sobrante Rd,
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 737-946

1   Toasted Barrel     6-10            Corona
5   Private Event       evening       I.E
7   Dattilo             6:30-9          Hemet
8   Toasted Barrel     6-10             Corona
13 Private Event      afternoon      I.E.
14 Private Event      afternoon      I.E.
14 Dattilo            6:30-9          Hemet
15 Toasted Barrel     6-10             Corona
18 Tartan Room        7-11             Orange
19 Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
21 Dattilo            6:30-9           Hemet
22 Toasted Barrel     6-10             Corona
25 Private Event      afternoon       O.C.
26 Private Event      afternoon       O.C.
27 Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
28 Private Event      morning        O.C.
28 Dattilo             6:30-9           Hemet
29 Toasted Barrel     6-10             Corona








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January 2020 posted by on January 8, 2020
Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

Happy New Year !

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays,
family and friends !

I'm hitting the ground and running again,
so I'll make this short and sweet. New music
and good times are coming this next decade !
God bless you all and hope to see you soon
Mark 

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3   Private Event      afternoon      O.C.
5   Tommy Bahama  5-9  111 Palm Canyon  PS  
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9   Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
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December 2019 posted by on December 5, 2019
Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

It's a busy month for all of us human beings
...so with a peaceful heart I wish you all 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
........Mark

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24 Tartan Room        7-11   2652 N Tustin St   Orange
25 Private Event      afternoon       I.E.
27 Tommy Bahama       5-9   111 Palm Canyon   PS  
28 Private Event      evening          I.E.
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November 2019 posted by on November 9, 2019
Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers


Happy Thanksgiving....
I hope we all have a moment to
give thanks with friends. family, and loved ones.

I'm truly grateful for another year to spend time
with my children and their children, play lots of guitar, 
enjoy a day at the beach, worship at the church of my choice,
enjoy a yoga class, go for a hike, hear the best musicians
in the world on any given night....
and drive a classic mustang :)

May we all enjoy these coming holidays
............Mark

2   Billingsley's        7-10  11326  W Pico Blvd  LA
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9   Billingsley's      7-10  11326  W Pico Blvd   LA 
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16 Billingsley's       7-10  11326  W Pico Blvd   LA 
19 Tartan Room         7-11   2652 N Tustin St  Orange
20 Private Event      evening         I.E.
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