How Music Brings Stories to Life

Interview With Mark Roselli


Singer/Song-writers Mark Roselli and Philip Costanzo began writing and performing original music together many years ago under the name, Stalemate Society Inc. Mark and Philip come from different musical backgrounds, while sharing an admiration for common genres. They are releasing a debut collection called Two Rivers, One Town. Most of the songs on Two Rivers, One Town, are made up of fictional stories as well as their own experiences. The collection features 16 original songs with two versions of each song. 

Songs come together in many different ways for them but usually it starts with a song-writing session at either house. They will present one to three songs per session with the process beginning with Phil playing one of many guitars, in different tuning, and will perform the whole song instrumentally or humming or singing out sporadic words. 

Mark records them with a hand-held recorder, and his journal in the other. Sometimes the lyrics come out quickly and frantically and sometimes they take longer than usual. Then, Mark develops the final lyrics and melody to present to Philip and the next session.

Mark and Philip are planning special performances to celebrate the release of this collection, maybe even a trip to Nashville to present at a songwriters showcase. For more information on the two, look them up on Facebook and SoundCloud under Stalemate Society, and under Mark Roselli on YouTube.

 

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