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"Inside the Box"

CMAFest 2015

 

Another CMA Fest has come to an end here in Nashville, TN.  Estimates say that some 80,000 people flooded the downtown area for concerts, exhibits, meet & greets and more.  Heat and humidity kept the crowd somewhat subdued, but overall I believe that everyone had a great time...

The "infamous" TRAILER PARK TRASH ~ About the song

 

At my shows I usually get a number of requests for songs by this artist or that artist, but when someone requests an original, more times than not it's for a song called "Trailer Park Trash!"  Trailer Park started out kinda as a joke and it's actually the first complete song I ever wrote.  I had co-written a couple of songs before, but this one (for better or worse) was 100% all mine.

  

This is all about the song... 

 

FINDING ME ~ About the song

 

I met my friend Kim Shrum when we were both working for the same parent company, Sony BMG.  He was a recording engineer on the side, as well as a good songwriter and guitar player and I was writing songs mostly as a hobby.  He was also a good friend who would sit and listen to me whenever I needed to talk.  I had just went through a rough divorce and I remember one night looking in the mirror, not even recognizing the face staring back at me.  Somehow, somewhere I had lost myself…lost any resemblance of who I was. That's when I thought, it's time to find Mark Box again.  A week or so later, I jotted down a few lines took them over to Kim's studio and together we wrote Finding Me.

 

This is all about the song...

THE MAN MY MOMMA TRIED TO RAISE ~ About the song

 

I've had so many people come up to me after a show and talk to me about this song and what it meant to them. One night a sweet lady and her friend came up with tears in her eyes and she told me about her son who had not spoken to her in years.  She told me how she prayed for him every night and desperately wanted to sit down with him and tell him how much she loved him.  After another show, this guy came up to me in the alley behind the venue, long hair, tattoos, big guy, scary guy that took me off guard.  He walked up and said, "that song about momma…that really hit me right here (beating on his chest). I just wanted to tell you that."  I never really know what to say in those instances. To write a song that really touches someone, as a writer it doesn't get much better.  That's the goods.

 

This is all about the song...

WOULD IT DO ANY GOOD ~ About the song

 

When I first met Terri Jo Box, myspace was still the cool place to hangout online and that's exactly where we met…myspace! Remember the myspace profiles? Well, reading hers was like reading a female version of my own. Favorite artists, the same. Favorite TV shows, the same. We started talking and found out that we were both named after our daddies, our birthdays were just one day apart (same month and year), even our first cars were pretty much the same. I believe she had a '79 cutlass and my cutlass was a '78. Did I mention we had the same last name??? And on and on it goes. I've said it so many times. Simply put, she's one of the best talents and best kept secrets in all of Nashville and she's a sweetheart to boot.

When I come up with an idea for a new song, the lyrics and melody usually show up around the same time, as was the case wIth Would It Do Any Good, at least until I sat down with TJ. I walked into our writing session and said "here's what I'm thinking." She said, "Mark Box, let's do something different." Probably the best thing that she could've said.

This is all about the song...

FIELDS OF HOME ~ About the song

 

In the early sixties my momma and daddy bought 170 acres, 36 head of cattle, an old house and a couple of small barns for what would be described today as, "for a song."  This is the property where I was raised, down in Choctaw County, Mississippi.  

I guess it was around 4, maybe 5 years ago I was at home helping daddy out with a few things around the place.  I was walking back towards the house and looking around at the property that had just been clipped and the sun was setting over behind our neighbors house.  The frogs were all cutting up down at the pond and I thought to myself, "I've worked this land as long as I can remember."  And that was the first line.  I think I finished writing the song on the way back to Nashville the next day.

 

This is all about the song...

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