Skyypilot Bio


"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- From "The Road Not Taken"- Robert Frost.


Yes, it's a long and lonely path, but highly rewarding in the end...


After experiencing the fragility of a typical band multiple times, I set out learning to record and produce original music beginning in 1973. Much trial, more error...


Blue-collar work for the next 45 years provided stability. Good thing! The music was not all pretty, but damn, I learned a lot!


I recorded and produced seven albums for Spiral Rhythm and "The Balance"-by Heather Jinmaku in the early 2000's. In the midst of that, I ended up joining Spiral Rhythm (our daughter Kerri's band), and Moonstruck (fronted by my friend and mentor, the late Steve Collins). In addition, we formed Skyypilot, featuring Kerri and my wife, Beth (vocals), Ric Neyer (also of Spiral Rhythm) (percussion, vocals), Larry Tracy (bass), Steve "Tuna" Fortuna (drums), and myself (guitar, vocals). We recorded two albums- "Taking Off" (2003), and "Under the Radar" (2004). For a couple of years, any time all three bands were on the same bill, I played them in succession! When Larry Tracy left the band; Jon Skoglund (percussion, vocals) stepped in to record "Wild Green Yonder"(2006).


Since then, I retained the Skyypilot name, recording "Klondike" (2009), "Interstellar Sideshow #13" (2010), "From an Empty House on B Street" (2011), "God and Country" (2013), "Truth to Power" (2015), "Buckle Up, Buttercup" (2015), "Klondike" remixed-remastered (2017), "Klondike" (Instrumental) remixed-remastered (2017), and "Songs in the Night" (2017). Onward and upward...


"A work of art must make the rules: rules do not make a work of art...I tell people I am not a musician; I work with rhythms, frequencies and intensities...tunes are merely the gossips of music..." - Edgard Varese.


Me too! Praise Jesus!


Mark Witters- Feb. 2018

 

 

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