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A San Diego songwriter, guitarist, and surfer, with backgrounds in Rock, Surf, Reggae, Jazz, and World Music, Marklyn Retzer blends these experiences into a sonic travelog of lyrical bliss, easy grooves and guitar based soundscapes, creating acoustic based, groove pop rock music, with catchy hooks, and lush, transcendent lyrics. In concert, Marklyn dives in to the music to connect with listeners, creating a heart-felt community experience. Marklyn's music is a good fit for listeners of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer. Marklyn has performed around the world for festivals, concerts, and universities, from large to intimate settings, from Tahiti to Canada, and across the western United States, playing in front of more than 100,000 people, appearing as a featured band in the Cable TV pilot "Local Distortion," having songs featured in the movies On Safari Again (starring Joel Tudor and Wingnut,) and Going with the Flow. Marklyn has performed in hundreds of venues including the World Famous San Diego Zoo, The Belly-Up, The House of Blues, The Roxy, The Whiskey-a-Go-Go, colleges and universities, Mairie de Pirae Palace in Tahiti, the Nevada State Prison for Women, and many others. Marklyn's guitar sounds are heard on numerous recordings, most notably his solo releases, but also several albums with the band True Tale, and the album Emotional Rollercoaster by Diversifyd, and Who Am I? by Cori and the Music. Marklyn enjoys surfing, playing and watching soccer, and hanging out with his family. As a life-long reader, he especially enjoys the lush prose and surrealist beauty of the magical realism genre with The Shadow of the Wind and Love in the Time of Cholera as a couple favorites. Marklyn spends as much time as possible experiencing nature, especially the ocean, and these times influence and show up in his songwriting.?
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- Member since:
- Oct 22 2014
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Most available:
Guitar-Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Phil Manzanera, Derek Trucks, Ben Harper, Jerry Garcia
Music-Derek Trucks Band, Booker T and the MGs, Ben Harper, Satchmo, Jerry Garcia Band, Parliament Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra
Songwriting-Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, Bruce Cockburn, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Indigo Girls
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Gibson, Taylor, Epiphone guitars
Mesa Boogie amplifier
effects equipment as needed for desired guitar tones
Fly Free Year: 2017 Album: Dandelion Tattoo Genre: Rock
Fly FreeFacing fears to do the thing that makes us feel alive, to be who we are meant to be. words and music by Marklyn Retzer © 2017 Zoom Zzyzx Music (ASCAP) flying hunter diving reaching out to grasp the prey focused on the target nothing in the way sailing out on silky wings on a quest to fully live your flight was interrupted only heartache now to give we are not falling we are flying loving fully always striving seeking wonder living free being who we’re meant to be immersed in these emotions overcome by what we seek anything is possible i climb back to the peak standing on this mountain edge a new world opens down below fulfilling dreams of flying i soar by letting go we are not falling we are flying loving fully always striving seeking wonder living free being who we’re meant to be fly free lift this trembling heart into the skies fly free soar up through the universe fuel the fire burning in our eyes we are not falling we are flying loving fully always striving seeking wonder living free being who we’re meant to be we are not falling we are flying loving fully always striving seeking wonder living free being who we’re meant to be
She Calls Me Love (2017)
She Calls Me Love (2017)Relationship story, flowing through nature based settings to land home and in love words and music by Marklyn Retzer © 2017 Zoom Zzyzx Music (ASCAP)
Dandelion TattooStory of love lost, metaphorically told with dandelion imagery. words and music by Marklyn Retzer © 2017 Zoom Zzyzx Music (ASCAP)
Shooting StarsThe annual Perseid meteor showers bring opportunity to watch the heavens while falling in love “faster than a sky of shooting stars.” words and music by Marklyn Retzer © 2017 Zoom Zzyzx Music (ASCAP) a simple cup of tea infuses all the beauty of the night expanding conversations blossom into mountains of delight hoping for some magic but fog arrives and all the skies grow dim huddled on a grassy hillside we look to find that stars reside within taken now completely by surprise to find a universe of magic in your eyes hearts join together awakened to a world uniquely ours time slows as we fall faster than a sky of shooting stars not what we expected hearts erupt in everlasting bliss fully present in this moment enthralled in this absorbing cosmic kiss taken now completely by surprise to find my own reflection in your eyes hearts join together awakened to a world uniquely ours time slows as we fall faster than a sky of shooting stars then the fog drops below us and we’re floating on an island in the sky celestial light show blazing for us as we feel our growing love intensify hearts join together awakened to a world uniquely ours time slows as we fall faster than a sky of shooting stars faster than a sky of shooting stars we are truly wandering shooting stars
WindmillStruggling against nature and family displeasure to build a life using obstacles as encouragement to persevere. We “face it head on as we let the wind blow, to power the windmill, when life says no.” words and music by Marklyn Retzer © 2017 Zoom Zzyzx Music (ASCAP)