4. Marques Bovre: Marcus is one of my closest personal friends here in Madison, WI. He’s been a local legend for a number of years with his fist band, “Marques Bovre and The Evil Twins.” They packed local clubs for years, and had several brushes with major labels before finally splitting up in about 2004 or so. Marques has a new band now called SoDangYang, and they’re about to release their first CD. His music has a kind of acoustic based roots rock feel to it, and a touch of “new country” vibe also. He’s an incredible lyricist, and is a master of creating songs out of snippets of daily experiences that bring out the poetry and depth and truth of Life in hauntingly profound and beautiful ways. He also sings regularly at a contemporary worship service in a local UCC church, and has written more and more stuff that can be used in worship. He and I have done a bit of co-writing together. In fact the song, “Traveling Mercies,” which is in my “Something Beautiful For God” songbook is a piece which he and I wrote together.