Growing up in a home where he was inspired by his father, an accomplished jazz guitarist, Mark Senger began teaching himself to play guitar at 7 years old. His early musical influences were Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, and U2. In his late teens, Mark became a songwriter and the guitarist for The Generics, a group that played venues throughout the southeast for 6 years. Now, Mark’s credits include songwriter, musician, and music producer at Senger Music Productions, as well as recording engineer at Senger Studios in Atlanta, GA.
“Believe” is easily a standout song, opening with an orchestral flow, and wonderfully juxtaposing a very Americana main riff with a power-pop/rock chorus. It is a song that should deservedly reach a larger audience. Blending the Americana flavoring explored here with solid pop-rock song-writing delivers an exciting record, as Senger takes the listener through a particularly hard relationship with a strong, slow-burning melody as he pours out his soul. On this track, Senger definitely is letting his music and lyrics become the therapist he seems to crave.
In terms of music, the singer-songwriter period was unique with its impassioned outbreak of energy and creativity, and the subsequent reinterpretation of the established canons. However through the ensuing years until today, the imaginative guitars lost ground to the laser beams of dazzling synths.
The fancy smattering of percussion was replaced with the steady pace of tick-tack beats. The melodies became simpler, and songs shorter, more accessible and blatantly aimed at wider audiences. This resulted in typicality, repeatability and simplification accompanied with deficiency of fresh ideas.
Mark Senger takes us back to the singer-songwriter era, but not in terms of stripped down sounds, rather in his ability to construct a song – the building chord progressions, the storytelling verses and soaring choruses, the powerful melody and the lush harmony – as he breaks the usual pop barriers with a 7 minute-long song.
Produced with a clear and palpable professional approach, proving the rise of Senger as a musician, the single clearly aims at the mainstream but without its gimmicks and decisions, and all the other clichés of pop’s current period. As a result we get a very solid recording, which will catch the listener’s ear almost immediately.
The song refers to an apparent problem in the relationship, which hit a wall, however the music and vocals are such that one cannot help but believe the man who hasn’t surrendered to despair. Though staying within the genre boundaries, “Believe” is diverse, melodic and well-polished, with heart and passion put into it.