Mark Begelman COO Office Depot & Guitarist

Mark Begelman is a business entrepreneur and as Chief Operating Officer Office Depot ODP +%. Mark D. Begelman (COO) he created pizza chains, Mars Music and recently Mark Begelman Studio. He is an astute guitar player and has a top rated recording studio located in Deerfield Beach Florida.

Mark Begelman, who was a former office depot president and guitarist, founded Mars Music Company. He started Mars Music after purchasing five-store Ace store chain situated in South Florida after experiencing dissatisfying shopping experiences with his own music store. He opted to come up with a superstore store chain located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The company MARS, which is an acronym for Music And Recording Superstore, reached its peak or optimal when it consisted of 49 stores in 20 different states. Back then it was the largest music company in the United States. Unfortunately, at the end of the year 2002, the company ran out of business due to strenuous struggle to come up or raise additional capital to keep company running. The main factors leading to the collapse of the business include over expansion and failed reorganization attempts.

Mark Begelman MusicBegelman was also motivated to start mass due to lack of appropriate pricing, limited product selection and incompetent store personnel in his previous store. These limitations lead him to finally decide to set 10 million dollars to start Mars Music. MARS music company began with a wide variety of audio equipment and music instruments with tagged prices. All the audio equipment and music instruments had performance stage, practice room and a recording studio.

Additionally, the company comprised a learning center where suitable music instrument lessons for music enthusiasts both individuals and groups were taught. It also included other options like Babies Make Music, weekend warriors and early childhood music among others. At that time in U.S, Mars Music was the largest music company providing private music lessons with online instrument lessons also available. The online music lessons had top notch technologies which were new and unique during that time.

In the year 2000, the company entered substantial sponsorships and partnerships. Later on in November 2002, it was declared bankrupt following filing chapter 7 bankruptcy. This was due to failure in the planned expansion which yielded poor results.

Some famous and legendary artists have walked through Mark’s studio. Rick Springfield and Queensryche are among the prominent artists. In fact whenever Rick Springfield goes to Miami area for a performance, show or to simply jam out, he usually pays a visit to Begelman, one of the co-founders and owners of Markee Music.

Other than MARS music his major achievement, Mark Begelman ran his own foundation, restaurant and pizza chains, pizza fusion.


Things To Consider When Choosing A Recording Studio

Mark Begelman discusses the things to consider when choosing a recording studio.

MArk Begelman Recording Studio

MArk Begelman Recording Studio

If you love music and you dream of becoming a rock star, you have to think about the recording process. This process often proves to be difficult for most aspiring musicians as they try to choose the best option for their career. The availability of home recording equipment has added to the confusion, as many musicians are not sure about the best move for their career. The fact is that, attempting to record music on your own can be a difficult task and getting a recording studio can be the best move you can make.

Planning the process

Leaving the recording process to a qualified sound engineer is more productive than doing the job yourself. It is important to start planning early so that you can get the best services. While this may be an expensive option, it will yield better results. Trying to write, edit, mix, arrange and perform the music all by yourself can be difficult and you risk losing focus along the way. When you choose the best studio for your music, you can avoid becoming over-involved, which can affect the results.

Establish your budget

Your budget will determine the studio that you can choose, making it the major factor when it comes to shopping around. The budget is often a limiting factor for most artists who are starting out and it is a fact that the expensive studios often offer the best when you want professional results. It is important to do some research so that you can find out how to get the most from your recording budget. Remember that there are always places where you can get the results that you need within your means.

The recording facilities

The studios or rooms that are available for the recording will determine the results that you get. A good studio will have rooms that are ideal for different kinds of music. The treatment used on the walls can affect the quality of the sound and you have to think about this factor when recording with drums and other loud instruments. A good room should enhance the quality of the sound without adding unwanted frequencies. It is a good idea to talk to people who have used the studio to get some feedback.

The equipment available

Think about the equipment that is available at the music studio. Good quality equipment will result in good quality sound. A good recording studio should have equipment that will ensure that your music has the desired depth and focus. You can avoid the harshness and poor quality that is associated with cheap equipment. Good sound recordings should not have the lack of depth that is often attributed to digital sound. You want the music to sound as “live” as possible.

Mixing can be a stressful and delicate process and it will determine the overall sound of the band. Capturing the right tone is essential and it helps to have a competent sound engineer who will ensure that you get the best production results. Avoid rushing the process but remember that the more time that you spend in the studio, the more expensive it will be.

Rock and Roll Holiday Songs by Mark Begelman

Mark Begelman on Bobby HelmsMusic is a major some portion of a wide range of holidays, yet this winter season appears to outrank the rest regarding musical creation. There are new holiday songs being composed all the time so it bodes well that throughout the years more than a couple rock and roll specialists have left their own particular imprint on the holiday season. To praise the holidays this year, I thought I’d assembled a two section rundown of some of my most loved holiday themed songs. This first part bargains all the more straightforwardly with rock and roll specialists and “not exactly customary” numbers, while section two will run tomorrow and will manage more conventional organizations.

This rundown may appear somewhat one-sided towards Christmas songs, however that is on the grounds that I observe Christmas. That isn’t a thump against some other holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and so on), it’s simply that I don’t know numerous songs for alternate holidays.

1: “Don’t Believe in Christmas” – the Sonics

This is one of those lost jewels of a holiday song that you’ll likely never hear on customary the holiday radio stations. The first punk rock Christmas hymn complete with a touch of nasty state of mind, coarse guitars and an awesome beat, this is unquestionably not you’re ordinary holiday song. It’s one of my top picks however, both as far as holiday songs and tracks from the Sonics so look at it on the off chance that you find the opportunity.

2: “Didn’t I Get This Last Year” – Unknown Artist?

This one remains somewhat of a secret to me as it was various years back that I heard this one on holiday radio, and that was the main time I heard it so I have no clue who performed it. I’ve been discussing it since the time that however in light of the fact that it struck me so clever. A song committed to that sad occasion of getting endowments that are the same as the earlier year and set to the tune of “Do You Hear What I Hear”, this is another to listen up for as it’s very entertaining.

3: “Blue Christmas” – The Beach Boys

Initially composed by Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson, this one has been finished by everybody from Frankie Avalon and Elvis Presley to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All the distinctive rendition are useful for different reasons… some are clearly superior to anything others however. By and by I favor the adaptation by the Beach Boys for reasons unknown (I couldn’t let you know why regardless of the fact that I needed to), or the one by Elvis, yet you may suspect something. Regardless of who’s performing it, this is an extraordinary holiday number.

4: “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms

No rock and roll holiday is finished without this one. It’s a fantastic known far and wide and in light of current circumstances. Initially advanced by Bobby Helms I accept, in spite of the fact that he didn’t compose it, this one has likewise been secured and duplicated by various diverse specialists throughout the years, all to different degrees of progress. The first is my top choice, yet in the event that I was going to pick an alternate form as a second top choice, I’d run with the one by the Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem… that would be the rock band from the Muppets for those not aware of present circumstances.

5: “Glad Xmas/War is Over” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

This is effectively my most loved holiday song ever… notwithstanding prevailing over more customary songs. There is simply something about it that not just superbly catches the holiday soul of peace and giving, however is to a great degree extraordinary and capable at passing on those emotions… only a spine shivering song whether it’s December or July. I particularly like every one of the youngsters on move down vocals, as with every one of our legislative issues and philosophies, it’s anything but difficult to overlook that a major a portion of the holidays is for the kids and when the holidays are hindered by battling or strife, they’re the ones who truly endure. A stunning piece of songwriting, organization and plan by Lennon, and a holiday exemplary in the meantime.

Mark Begelman loves music and loves the Holidays.

Jon Bon Jovi, his music and his band by Mark Begelman

Formed in Sayreville, New Jersey, in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of show the way singer, Jon Bon Jovi, Tito Torres, Richie Sambora, Hugh McDonald and Dave Bryan.Jon Bon Jovi, for whom the band was named after, started playing piano and guitar in 1975 in the residential area of Casa Grande, Arizona at thirteen years old with his first band ‘Flatten’. By sixteen, he framed the 12-piece spread band Atlantic City Expressway and played in New Jersey clubs. Bon Jovi didn’t accomplish acknowledgment effectively, it took steadiness and pushing a New York radio station chief into playing his track “Runaway”. Once the melody hit the aviation routes, sister studios grabbed the tune. It wasn’t much sooner than the band was marked with Mercury Records and recorded its presentation collection “Bon Jovi”. The group soon started opening for ZZ Top, Scorpions and kiss.

Mark Begelman on Jon Bon Jovi

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In 1985 Bon Jovi discharged its second collection 7800 Fahrenheit. The collection didn’t work out quite as well as the first however permitted the band to keep visiting. In 1986, the group discharged their third collection “Dangerous When Wet”. The collection demonstrated Bon Jovi’s ability and its single “You Give Love A Bad Name” turned into the band’s first #1 single on the U.S. Bulletin Charts. This single was trailed by another effective single “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which additionally hit #1.

“Slippery When Wet” holds the record for the most weeks for a hard shake collection at #1 in United States. The collection burned through 8 weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. By 2009, “SLippery When Wet” had gotten to be one of the top rated collections ever with worldwide offers of 25 million. In the United States, it got a Diamond Certification for offering 12 million duplicates.

Pushing ahead, Bon Jovi discharged their fourth collection “New Jersey” in 1988. The collection was likewise a business hit, burning through four weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. Singles “Bad Medicine”, “I’ll Be There For Your” both hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Depleted from visits and accomplishment, somewhere around 1990 and 1991, band individuals went their different ways. Jon Bon Jovi started recording all alone and discharged the soundtrack “Blaze Of Glory” for the motion picture Young Guns II.

Returning to focus, the group rejoined and discharged “Keep The Faith” in 1992, this time, playing a couple of little gigs in New Jersey clubs. The break didn’t keep going long as the group later discharged “Cross Road” and “Nowadays”. This was trailed by a world visit. Once more, the group depleted themselves and again had a go at going their different ways. Jon Bon Jovi started acting until the group rejoined again in 1999.


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Why are some bands considered more influential than others?

Mark Begelman It was concurred that the Doors may have been a major band in the sixties yet they had no genuine impact over music in the following couple of decades.

How can anybody quantify thing called ‘impact’? Why are a few groups like, say, The Fall always commended as a tremendous impact and different groups like the Doors and Black Sabbath cleared under the stone n move rug? Most likely the Doors had an enormous impact and on the grounds that not each band on the planet does not utilize the Manzarek console sound it doesn’t imply that their DNA is not at present planted into the inventive qualities.

It could be contended that the Doors were a huge impact on punk and after that the goth and post punk scenes, they acquired another sort of beautiful obscurity into rock music that can in any case be heard in the present day emo and rock scenes and if these scenes are over and over again marked down or overlooked by the independent driven media it doesn’t imply that they are not critical to a great many music fans.

There has been an inquisitive altering of music history continuing for quite a long time where certain groups have had their musical impact immensely misrepresented.

These are groups like the previously stated Fall, who we are huge aficionados of here yet whose impact is modest contrasted with the Doors. I once had a contention with somebody who trusted that the Fall were more imperative in musical history than the Beatles which is insane whatever you consider either band’s sound!

Loads of band experience the ill effects of this social separate, it’s extremely uncommon that Black Sabbath get any credit – in spite of concocting a musical sort that is greater and more essential than the highly cherished outside the box music that has turned into the staple of what is mistakingly called ‘elective music’.

The Velvet Undergound appear to be viewed as more vital than Kraftwerk in spite of the German band making the format for electro and early hip bounce to techno and electronic music and onwards.

The Clash is viewed as more persuasive than the Stranglers on the grounds that the recent band were never mates of the late seventies media thus it goes on. Diminish Murphy from Bauhaus was adjusted on a few weeks back for asserting his band were in any event as critical as Joy Division as far as impact – which may have been a misrepresentation yet may have a grain of truth to.

REPOST: Science Shows How Musicians’ Brains Are Different From Everybody Elses’

New scientific research proved that learning a musical instrument is one of the most effective ways to improve cognition. Read more about the study on this article from




Anyone who spent hours of their young life practicing fingerings and drilling scales understands that the tedium is real. Thankfully though, new scientific research has concluded without a shadow of a doubt that all that time and energy was not wasted: Learning to play an instrument is one of the most effective ways to improve the cognitive powers of the mind. You and everyone else who learned to play an instrument as a child is smarter now because of it.

TED Ed recently released the above video detailing some of most cutting edge research on the cognitive benefits you gain just by learning an instrument. Their conclusion: Playing an instrument is exactly like a full brain workout.

The newest research on music and the brain has revealed an amazing connection with memory. Music-learning offers a huge boost to one’s memory faculties. Trained musicians can create, encode and retrieve memories more rapidly and accurately than non-musicians, showing special improvement in verbal memory.

In fact, children with one to five years of musical training were able to remember 20% more vocabulary words read to them off a list than children without such training. That’s especially compelling because highly developed verbal memory skills have numerous applications in non-musical contexts, such as helping students learn and remember more content from speeches and lectures. Musicians who began their training as children have also been shown to learn new languages more quickly.

And, unlike a stint at the gym, the mental gains you make by practicing an instrument don’t disappear easily. Neuroscientists have observed musicians’ brains while they play hooked to EEGs and seen vibrant activity in the visual cortex, as well as the auditory and motor cortices of the brain. A focused regimen of musical practice can cause permanent changes in these neurological structures, which can help people to perform numerous extra-musical tasks more quickly and efficiently for a lifetime. Some combination of the visual benefits and the motor benefits led to Victor Wooten choosing this amazing shirt while playing this incredible cover of “Amazing Grace.”

Music-making engages both halves of the brain equally. By stimulating the left brain, which is the more mathematical, calculating and syntactic hemisphere, and the right, which is the more creative, musicians build a strong corpus callosum, which acts as a neural bridge between the two hemispheres. Musicians who begin their training around 7 years old have a significantly larger corpus callosum than others without the same training. That means that the two halves of musicians’brains can communicate with one another more quickly and along more diverse routes across their expanded corpus callosum. As a result, musicians are more likely to be inventive problem-solvers.

All that plays into the strengthening of the brain’s executive functions, including the ability to strategize, retain information, regulate behavior, solve problems and adjust plans to changing mental demands. The results of one such study on the connections between music training and executive function found increased activity in the supplementary motor area and prefrontal cortex of musicians’ brains, two areas that are often seriously deficient in people suffering from executive function disorders, such as ADHD.

Musical training can therefore be a huge therapeutic tool to helping adults and children manage and overcome their symptoms.

It’s all remarkable, but the most incredible aspect of all of these studies is the exclusivity of these cognitive benefits to music. No other art form, hobby or activity can produce the same level of lasting neurological benefits as music. And these benefits are never out of reach. Sustaining musical activity into adulthood, or picking up an instrument for the first time, can do wonders to stave off the effects of aging by slowing cognitive decline, decreasing the risk of dementia and improving working memory and motor control.

Think about all that when you’re burrowing into the couch to binge watch Netflix and instead go dig that keyboard out from your closet. Your brain will return the favor somewhere down the line.


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REPOST: Surprising Health Benefits of Music

Most people love listening to music but not all realize how much music good it does. This article from makes a list of the many benefits of music.

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Bob Marley was a musician, not a scientist, but what he said holds a certain truth: “One good thing about music, is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Research is finding that a melody has numerous health benefits. Studies shows that it not only helps people get through pain, but that listening to music could be the key to good health.

Chronic back pain: Music can work on the autonomic nervous system. When slow rhythm music is played, the heartbeat and blood pressure slow down, helping people take breaths more slowly, thus decreasing muscle tension in the shoulders, neck, stomach and back. Specialists have also found that music decreases psychological tension. When people feel pain, they become frustrated, frightened and angry causing them to tense countless muscles in their back. A regular habit of listening to music helps bodies relax mentally and physically, thus helping to ease and avoid back pain.

Franz Wendtner, a clinical psychologist, says that listening to music for around 25 minutes a day, 10 days in a row, can help avert back pain and make one sleep better. Experts think any kind of classical composition, take for example Beethoven or Mozart, can help ease muscle pain. Slow, calm music is also believed to help.

Improves workout: Specialists claim during exercise music can give a better workout in a number of ways. Experts say it can boost mood, grow endurance and can distract people from any uneasiness experienced throughout the workout. Also, research showed that listening to music after a workout can lead to a faster recovery of the body. What is more, it appears that any type of music can help the physical recovery process, which is one of the surprising health benefits of music.

Robert Herdegen of America’s Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, observed the effects of 12 men riding a bicycle for 10 minutes while listening to music over the course of a day. He compared the effects from the first day with the effects of the same men riding bikes without music for 10 minutes the next day. On the days that the men exercised listening to music, they traveled 11 percent further compared to the days they did not listen to music.

Some studies suggest that music can help the release of endorphins–the natural “feel good” hormones that boost people’s mood and give inspiration to continue longer with an exercise routine. The best kind of music for exercise is believed to be high tempo and high energy, music such as hip-hop or dance music.

Reduce memory loss: Many people suffer from memory loss. Music can be used as a tool to help patients remember songs or tunes and keep in touch with their history. The part of the brain that processes music is placed next to memory. Studies have found that people with memory loss respond better to music of their choice.

Induce a meditative state: Listening to slow, calm musical beats can alter brain-wave speed by generating brain activity similar to that which is observed when a person meditates or is in a hypnotic state. Some studies show that using rhythmic stimuli such as music to encourage these states can have a therapeutic result, easing migraines, Premenstrual syndrome and even behavioral issues.

Enhance cognitive performance: Background music has been shown to improve performance in cognitive tasks. One study showed that listening to music helped test takers finish more questions in the time allocated, and even contributed to getting more answers correct. A more recent study suggests that whether or not music increases cognitive function depends on whether the music first improves a person’s emotional state.

Relax patients before and after surgery: Another surprising health benefit of music is that it can relax patients before and after surgery. One study found that listening to music helped keep cardiovascular surgery patients relaxed as they awaited their operations. Other research revealed that listening to music while resting in bed after open heart surgery helped to put patients at ease and reduce their stress levels.

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