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Mary writes:

Your song about “It’ll be better when it’s better I suppose…” has been running through my head today. Any chance you would share the lyrics and chords with me? Music is what is helping me freak out less...

Sure thing Mary!

Click on the image below to download the words and chords to “It’ll Be Better.”

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Click here to listen to a live performance from 2012. The guitar is capoed at the second fret.

Thanks for checkin in. Enjoy the song!




the Potluck Report

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On Saturday, March 7, Music & Potlucks presented a house concert and potluck supper in Bob & Sally’s very special home in River Forest IL. About twenty-five guests attended and the food was out of sight. Appetizers, ham & cheese sliders, grilled vegetables, beef bourguignon, many kinds of potatoes, cheese & spinach pastries, top-of-the-line desserts and on and on.

Pre-show piano music provided by the lovely Christina and MD performed a seventy-five minute concert of original music, some banjo tunes, topical songs and a rousing finale of “This Land Was Made for You and Me.”

Sittin On Top of the World

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Before Arthel Lane Watson reached the age of two, he lost his sight to an eye infection. Being from a musical family, his parents gave him instruments to play with and purchased a phonograph so the youngster could listen to his favorite songs.

As Watson grew, his depth of interest in folk music, old-time ballads, country music and bluegrass also grew. He became proficient on several instruments most notably guitar, 5-string banjo and harmonica. In the 1930s the brother duet, The Delmore Brothers were huge recording stars and young Arthel was a big fan. One of their hit songs, “Big River Blues” became a favorite of Arthel.

Airplay update

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Let Love Go On is already receiving airplay! Thank you to these great stations:

  • Nevada City CA, KVMR
  • Mansfield CT, WHUS
  • West Hartford CT, WWUH
  • Tampa FL, WNMF
  • Champaign IL, WEFT
  • Chicago IL, WFMT
  • Evanston IL, WNUR
  • Glen Ellyn IL, WDCB
  • Goshen IN, WGCS
  • South Bend IN, WVPE
  • Baton Rouge LA, WRKF
  • East Lansing MI, WKAR
  • Kalamazoo, MI, WMUK
  • Traverse City MI, WNMZ
  • Springfield MO, KMSU 
  • Sparta NJ, WNTI
  • Gallup NMKGLP
  • Albany NY, WAMC
  • Roxbury NY, WIOX
  • Pittsburgh PA, WYPE
  • Streaming SING OUT! Radio Magazine
  • Conroe TX, KZCW
  • Hayward, WI, WOJB 
  • Moab, UTKZMU
  • British Columbia CA, CITR
  • Request a copy of Let Love Go On

Schubas Acoustic Brunch

CD release Acoustic Brunch @ Schubas March 8 

CHICAGO IL - When singer songwriter Mark Dvorak began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. Thirty-two years later he is still writing, on the road performing and recording.

Let Love Go On is Dvorak’s eighteenth recorded release and represents a creative milestone. He produced, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered the entire project. Further, he wrote seven of the songs, played all of the instruments and sang all of the parts.

Schubas Tavern, 3159 Southport, welcomes Dvorak back to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, March 8 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm for a special CD release Acoustic Brunch show. …

Creative Commons Concert Series

BISHOP HILL - Bishop Hill Creative Commons welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its concert series on Saturday, February 29 at 6:00 pm. 

The singer has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and received the 2013 FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he was honored with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him "Chicago’s official troubadour.”

“At this stage of the game said the singer, “I feel like I’m doing my best work.”

Let Love Go On

Paul Schingle Reviews

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Review of 'Let Love Go On’ by Mark Dvorak

The world of recorded music has changed radically since the advent of the current century. With sites such as iTunes available to anyone with a device, musicians as a whole, and independent musicians in particular, find the selling of CDs to be a tough proposition just to break even. On the other hand, the way technology has evolved, hard working musicians can still find a way. The new release Let Love Go On by Mark Dvorak is an excellent example of a talented, yet independent musician working with technology to create a high quality product on a shoe string, without abandoning his creativity or original vision.

Lisle Public Library concert series

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Let Love Go On CD release concert with Mark Dvorak in Lisle February 16

LISLE IL - The Lisle Public Library, 777 Front Street welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its concert series on Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm. 

The singer has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and received the 2013 FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he was honored with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him "Chicago’s official troubadour.”

“At this stage of the game said the singer, “I feel like I’m doing my best work.”

Let Love Go On CD release

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Let Love Go On CD release and dessert potluck in La Grange February 23

LA GRANGE IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization, will present a special concert, “Let Love Go On,” at the La Grange Public Library on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm. The library is located at 10 W. Cossitt Avenue.

The event celebrates the release of Let Love Go On, the latest CD from Midwest folk troubadour Mark Dvorak and will also support the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry in Brookfield. 

“This will be our nineteenth event,” said Music & Potlucks co-director Stephanie Schrodt of River Forest. …

Potluck @The Priory

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Dominican University hosts potluck, acoustic jam February 9

RIVER FOREST IL - The Dominican University Performing Arts Center and Music & Potlucks will present “Potluck @The Priory” on Sunday, February 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 W. Division Street.

The event supports the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

“This will be our seventeenth event,” said Music & Potlucks co-director Stephanie Schrodt or River Forest. “We want to continue to present programs that gather our community together, and at the same time provide some assistance to our neighbors in need. …

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