Mark Westin

The '45' 45 is AVAILABLE HERE.

I'm not a “political” songwriter, whatever that is.  I just look at the world around me and write what I see.

In July 2016 during the run-up to the Presidential election, what I saw came out as “Get Behind Me”, a stump speech from a corrupt candidate.

In April 2017, after observing the first months of the new administration, “Better This Way” appeared, a chronology of a presidential campaign and its consequences, narrated by a high-level insider.

I thought of both songs as worst-case scenario fictions. But line by line they've been coming true, and that's horrifying.

The America our current administration is attempting to create is not the America I was raised in, and it’s not the America I want to live in.  I recorded these songs and am donating a portion of every sale to causes that will help change this destructive course.  Specific details are below.

I hope you’ll download these songs, and if you enjoy them, recommend them to like-minded friends and colleagues.  Rock out to them when you're creating positive change. They’re good songs that stand up to repeated listens.

The Name

The '45' 45 is a reference to both our current President (#45) and the fact there are two songs here, just like you’d get on a 45 RPM single. 

Because the lyrics to these songs are thematically linked, and because my musical education began with singles, my original intent was to release them on a vinyl 7” record with “Get Behind Me” as the A side and “Better this Way” as the B side. 

But I also wanted as many people as possible to hear them, and although they're cool, 45s aren’t the best medium for wide distribution.  Instead, I’m pleased to bring that old-school vibe into the digital age with The ‘45’ 45 – a double download to be listened to back to back and over again the same way you do with singles.  You like the A or the B side better, up to you.

Donation Details

1/3 of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Natural Resources Defense Council, because if we lose the planet, nothing else really matters.

1/3 will be held until the candidate to challenge 45 has been determined, and then will go to support that candidate’s campaign.

1/3 goes to offset the costs of recording and production, and to support future endeavors like this one. Artists gotta eat too.

If you enjoy what I do and would like to receive new music and other fun stuff, please consider sending a contribution to PayPal.