by T. W. Burger, The Patriot News
Photo by Chris Knight, The Patriot News
Meet Mark Wesling. As a young man, he studied engineering and business. Today, he teaches and plays classical guitar, produces music and paints. And, he says, he can’t imagine doing anything else.
Mark Wesling sits on a chair in his apartment and makes magic with a wooden box. The box is of bearclaw spruce and Brazilian rosewood. A box, yes, but not square. It is shaped elegantly into sort of an hourglass. A set of six nylon strings are stretched at perfect tensions down across the spruce top and along a fretted board jutting from one end of the box. Wesling’s fingers move easily, teasing the strings, his left hand dancing almost as an independent being along the neck of the guitar. From the box of polished wood and perfect tensions arises “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 200 surviving cantatas. The piece is nearly 300 years old.
by Matthew G. Solovey, Editor, Hershey Chronicle
There seems to be a bit of Mark Wesling in William the Monkey. William, the subject of one of Wesling’s songs on his new album, “Be the Bridge”, was rather a serious fellow, wearing a tie and vest, marveling at the buildings around him. As the story goes, “He’d see buildings and skylines and so many doors/ filling people with ideas galore/ So many directions he could go/ each an opportunity to increase what he’d know.”
At one time, musician and songwriter Wesling was like William, considering the directions he could go while being a suit-and-tie fellow himself. A native of St. Louis, Miss., he started a career in the not-so-creative financial industry. Wesling followed in his father’s and brother’s footsteps. “I’m very good at math and science,” he explained. But his love of music pulled him in another direction.
by Robert Ross, The Patriot-News
A Review of “Dream Dance” by Mark Wesling, Self-Produced
We have a special musician among us in Mark Wesling, whose sensitive presentation of much of his own guitar music holds its own anywhere. After listening to a couple of songs in this album one is struck that there are no gimmicks, either technical or musical.
It is straight-ahead talent demonstrating courage with no masks.
Wesling, whose has played extensively in the Harrisburg area, recently relocated to West Chester, where he writes and teaches and also displays a sophisticated talent for the graphic arts, some of which is included in the album jacket. He separates this album into three areas including popular classics, his own compositions and an 8-part Divertimento for Guitar “Blessings of a Broken Heart” which he wrote in Harrisburg in eight days.
by John Chambless, Daily Local News (West Chester)
As a showcase for his thoughtful, uncompromising musicianship, Mark Wesling’s “Dream Dance” is certainly an effective marketing tool. You could not listen to this impeccably recorded CD and not be impressed.
Wesling, who has performed extensively in the Harrisburg area, moved to West Chester recently and is beginning to make himself known here. “Dream Dance” is a lovely introduction to his reserved, respectful approach to classical guitar repertoire, spanning the instantly recognizable “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach to new selections by Fernando Sor (Opus 35 No. 22 and Opus 35 No. 18) and Andew York (“Snowflight” and “Willow”).