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.