Picture​Special thanks to Carolyn Asti for her incredible artwork on the Merlin acoustic dulcimers.
Chester County Suite 
1) Buck Run Station (2:46)
2) Brandywine Reverie (2:17)
3) Hibernia Nights (2:37)
4) Ramblin' Roads (2:19)

​​Credits
Chester County Suite by I Am Winkle 
Copyright 2022 Mark Minassian
Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2021-2022)
Produced by Leo Valentino and Mark Minassian
Sound Engineer: Leo Valentino
Artwork: Mark Minassian & Carolyn Asti
Graphic Design and Titling: Mark Minassian and Carolyn Asti

Mark Minassian: Merlin Dulcimer guitars, Acoustic bass & guitars, Baritone uke, Kalimba, Shakers, Tambourine
Mark Minassian and Leo Valentino: Drum, Bongo, Bodhran, and String sequencing
freesound.org: sound effects (Creative Commons 0 license - Public Domain)

Comments welcome

Milky Way

As production ramped back up in 2021, I had at the top of my list of new projects a return to my “wheelhouse” of pop-rock music, with In the Milky Way, featuring a jangly 12-string Danelectro. We started recording in early July and wrapped up the song by the end of August.

Carolyn Asti created some wonderful artwork to match the lyrics for the accompanying video to the song, and she and Katie Kilmartin teamed up to provide some great background vocals. A special thanks to both for their important contributions.

" A song about the inability to feel like one fits in this crazy world and transcending to joy by becoming one with the universe."
Watch the fun video of In the Milky Way here.
Credits
In the Milky Way 
Copyright 2020 Mark Minassian

Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2021)
Produced by Leo Valentino & Mark Minassian
Sound engineer: Leo Valentino
Cover art by Carolyn Asti


Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals,  electric 6- & 12-string guitars, bass guitar
Carolyn Asti
background vocals
Katie Kilmartin: background vocals
Mark Minassian and Leo Valentino: d
rum sequencing 

With You Without You

This is a song I actually wrote in my head before I ever picked up the guitar and started playing again after my lengthy hiatus. It was sort of a challenging mental exercise that I took on at one point prior to my "I Am Winkle" years. I wrote the lyrics and the melody and some harmony parts, but never even picked up an instrument to accompany my idea. After I was done I simply put it away and thought of it as just a bit of fun, never giving it much thought until I started playing again. It was at that point that I worked out the rest of the arrangement. It's the kind of pop song I would have loved when I was a teenager. Lots of guitars and vocal harmonies, with a driving, danceable beat.
Click here for lyrics: With You Without You

Watch the fun video of With You Without You here.
Credits
With You Without You
Copyright 2016 Mark Minassian

Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2016)
Remixed at Rosemill Studio (2019)​
Produced by Leo Valentino & Mark Minassian
Sound engineer: Leo Valentino
Cover art by Carolyn Asti


Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar
Mark Minassian and D.W. 
Fearn: drum track (midi sequencing)

Falling Apart

Falling Apart is a song about someone having a conversation with their subconscious self. I've used this type of "inner psychological conversation" in other songs I've written and seem compelled to return to it from time-to-time. People who have listened to it have heard hints of everything from Mamas and Papas harmony to David Bowie's intimate vocals. So many great artists from the past are creeping around my creative psyche, but I'm rarely aware of any specific connections during the songwriting process. In fact, I make an effort to avoid them. Still, it's always nice to hear that people hear influences of artists I highly respect.
Credits
Falling Apart
Copyright 2018 Mark Minassian
Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2018)
Produced by Leo Valentino and Mark Minassian
Sound Engineer: Leo Valentino
Artwork: Mark Minassian
Graphic Design and Titling: Mark Minassian and Carolyn Asti

Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, mandolin
Carolyn Asti: background vocals
Mark Minassian and Leo Valentino: drum and string sequencing 

Dangerous Dreams 

​A song that explores the psychological response people have to social upheaval. If left unchecked the chaos eventually permeates people's dreams. So are we dreaming of what we will become or what we have become?  Is it haunting you now?
Credits
Dangerous Dreams
Copyright 2018 Mark Minassian
Recorded at Rosemill Studios (2018).

Produced by Leo Valentino and Mark Minassian
Sound engineer: Leo Valentino
Graphic Design: wintersixfour (Morguefile)

Design Alterations and Titling: Mark Minassian

Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, organ.
Carolyn Asti: background vocals
Tony D'Addono: Sax
Mark Minassian and Leo Valentino: drum Sequencing 


Tell Me What To Say

This song was based on an electric guitar theme I wrote over 25 years ago. Back then, I would play that part over and over, but could never come up with any other parts to finish a song. After all that time I returned to that theme and finally wrote this song, "Tell Me What To Say," using it as the basis for the chorus. Moral of the story...never throw away anything you create. It may end up as part of a song sometime in the future. You just never know when the spark of creativity will pull everything together.
Credits
Tell Me What To Say
Copyright 2013 Mark Minassian
Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2017)

Produced by Leo Valentino and Mark Minassian
Sound engineer: Leo Valentino
Graphic Design: ractapopulous (pixabay)
Design Alterations and Titling: Mark Minassian

Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, organ, choral sequencing, drum sequencing.
Carolyn Asti: background vocals

They Don't Know You

My first release in 2017, an artistic departure for me musically. Think dark city streets, shadows, lies and loners. Recorded at Rosemill Studios, my home studio. Produced by Leo Valentino and myself, Mark Minassian, aka I Am Winkle.
Credits
They Don't Know You
Copyright 2017 Mark Minassian
​Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2017)

Produced by Leo Valentino & Mark Minassian
Sound engineer: Leo Valentino
Photography: Scott Liddell (Morguefiles)
Graphic Design: Mark Minassian

Mark Minassian: v
ocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, horns and strings (midi sequencing), drums (midi sequencing)
Sound Effects - Freesound.org:
Inspector J - footsteps
Myseri A - Zippo lighter 
Harry Bates 01 -flicking sound 


Can I Carry You Home

Dedicated to Arthur "Pete" Minassian (June 26, 1936 to April 16, 2013)
The second song we recorded was a song I had written and dedicated to my oldest brother, Arthur "Pete" Minassian, who died on April 16, 2013 of bile duct and liver cancer. This was not the first person in my family to die from cancer. Both of my parents, my aunt Rose, my sister in law Marie, and my cousins Sally and Frank also died from this devastating disease. But it was Pete's death that seemed to throw an internal switch inside me and set me back on my path as a songwriter. 


It's also in memory of all those who have fought the battle against cancer and lost. If you would like the name of a friend or loved one added to the list below, please send their full name and the type of cancer they courageously battled to winkle@iamwinkle.com or through my Contact page. I would be honored to add it. And please share this song with anyone who you think might receive even a small amount of comfort from listening to it.

A special thanks to Tracy Slider and Paige Walton for enhancing this song with their vocal talents.
Credits
Can I Carry You Home
Copyright 2013 Mark Minassian

Recorded at Rosemill Studio (2016-2017)
Produced by Leo Valentino and Mark Minassian
Sound engineer: Leo Valentino

Mark Minassian: lead vocal, background vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, organ, choral sequencing, drum sequencing
Tracy Slider and Paige Walton: Background and choral vocals​
In memory of all those who have fought the battle against cancer and lost including:
Raymond Asti (colon cancer)
David Berdoulay (spinal cancer)
Richard Bosco (esophageal cancer)
Lucille Margaret Cassidy (gall bladder cancer)
Mary Conway (stomach cancer)
Jeff Chernet (lung cancer)
Bernie Crawford (esophageal & lung cancer)
Dominic Faragalli, (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
Frank F. Francesco, Sr. (esophageal cancer)

Gus Interrante (lung cancer)
Charles Jokinen (thymic carcinoma)
​Mark Havens (cancer)

Myrtle Hernandez (cancer)
Rose Kabachian
(nee MInassian) (breast cancer)
Sally McCormick (ovarian cancer)
Ara Minassian (prostate cancer)
Arthur "Pete" Minassian (bile duct & liver cancer)
Marie Minassian (uterine cancer)
Mary Morello Minassian (pancreatic cancer)
Shirley Petkosek (cancer)
Elaine Adams Prince (oral cancer)

Josephine Rogers (glioblastoma)
Tommy Ruddy (DIPG - brain cancer)
Peter Segal (esophageal cancer)
​Ed Sipler (kidney cancer)
​Helen Valentino (breast cancer)​

​Rebecca Wilson (liver cancer)
Robert "Bobby" Wynne (lung cancer)
Dean Yadevia (brain cancer)
​​
Me and my brother Pete.

Singer-songwriter ~ I Am Winkle ~ aka Mark Minassian
​​Pop for Big Kids