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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Guitar teacher
  • MA International Development Administration, Western Mich...
  • From Kalamazoo, MI, US
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To soak up the sounds and sights of Nashville TN and to be a positive musical street performer

ABOUT ME

Mark is funny they'd say. They would accuse me of very easy-going and prone to long bouts of listening. They might say I play a mean guitar and that I know how to make my own good time in almost any situation.

PHILOSOPHY

My personal philosophy is to increase health in myself and all things as much as possible. I study esoteric Christianity and practice tolerance in all scenarios.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love to cook for people, listen and tell stories with people. I like to play music and sing along in all types of genres and styles.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Very limited formal couchsurfing experience. I have traveled extensively for the last four years though and have learned the etiquette of being a good host and surfer.

Interests

I am a very good street performer. I love catering improvisational music to people as they pass by or stop to listen. I play the 6-string electric and acoustic guitar and am a student of many styles. I give guitar lessons and write grants for non-profit organizations in Michigan. I love travelling and meeting new people and making dinners and getting to hear new stories. I have been accused of being a storyteller myself on more than one occasion, love telling stories. I follow art of all kinds, and enjoy discussing all matters spiritual and health related.

  • arts
  • singing
  • cooking
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • fishing
  • christian
  • teaching
  • nursing
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Magnolia, Grand Budapest Hotel, Jack White, Phish, and...say...Franny and Zooey.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time as a 19 year old. Standing on the bow of a deep sea fishing vessel gripping the railing will all my might while we traveled out to sea through huge waves and whipping wind and rain; so exhilarating. Experiencing an amazing 3D film with a one-hundred person live choir last year in a famous NYC Cathedral during a conference called "Ideas City." Truly amazing experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am a guitar teacher first and foremost. I absolutely love to teach guitar. I've got about four lessons that I have created throughout the last decade or so and have nothing but patience and strong beliefs behind each lesson. I love finding out the passions and expertise of new friends and have learned how find almost everything that I hear relevant. I have developed an understanding of how to connect with the story of any profession or hobby and how to cultivate genuine interest as a student. This is why I have had great experiences and exchanges traveling the last few years. I share humorous stories quite well I am told. I am shy about sharing my music in small groups unless everyone knows the song or is playing an instrument. I love to make meals to share. Being brought up by a nurse, I am not grossed out by anything, so I tend to be happy cleaning bathrooms and drains and such.

Countries I’ve Visited

United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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