When I consider accomplishments, I don’t usually consider what I’ve done. We all accomplish great things during our lives, but we seldom reflect on these things, because we did, do and will do what we feel we must do, so there’s a bit of an ‘aw shucks’ reaction on our part when we get complimented on something we’ve done that was well received. It’s called the “Eye of the Storm” syndrome.
Mark Jensen. What can I say about Mark Jensen? Well, he’s a pretty nice guy, and a pretty gifted playwright/lyricist, easy to work with, especially when I want to shape lyrics…such an agreeable fella. We’ve done a good deal of work together over the years. Mark and I were first brought together by Richard Hitchler waaaaayyyyy back in…(when WAS that, Mark, 1995? Richard?) while Richard was Artistic Director of my incubator institution, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development in St Paul. Richard was a vigorous and vocal advocate of original work, and he threw Mark and I in a room together (metaphorically speaking, of course) and said “Don’t come out until you’ve finished!” (Rather like Richard Rodgers with Lorenz Hart.)