Having been in many cover bands as a lead guitarist, Mark Buerschaper had felt that something was missing.
Even when trying to switch to different genres such as Rockabilly, New Age, Blues, and Classic Rock bands, the chasm of creativity was still not fulfilled.
The seeds of solution would soon be sown due to an electronics course which Mark took.
After taking the course, Mark decided to enroll in something more enjoyable, which led him to the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music.
It was here that the enjoyment of songwriting classes led him to a horizon of creative opportunities beyond lead guitar.
After taking a few classes Mark started performing at small Chicago area coffeehouses such as (the now defunct) Great Lakes Coffeehouse.
Also while honing his skills at the open mic of the Abbey Pub, Mark also traveled to a songwriter's convention in Los Angeles.
It was at this time that he wrote "Smokie's Dilemma" .
An ode to the CB radio craze of the seventies, the song actually was inspired by Mark being pulled over by a state trooper in Kansas City.Relentlessly grilling Mark about what was in the trunk of his car, Mark finally succumbed to the officer's interrogation only to have the Trooper find a suitcase full of dirty underwear as opposed to the drugs that the good officer had imagined.
Mark rarely performs "Smokie's Dilemma anymore, but some of the humorous songwriting lives on in tunes like "Death Ray", a hilarious song about media hype and extraterrestrial obsession.
The musical horizon promises a new CD from Mark this spring with a working title of "Triple Love Bookends".
The collection of songs will be the follow up to his debut "No Figment of Imagination" CD.
Be on the watch for many live appearances in the spring of 2001.