Mark Modarelli: Crafting Resilience in “What Don’t Kill Us”

In the realm of indie rock, few artists capture the essence of resilience and introspection quite like Tacoma, Washington’s own Mark Modarelli. His latest release, “What Don’t Kill Us,” is not just a song; it’s a poignant narrative that speaks to the indomitable human spirit. Modarelli, with his rich musical background influenced by icons like John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, and Neil Diamond, brings a unique blend of rock, folk, and alternative nuances to his music.

Mark Modarelli‘s journey in music, which started in high school and college, took a hiatus for work and family, including raising two daughters. However, the call of music was too strong to ignore, leading him to reunite with old bandmates and collaborate with his brother. This revival was fueled by his upbringing in a music-loving family of six.

His style is a tapestry woven from varied influences: the guitar work of Peter Buck of REM, the rhythm of Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce from The Smiths, and the straightforward yet impactful songwriting of Tom Petty. Add to this his admiration for bands like RUSH and Neil Peart’s lyricism, and you have an artist whose sound is as rich in storytelling as it is in musicality.

Modarelli‘s academic background in English literature is evident in his lyrical prowess. His songwriting process, involving guitar compositions, experimentation with sequencing and tempo, and exploring vocal lines, allows the lyrics to naturally emerge. This methodical approach is evident in his previous works, including his solo album “Songs of Hope and Solace,” the 10-track “Strange to Me,” and the 5-track EP “By Any Other Name.”

“What Don’t Kill Us” stands out in Modarelli‘s discography as a testament to his belief in music as a medium for contemplation and understanding. The song’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of life’s challenges and the perseverance required to overcome them. Lines like “Walking sullen streets, Chatting up an addict” and “I know life has its seasons, and what don’t kill me makes me strong” are reflective of Modarellis ability to find light in the darkness, offering solace through his music.

The single goes beyond entertainment; it is an anthem of endurance. It resonates with anyone who has faced hardship, reminding them of their inner strength. The song’s narrative moves from personal struggles to a broader message of hope and survival, encapsulated in the line “No night escapes the dawn.”

For Modarelli, music is more than a career; it’s a lifeline and a gift he shares to lighten the burdens of life for others. His latest single is a shining example of his commitment to creating art that not only entertains but also inspires and provides strength in the face of adversity.

In “What Don’t Kill Us,” Mark Modarelli has not only added another profound track to his repertoire but also reinforced the idea that music can be a powerful tool in navigating the complexities of the human experience.

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