Through The Years
A LOVE STORY.......A MAN’S DYING WISH
AND HOW THIS CD, THROUGH THE YEARS,
MARK BOWDEN was one of Australia’s top musicians. He was
married to singer/entertainer,Sylvia Raye for 37 years. This is
their story and that of Mark’s son Grant.
Sylvia and Mark’s romance started in Vietnam in1970 when both
were on tour with an ABC concert party, Mark the drummer in the
ABC Showband, Sylvia one of the performers.
Grant is a senior executive with degrees in electoral engineering
and computer science. He has a love of music, studied opera and
continues to sing as a hobby.
Although most of the tracks on this CD had been recorded in the
music room of their home just weeks before Mark died, Sylvia and
Grant decided to work with fellow musician, recording producer and
friend Russell Finch, to bring the CD up to a quality Mark would have
wanted. Russell has added to Mark’s arrangements and has also
written some new arrangements for this project. Sylvia and Grant
are grateful for Russell’s sensitivity and encouragement and worked
together to make sure the integrity of what Mark was trying to achieve
has not been lost.
Mark chose all the songs on this CD. He said, it’s all about the lyrics, about love and the nice things in life.
Traumatised and emotionally drained, Sylvia who was nursing Mark at home, was reluctant to sing, however just one month before
Mark passed away Sylvia agreed to sing with Grant, WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, saying “One take, I will only do
one take.” This is now the feature track on this CD.
Mark’s dying wish was at last fulfilled, however he had one more request. He told Grant he wanted the duets played at his funeral
and that he was tell everyone there the words were from him to Sylvia, the love of his life.
Weeks later, Alan Jones AO and Australia’s number one broadcaster was at a friend’s place for dinner. It just so happened they
were also friends of Sylvia and Mark, has attended Mark’s funeral and asked for a copy of the CD. They played the CD to Alan.
He then invited Sylvia to be a guest on his radio program. Alan wanted to share this story and their music with his listeners. After
playing WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME the reaction was such they realised they had something very special,
something that touched the hearts of many.
Although a very personal situation Sylvia and Grant have now decided to tell their story and share their music.
In Memory of Mark Bowden. A great musician, husband, father and mentor to his students. one who is now percussionist
with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.