I’ve done a couple of these kinds of lists before, but it’s been awhile. So here’s an updated one. I called it “Mark Lee 101” as it’s sort of a primer on where I’m coming from.

  1. It all starts with God.
  2. I became a Christian on Thanksgiving Day, 1982. Every year I have something really cool to be eternally thankful for!
  3. I married Stephanie, my best friend and love of my life, in 1997.
  4. We have two daughters – Abbie, and Kitty.
  5. I was born in Austell, GA
  6. Other than a 5 year stint outside of Nashville, I have lived in Georgia my whole life.
  7. My Dad bought me an Ace Frehley 45 when I was in kindergarten. My Dad and Ace Frehley are the reasons I play guitar.
  8. Another time, my Dad bought me a knife. I proceeded to cut myself instantly. My parents said they would put the knife up until I’m old enough to use it properly.
  9. I guess I’m still not old enough to use it properly, because I’ve never seen that knife again.
  10. Last Christmas I cut myself badly while showing a knife to my cousin. I guess my parents were on to something…
  11. I won a spelling bee at school when I was about 7. The winning word? CRAYON (hey – I grew up in Georgia!)
  12. When I was little, Space Giants was the coolest thing in the history of ever, followed closely by Sid and Marty Krofft.
  13. I also loved a British sci-fi show called The Tomorrow People, and another one called Children of the Stones.
  14. When I was older, I got into Doctor Who, and became a lifetime fan.
  15. Matt Smith is my favorite Doctor, although I think Christopher Eccleston would have been amazing had he stuck around a bit longer.
  16. My childhood hero was Steve Bartkowski of the Atlanta Falcons.
  17. Because my wife is AWESOME, she arranged for me to have lunch with Steve on my birthday a few years ago. He and his wife Sandee are, as we say in the South, good people.
  18. After meeting Steve, I tracked down his book, Intercepted by Christ. It is easily one of the most influential books I’ve ever read.
  19. If you had asked me when I was a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said “play football”.
  20. By about 7th grade, I figured out that you had to be big and fast to play football. I was neither, so the marching band became my thing.
  21. I played trombone in the marching band in high school.
  22. I was awarded the Dumb Trombone Award in 1988 after getting hit by a car while selling doughnuts.
  23. I played trombone in the marching band at Georgia Tech. They didn’t give out a dumb trombone award, but I probably would have won that, too.
  24. Did I tell you I got hit by a truck while selling doughnuts?
  25. I started playing violin when I was 6. My mom wanted me to play violin. My dad wanted me to play fiddle.
  26. Because my dad wanted me to play fiddle, he had me watch Hee Haw and Austin City Limits to watch the fiddle players. This was a big part of my musical education.
  27. The rest of my musical education consisted of my parents’ record collection (John Lennon, Peter Frampton), my brother’s record collection (Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Hank Jr.).
  28. My Dad bought me a guitar for my 15th birthday.
  29. Because of #22 and #24, I missed a lot of school. This was when I started practicing guitar seriously.
  30. I worked in the games department at Six Flags. The games aren’t rigged. They’re just really, really hard,
  31. I worked in a library. Probably my favorite job I had as a kid.
  32. I worked at a grocery store.
  33. I worked as a telemarketer for a cemetery. Just as awkward as it sounds.
  34. I walked on carpet at the textile labs at Georgia Tech.
  35. I met Mac Powell in 11th grade.
  36. Mac and I have been in a bunch of bands together.
  37. The John McEachern High School Marching Band. Perhaps you’ve heard of us.
  38. Overbored (get it?)
  39. Nuclear Hoedown. I still think that name is awesome. (And it’s copyrighted, Don’t even think about it.)
  40. Mac and I started what became Third Day right after high school.
  41. Our dream was to be able to play music full-time. God had bigger plans for us.
  42. As of November 2013, Third Day has been together 21 years.
  43. We have traveled to all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. Still waiting for an invite to rock Antarctica.
  44. My favorite all-time show was the first time we played The Forum in London.
  45. Another favorite memory was doing a USO Tour in Iraq and Kuwait back in 2008.
  46. We’ve won a whole flock of Dove Awards.
  47. We’ve won four Grammys.
  48. The third time we won a Grammy, I was in the bathroom when they announced that we won. Yup.
  49. I am a recovering know-it-all.
  50. When I was a kid I sat around reading the encyclopedia.
  51. I have been known to waste hours on Wikipedia.
  52. I am what they call a book worm. A voracious reader, if you will.
  53. My favorite all-time book is Lord of the Rings.
  54. I saw a filmstrip of A Wrinkle in Time when I was in first grade. I have been a huge Madeleine L’Engle fan ever since.
  55. Madeleine L’Engle is probably my favorite author, with C.S. Lewis coming in a close second. Max Lucado would be third.
  56. I am an introvert.
  57. Despite #56, it’s an extraverted world, so I have sort of taught myself to be more outgoing. Being around people a lot is very draining to me.
  58. Despite #56 and #57, I play guitar in a band, which requires me being in front of people a lot, God has a sense of humor, doesn’t he?
  59. I play PRS guitars.
  60. The first PRS guitar I got was a Singlecut. Probably still my favorite guitar.
  61. My latest PRS guitar is a P22. Probably my 2nd favorite.
  62. A few years ago, we did a Mark Lee signature guitar.
  63. My favorite Third Day album is Wire, followed very closely by Time and Revelation.
  64. My favorite song we’ve recorded is I’ve Always Loved You.
  65. I started writing songs in about 1995.
  66. The first song I wrote was called Sky Falls Down. That song ended up winning a Dove Award. (Hey this is easy!)
  67. I’ve never had a song win a Dove Award since then. (OK so maybe it’s hard after all…)
  68. I started journaling around the same time I started writing songs. (Coincidence? I think not.)
  69. I think journaling is the only discipline you need.
  70. I recently went back to school online and received a degree in Christian Studies. It was hard, but one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
  71. People often ask what we like to do when we’re not touring. I love spending time with me wife and daughters.
  72. Abbie is our sweet, compliant child.
  73. Abbie and I like to read books together at bedtime. We’re currently working through the Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander.
  74. You just never know what Kitty is going to do or say! She keeps us on our toes. Such a fun little girl.
  75. One of my favorite things in the world is DDDN. Daddy Daughter Date Night. A couple times a month, I take the girls out for pizza or a movie. We have a blast!
  76. My favorite activity is hiking. I try to go a few times a week.
  77. Earlier this year we bought a camper. It is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. You can spend time with your family outside. But when it’s time to go to bed, you have a real bed!
  78. We have a dog named Ozzy. He is a miniature schnauzer. He’s a lot of fun! (Except for the barking. And the chewing.)
  79. You already probably knew this from #16, but I’m a huge Atlanta Falcons fan,
  80. I am also an avid Braves fan.
  81. My favorite sports memory was “when Sid slid” to clinch the NL pennant in 1992.
  82. My favorite memory with the Georgia Tech band was when we marched in the Braves victory parade in 1991. The streets of Atlanta were so crowded we had to march single file. Crazy.
  83. And, yes, I am fan of all things Georgia Tech.
  84. While at Georgia Tech, I studied History, Technology, and Society. It was a fascinating major, covering topics that still interest me greatly to this day.
  85. John was my favorite Beatle.
  86. I am a HUGE Bob Dylan fan.
  87. I am also a huge fan of roots rock with good songwriting. Anything from Neil Young to Steve Earle to Son Volt.
  88. R.E.M. was probably the most influential band on my songwriting and guitar playing.
  89. I met Michael Stipe one time. Perhaps the most awkward conversation of my life.
  90. Bands like R.E.M., The Black Crowes, Drivin n Cryin, and the Georgia Satellites were both influential and inspiring. Influential because we wanted to sound like them. Inspiring because we saw other bands from our state make it big and saw that we could do the same.
  91. Third Day recently became a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. That was easily one of the highest honors we’ve ever received.
  92. I try to write every day, first thing in the morning after taking my kids to school. What you see here is the result.
  93. Besides writing here, I do most of the show blogs at the Third Day website. Be sure to check those out as well!
  94. I am not much of a TV watcher. I watch sports and an occasional Doctor Who episode, and that is about it.
  95. I can’t dance. That’s why I play guitar.
  96. I am a human road atlas.
  97. That being said, I am parking lot challenged. I always seem to get turned around when trying to navigate in a parking lot.
  98. I am left handed.
  99. I am neither right brained nor left. I am kind of both.
  100. Psalm 100 is the first Bible verse I ever memorized and is still one of my favorites.
  101. I like lists.
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