Decades after he spent a year studying in Dundee on an exchange programme, Mark Solomon still has fond memories of the city – and has even written a song about his time here.
Mark, who is from North Carolina in the US, spent a year at Dundee University as part of an exchange programme and said the friendships and memories he made in the city had stuck with him to this day.
“It was a fantastic idea to live in a different country,” said Mark, who went on to become a clinical physiologist before giving it up to become a fine wine director.
“I met some of the best people I have ever met in my life in Dundee.”
Earlier this month Mark’s band Kabbalah Cowboy released an official music video, downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina, for their song Dundee which he wrote about this time in the city.
“If suddenly I disappear, nothing to be feared, I’m going back to Dundee, by the North Sea. If suddenly, I can’t be found, know I’m safe, safe and sound, in the West End of Dundee,” the chorus reads.
Mark said while he had never been back to the city, it’d had an effect on him.
“While I was thinking about it, it was a bit of a nostalgic song,” he said.
“I learned that my space on this planet was much larger than I realised, and I was thinking about coming there for the first time and what it’s like to see the world from a new perspective.”
Kabbalah Cowboy was formed about four years ago with Joe Waddell on guitar and vocals, Adam Iorfida on alto saxophone and Kellen Peter on vocals.
“I’m not a terribly religious person or even spiritual for that matter, but what I like about the Kabbalah is that it’s more about losing yourself than finding,” Mark said of the band name.
“But becoming more mindless rather than mindful kind of goes against the grain. Hence the Cowboy.
“I’ve been into music my entire life.
“It’s something that I’ve always had a passion for.”
There had been times he had mentioned to his wife that he might be back to visit Dundee, but a part of him knew it wasn’t the same place it was when he was here.
“From what I read Dundee seems to be coming around.
“I know if I go back it’s not it’s not going to be the same.
“I romanticise it in my mind and I know I do that.
“It’s a great town and I have really fond memories of it.”