When John Mark Nelson released his first CD, "Still Here", he was half way through his senior year in high school. "Still Here" was a collection of songs about a sixteen month period of his life. A time in which "everything seemed surreal and hazy". According to John Mark, he "became a very unpleasant person to be around, and yet (he) was the happiest (he) had ever been". It is an album about loss and regretful decisions.