Meet the Nelson Family!
Driven by a passion for Rock and Roll, Mark and Terry Nelson have been making music together for over 25 years. Now based in Washington State, the couple’s current project is a punk rock band called The Shiny Things. Terry takes the stage like a seasoned chanteuse, accompanied by Mark’s elaborate guitar riffs. Both Terry and Mark have a love of performing, and they have a fan base that travels to Portland from all over the State to see them perform.
With his sinewy body, tufts of black hair jutting out from his skull, weathered face and cigarette dangling from between his lips, Mark Nelson has the consummate Rock Star look down pat. Terry dresses as a self-professed “Mary Poppins of Punk Rock.” With black baby doll dresses, fishnets and DIY remade/re-worked thrift clothes, her dyed bright red hair makes her look more like a gothic Raggedy Anne. Teenage daughter Rachel (17) is a beautiful, lithe yet slightly rebellious ballerina. Her entire focus and desire is ballet, and her parents do everything in their financial power to see that her dream to become a professional ballerina comes to fruition.
To make ends meet, Mark works as a dry waller for a local company. He wakes up early, spends the day lifting, carrying and mounting heavy materials. It’s his “exercise.” Terry is the primary homemaker, doing the housework, and taking care of outside of the house. To supplement Mark’s income, she makes custom clothes and shoes for dolls. But for both Terry and Mark, as soon as work is done, rock-and-roll rules again.