The Long Lost Family episode ‘Did You Have Dreams? Did You Follow Them?’ features 48-year-old guitarist Mark Moss of Dallas, Texas. His biological mother gave him up for adoption in Iowa City, Iowa when she was 18. His biological father was still in high school at age 17. Like many adopted children, Mark has lots of questions about the time he was conceived (1968) and what happened to his parents. He wonders if his father was drafted during the Vietnam War and if so if he made it back.
Mark’s biological mother left a note with his medical records, which Mark gained access to when he turned 18. In the note, she wrote that she hoped her appreciation of music would be passed down to her son. Mark discovers during the episode that his biological mother is “an award-winning cellist.” The passion with which Mark pursues his own music is deeply linked to this note he discovered decades ago. A small but emotionally large note like that from a mother who is both influential and a mystery shows Mark learning that music is in his genes. Mark Moss’ pursuit of his mother’s identity, with whom he has this intrinsic bond through music, might just be the most passionate pursuit yet on the show.. Long Lost Family airs Sundays at 9pm on TLC.