Category Archives: Solo Live Performance

Fundraiser Performance

I’ll be playing originals and covers.  If you purchase my album/CD “In Those Days,” at the event, all proceeds will go to the Paying It Forward Store.  Come sit a spell as I open things up beginning at 5pm.

Live band night

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Saturday at Rose City Food Park

I’m back at Rose City Food Park this Saturday afternoon from 3-4:30pm, as one of the featured musician’s for their Mini Brew Fest.   The weather for Saturday looks hot, which means, cold brews and live music wait for you.  I’ll be jamming cover tunes from Hall & Oates, America, Billy Joel, Elton John, Elvis and some of my own stuff.

Sit a spell and cool down this Saturday afternoon.
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Playing at Local Food Park

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This Saturday afternoon I’ll be playing some of my originals along with cover tunes at the Rose City Food Park (5235 NE Sandy Blvd) from 2:30-4pm.  The weather looks great and so should the food.  Stop on by – I’d love to see you.

Here’s a link to Rose City Food Park’s Facebook account

Transitions

Transitions.  I think I’ll name my next album, Transitions.

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I’ve been transitioning in my personal growth and as a husband.  Recognizing the mistakes I’ve made in my marriage, but instead of beating myself up for them (as I would have in the past) changing myself for the better instead.

My family is transitioning, as my two young-adult children are beginning to explore the  world and discover their callings.

I’ve transitioned out of my church of nearly 40 years.  A very difficult transition, but one I had been mulling for several years as I’ve sought how to reflect ethical authenticity and compassionate love.

C. Taylor_9719I’m transitioning as a musician.  I’ve learned that I’m seen as a singer/songwriter.  Never knew what to call myself before that, but I like that moniker.

All those transitions, and many others, have influenced my guitar/piano-based songs, with more organic arrangements, simple melody lines, and lyrical depth that help tell my changing story.

I still celebrate being in love: So many of my newer songs reflect my 26 years with my wife Barb.  I tackle songs that deal with loss and grief and how we’re all touched by these emotions – not hiding from them, but embracing and working through them.

I’m reconnecting with some of my instrumental roots, too. Performing songs I wrote nearly 30 years ago that still stand the test of time, along with newer songs that reflect thoughtful, playful vibes.

I continue to live, breathe, and write as a Portland Oregon resident, which gives me a gentle and nurturing platform for exploring transitions.

Here’s to opening new places, new journeys, new hope through transitions.

Chris Taylor

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“Deep Blue” – Live at Portland Music Company’s Open Mic

June 19th was a wonderful night at Portland Music Company’s NE Portland location, where I, along with 7 other musicians, played 15 minute sets of mainly original songs.  Here’s my “live” version of a song I wrote earlier this year called Deep Blue.

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Live Solo Piano

At my church’s Good Friday service this year I was asked (literally at the last minute) to provide prelude music before the service began.  I was also given one instruction, “make it sound Good Friday like.”

With only seconds to gather my thoughts I began to play.  Since that Good Friday service I have had many people, not only from my church but otherwise, tell me how much they enjoyed my little impromptu song.

I call it “Friday’s Goodness.”