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Reflections

Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. But the main reason I love autumn, is it signifies change.  And with change, I find myself holding closer to those things that keep me grounded and whole.

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Of course, for me, music is one of those things I cling too when dealing with change, not only within seasonal change, but within the changes of life.

The song “Stone of Grief,” was written during a challenging time a couple of years ago.  Not necessarily for me, but for the person on the journey of change and healing.  I present this song, again, for you who are walking a road-less traveled, so that you may find encouragement on that road.  I also share this song for those who are coming along side those treading the waters of change.

 

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Welcome to my newest followers

I’ve added a number of new followers to my web site recently, and I wanted to welcome you and thank you for being interested in what I do musically.

Back in August of 2012, I released, “In Those Days.”  Eight original songs that reflect a wide aspect of my musical tastes, genre and storytelling. Described as songs of love, life, family and faith.

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I also enjoy creating instrumental songs such as “Goodbye.” A contemplative solo keyboard piece that has been in my musical tool kit for over 30 years.  And new songs like, “Sabbath.”  Incorporating an intense, emotional connection with the listener.

“Stone of Grief,” tackles the often misunderstood subject of grief and healing from trauma.  Many have good intentions, but often times they ignorantly cause harm to the person facing the challenges of recovery.  This is a deeply personal song for me.

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But, I also have a playful side.  “I Love My H-2-O,” is a testimonial of my love of drinking water.

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Thanks for checking in and take a look around.

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New Song – Shattered

I have often mentioned how moved I am by this human experience we are all a part of.  As a pretty high feeling individual (at least that’s what Meyers-Briggs tells me), I am most deeply moved by those moments when life is at its hardest.

I have found that simply validating a persons hurt, pain and loss, is far more comforting, because the person going through the difficulty feels heard.  Sometimes, that’s all we really need.  Being heard.  Listened too, without judgement or clever bumper-sticker slogans.

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Hummingbird at Dusk – Photograph by Aubrey Frimoth

The song “Shattered,” is about validating the hardship.  Recognizing the reality of what has happened and offering to listen and just be there.

That Was Fun!!

Wednesday evening at the Jade Lounge in SE Portland was a complete success.  Here is a picture of the band: Left to right: Doug McCleary, Cynthia O’Brien, moi and John Hasenjaeger.  We were given the band name, “Legion of Ambiguity.”  We kinda like it.

Legion of AmbiguityThe plan is to return next month on March 26.  I’ll keep you posted.

Jade Lounge this Wednesday Evening

I am so looking forward to my first performance at the Jade Lounge in SE Portland this Wednesday evening as part of the Songbird Showcase open mic, hosted by Cynthia O’Brien.  Cynthia, along with the talented Doug McCleary, percussionist John Hasenjaeger and myself, are putting a fun set together of cover tunes from Bruce Cockburn, Vigilantes of Love, and others.  Plus, we’ve worked up one of my originals, which is always cool.

Things get underway Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7pm.  Take a mid-week break and join us at the Jade Lounge.

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Covering A Classic

This was the first Elton John song I ever learned.  I can still remember being in the basement of my dad’s church where there was an upright piano.  On the piano itself, an Elton John songbook.  I opened the book to “Your Song,” and quickly learned it.

This version was fun to record in my own studio.  I get help from Norm Bowler, whose the president of the independent label I’m with, Grumpy Old Bear from Seattle, WA.  I sent him my recorded tracks and he mixed it together.  I hope you enjoy “Your Song.”

Chris on keys - Bobby Bullet and the RevolversWith my high school cover band – “Bobby Bullet and the Revolvers.”  I was a revolver.

 

New Song – Stone Of Grief

Overcoming trauma and suffering is no easy task.  For some, it can take a lifetime.  But when you choose to walk down a road less traveled, and then reach out for some help, you are at your most vulnerable.   Many won’t understand the road you are on.  Though intentions may be sincere, the hurt caused by ignorance can run deep.

This song is about such a journey.  It might be your own, or someone you know.  May you find hope among the thistles and jagged edges, as you seek your own healing and wholeness.  May others come beside you, to lift your own- “Stone of Grief.”

Download Stone of Grief, here.

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