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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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Performing This Friday Evening Oct 11

I’ll be doing a 30 minute set of original songs this Friday evening Oct. 11 at Artichoke Music in SE Portland, from 7:30-8pm.  If you’re looking for a wonderful, relaxed evening of local music in a cozy environment, Artichoke is the place.  Doors open at 7pm and there’s a $5 donation suggested.

Artichoke recently upgraded their sound system, so I’m looking forward to performing songs using the new system, on both guitar and keyboard this Friday evening.  Would love to see some familiar faces in the crowd.  Plus, stick around, you never know what you’ll hear at these coffeehouses.

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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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Up Next – Performing for a Fun Run

This is one of those real casual gigs where I just bring my guitar and sing songs for a couple of hours.  I won’t be the only musician performing at this fun event.  Maybe we’ll get a jam session going at some point.  I’ll bring my ukulele and melodica for added musical spice.

I’ll be performing from 10am-12(ish) this Saturday.

Here’s more information about “A Reason to Run.” 

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My Short Story

As the family story goes, toddler Chris would make his way to the family piano and instead of pounding wildly on the keys Chris would create a simple melody.  In time that creative energy turned to piano lessons and Chris was on his way.

Along with his older sister and younger brother, Chris would sometimes break into impromptu concerts that sounded more like a comedy show gone awry than actual music.  It was but one of the creative outlets for the not so shy kids of a Presbyterian pastor and his wife.

Through the years music would play a vital role as Chris tried a variety of instruments finally settling on the tuba in 5th grade.  During concerts in grade school the tuba sat on a special chair where Chris would crawl up and be surrounded by the instrument.  With his feet dangling from the seat and the music stand blocking the view of his face, his mother would often comment on how Chris “would just disappear” in order to perform on the tuba.

By middle school Chris was singing in the choir at both school and church, playing in the concert band, taking piano lessons and doing recitals and acting in plays.  He also was spending many hours enjoy sports activities and hanging in the park with friends.

One day after high school his junior year, Chris was in the concert band room plucking away on the piano.  Del Herrod the concert band teacher walked in and commented,  “I didn’t know you played piano?”  Mr. Herrod convinced Chris to join the jazz lab band even though he had no training in jazz.

Chris’ first day in jazz lab the fall of his senior year in high school proved to be pivotal.  As the jazz band ended a warm up song, Mr. Herrod came over to the piano where Chris had been trying to follow along reading a jazz chord chart for the first time.  Mr. Herrod asked Chris to show him how he was playing the chords on the piano. Chris had indeed played the correct chords, but it was when Mr. Herrod showed him a different way to play those same chords that the light switch went on for Chris.  That senior year of jazz opened new creative arenas for Chris to experiment and expand his music.  It lead being asked to play in two other bands, one jazz, one a cover band.

Chris’ early musical influences include Chicago (particularly keyboard/singer/songwriter Robert Lamm), Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Blood Sweat & Tears and many others.  Chris is a strong supporter of the local musician, being one himself, and can be heard promoting the music of the region on the NorthWest Music podcast.

Chris’ earliest musical mentors, his first piano teacher Zelma Weymouth and high school music teacher Del Herrod, are never far from his own original songs today. Their instruction and encouragement, even when Chris found excuses not to practice, continue to motivate him today.