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The scoop: Christopher posts new creations here—mostly music, but also the occasional original article, illustrated poem or music video—every month. (His new music tracks are also usually available everywhere across the Web, although you can download them here for free.) He’s currently posting a series of new recordings from two concept albums that are in the works, as each track is finished. The first album, Earthsongs, is
almost completed; you can listen to the tracks he’s already released further down this page. The second album project is an original 10-song Christmas suite; new tracks from that project are released every Christmas. Occasionally, he also releases stand-alone singles unrelated to the two albums, as he has done this month. Finally, he’s also releasing tracks from a forthcoming collection of early songs and recordings called The Basement Tapes. You’ll find the latest track from that collection below. Enjoy!
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For your listening pleasure: A new single!
Atlantic City’s original Steel Pier, which opened in 1898, was an amusement pier that at one time extended more than 2,000 feet from the boardwalk out over the ocean. The Steel Pier had a carousel, a diving bell, games of chance, movie theaters, a music hall featuring acts like Frank Sinatra, and a water circus at the far end of the pier. Perhaps its best-known attraction was a high-diving horse that jumped, with its rider, from a high platform into the ocean.
My father had gone to Atlantic City many times as a child, and he remembered the Steel Pier fondly. So, many years later, he asked me to join him to revisit the source of his happy memories.
What we found was an attraction that had fallen into disrepair; only a few visitors were there. Everything looked dusty and neglected; a small cover band played to an empty ballroom, and out-of-date movies were showing in the theaters. The kids running the carnival games begged us to play because they hadn’t had a customer all day. The only thing that hadn’t changed was the high-diving horse. I sat with my father in the grandstand along with a handful of others and watched the horse leap into the sea, as if nothing had changed.
This is a song about that final visit to Atlantic City’s original Steel Pier.
(For a free download of Dark Stars, click on the cover art. More detailed instructions for downloading can be found on the Free Downloads page.)
The Basement Tapes is a collection of songs written in my early years as a songwriter—many while I was in college—that were demoed in my home studio a few years later. (Previous releases from this collection can be heard on the Free Downloads page.) Enjoy!
As I was developing my songwriting chops—and my sense of humor—in college, I wrote this song. Although I wasn’t thinking about it at the time, I think it qualifies as my first attempt to write a country song…hence the arrangement I added when I recorded it a few years later!
‘Tis the season for giving thanks!
One of the things I’m thankful for is that “Twas the Day of Thanksgiving” is a finalist for Best Holiday Release in the JPF International Song Competition! (The overall competition drew more than a quarter-million entries!) You can read the poem or listen to a recording of yours truly reading it, by clicking on the cover!
Songs from the Upcoming Earthsongs album project, already released:
You can hear and/or download each song by clicking on the cover picture. Thanks to all of the folks who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for the Earthsongs album…your contributions helped to make these recordings possible! Look for more Earthsong releases in the coming months!
Click to hear the songs!
Music Video Update!
My two original music videos, Piece of the Puzzle and Children of the Sun continue to garner views! The older video, Piece of the Puzzle, has passed 1800 views, and Children of the Sun recently passed 500 views! If you’ve never seen them, please check them out!! (You can see them by clicking on the title images below!)
Click to read (or listen to) the poems!
Meanwhile, my book and CD set Help and Hope is still available and doing great!
My book Staying Off the Wheel of Misfortune is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, on Kindle, and as an audiobook at Amazon. (To hear a sample of the audiobook, click here: Wheel of Misfortune—Audio Book!) To learn more about the book and read samples, click on the drop-down menu About the Book at the top of this page. To check out the songs on the companion CD, Piece of the Puzzle: 12 Songs of Hope, click on the cover icon, above left, or check out the Free Downloads page on this website!
As always, my previous music releases are also available; click on the icons to the left!