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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 Earthsongs cover larger.fnlsecond 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’s 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!

Please check in every month to see and hear what’s new—and if you like it, please share it with your friends!


A Note for September 2017:
This month, given the series of natural disasters that has befallen the United States, I’ve decided to hold back any new releases. I actually had a new Earthsong track ready to publish at the beginning of this month, but—in a classic example of bad timing—this song is about the beauty of sailing in the Caribbean islands. The islands, of course, were trashed this month by Hurricane Irma. It’s a wonderful song/recording, so I will release it eventually, but I think it would be in poor taste to release it right now. In any case, I have a couple of other recordings that should be finished by early October, so look for a new release then. In the meantime, stay safe.  —Chris


Nice Place to Live

While I’m working on the next two Earthsongs tracks, I’m re-releasing a recording I completed back in 2015, not connected to the Earthsongs project. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that my songs tend to be optimistic and thoughtful; I seldom write political songs. (Political essays, yes; political songs, no.) Nice Place to Live, a song about people who tell malicious lies in order to increase their own wealth and power—justifying it with the belief that they’re better than everyone else—is an exception.
After finishing this recording in 2015, I felt compelled to release it as the 2016 election began to pick up steam. However, I was caught off guard by how quickly people assumed I had written it about Hillary or Obama or Trump.
It’s actually about a destructive type of thinking and behavior, rather than a specific person—although you might conclude that it describes some current individuals quite well. In fact, I think it describes not only many politicians here and around the world, but some of the talking heads on TV and radio; some of the rich and powerful people who use their money to influence politics, media and the economy from the shadows; some people in the banking industry; and a number of others. In short, although Nice Place to Live can be taken as a partisan song, I don’t see it that way.

However you choose to take it, I’ve decided that the song needs to be out there. Just choose the individuals you apply it to wisely!

(For a free download, click on the cover art. More detailed instructions for downloading can be found on the Free Downloads page.)

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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!

THIS MONTH:

Portrait was the last song I wrote before graduating from college. As a writer and performer, I was heavily influenced by the early work of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell; this song was my tribute to her, done in a rough approximation of her style at the time. This track was recorded and released as part of my first album, Intuition, and is thus already available for purchase or streaming from most digital music sites. The recording itself was made in a single take, after I practiced the song twice a day for a year(!)

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THE NEWS: Nominees for awards in the JPF international music competition were recently announced. JPF is a grassroots organization with more than 50,000 members from 160 countries around the world. They hold a song/album competition every few years. Out of about a quarter-million song submissions (to the overall contest), two of my releases have been nominated as finalists for best holiday recording: Songs of the Season and ‘Twas the Day of Thanksgiving! The winners will be announced later this year! (If you’ve never heard the two tracks, just click on the covers below!)

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Songs from the Upcoming Earthsongs album project, already released:

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40th ParallelSpires of Calisto-1400xYou 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!

 


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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!