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This month: Two songs about the big city!
Living in New York City for 20 years was one of the highlights of my life. As you might expect, I wrote quite a few songs about living there. (If you have my first album, Intuition, Open Country and Scherahza are perfect examples.)
After I moved into my wife Lynn’s apartment, the fire escape outside the kitchen window became one of my favorite places. Our building was part of a rectangle of old buildings around the circumference of an entire city block, with a large courtyard in the middle, full of old, tall trees. Sitting out on the fire escape in the summer, up on the fourth floor, was like being in a treehouse, surrounded by branches and nature. It was almost like not being in the city at all. We put astroturf (i.e., fake grass) down, with two small folding aluminum chairs and lots of flower pots with morning glories planted. The morning glories would climb up the vertical metal rungs and bloom at the top. I’d often sit our there in the evening or on the weekends, sometimes with my best friend Buck. We’d hang out and enjoy the weather on a beautiful day. Treehouse in the City is my tribute to that wonderful place and those wonderful, peaceful times.
The Big City & The Basement Tapes:
Jelly and Toast! (recorded live)
Ironically, I wrote this song about the big city several years before I moved there. At the time, I was interested in the idea that people work very hard to create a public persona that they believe will get them status (or respect or money). That public persona may not have much to do with who they actually are. Jelly and Toast is about two hypothetical characters in the big city who have quite the reputations…. but when they get together in private and let their hair down, a very different picture emerges.
Of course, I had no firsthand experience with big city life when I wrote this, but I think it’s a lot of fun anyway! I hope you’ll agree!
In case you missed it: The three most popular tracks from Christopher’s new CD Earthsongs!
You can listen to them below!
Recently released: The new music video Halcyon Day (from the Earthsongs CD!)
Click to hear the songs!