Articles, Essays and Poems

Articles and Essays by Chris

The 12 Lists of Christmas!

More than 80 wonderful Christmas songs and recordings you’ve probably never heard! (Chris has begun publishing a short list excerpted from this master list, with internet links included, every Christmas.)

Best of the Fest: Memories From a Lifetime of Philadelphia Folk Festivals!
It’s an annual four-day party held on a farm far from the city, with thousands of people camping together to party and enjoy nature, featuring non-stop music of almost every variety you can imagine.  As remembered by Christopher Kent!

Writing 150 Songs!
Christopher explains how he learned to write songs, starting with his musical education at the American Boychoir School and a trip to Japan, through years of writing, learning and teaching songwriting in New York City. Includes lots of pictures of Chris at the different periods in his life and sample songs from each era, some of which you may not have heard.

Crisis Ahead? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Lose Hope
If you’re worried about what lies ahead for our country, you’re not alone. Here’s a unique perspective  on the situation that may help.

The Song That Changed Everything
Sometime we wait years for some wonderful to happen. And then when it does, one little thing—a song, for example—can make all the difference.

Gene Roddenberry’s Secret Ingredient
A little-known behind-the-scenes conflict may be responsible for the unparalleled success of the Star Trek TV empire. (Note: this is an edited version of an article that first appeared in Reality Change magazine.)

Boys Are In Trouble (And We’re All Paying the Price)
Men appear to be the cause of most of the world’s problems. Is there something inherently wrong with the male of the species? A closer look suggests otherwise – and that it’s time for some changes.

Ten Tips for Songwriting Success
Adapted from the forthcoming book Songwriting Demystified.

Making Creativity Work for You
Excerpted from the forthcoming book, Songwriting Demystified. Previously appeared in Songwriter’s Monthly.

Four Secrets to Writing Great Songs
Excerpted from the forthcoming book, Songwriting Demystified.

Poems by Chris

Backyard Bird TV
A celebration of our feathered friends, with photographs by Lynn Yost

Ghost Mortem (A Quantum Mechanical Afterlife Adventure)
The story of a man who dies and discovers there was much more to his life than he realized!

October, Pennsylvania
A celebration of the changing of the seasons.

Beware TYCU!
To keep your calm and sanity, beware the Things You Can’t Unsee

The Walrus Days of Winter
CK discusses winter’s woes, the snowy drifts, the icy floes, the pains each northern dweller knows
In poetry, not prose.

‘Twas the Day of Thanksgiving
An ode to the holiday and how we celebrate it

Grateful for the Moon
The moon does much more than simply light the nighttime sky.

Things I Like!
The shortest path to happiness is gratitude.