Playing some music and raising a little money

CWS2Hi everyone. Relatively short post here today. I want to remind y’all that I will be playing some music live this Friday night at 8:30 Boston time on Facebook live. Here is the link to join in. I’d love for you to stop by to listen to some old familiar tunes and maybe a couple of new ones, and I also hope that you will consider clicking here to make a donation to the Glioblastoma Foundation, which does a tremendous amount of good work in caring for glioblastoma patients and working to develop better treatments.  When (not if, I’m certain) the disruption and risk of the current pandemic subside, the doctors and researchers looking to beat diseases such as these will still need our help to do their good work. So please – for the sake of Donald, Neal, Gord, and tens of thousands of others past and present, give what you can. (There are also links on the Tunnel 18 facebook page)glioblastoma-foundation-logo

Thank you, and I promise I will spend our time together on Friday in a spirit of celebration. And I will look forward to seeing all of you in person and singing together very, very soon!

-Chris

On a Tunnel 18 Live Event (& Travel Shock)

First a little bit of news, and then a little bit of observation. First, I have decided to do a live stream event on Friday, May 29 at 8pm Eastern, both as a way to play live in a longer format, and also to do a little bit of a celebration. 

img200Tunnel 18 first played live during the summer of 1989. We missed our chance at a true 30th anniversary reunion, and in fact a true reunion sadly isn’t in the cards anymore. However, I do want to take some time not only to play, but also to remember some of the songs we wrote and played together, as well as showcase some of the things I’ve been working on. May 29 will be a series of originals and covers of the type that we used to play when we performed live … the kind we played by the pool in Donald’s backyard or over at Dione Rice’s house. 

I’m hoping that this will be as meaningful for you as it will be for me. Just the sheer fact that there is live music is something that has provided a level of comfort. 

I don’t know about you, but I am still very much in an unsettled place with the pandemic, and the efforts at social distancing and confinement. Even during the simple act of trying to change the strings on one of my guitars I find myself asking “where is…” and as often as not the item I am looking for is in a suitcase, a guitar bag, or some other form of luggage that has been sitting under a bed for the past 10 weeks. 

So much has changed since the last time I was on the road, and the last time we were all physically around friends. As I look at it now, any chance to be around friends, tell stories, make music, laugh a little – each of these is a precious reminder that we will get through this and we will be together again soon. And I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing you. 

In the meantime, please enjoy a little bit of music. Here’s an incredibly eclectic playlist that you might enjoy. Really hope you can join me on May 29!

-Chris

Of Clouds and Singing

So, I promised you a longer blog post. Here you go.
Thank you for hanging in there while it is taken me some time to get some other items in order. Work, day stuff. However, I’ve also been immersing myself in as much music as possible: writing, performing, even learning.
First, there’s new music.  Remember that demo of “Clouds” I posted a few weeks ago? Well, it has formally been recorded, and I have added it to the SoundCloud site. (More on the new music bit a little bit later on in the blog)
Next, on the learning part. Learning is one of life’s great pleasures and rewards, especially when it means that you get to learn more about something you love and hopefully that you learn how to do more of it and do it better. Such is the case with voice and singing.
2020-05-15 21.49.13I have just started a short course in voice with my friend Danielle, who I met through the open mic circuit here in Metropolitan Boston. Danielle is an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and playright.
(PS – She’s also got a great blog)
She’s giving voice lessons virtually during the COVID-19 lockdown.  To call me a reluctant singer is probably not right (I’m a guitarist, songwriter, etc, so singer comes with the package by default), but neither am I a natural.  So I welcome the chance to learn more about what makes my voice mine, and then how to learn to get it where I want it to go.
Danielle has been a great coach, and a lot of fun to work with.  Our lessons are also a wonderful break from the work week – again, really needed during these strangely interminable weeks.
All of this is also important as I have quite a few new songs on their way to being completed. All of the following have been recorded to some level or another:
  • Clouds
  • On The Other Side
  • In A Minor Key
  • Pulling Nails
  • Train to Bad Places
  • Heavy Lies The Head
All except “Minor” and “Train” were written in whole or in part during the lockdown, so I’m thinking of releasing all of them as something of an EP. live
More on that as the story develops. However, in the meantime, I look forward to playing for you live again sometime soon. For now, please go ahead and join me on Tuesday nights at the Apocalyptic Open Mic. And I also will do a solo Tunnel 18 show very soon – maybe I’ll even pull a few really, really, really old songs out of storage!
-Chris

Live Music, Please (and may it be safe soon)

Hi all,

I know I haven’t written in a bit (a month to be exact) and I do have a nice SUPER LONG post coming, but this article just showed up in the Atlantic today, and I think you ought to read it.

First, it’s Dave Grohl, so….

Second, I miss live music, and I think you do too:

“In today’s world of fear and unease and social distancing, it’s hard to imagine sharing experiences like these ever again. I don’t know when it will be safe to return to singing arm in arm at the top of our lungs, hearts racing, bodies moving, souls bursting with life. But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to. It’s not a choice. We’re human. We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone. That we are understood. That we are imperfect. And, most important, that we need each other.”

More soon, I promise.