chris falson

Singer-Songwriter, Story Teller, Teacher, Author, Composer

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It’s Always You

What if your spiritual journey was not based merely upon a book, ancient or new… nor was it held together or given credence by the opinions of others (professing to be experts on the matter)?

What if you could go straight to the source… and discover for yourself whether or not there was a God of love, grace and mercy?

It sounds rather dangerous doesn’t it… to be allowed such a privilege… the freedom to investigate without ‘adult supervision’, to make these big decisions about the meaning of it all… on your own?

This seeking or questioning nature of mine has at times, I freely admit, led me into difficulties, especially with authority figures but without challenging, say, the very notion that there was no such thing as God… the strongly held ‘belief’ that intertwined my family and the artistic community into which I was born… well… I wonder what may have become of me?

My spirituality is shaped, not just by my atheist upbringing but also my first encounter with God, a kind of teenage ‘road to Damascus’ experience… on a leafy suburban street near my home in Sydney. This awakening of mine may have been a little different to some, for it was to a spiritual being rather than any religious faith or creed.  I had peeked behind the curtains of doubt and rationality and on discovering that this alternative universe was governed by a creator, an artisan… well, I opened the curtains a little wider and, with no one around to stop me… I stepped right in.  This one moment of madness was the beginning of an amazing journey not even Tolkien could have imagined.

And so, here I am today in this world of great confusion and chaos and, with my ears ringing from all the weighty arguments ‘in the name of God’ flying about social media (and the like)… I find myself, drifting further and further away from ‘the maddening crowd’, the noise and the clutter… to seek out the mysterious God, the one I first noticed in the stars, the wind, the trees and… once my eyes had become accustomed to his ways… everything in and around me.

“I hear the sound of the waves crashing to the shore.
You draw in me… into the deep
Deeper than I’ve been before”

I Surrender (… Again)

I confess; I have prayed or muttered the words ‘I Surrender’… on more than one occasion…

I have surrendered to love, to God, to my soul, to my true identity…

Each time, though the waving of the white flag was heartfelt and sincere, I would somehow forget that there was a process to the act of surrendering… that it wasn’t just a few words spoken, but that there was always much to dismantle, to disarm, to hand over, to walk away from… or let die.

Faced with the most recent mountain range of obstacles (the tallest and scariest thus far in my journey) my surrendering was able to reach down to a new level. And for the first time, I could feel that I had really given up the fight… not the good fight but the one in which I was constantly wrestling with who I am and who I was designed to be.

I cannot explain it better than with this simple little song. Not my best work perhaps, nor the best recording or performance… but in this surrendering… I have a new understanding of the carefree… and the child within me has come alive again… and is now calling the shots.

Love to the little children in you all,

Chris

 

Swiss Tour- December 2016

I am on tour right now with Sandra Stephens and the Small Town Boys… in Switzerland. Its a tough life but someone’s got to live it.

This little video is from this the House Concert from earlier this week in the charming (300 year old) House of Schramm in the village of Bürglen. About 60 people joined us for a lovely evening of music, story telling, Glue Vine & Risotto.

Here are the upcoming dates and events… (more to be added soon)

Saturday, 10.12. Richbee’s Whiskey & Wine Weinfelden 17.00-19.00

Sunday, 11.12. Giessenpark Weinfelden Church-Service 10.00

Monday, 12.12. Christmas-Party Fontis, Basel 16.00


Tuesday, 13.12. Fontis-Book-Store Wil, 16.00-17.30
Tuesday, 13.12. Christmas-Dinner Gebr. Spiegel, Out of Bounds Kreuzlingen 20.00-22.00 h

Thursday, 15.12. Fontis-Book-Store Winterthur, 17.00

Saturday, 17.12. Fontis-Book-Store Aarau, 13.00-14.30

Sunday, 18.12. Church Bürglen with the Local Gospel Choir

Friday, 06.01. Rest. Pöstli, Bischofszell

Gospel Supper Club…by the Sea

Hey there friends, fans and family.

Sandra-band-colorEarlier this century, as some of you know, we began to experiment with what we loosely called  ‘Church in a Bar’. Through trial and error we discovered that when we shared our art, our music, our story telling and our table, we were able to connect and celebrate life with just about everyone.

We are taking this ‘show’ on the road under the banner of Party For The Soul and our next event is on July 22nd in Dana Point, CA at the Breakwater (Aventura) Sailing Club.

Think of of it, if you will, as a relaxed Gospel Supper Club by the sea.

I will be performing with Linda McCrary Fisher (Stevie Wonder, Andre Crouch),  Sandra Stephens, John Schreiner (Chaka Kahn) plus a whole bunch of other special guests. We’ll be doing songs from our new album (and albums past), as well as our favorites songs from the likes of Andre Crouch, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and others.

AND…Tom Clark is producing a live art show… on stage with the band.

Purchase Early Bird Tickets Online for $30 each or buy 2 for $50. (Tickets at the door will be $35.00 each or 2 for $60.00)

The ticket price includes appetizers, a gourmet supper, Wine Tasting from Watts Winery, a complimentary Signature cocktail, one of the best ocean views on the west coast and all the music and art you can ‘soak up’ in one evening. Doors open at 5 pm… (for the sunset & happy hour)… Music will start to flow around 7pm.
A Full Cash Bar will be available, including discounted wines from Watts Winery.

The Cigar Bar opens @ 8.30 on the ‘Catalina Terrace’.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click the Buy Tickets button below.

Buy tickets for Party For The Soul

A Party For The Soul

Party For Your Soul: July 22nd, Dana Point Harbor

We are throwing what we call Party For The Soul in Dana Point, right on the harbor at the Breakwater Events (Sailing Club) with live music (Rhythm Gospel & Blues), a live art performance, wine tasting, a cigar bar, a sumptuous supper and a Full Bar on show.

For this party by the sea, I am inviting some of my favorite gospel musicians and singers  including Linda McCrary Fisher (Stevie Wonder, Andre Crouch),  Sandra Stephens, John Schreiner (Chaka Kahn) plus a whole bunch of other special guests. We’ll be performing songs from our new album as well as our favorites songs from the likes of Andre Crouch, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone.

Tom Clark is producing a live art show… on stage with the band.

This will be some party.
The ticket price includes appetizers, a gourmet supper, Wine Tasting from Watts Winery, a complimentary Signature cocktail, one of the best ocean views on the west coast and all the music and art you can ‘soak up’ in one evening. Doors open at 5 pm… (for the sunset & happy hour)… Music will start to flow around 7pm.

Purchase Early Bird Tickets Online for $30 or buy 2 for $50. (Tickets at the door will be $35.00 each or 2 for $60.00)

For more information or to purchase tickets, click the Buy Tickets button below.

Buy tickets for Party For The Soul

 

Its Time for a New Album

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond

I originally wrote this for a friend who was ‘having a terrible time of it’.

But the song has since become a story for many.

For all those who feel too old, too young, too skinny or fat, not smart enough, unloved or not ‘special’, that you have wasted your life and or that your best days are behind you.

The Universe says otherwise…

Shine: Featuring the beautiful Sandra Stephens and Rhythm Gospel & Blues.

Big Bash at Byron-Ballina

Hey there all you guys and gals in northern NSW and south Queensland. We (me, David Raven and Isaac Frankham) are doing a little tour… a mixture of Pubs and Worship events.
Hope to see your lovely faces at some of these events.
Thursday 26th Feb Hotel Brunswick (with Dan Hannaford)
Friday 27th Feb The Rails Byron Bay (with Dan Hannaford)
Saturday 28th Feb Kingscliff Hotel (with Dan Hannaford)
Sunday 1st March 10.30 am… morning service at C3 Ballina.
Sunday 1st March pm… Mango Tree Sessions.

Wednesday March 4th, Ballina C3… 7pm…open worship event
Saturday March 7th, Grafton Racetrack Blues and Brews (with Dan Hannaford)
Sunday March 8th 10.30 am, Ballina C3

We’ll be playing music like this… (David Raven-Drums and Vocals)

And a lot of this…

And a bit of this…


More info to follow.
Cheers.
Chris

Words are So Overrated

“Use Words if You Have To” is an Instrumental album of songs and pieces of music I like to play when creating my own ‘quiet’ space for prayer and meditation.
The title is taken from the famous line of Francis of Assisi “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
I recorded all the parts in our living room during a week of ‘having the house to myself’… and oh what a mess I created with mics, guitars, cables and so on all over the place… a chaos quite unlike these recordings.
My intent was to ‘only’ use whatever I had in the house and as I had recently borrowed a lovely old Banjo from Hank Linderman I was able to add an Americana feel to some of the pieces. For percussion I played a small hand drum that someone had given me… more of a ‘nice thing to hang on the wall’… but it’s sound was delicate and fitted perfectly into these spacious themes. I made up a few shakers out of soda cans ‘half-filled’ with brown rice (organic of course… you can hear the difference)… and then using my voice, my assortment of acoustic guitars, an old bass, a broken tambourine and, while my desire was to ‘stay organic’, for a few brief moments I played my old analog synth to add some of the Sigur Ros air.
Enjoy.

credits

released 03 December 2014
All Instruments and vocals: Chris Falson
Recorded by Chris Falson @ the empty house studios
Mastered by Tony Green
Album photo by Kevin Roley

I’m All Shook Up

“… A wife of one of one the Church leaders accused me of carrying the spirit of Elvis”

Well Amen to that sister!

 

No matter how much of a ‘person of the world’ we may consider ourselves to be, we all live in some kind of bubble or shelter and thus carry our ‘self-made’ ghost fears of being corrupted by those living outside of our little havens of respectability.

strider_by_detkef-d5rqb1jIt would seem to be that I am often the intruder from the dark side, venturing into the hobbit villages of ‘Churchedom’… I am perhaps like Strider... feared by the Orc’s and “Don’t let me be misunderstood’ by the folk in the shire.

On one adventure I was invited to Christchurch for a weeks training of the musicians and singers (of a local Church) who would, if all went well, accompany me in concert on the Sunday. 

Sometimes these creative workshops can be most fulfilling, especially when the ‘students’ have a mind to learn something new or a willingness take a few creative risks. This was a bit like the Curate’s egg… good in parts. The established crew were a tad set in their ways and too ‘churchy’ for my rock ‘n’ roll ears…and I spent more time with the youngins, the fresh recruits, the ‘rough around the edges’ lot and by the end of the week we were ready… to Rock the joint. more to see over here →

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