Heart of a Boy
BIOGRAPHY Chris' music finds it's roots in the Beatles, James Taylor, and the bebop jazz his father played and listened to all his life. His music is designed to transport you, maybe to a time or place that makes you forget about the day's trials and challenges. It is good rock n' roll, at times jazzy, and always good entertainment! Chris took up the drums at a very early age. He's really playing on the CD's cover photo. At age 2 he was performing Elvis to anyone that would listen. He learned how to play the drums while watching his father's jazz band rehearse at his home. The wonderful drummer in that group, Jack Broughton, eventually sold his drums to Chris. Those are the drums he's playing on in the photo, and the ones he used many years in his rock n' roll bands. Singing is also a great enjoyment to Chris and it continued to evolve throughout his childhood and adult life. Taking up the guitar in college he began to find his true voice. After singing behind the drums in numerous rock bands he pursued a solo acoustic guitar act which featured his voice. Songwriting led to recording, which led to the creation of Heart of a Boy. Chris has played music all over the country, both as a drummer/singer, and guitar musician/singer in music that ranged from Dave Brubeck style jazz, original rock and roll, to acoustic romantic easy listening. He has played in intimate cocktail lounge settings, to state fair venues with thousands of listeners. His unique, comfortable, engaging music and voice has garnered many fans. ABOUT THE CD Heart of a Boy is comprised of eleven original tunes composed by Chris. Nine of the eleven songs were recorded in his home studios in Idaho Falls, ID and Mount Holly, NC. The song narrative below credits others who helped with creating the tunes. Chris' recording equipment includes a Fostex DMT-8 VL hard disc recorder and an I-MAC computer utilizing Cubase and Peak mastering software. SONG NARRATIVE The Valley - A song about Saginaw, MI, Chris' hometown. Chris: acoustic guitars, bass, keyboard, percussion and vocals. 1000 Lives - Universal truths we learn along the way. Chris: all guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals. Very Well - Another "I'm not in Love" song. Chris: acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion and vocals. The Aztec - Inspired by a novel written by Gary Jennings. Chris: acoustic guitars, bass, percussion and vocals. Donald's Song - A song for Chris' father. Chris: acoustic guitars and vocals; Andy Richardson: acoustic bass; Kevin Young: saxophone; Lane Allgood: congas. Recorded at R.A.T. Studios in Idaho Falls. Waited to Love You - A belated love song. Chris: acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals. Backseat Driver - A song for Chris' favorite Backseat Driver, who would be Nancy, his wife. She's also singing harmony. Chris: electric guitars, bass, keyboard, drums, and vocals. The Power of You - A song written for the Idaho Falls United Way. Chris: acoustic guitars, percussion and vocals; Rick Trulson: electric bass; Gary Stewart: drums and sound engineering. Recorded at IE Studios Idaho Falls, ID. Heart of a Boy - Inside everyman, there lives a heart of a boy. Chris: guitars, bass, percussion, drums and vocals; Kevin Young: saxophone. A Lesson I'll Never Learn - Why do we make the same mistakes over and ove? it's about being human. Chris: electric guitars, bass, percussion and vocals. The Odyssey - Real love takes time and patience. Think of it as an adventure. Chris: guitars, bass, percussion and vocals. Thanks to "The problem with listing the numerous people that have helped me along the way is that I'd regrettably leave someone out. I like to thank one person, and that's Nancy Koepke Hertz, my wife, an artist in her own write." Chris Hertz.