Your Age Is None of Your Business
Christopher's newest release Your Age is None of Your Business/What Do You Believe? was recorded during sessions for his latest album 'Piece of the Puzzle,' available in late 2013. In the tradition of songwriter/artists such as Paul Simon, the new songs feature bold arrangements - a horn section, hot piano playing and wailing sax on Your Age is None of Your Business, and synths and electric lead guitar on What Do You Believe? And, as always, Christopher's lyrics will make you laugh and get you thinking. 'Your Age is None of Your Business was something I said one day in response to someone's complaint about getting older,' Chris explains. 'My comment got a big laugh, so I remembered it. Eventually it occurred to me it could make a great song concept. It took a while to work out the lyrics for the verses and bridge, but I think the result is worth it. 'The music is about as joyful as I've ever written, and why not?' he continues. 'The song is all about affirming your life and vitality - no matter what. As far as the big arrangement, the instrumental hook that follows the chorus came to me as I was writing the music, and I heard it in my head being played by a horn section from the outset. Someone suggested boogie-woogie piano, and that felt right, too. As soon as we brought JT (John Thompson) into the studio to play the piano, he was 'answering' the horn riffs, which worked great. Finally, I decided to go for broke by adding some wailing alto sax played by the amazing Steve Bowman. We ended up creating a recording that gets people to jump up and dance, but still has real heart. I've had great reactions from almost everyone who's heard it.' 'What Do You Believe is a story about stumbling onto a man speaking to a group of passersby in the city,' Chris says. 'He's asking the crowd to look carefully at what they believe to be true, pointing out that those beliefs will shape their lives. The verses consist of 'laundry lists' of commonly held beliefs that people often accept without even realizing it...'Do you believe that you're a victim? Do you believe that money is evil, although you hate being poor? Do you believe you can't afford to share because there might not be enough?' By the end of the song, the list gets into war, revenge and religion, so it's a pretty intense song. 'I'm not trying to attack people for holding the kind of beliefs listed in the song,' he continues. 'I've held many of them myself at different times. What I am trying to do is get us to think more closely about our beliefs, because we tend to accept them as fact. In my experience, everything we accept as fact eventually turns out to be at least partly wrong, whether we accept it without thinking or believe in it passionately. In the meantime, those unquestioned 'facts' have a powerful effect on our happiness, the way we treat others, and the choices we make.'