High Flying Bird
Daddy and God
(CM Original Material)
When You Say Nothing At All
Goodbye My Lover
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Welcome to chrismortimer.com 2018
Residencies, bands, themed entertainment, covers, solo gigs and a small following, a musical soundtrack, a music business, commercial publishing, numerous demos, ten CD's in closing "the very best of" compilation, multiple promoters and agents. I have been in deep with all of this but nowadays have decided to return to basics.
It is great to be back and recently this site has been extensively updated with a huge new demo page containing many brand new tracks as well as some that have been written for many years but never recorded.
"Shepherds (Peace of Mind)" is a favourite from the current collection because it signifies where I am at currently with my music - simple structures, simple tunes, living in an alternative universe in many ways, love and truth.
"One Day" was written a few years ago but started me in a direction of melody and musical simplicity. That song is about my life as a school kid, being on the train station and the culture of private school kids, boys and girls that were always there of a morning and afternoon. Of course, I was nuts about someone too as you will hear in the song.
"Heartland" is a classic love song, one of those big ballads filled with nostalgia, motor bikes, cane fields and broken love. I had fun with backing vocal tracks which took me back to my CD producing, but most of the new tracks are mellow, contemplative and sparse. I am not any of these things but I do love songs that are reflective and sad.
I am still busy working in education which I absolutely love. Themusicroom2.com website still gets loads of traffic and I have recently been contacted by an American contributor who has provided new materials on harmony which we will include soon. The site has been an enormous success and it is used throughout Australia as a teaching and learning resource.
What are the plans for 2018?
More studio production and more new songs.
Like any artist, I am addicted to what I love and am constantly hearing melodies, chords and creating new songs. The Soft Star Tutorial on this site has been viewed and used by many and I am glad that it can assist in the songwriting process for those starting out.
Very excitingly, there could be the prospect of a reunion gig with the Hot, Not Bothered band including Haddon, David and Peter. We have just started communicating and there is a wonderful, keen vibe to do something in 2018. In fact, some of the early demos Peter has sourced and uploaded.
As always, I am indebted to many including Andrew Heft whom I am privileged to work with, Steve Rutherford and Martin Mueller.
The song "War Was Needed" is about the French Nice terror attacks and sadly, we live in a very unpredictable, uncertain world where shootings randomly occur and human life is disregarded. With this in mind, I would love to dedicate this incarnation of the website to those whose lives have been affected by these events and those who are living with challenges including sadness through loss of loved ones.
I hope the coming year is filled with kindness and love. I also hope you enjoy the new material, though all the recordings are rough around the edges and are by no means “polished” they each have soul and spirit. Most of all like the stripping of leaves from a tree, they represent a back to basics approach revealing just the skeleton minus any studio gloss; just chords, tune, riffs, words and structure.
Love and best wishes,