1. Why did they make this album? What was the passion or message that forced them to produce what they have? Or, simply what was their motivation for the themes they chose for this album?
“I have been playing and studying drums and music for over thirty years. As I was growing up with the instrument, my early influences included artists associated with the progressive rock genre.” “Bands such as Rush, Yes, and Genesis provided a wealth of inspiration.” “Later, as my education progressed, the electric jazz style of Chick Corea emerged as a significant factor in my musical development”.
“Although primarily involved with the drum kit, some early experiments with tuned percussion led me to explore music composition.” “Using keyboards and sequencers, I began writing several songs in a variety of styles. I continue to work on this endless task.” “I did go through a lengthy phase of song writing in the lyrical forum, penning several hundred sets of lyrics before devoting more energy to melody making”.
“I am a native of the East Coast, from Maryland originally.” “I was involved with original bands from an early age, and I've recorded numerous demos and CDs.” “After studying with several university instructors, I relocated to the West Coast and enrolled in the Percussion Institute of Technology where I graduated with Honors in 1992”.
“For over a decade, I have made my musical home along the West Coast, playing with a variety of original artists from Seattle to Los Angeles.” “These have included the folk/rock of Somebody’s Daughter, the funk/R&B of Glazz House, and the techno/industrial music of Thread”.
“One goal for me in the last several years has been to become more involved in regional recording studios.” “Artists such as singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, musician extraordinaire Yogi, and even the incomparable Mike Keneally have invited me to perform for finished CD releases.” “Studio sessions remain a priority as the future progresses to ensure the documentation of a life-long body of work” (http://www.chris-g.com/gear.htm, 2009).
2. What message are they delivering through their lyrics and music?
This is a demo CD of Chris’ work with other bands highlighting the drummer’s ability using drum time signatures.
The stand-outs on the CD are Tomorrow Never Knows, the Beatle’s classic. This song has been covered by so many bands that it is difficult to add a new twist. Chris’ drumming is solid. The vocalist and band take a Nirvana/Soundgarden turn with the sound and Chris does a great job keeping pace and providing the sound of power this classic deserves.
I Am Not a Carpenter - is another good showcase of Chris’ talents with multiple percussion sounds and different styles. If you focus in on the acoustic guitar and drums this is a good song.
Changing - is a good song with solid vocals and Chris’ drums accompanying the strings and piano very well.
In the Rain - is a jazzy song with quiet soft padded drums showcasing Chris’ talent in this genre.
Your Love Is True - is a strong Christian song with powerful lyrics and vocals supported by Chris’ consistent drumming.
Trinity - is a synthesizer/keyboard driven instrumental using electric drums and other percussion techniques. It’s Chris’ best showcase on this album. His drum playing is all over this song.
Viajero International - is another real showcase of Chris’ many talents. This is a mostly percussion instrumental using all sorts of instruments. Nice beat.
An Early Evening Drive - is another good jazzy percussion driven instrumental showcasing Chris’ talent.
3. Does this music improve, change, or add to the genre? What does the listener receive from listening to the music?
Not sure it was meant to change anything in any genre. This is a promo CD for Chris to let everyone hear his drumming in multiple formats and genres.
4. Does it have longevity? Is it something a fan will like to play again and again?
It’s a good solid collection of Chris’ work up to now.
Reviewed by Prof on March 6th, 2010