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Christopher Crosby Morris
United States, Massachusetts, Centerville
Christopher Crosby Morris
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Christopher Crosby Morris

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About Christopher Crosby Morris

Being musical is as close as I come to getting ego into to its proper role in order to share a worthwhile moment. I want my music to pull us together, into a better place. And so it does.

Music is my doorway to the Mystery, the human condition. Music is changeable, expansive, invisible—feelings arising as sounds from our experience of this life. At the same time, music is an ordering and organi ... read more

About Christopher Crosby Morris

Being musical is as close as I come to getting ego into to its proper role in order to share a worthwhile moment. I want my music to pull us together, into a better place. And so it does.

Music is my doorway to the Mystery, the human condition. Music is changeable, expansive, invisible—feelings arising as sounds from our experience of this life. At the same time, music is an ordering and organizing force that strengthens with exposure and reassures us that somehow there is a balancing principle at work in our vibrating world.

We all breathe, expand and contract in time with the beat of our hearts, so we are all musicians from start to end. The point of musical life is harmony. I found my voice, listened to it, strengthened it and the soul from which it springs, then added it to others and others to it. My life is my turn to sing.

About me.
Ray Charles once remarked that, “For every big name you know [in music] there are ten more back home who can put that big name’s stuff in the street.”

He said it a little differently.

I am not a big name in music. That's fine. I am one of the ten back home.

I am fortunate to have been in many right places at many right times, to meet, get to know and be inspired by exceptional artists. Most fortunate was my 'adoption' in my teens by Toshi Seeger (Pete Seeger’s wife) into America’s first family of folk music, the places I went with them and the music I heard because of Toshi’s lifesaving gift of belonging to a lost boy—places like Newport and Carnegie Hall, where hand-made musicians like John Lee Hooker, John Hurt, Skip James, Gary Davis, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clarence White, Doc Watson, the Chambers Brothers, Bessie Jones and her Sea Island Singers, Roebuck Staples and his children, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Mother Maybelle Carter, Bill Keith, Jesse Fuller, Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie and so many others played and sang, far from their everyday homes. Music was their traveling home; their doors were always open.

After the folk boom, and in its late-sixties heyday, I was a night manager at Record Plant NY on 44th Street, where Hendrix was recording “Electric Ladyland” in Studio A, John and Yoko mixed and remixed the “Imagine” album in the Plant's plush penthouse studio and the Woodstock album took shape. I was even tapped to add rhythm guitar on Aretha’s first Coke commercial, received some wise advice from King Curtis a few days before he was stabbed to death on a sidewalk uptown, marveled to hear Bill Salter, Chuck Rainey, Jerry Jemmot and Larry Graham bring gospel to pop bass, watched rock stars of all stripes come and go . . . and spent every night for two solid weeks downtown at Richie Havens’ Salvation Discotheque on 8th Street just off 6th Avenue totally entranced by a then-unknown Sly and the Family Stone readying their spaceship, fusing back beat horns, gospel and blues into pop funk rocket fuel.

Before I was ready I was ‘discovered’ and produced for MCA Records by Al Kooper and had a narcotic taste of pop fame; looking back, thankfully not enough to derail my sanity or musical growth. I’ve lost friends to the road but lost more to the record biz’s demand that artists must endlessly recreate their first success in order to retain their market identity. I am forever grateful to Al for hearing, believing, and putting me front-and-center for the first time.

Before we made the album (eight of my songs plus one by Otis Redding), Kooper had me put together a thirteen-piece unit to tour coast-to-coast by bus in support of his new album. For me nothing compares to kicking a big band into gear beneath the lights of a packed house in the middle of somewhere any night of the week.

The MCA album was an FM AOR (Album Oriented Radio) hit on a major label. I opened for BB King for a week at Paul’s Mall in Boston, while next door at the Jazz Workshop Mose Allison was holding down the same dates. From BB I watched how a leader remains the stable center of a band; from Mose, how to stay true to your musical self.

The artists I love are ordinary people who’ve studied and refined things only they can do. They bring their gifts into focus, and within reach of all, while at the same time they inspire others to develop their gifts. A great sound begins with one person who by him- or herself can walk onto a stage and take you “there”. To such a person musical detail can be added or subtracted and their performance will still roll right up the middle. Musically I have never aspired to being more than such a one, and once upon that path I have never looked back.

I practice every day. I’m still developing, still writing, increasing my emotional range and vocal scope; my musical person is a 'better self' in-the-making, and what time I have left I will spend growing it.

I love to play anywhere people come to listen. I’m ready to take anyone along with me. I hope I have the chance to take you.

Plays Today: 31

Total Plays: 340,755

Profile Views: 364,160

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Lordy!

Thanks to you all for pushing NO MAN'S LAND to the top of the hill. It was you and only you who who did it. I am clueless about how the N1M 'blincoin' thing works so only your continued plays and shares got us here. Hallelujah! Pat yourself on the back and then back to the wheel to get the rest of these tunes into orbit PLEASE.

Make a joyful noise with me.
Chris

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Sorry to all who've been trying to find CAN'T TURN AWAY. I thought I'd posted it but FIRST LONG DAY came and took its slot somehow, so here it is. And it's special. Thanks to you, we're now at 4029 subscribers and that is worth celebrating with something special. CAN'T TURN AWAY was my declaration of freedom from the music biz and freedom to give you what you find here, true songs from true life. I suggest you listen to this one a few times at different volumes because there's more here than one listen or one hundred listens will reveal. CTA is a 3D stereo track, the kind you can walk around behind and hear from different viewpoints, it's primitive and majestic at the same time, it's high minded and urgent at the same time, it's fire and water.

Join me.

Fight hate.

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Something I've proven to myself from posting tunes on N1M is that musical genres are dead. A bunch of my songs are considered jazz, americana, fusion, classic rock, RnB, all at once! I've always known that labeling music only has to do with the listener, not the performance. That said, I'll often re-do a song in another style to hear it with a new palate of colors but moreover to follow it through its own evolution as a central theme changing from time to time the way people do.

Thanks to all my new- and old-timers for checking us out. Recommend us to others please. We can't wait to see what happens next.

We belong to the band and you are welcome to join us.

Chris

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I've never made a living in music, yet music has been a deciding factor in every major decision I've ever made. Much more than a pastime, music is how I keep track of the person I want to become and the one I am becoming and how true I'm being to what my heart would tell me if it could speak: "Go here, not there"; "This is a good person, this is not"; "You belong here, you do not belong here". Music you love should 'ring true' to you, confirm your place in the world, call you to go forward. Money or not, that's worth spending a lifetime on. Bless you all.

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