One last 2020 live stream for both myself and The Rope Factory.
This is just a picture, Facebook wouldn't let me embed the video. So clicking the picture will take you to the Facebook video.
What do you do when someone reminds you that their live stream is featuring Christmas music, and you have no Christmas songs?
You say, "Oh, just a minute..........................*an hour later* ok, I wrote one."
I don't have any insightful messages behind this one. It's nothing more than a fun and Scroogey piece promoting my idea of a perfect Christmas in 2020.
I hope you enjoy my little anti-Christmas song: "Damn Pandemic Christmas"
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Today would have been my Grandma's 96th birthday. I called her "Nan". I remember she always had her classic country records playing when I was little. I don't remember much else, but I remember Patsy Cline's voice. At her funeral I sang "Ships In A Bottle" by Butch Walker, and some time after that, I discovered a video of him and Martina McBride performing "She's Got You". It sparked something and I started covering for a while. Tonight I wanted to put this up here because it's better than posting a picture on Facebook.
"Prison Bound Man" performed by Chris Strei near some railroad tracks.
from the album "The Moonshine"
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🎥: Natalie Brown
Started singing this in the kitchen so I grabbed my phone and guitar.
*Down here is the part where I say I don't own anything in this video except my clothes and guitar. All right reserved to the songwriters, publishers, label, etc.
A little while ago, I connected with a label called Winding Way Records through my song "Prison Bound Man". They offered me a Master & Synchronization Representative agreement. That means they would be shopping my song to people who are making advertisements, movies, documentaries, television shows. Synchronization is when a song get synced to video. After doing a bit of research on their website to learn a bit more, I set up a Zoom meeting with John and Katie at Winding Way Records, and after the meeting, I patiently and calmly waited to receive their contract while they got things together on their side. By "patiently and calmly" I mean I checked my emails first thing everyday and also as much as I should've been drinking water. (The hold up was because of a pandemic and lockdown, in case you haven't heard that happened).
Not very long after, we signed by the x's, I sent them my materials, and here's the press release from windingwayrecords.com.
"Winding Way Records is delighted to announce that Chris Strei has joined the label in a sync-rep agreement. Chris Strei is a singer/songwriter whose style has been compared to Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, Doc Walker, and Tragically Hip. Chris draws on his life experiences for inspiration in his music. With composition influenced by blues, bluegrass, hard rock, and metal, Chris’s songs tell stories with a sense of universal perspective.
Strei has opened for the Juno nominated band The Trews, as well as folk and pop singer Dayna Manning. In addition to a cross Canada tour, Strei performed at Canadian music week, Hugh’s Room Live, and most recently made his radio debut on Niagara’s Country89. Chris has signed a Sync-Rep Contract with Winding Way for his song Prison Bound Man."
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Don't take any of this as gospel. I'm not taking sides other than right and wrong, and I'm not here to be an influencer. I've had many thoughts the last couple of weeks, and that's all this is. I'm not preaching at all here, a lot of this is me working through my thoughts to myself and typing them out here...
Freezing Fire • Timbercreek • In Circles • Riverbend
Country Roads • QEW • Love You Anyhow
Moonshine • Afraid Of Ghosts • Annabella
Wildflowers • Still Standing • Millionaire
Tiny Dancer • Unforgiven
Prison Bound Man • One More Shot...
"A Life That's Good"
"At the end of the day, Lord, I pray, I have a life that's good."
I've heard it said that people in Nashville don't watch "Nashville". I don't know if that's true or not but I watched the whole series and determined that if it's true, people in Nashville are really missing out! I love the story, I got so attached to the characters the way you do with a show that you submerge yourself in a series, and I loved most of the songs they featured. (*SPOILER ALERT* I also love how the very last scene of the series showed the entire cast and crew on stage at The Ryman, with series creator Callie Khouri thanking viewers and the City of Nashville for a great 6 years making the series. It was very cool to see something like that type of appreciation. *SPOILER ALERT OVER*) I love most songs I hear, but when they're used in a story, I feel that extra connection. This song has been sitting with me a lot lately. Ashley Monroe and Sarah Siskind did a fantastic job writing one of the most humble songs I've ever heard. This week, I'm needing some uplifting songs. I'm sure a lot of people are. This is a great song about home, rather than dreaming about reaching for the stars.