Christopher Alexander - 10 Questions Music Interview
Hailing from Sonoma County, Christopher Alexander is a songwriter from who draws his influences from the evocative sounds of the 1960's and 70's. He's a poet turned musician who composes music of various genres from blues to psychedelic rock and folk rock to jazz. The subject matter he writes and sings about ranges from the mundane to the fantastical often blending the two in a seamless, mind-bending way.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
During my late teens and early twenties, I spent a lot of time in and out of psychiatric hospitals around California. During this time I began writing little songs and poems in the composition books they would give me to journal in.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I was playing a show at a little bar called The Blue Heron in this cool little town called Duncan Mills and one of the most drunken patrons leaves mid-set saying he's coming right back. He proceeds to return 5 mins later with an electric guitar made out of a toilet seat and asked me if i would play it. So of course I did. Finished the set shredding a midnight blue toilet seat.
What has been the high point of your music path?
There have been a few recordings and performances that have struck me in a deep way in terms of their significance in my life and career. The Midnight Mountain Climber session was certainly one. I was fresh out of jail with a broken wrist and in the midst of a total death spiral. Thank God for the power of music.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Sometimes all I need for a song to come tumbling out of me is some good espresso and solitude. However, the fertile soils from which these songs spring are tilled and seeded in the many wild nights with the lovely ladies and fine bourbon that imbue them so with magic and mystery.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I find it somewhat challenging navigating the digital promotion world because of the sheer number of other artists competing for attention spans and not to mention my general lack of tech savviness. And if I could change one thing about the music industry I would politely ask them for more rock and roll in the big leagues please. I love some Pop music, but I think most people would agree that the Popstar to Rockstar ratio has been off for a few decades now (at least).
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Well this one is kind of easy and probably common but I would love to play with McCartney.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Pretty serious 2 hour group sessions twice a week then solo practice in between. I usually taper off my workout routines to have some extra caginess to me.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I have a new song in my repertoire called "Strange Hymn" and it was pretty tricky to write. The first verse and chorus lyrics were written almost ten years ago but the music and the rest was all written over the past year and a half. Quite a good one, look out for it!
What's coming up in the future? 2020 is a big year for us. With the release of new music (Album!), and the first substantial regional tour of the SouthWest & Pacific Northwest, I really couldn't be more excited.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find all links to Christopher Alexander content at FabulousLunacy.com. Available on all streaming platforms.
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