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HAILEY!!!! HAILEY!!!!! HAAAAAAIIIIIILLLEYYYY!!!! Sorry, Hailey isn’t here right now, can I take a message?
Hey Chris! I first want to say that you are just about everything I love in a musician. Keep up the good work. As for my question: What is it that prompts you to make songs in these wacky time signatures? The only reason I’ve seen anyone anything other than 4/4 for any reason is if it’s an adventure song, in which case they tend to use 6/8, or a song that has the soul purpose of teaching the young musicians to play those other time signatures. – Derek Awesomesauce
First of all, congratulations on sending that enormous message via text message. I would have given up half way through. Man, you know, I LOVE odd times, but not in the “prog” way you’re mentioning. I don’t think there are many artists doing it. Popular music, and even ‘indie’ music has hit this brick wall of innovation….odd time signatures are so fun, and so emotional, and such an open canvas that hasn’t been touched. I loved guys like Frank Black always….he’s the only one I know really that uses odd times consistently to serve the melody. Why restrain yourself to 4/4? I just don’t get it. My only rule is it has to sound natural, or at the worst, unnatural to serve the mood of the song. Like, I never say, I’m going to do this in 7/8….it just feels good. Ballads in 7/8 and 5/8 are my new jam. Pulse, This Is Your Brain On Carl Sagan, Poor Places….can’t wait to record them properly. I have this new one in 11/8 too.
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10 PM tonight!!! Check out the TOUR page!!!
Your fans ever get on your nerves? Ever tire of being called genius? Would you think it weird to accept a monetary advace from a total stranger ?
Well! Soon my hat won’t fit! HAHAHAHA!!!! My hat!!!! Get it?? Won’t be big enough to fit on my head, because you are making my head so big!!!!! HAHA!!!!
Oh. Questions. Do my fans get on my nerves? No way. My mom only calls me like once a week, so it’s fine. BAHAHAHA! Ever tire of being called a genius? No. In fact, I get tired whenever someone ISN’T calling me a genius. I literally just fall asleep wherever I am. I usually get in 22, 23 hours of sleep per day. And as for the last question, I’m not sure if you are saying “monetary advice” or a “monetary advance”. Either way, I don’t know what impression you have of me, but I’m loaded with cash, so nothing is needed, thank you very much. What threw you off? My hundreds of songs about being broke? HA! That was just a dirty lie to maintain struggling artist credibility! BWA HAHA!!!!
Ok, I’ve got to go now. I’ve got to see if I can wrangle $2.50 in change from the couch to get on the subway.