Time For Some Originals

I am pleased to tell you that I have a date coming up where I will be doing nothing but my own songs. Well, I might throw in a cover or two; who knows?  On Sunday January 15th, from 3:00-5:00 pm I will be at Stonefield Cellars doing my original music. It will be a laid back atmosphere and you can sample - and buy - the fine wines they have there at the vineyard. There will be a $5.00 cover charge ( I am worth five bucks I think!). It will also be to kick off what will be a quarterly event known as "Song Writer Sunday", which will go through 2017. So, I hope you can make it out. Below is a bit more about me and the song writing process and my experience with it,  if you care to read on.

I have spent all of my music career learning and performing other people's music to stay employed and that has served me well over some 44 years now...yes 44. There have been times during that history that I have had the opportunity to explore song writing and been part of two different bands that played many of my songs. Those times are long passed and unfortunately, most of those songs got lost along the way. As time progressed, I just let staying busy and keeping the bills paid overrule the somewhat self indulgent process of song writing. But, while staying alive consumes most of my energy, songs still find their way to me and so there has been some writing going on when the muse hits me.

My song writing is autobiographical and much like what many of you would do if keeping a journal. In that regard, it becomes a challenge for me to choose which songs I will present, for some are quite personal-too personal perhaps- and speak too directly to my life in ways that I would only want to share anonymously, so for me playing my original music becomes some what of a dilemma. Many song writers chomp at the bit to get people to hear their stuff. Me....I'd rather sell my songs to someone else and let them record or perform them, thus distancing myself from the connection to the lyrics. And you thought it was easy.....

So, I hope you will join me to hear what I select to share with you! I would be honored by your presence...

Catching Up

Time ticks by as we scribble out our lives...

Well...2016 is only days from going into the history books. It has been an uneventful year on the surface, but far from that underneath it all. Life is, for me, seemingly constant course changes and this past year has been no different. Personal hopes for a stable and lasting relationship-finally-turned out to be more a lesson in self deception, trying to make something out of very little or nothing. The sting is slowly going away and I can now begin to think about moving on, though the confidence I once felt about the future in terms of "romance" has taken a decisive blow and I am not sure if it will find its way back. We'll see.

As you can tell, if you still stop by here, I have been far from diligent about "minding the store", so to speak. I know keeping in touch is important in this age of technology but there are times when I either don't have much to say, or am not sure quite how to say what might be going on. Still, every now and then, I feel a little pang of neglect or laziness for not doing a better job of connecting. If blogging is like an online journal, then that is what mine is for I realize again as I am writing this how personal my blogs tend to be, maybe even more than most of you would care to know. But...take it or leave it for that is just who / how I am...for now anyways.

On the music front, I am starting to move toward recording a new CD. The last one was "Private Passion" released in 2008 which means far too much time has passed without another effort, so I will keep you posted on that as it unfolds. Along with that renewed intention, I have begun booking gigs at the coast of North Carolina...Oak Island (at The Lazy Turtle )to be exact and soon Southport (at The Yacht Basin Eatery). This brings things back to the "course changes" I mentioned earlier. My goal is to live at the coast, perhaps as soon as by this time next year with any luck and concerted effort. I was born near the water and spent most of my childhood into high school near the ocean. It is in my blood and is the place where I feel most at home. I have been too far away for too damn long. With my child now in college, I can start to look at the future for myself and I see my feet in the sand. You'll be the first to know how this all works out as well.

So...Happy New Year! I am throwing away the compass and trusting the winds of change to carry me to the people, places, gigs and adventures that will satisfy my soul. Maybe you will do the same? As the now late George Michael said in his song..."You gotta have faith, faith,faith"

Kris Ferris... where have you been?

That question could take a long time to answer and I doubt you have the time or patience for the "Long story", so I will try to cover as much ground in as few words as possible. In a nut shell, the road ahead seems to have many divergent paths and I am at a loss as to which one to venture down. I hope you can relate.

Being a man now venturing into his 6th decade, with a daughter about to graduate from high school and preparing for college, priorities are changing rapidly and looking a lot different these days. Anyone with kids this age knows the financial responsibilities increase exponentially and I have not fully prepared myself for this eventuality. Survival has been my prime focus and has kept me busy away from the computer and the internet quite often. Besides, gigs have been harder to come by, so there hasn't really been much going on to brag about, if you know what I mean? I hope this year will bring some clarity and maybe a permanent job, to give my income some stability. Now...that doesn't mean I will quit performing or doing sound or other creative things. I envision it allowing me to be more selective about what I get involved in and not driven so much by making a buck.

I am sure I am not that much different from any of you. We all have our challenges to deal with. I believe it's called "Life". I feel confident that "This too shall pass" and I will have good things to write about in due time. I am still here... really!

 

The Talk Of Teronus - Season 3

We met again in 2015 to get season 3 underway. By this time The Collabative was no longer producing live events so all the attention could be turned to The Talk of Teronus. We wrapped things up in the fall, the last show being posted around Christmas and a "Super Jam" special episode was posted in January 2016.

That's where things stand for now. Wezo Drave and others have gotten very busy with other projects so there are not any plans yet in place for another season, but that is subject to change. No one has pulled the plug, it has just kind of taken a back seat for now to more pressing commitments. Regardless of what happens in the future, we're thrilled to have been able to capture performances and discussions like the ones you'll see in season 3. Playlist embedded below.

Season 3 featured these fine musicians:

  • David Bolton
  • Benjy Johnson
  • Jessica Mashburn
  • Annalise Stalls
  • Bruce Piephoff
  • Mark "Buddyro" Harrison

A great line up and worth a view!

Until next time....