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'Waiting In The Wings' song | Pete Christie Live in London video

February 19th, 2013

‘Waiting In The Wings’ is from Pete Christie’s studio album ‘Frank’.

“Waiting in the Wings” is Pete’s most famous song; and according to Tom Semioli reviewing for  Minor 7th in the USA, “it is reminiscent of the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.”

 

 

Critically acclaimed for  showing off Pete’s gift for tethering his romantic ruminations to memorable melodies and instrumental harmonies. The album ‘Frank’ has been called “refreshing”, “honest”, “wonderful”, “natural”, “versatile”, “…heartfelt songs that recall McTell’s glory days…” by Acoustic Magazine, and “delivered by a master craftsman”. “Frank is not background music. It’s a wonderfully written book brought to life by sounds”.

 
 

Ian Peterson Live Wire review and quote on the biography page

 

“…Pete Christie is in a league of his own. His new album, entitled “Frank” is a knockout collection of eight self penned songs, plus a track, “Not Yet Dark, written by Dylan. Anyone who plays guitar should go and see Pete in action. The way he explores rhythm and the dynamics of the instrument is a real education. His use of the loop station, and a few subtle dabs on his effects pedals, layering rhythms and sounds, is mesmerising.
The CD is wonderful. Tracks of the quality of “Waiting In The Wings” and the highly commercial “Easy Come, Easy Go” are worth the purchase price alone…”

 

A special thanks to Douglas Dickens in USA, who showcases independent artists on Reverbnation once a week, for reminding me to record this song at a live music event.

 

Jackie Leven + Hannah Robinson + Pete Christie @ Mr Kyps

12.15.2010 · Posted in Gig Reviews by Karl Hayman

“…Christie’s ability to connect with his audience lies with his unabashed and honest delivery, his plausibility due to a belief that when he sings of love, loss and life, it is from his own experience. This is all but confirmed by his last song, in honour of a friend confined to a wheelchair. Christie found his inspiration in the eternal optimism of his friend, and was compelled to complete the writing of this song in one brief sitting. Entitled ‘Waiting In The Wings’, the song’s moral is that there are always people worse off than yourself, and if their positivity is able to shine through, it would be an injustice for yours not to. This was my first first encounter of Pete Christie, and I was left thoroughly warmed by it. By all that I have just described, I wish I had heard him sooner!…”

 

“…’Waiting in the Wings’ is one of Pete Christie’s classics; which has on occasion changed the course of people’s lives after taking on the sentiment of the lyrics that “life is not a rehearsal and to make the most of it by doing what you want to do, now…”

 

There are other blog posts to read about ‘Waiting In The Wings’ and the story behind why I called the album ‘Frank’. 

 
The album version features ‘The Band of the Royal British Legion, Christchurch’.

 

The studio Album ‘Frank’ is available to purchase still.

 

Thanks to all the musicians, photographer and sound engineer that helped bring the ‘Frank’ tracks to life.

 
by Pete Christie

Heartfelt ‘Just A Song’ on SoundCloud

February 9th, 2013

A heartfelt song by Pete Christie – ‘Just A Song’ from the album ‘Frank

One of my favourite songs on the album.

 

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British singer songwriter | English songs

by Pete Christie

Waiting in the Wings on Reverbnation Showcase of Independent Artists

December 21st, 2012

Reverbnation Showcase of Independent Artists By Douglas Dickens shares British Singer Songwriter music in USA

 

For the last nine months, musician and music enthusiast from USA, Douglas Dickens, showcases independent artists on Reverbnation once a week. Douglas encourages his 266 Facebook listeners to share and comment on the artists.

Douglas has been rather affected by ‘Waiting in The Wings’ and regularly shares my songs.

 I really appreciate the great work Douglas does and especially for getting my songs to a wider audience.

 

Douglas Dickens in Raleigh, North Carolina USA

1 December

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Waiting In The Wings (Pete Christie with Alex Roberts – live version, at Mr Kyps, Poole)

 

One of my all time favourite songwriters from the UK, Pete Christie has some amazing tunes here from start to finish. The first song is an instrumental and amazingly beautiful. Now follow it thru to Ballad of an Ordinary Man or Waiting in the Wings (my personal favourite) and you have the essence of Pete. Love this man’s work.

 

It has been awhile since i shared Pete Christie‘s song here. This song touched me and i wrote about it awhile ago. This is what Pete wrote back about this song:
Hi Doug.. I really appreciate what you do! Share away!!! Bit of background for you.. This song was written after a conversation with a guy in a wheelchair, who is afflicted with terrible disabilities… His undying optimism and sense of humour made me realise that life was for living, and you only get one shot at it. The song was written in about 20 mins from start to finish – and I swear it was flying around my room and just landed on me… It’s not my song. I was just lucky enough to be there at the time with a guitar… I’ve had lots of positive feedback from all kinds of people who tell me how the song has changed their lives, and that’s really humbling. If I never write another song, I won’t mind. Keep up the good work! Very best wishes from the UK. Pete :0)

 

For the last two days I have been living with Pete Christie’s CD ‘Frank’. This song is my favourite on the whole cd because the message is so profound. Pete is going to get tired of me sharing this but i really feel that we all need to listen to the words and live by the message. Cudos Pete ….. wish i wrote it.

 
 

About Douglas Dickens

Music is the driving force in my life and has been since a young lad. I played professionally for years and will again during the later years of my life. I write a lot and share a bit but it is always a pleasure to meet and get to know new folks which is why i am here. The one common ground that most of us have is music and, even though our tastes are diverse, it aids in the tolerance and acceptance of all who cross our paths.

 
by Pete Christie

Sharing Original English songs from an English Musician

November 25th, 2012

Pete Christie Music on Reverbnation

 

 

Acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique

 

1. rue de treguier 3:49

Some years ago I toured around Brittany, in France, playing at various bars in the evenings, being well fed by the bar owners, cycling in the day and putting up posters for the gigs and enjoying song writing in between. This song is evocative of those happy days and nights. I am still a professional musician and still enjoying performing an acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique set and playing my original English songs throughout the UK.

 

2. Ballad of An Ordinary Man 5:38

British singer songwriter acoustic guitarist Pete Christie performs ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man‘, a song which protests about the erosion of the principles of life that were once described as ‘rights’, only to be conveniently re-defined as merely temporary privileges by the changing of political horizons.

 

3. Normal Shade of Blue 5:29

‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ has been with me for a few years now and for a while it was my opening song to give the fingers a good warm up. I’ve recently added a new intro that I’m very happy with. ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ was written on the handmade acoustic Lowden O10 guitar.
There are a number of versions of ’Normal Shade Of Blue’ out there;

 
4. Waiting In The Wings (with Alex Roberts – live version, at Mr Kyps, Poole) 5:13

This song was written after a conversation with a guy in a wheelchair, who is afflicted with terrible disabilities… His undying optimism and sense of humour made me realise that life was for living, and you only get one shot at it. The song was written in about 20 mins from start to finish – and I swear it was flying around my room and just landed on me… It’s not my song. I was just lucky enough to be there at the time with a guitar… I’ve had lots of positive feedback from all kinds of people who tell me how the song has changed their lives, and that’s really humbling. If I never write another song, I won’t mind.

 

‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ and ‘Waiting In The Wings’ are both on the album Frank.

 
 
Frank’ is a whole other story!!!

Original English song ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ acc. Francesca Milner

November 17th, 2012

Performing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ acc. by Bournemouth musician Francesca Milner on keyboard and vocals @ Solid Air

Performed on the handmade Lowden O10; the acoustic guitar ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ was written on, @ Solid Air run by Conrad Barr at The Cellar Bar, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ has been with me for a few years now and for a while it was my opening song to give the fingers a good warm up. I’ve recently added a new intro that I’m very happy with.


There are a number of versions of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ out there;

 

Audiences often request this song and I recently did a real time transatlantic version of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue‘ at a gig for a lady in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, which inspired me to the add the lyics to this website for her.

 

There is a live event version of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ performed at Mr Kyps played on my David Oddy sunburst dreadnought in 2006

 

A 2010 studio version from the album ‘Frank’ on Soundcloud

 

Somewhere, lurking in a file, is a video of James Harrison playing piano and singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ whilst I stood in a Frank Sinatra style pose, accompanied and did harmonies, at a lovely venue called Cafe Fleur in Canford Cliffs, where the pair of us shared a monthly residency.

 

I rather like the filming that Dan Bridge did at BBC Introducing: The South Live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson a couple of years ago. Dan uploaded the video to Vimeo

 

On the homepage of this website is a version filmed at conversion live (clive #7) garden party 2011; I’m very happy with the sound quality of that live recording

 

And of course I play ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on Radio shows like Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 93.7 Express FM


Reviewers often make mention to  ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’:

 

BBC Radio South Live’s Phil Jackson – Pete Christie on BBC Phil Jackson South Live Demo Panel on BBC Introducing reviewed ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ 11_04_2010 as part of their South: Live showcases unsigned musicians. Quoted about the song and their perception of my approach to music :

 

– Al Scott, Metway Studio, Brighton I thought he was extremely accomplished. The whole package just sounds like he really knows what he’s doing. It was a nice song, an interesting lyric. He plays very well. He bought an interesting edge to it. The band were understated but right where they wanted to be.Very Good.

 

– Nick Coquet, The Brighton Source Nice sparse arrangement, a simplicity emphasises the story-telling aspect. There’s a melancholic maturity in what he’s talking about and I think that matches the maturity of the man. Uncluttered – Let’s the flow of his words come out. ”

 

– Chris Taylor, The Greys, Brighton The one thing I look for in a good songwriter is where a performer paints good pictures and this man does that. If you close your eyes when you listen to his lyrics, you can see those pictures – They’re there. They’re real and that’s the essence of good storytelling with a song. There’s a lot more going on behind the voice than you immediately gather. His south of the river, not Americanised, voice works very well. ”

 

“FRANK” – Pete Christie – Review
by Beca Fludgate

“Normal Shade of Blue” is a story type song and finds Pete drinking “coffee flavoured water in a service station” – this illustrates the humour that flavours the whole album which although quite intense and dark also lifts the listener with moments of irony and bittersweet analogies.

 

Tom Semioli in Minor 7th

“…Normal Shade of Blue” is a bona fide tear-jerker…”

 

The FATEA review of the album Frank plays ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on their site.

 

Karl Hayman review at Mr Kyps supporting Jackie Leven in December 2010

 

Pete Christie is the archetypal singer songwriter, opening his set with a wistful and dreamy number called ‘Normal Shade of Blue’, an ode to unrequited love. His story of distance and missed opportunity is paired with interesting chord voicing and well used vibrato during instrumental sections. His playing style is further defined with his second song, using a loop pedal to create a rhythm track as a basis for his emotive lead playing.

 

‘Frank’ – Review by Fiona Heyes – formerly with Live Wire

“…a mini masterpiece, Normal Shade of Blue. The addition of other musicians on this track reduces the impact of the awesome loneliness of Pete’s solo guitar version, a welcome relief for those not readily given to tears…”

 

Swindon welcomes Dorset Guitarist for a Jubilee Live Music Event

June 13th, 2012

A lively set on Sunday 3 June afternoon, with a listening audience who bought lots of albums; what could be a better way to spend time for a musician like Pete Christie, who works hard to deliver a balanced singer-songwriter set of folk, blues, rock and ballads.

 

Pete Christie performs his singer songwriter set on his Lowden guitar in Swindon at The Beehive Pub

 

The audience showed lots of appreciation for the varied original anglicana set and a few covers, done in Pete’s unique acoustic fingerstyle technique. One such song is the ‘Ballad Of Lucy Jordan’, originally recorded by Dr. Hook and popularised by Marianne Faithfull. Pete Christie has been gaining some great compliments for this exciting adaptation which incorporates some dynamic looping and echo effects.

 

Pete is well known for performing a longer set and today was no exception, especially as some people had been watching the Jubilee celebrations.

 

Pete Christie is back again on Sunday, October 14th 2012 at 3pm.

 

The Beehive Pub

55 Prospect Hill, Old Town, Swindon

Phone: 01793 523187

Headline at The Cellars at Eastney with guests Bemis

March 3rd, 2012

Pete Christie Headline at The Cellars at Eastney

The Cellars at Eastney, Southsea

March 3rd, 2012

Pete Christie on stage at The Cellars at Eastney in Southsea

Caffe Piccolo, Farnham, Surrey

March 3rd, 2012

Pete Christie performing on stage at Caffe Piccolo, Farnham in Surrey UK

Farncombe Cavern, Surrey, Singer-songwriter

March 3rd, 2012

Pete Christie performing at Farncombe Cavern, in Farnham Surrey UK