Posts Tagged ‘‘Normal Shade of Blue’’

Square and Compass Isle of Purbeck Thank you gig video

November 16th, 2013

Pete Christie ‘Normal Shade of Blue’ video at Square & Compass

 

Worth Matravers, Dorset, UK; just up the road from my home on the Isle of Purbeck. Great music venue; looking forward to playing there again!

 
 

 
 

Pete Christie singing his original song ‘Normal Shade of Blue

 

Filmed by M J Patterson and Bob Fry at a ‘Pete Christie thanks his audience with a special gig‘ event in September 2012.
 
MJ loves this song and can be heard singing whilst filming. I even did a transatlantic session for her last year | song lyrics ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’

 

I was invited to play 3 songs with Ron Trueman-Border, a singer songwriter I admire, playing at Square & Compass last year.

 

My marketing lady has been collecting some other YouTube videos I appear in.

 
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…”

 

Thanks to Russell Hill at Maverick Magazine and Express FM for his supportand Rock music

October 11th, 2012

Here is a recap of some of the splendid reviews Russell Hill at Maverick Magazine has written about Pete Christie Music

with a link to the recent Express FM podcast and images from the Artist Interview earlier this year.

Thank you Russell for his support of my Folk Roots Country and Rock music!!!

 

93.7 Express FM

Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 93.7 Express FM feat. Pete Christie. 11th March 2012 By RussellHill 93.7 Express FM

 

Mixcloud podcast of Pete Christie on Russell Hill’s Country Music Show

with plenty of mentions of Bemis :0)

 

Pete Christie (www.petechristie.co.uk) performing live and talking about his music in the studio on Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 11th March 2012. You can tune in on Sundays 12pm-2pmGMT on www.expressfm.com or on 93.7 FM.Express FM: Portsmouth’s Only Radio Station.

The Other Side

By Pete Christie

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Ballad Of An Ordinary Man

By Pete Christie

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Waiting In The Wings

By Pete Christie

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“Normal Shade Of Blue”

By Pete Christie

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Looking Out My Back Door

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By Creedence Clearwater Revival

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“A Load Of Old Billy”

By Pete Christie

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Big River

By Lemmy

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“Katy Too”

By Johnny Cash

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“Down South Juking”

By Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Saturday Night Special

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By Lynyrd Skynyrd

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If…

By Vixvox

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My Old Friend The Blues

By Pete Christie

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“Swanage In February”

By Pete Christie

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Folsom Prison Blues

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By Johnny Cash

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Images of Pete Christie and Russell Hill on The Country Music Show 93.7 Express FM
 
 

Maverick Magazine

The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music

 

Artist interview ‘Taking You There With His Songs’ in Maverick Magazine by Russell Hill

 to see Pete in action is a gig to savour and remember

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

Solo and outrageously done, this live album demonstrates what an unsung talent Pete Christie is…….Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue (Mr Kyps), he gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously…..strengthens his cause to be regarded as an awesome artist in his own right……..one of the UK’s finest acts

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Frank’, by Russell Hill

one of the best guitar pickers I have heard for some time

Linkedin Recommendation – Russell Hill, Music article contributor, Maverick Magazine

“I have interviewed Pete Christie for Maverick magazine and found him to be a downright, decent artist who knows how to pick a damn fine tune and sing like a God. If you want a great night of music, check out Pete Christie.” June 5, 2011

Russell Hill and Pete Christie at Express FM Radio in Portsmouth

Testing out the new SoundCloud HTML5 beta widget

November 6th, 2011

Minor 7th (USA) – Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music

May 1st, 2011

Minor 7th Review


May & June Short Takes

Pete Christie “Frank,” 2011

Long live the confessional singer-songwriter.

Pete Christie has seen his fair share of fire and rain, which makes for great art, and even greater albums. Akin to such well respected veteran tunesmiths as Graham Parker, Lloyd Cole, and Ray Davies — Christie sings and plays guitar straight from his broken heart and quizzical mind.

His gift for tethering his romantic ruminations to memorable melodies (and instrumental harmonies) is refreshing, and sound as if they draw inspiration from deep well of the best of the Brill Building and British Invasion.

Sure, “Normal Shade of Blue” and Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet” are bona fide tear-jerkers — but Christie’s delivery somehow lifts the spirit, proving once and for all that misery loves company — in pop music anyway!

Kudos must be afforded to Christie’s musical mates, most notably fretless bassist Pete Wallbridge, who excels with simple, sympathetic accompaniment that supports the singer and the song with style and grace.

Calling in the Band of the Royal British Legion Christchurch to back him on the cinematic “Waiting in the Wings” is the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.

And Katy Perry should consider covering Christie’s classic rockin’ “Easy Come, Easy Go” (though I would have preferred Petula Clark or Nancy Sinatra back in the day…). Only question is – who is Frank?

© Tom Semioli

What’s on Tom’s iPod this month? Richard Thompson – Dream Attic, Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant, Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What

Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music


Minor 7th (Wikipedia) is an online magazine that reviews non-mainstream acoustic guitar music. It was founded in November 1999 by Alan Fark, who claims to have created the magazine with the goal of “enabling independent or under-recognized acoustic guitarists to receive more wide-spread publicity.”

The website is best known for its reviews of newly-released CDs, but also features its own podcast and free bimonthly CD giveaways.

Minor 7th on Facebook

Note from the editor: Alan Fark

What’s the story behind the name Minor 7th

I settled on Minor 7th because that chord really seems to embody the music I prefer — jazz and fingerstyle.

Good Voodoo at The Half Moon

March 12th, 2011

GOOD VOODOO” (formerly Halfmoon Unplugged) is the fourth generation of a tradition of

Monday night live sessions

which have taken place at London’s famous music venue, The Half Moon Putney, on and off since the early 60’s.

Up to eight emerging bands, duos and solo artists from across the UK and the globe, every week, by candlelight.

28 February

Redvers Bailey Host, Musician, Sound Engineer and great bloke!

Emily Coates

Laura Jeanne

Amrit Sond Hope to do a future gig with Amrit

Jordan Laughlin

Pete Christie

Dom Skej Headline

The Half Moon (Putney)

93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1EU

Pete Christie Song set:

Normal Shade of Blue

Shattered

Lost

Pete Christie on SoundCloud

November 14th, 2010

Latest tracks by Pete Christie

Dan Bridge filmed Pete Christie at BBC Introducing: The South, Brighton

September 25th, 2010

Great video of ‘under the radar’ musician Pete Christie, on vimeo

performing ‘Normal Shade of Blue’, on the David Oddy guitar

by BBC Employee at Introducing: The South

Credit to Dan Bridge

Check out other film production by Dan
http://www.brightonvideo.co.uk

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Pete Christie. from Dan Bridge on Vimeo.

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Live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson
BBC Introducing: The South
The best in unsigned music with live lounge gigs

 

 

Other Normal Shade of Blue recordings.