Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Check out myspace.com/chrisslighproductions - new song up called "In the Weak". I am really excited about this song. I wrote it with Meredith Andrews and it's going to be a perfect segue for me to talk about Compassion International in shows...plus I think the song ended up just really cool.
It's the first song when you navigate to the page...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
...life changed for me. Not really sure why. Not really sure how. But I woke up yesterday and it finally clicked.
I was an athlete my whole life. I played basketball at a pretty good level in high school and college. Ran track. Tied the DOD high school record for the 200m my junior year. I was athletic. Then life after college happened. I don't make excuses. I ate the same as I always did - a lot - but without all the exercise to go along with it, weight gain happened.
Now, here I am at 31. I took a stab at health a year ago. But it didn't take. I think in processing it now, it was because I was doing it for everyone else. I wanted everyone to go "Wow, he lost weight". I've never been good at doing what other people want me to do. Just my character for some reason.
But yesterday I woke and it finally clicked. I don't care if I lose weight. I just want to be athletic again. Obviously weight loss will probably happen if I'm becoming athletic. But I want to enjoy athletic things again. I want to go play basketball and be able to play more than 15 minutes. I just want to enjoy more than music again. I've worked really hard to be great at what I do...still working. But I'm ready to focus on other things now.
So I woke up yesterday. And I copied my dad. In his late 30's my dad was fat. He just decided one day he wanted to play basketball again. So, one day, he just went out and ran as far as he possibly could before he collapsed. Then he walked back home. First day, he ran less than a quarter of a mile. Within a year, he was running 5-6 miles a day 3-4 times a week. And he got skinny. But more importantly, he played basketball again. With me.
So, I'm starting a diet. Not rigorous. From all I've read lately, it's about doing things in steps. I'm limiting myself to 2k or less calories a day. Plus exercise.
Yesterday, I ran 1/3 of a mile and walked back home. Embarrassing? Yeah. But only to myself. Today I ran almost a half mile and walked back home. And I should note that I'm running up and down hills here. I'm tired.
But it's a good tired. 'Cuz this is for me now. Not anyone else.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I've created a new myspace - /chrisslighsongwriting where I'll post new song demos as I write stuff that isn't necessarily for me.
I thought it be a cool thing to do to differentiate Chris Sligh productions and Chris Sligh artist stuff...
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
So some of you have asked for an update on Requiem....here it is...
In talking with management and publishing, we decided to hold off on Requiem as a solo project right now. Everyone feels like it's a bigger thing than just an add on to an album. It took me a while to come around to that, but that thinking did allow me to dream a little bit and come up with a bigger plan and a bigger idea...an idea that we are following through with some meetings.
The idea is to now expand Requiem to be a multi-artist album in the vein of City on A Hill or My Utmost For His Highest. The album would be 12 or so songs (including the 6 from Requiem), all based on liturgical texts. Requiem would most likely end the album. The 6 songs that are Requiem will feature several different artists, obviously including me.
For the first 6 or so songs of the record, we would go to different artists who catch the vision for this project and have them write songs based on other texts, or write songs straight from the texts. Each song will likely feature more than one artist, even if an artist writes the song for themselves....this will be a community record.
The vision I have for this record is to approach the idea of writing worship music that is deeper both musically and lyrically than the normal "every day" worship music. Plus basing it off of liturgical texts in the first place kind of gives it a different angle to begin with.
I had a meeting yesterday with a major producer who is becoming a friend. We talked about the idea and he is excited about the whole thing. We're getting together on Saturday to actually listen to the whole Requiem a couple of times, then talk about the project in this light and in light of him hearing the music.
I really believe in this project and could see it being like that City on a Hill kind of thing...so hopefully we can start to see some project in the near future. I have a feeling that with the right team around it, that it won't be a hard sell to some major artists and if the artists are on board, the labels should be easier (it's never easy LOL) to get on board.