Winter 2019 - Lots of changes!

 

 

2020 New Years Blog 

January 1, 2020 

Exactly one year ago today I started a new chapter in my life by pursuing my avocation full time. There have been successes and there have been other things that I just did not want to spend the time chasing. 

I certainly have played more gigs than in the past and I’ve tried some different things. I did a podcast (Rock Paper Cast). Played and spoke at a literature festival at a local high school. I played at “Live At The Library”, enjoyed a farmers markets gig, art fairs, and traveled to hear some of my favorite performers. Last November I  celebrated five years of making music with The Main Street Remnants, with dear friends Holly Barber and Steve Krenski. 

In February of 2019 I began taking voice lessons and have learned so much and I’m still going strong and working hard at it. 

I have a busy January coming up. 

January 5: Picasso’s Coffeehouse, Beale Street location for the 10-1pm Brunch time. 

January 13: The Main Street Remnants will be “Live At The Library” at the Spencer Creek Branch of St Charles City/County Library. We haven’t play together since November and we are really happy to get back to making music! 

January 18: The Main Street Remnants at The Wolf Cafe in Ballwin. 

January 22: I will play at The Songbird Cafe which is a “songwriters in the round” event at the Focal Point. There will be three other songwriters performing. there are still some tickets available. 

http://www.songbird-stl.com/next-show 

January 24: Picasso’s Coffeehouse as “Chris Griffith and Friends” at the Beale Street Location. 

January 30: The Old School in Nashville TN for a songwriters showcase of alums of the SongFood Workshops. I’ll be one a many folks who attended these workshops that are hosted by Darrell Scott. 

This year I have some ideas to change things up a bit and play even more music. See ya from the stage!

December 2019 

Holt High School December 3, 2019 LitFest

A few months back I was asked by a teacher at Holt High School in Wentzville Missouri to play and speak at their annual LitFest in early December. For two days during the school day authors, writers, poets, songwriters and many other creatives are invited to come to the auditorium, get up on stage and share their talents and then share how they do it.  To share what our process was for what we so passionately choose to pursue. 

I must say I was surprised that I was considered but happily showed up at 8:00 am and hopped up on the stage g voice and all and played a fews songs for two hundred plus students in the auditorium. I then spoke about my background, my late start at this song writing thing and my thoughts on the process of songwriting. 

I’ve always believed that music can be something that brings humans together but I was nervous that “young people” couldn’t relate to me and this could be a “bust”. that they couldn’t look past my thinning silver hair, wrinkled skin. As with most of my preconceived notions I was once again proven wrong. Towards the end of the class the students asked me questions and they had good practical and insightful questions. Then a few weeks later one of the teachers mailed me their hand written messages. Just under 50 notes. Reading these messages just absolutely made my week. My big takeaway is that they appreciated someone taking the time to come to their school and play and talk to them. There are many insightful and hopeful comments from these students that give me a measure of hope. Many asked that I come back. I loved it that I was wrong about the students. People are people and regardless of age music still works!

March 2019 

Well they say it will be spring soon. I'm planning on it big time! I am now free to pursue music as much or as little as I please and I'm working myself into this new way of thinking.  As the Allen Toussaint song goes "Everything I do is gonna be funky, from now on". And that's the plan! During the later part of this year I'm hoping to release an EP. I've just started arranging and doing a little recording for this 5 song release. Also thinking of doing an EP of instrumental music in the near future as well. 

I am truly loving this retirement thing, other than winter being winter. Can't wait to get out in the trees, sing some songs, ride my bike and enjoy my grandsons as much as I can!

 

Fall 2017 ramblings! 

So this has been a bit of an up and down year for me. I've played lots of gigs with my trio, The Main Street Remnants, as well as several solo shows in listening rooms, a Nashville songwriters showcase and several private events. This is what keeps me going. In the early fall I had to slow down a bit and become a little smarter in how I spend my time. No more 17 hours days. But now that my energy has returned I can hardly put down my guitar. I haven't felt this focused in some time and I have lots of plans. I know I'm blessed with a family that supports this passion I have and I'm thankful for that. I'm going to sign off and pickup my guitar and have some fun! 

April 2017 

Winter is mostly behind us and the sun was shining all day today, the day for fools in April. Tomorrow I'm making my annual pilgrimage to Nashville to play some open mic's, hangout at cool guitar shops, see a friend or two and maybe do some hiking. Lately most of my playing has been with my trio, The Main Street Remnants but I have three solo dates in April and I'm looking forward to that part of my music life. 

January 2017 

Well I suppose it is appropriate to share something this new year. 2016 was a busy year with the release of the album, New Ground, playing some house concerts, front porch jams at Crafty LLC, as well as my regular solo gigs and then finishing the year strong with some real fun shows with my trio, The Main Street Remnants. I think the highlight of the year was my CD release party. I recall standing on the stage after everyone had left the venue with the lights off and just looking out on the room where we had just been playing our music and then feeling so thankful that I actually get to do, what I love to do, for my friends and the people I love, and even for folks who were walking down the street and just dropped in and stayed. I loved doing the album, but I love playing to and for people and having a connection. That is what drives this passion of mine.

I want to thank all of you who came out to countless shows and strongly support live music. We don't do this with out you, our friends, who listen to us and keep us motivated. I also wanted to thank all the different folks who played and helped out on the album. I am blessed!

We have winter mostly infront of us but I can slowly feel the days getting longer. Come out to show and get warmed up by the music!

Fall 2016 

Boy have I enjoyed my summer. We went to the Black Hills of South Dakota and stopped to see family in Nebraska along the way. I played a few house concerts this summer along with several gigs at my regular haunts and just got back home from a trip to northwest Arkansas. After we left friends and family we made our way back through Missouri in the Ozark Mountains. We live in a beautiful state folks!  i have lots of solo and trio gigs scheduled for the fall and hope to see you or meet you at these shows.

My trip to Nashvegas  

A few weeks ago I made my way down to Nashville. My goal was to play as many open mic's as i could and I played every night I was in town. The other goal was too get invited back, which I was lucky enough to be invited to play a showcase at the Commodore Grill. They sure know how to "get you up and get you moving" with most venues being packed with songwriters and performers. Met some great people from all over the planet and had a great time. I'm not sure if Nashville is the place for me and my music but it's a good way to measure how things are going. I will go back and play that showcase and find other open mic's and maybe a few showcases to play at. It was worth the trip!

House Concert May 22 

My friend Janis Kury is hosting a house concert on Sunday May 22, 6PM to 9PM. 
This loft just off Washington Ave is wonderful. Below are details.  

RAILWAY HOUSE CONCERTS 
Host by Janis Kury and Tom Foertmeyer 
1620 Lucas Ave, Suite 205 
St Louis, MO 63013 
314.614.3111 or 314.378.6676  

We’re so happy to announce that Chris Griffith will play at our very first house concert on Sunday, May 22 (doors 6PM, show 7PM). He just released a new album called New Ground that is full of original acoustic, roots-based music. You may have heard him around town with Hot String Soup, The Main Street Remnants or in solo performances at various venues from coffee shops to art openings. His impressive songs and his engaging stage presence are going to be a pleasure to all of you who can come.  

Cancellations: If your plans change and you can’t make it to the show, let us know ASAP, so we can try to find someone else to take your place. We want to have a full house of music lovers for Chris. 

Timing: People will begin arriving at 6PM (no earlier, please) and the music will start at 7PM. Things should wind down around 9:30PM. 

Food/drink: We start off with a couple of cases of beer and a bottle or two of wine. Beyond that, feel free to bring whatever you care to add to the pot-luck food/drink spread. We will have coolers and ice available.  

Directions/parking:  From any interstate (I-70, I-64, I-44 or I-55) get off at the downtown St Louis exit easiest for you. Then go to Washington Avenue. Take Washington Avenue to 16th Street and then make a quick left (west) onto Lucas Avenue (across from City Museum). We are the 2nd building on the left - RAILWAY LOFTS (there's a big yellow generator on the entrance roof) 1620 Lucas Avenue. There will be someone in the lobby starting at 6:00 pm to let you in. If no one is there, please look up Tom Foertmeyer or Janis Kury on the call box and we can buzz you in. We are on the 2nd floor, Loft #205 at the end of the hall. 314-614-3111 or 314-378-6676. IMPORTANT- STREET PARKING IS FREE ON SUNDAY. You may park on any street meter on Lucas, Washington, 16th or 17th. If you cannot find free parking close to the building, there is parking available in the lot on Lucas & 16th or Washington and 17th. 

We have not established a suggested donation: Please feel free to make a purchase from the merch table and toss some cash into the tip bucket for the musician.

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