Collaborating with the young guitarist Ris (The Sonic Squirrel) Chris has written lyrics for a series of new ventures. For Ris' solo album BRIGHT-EYED AND BUSHY TAILED he penned CINDERELLA CITY, and LOVE CLUB for the compilation HERE COMES THE GIRLS’ZOO.

In a rare display of bloodthirstiness and vitriolic lyricism - (Hey, a job’s a job, and someone had to do it!) Chris was commissioned to write a song (composed by Ris) for the upcoming Play Station 4 soundtrack LET IT DIE - a “hack and slash” action game. The song LONG LIVE THE PHOENIX OF THE MIND, a dark and unabashed violent anthem, perfectly compliments the blood and gore caricatured in the virtual world. Chris hopes that it stays virtual - very virtual!

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Lyrics to get buffed to . . . and get into the “salsa spirit” too. For the equivalent of ZUMBA – the dance fitness program created by the Columbian choreographer “Bepo” Perez, Chris wrote the THE SUGAR SONG OF FLAMINGO ROSE for BAILA BAILA, sung by KYOKO – the ex-singer of the popular rock group “The Barbie Boys”. Being released as a DVD, CD and single release, the song is saturated with Latin licks and samba sonics. A musical stage show in the works too.
Roll over Ricky Martin!

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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s RITE OF SPRING, the Kyoto ensemble ENSO WATT - a group of musicians, video and sound instillation artists and the lyricist - (founded by the Frenchman Samuel Andre) performed a series of “seasonal symphonies”. Each performance reflected a particular season and encompassed complimentary Japanese traditions in its composition. Based on the obscure Japanese tribe, the Sanka, who supposedly lived in the mountains surrounding Kyoto in the Edo period (1603-1868), the “symphonies” were created and conducted by Yannick Paget (French conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others) and initiated from Chris’s poetic scenario. The lyricist joined the ensemble in the performances, each taking place in Kyoto Urban Guild during 2014-15.

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Every New Year’s Day (Shogatsu) in Japan, the nation plays Kaltas or Hiyaku Nin Ishu (A Hundred Poems by a Hundred Poets), a card game in which players must match the halves of a hundred poems. Derived from an eighth-century anthology of poems (tanka) that was converted into its present-day card set in the fifteenth century, the game is a traditional New Year’s entertainment, and children throughout the country still memorize the series of poems in school.

Chris has now written an alternative set of cards––the Shibuya Set! (THE KANTOCLES: A Hundred Verses by One Hundred Shibuyan Sages). Walking around his neighborhood of Shibuya, the indisputable hub of Tokyo, he chose fifty guys and fifty girls from the streets and wrote poems as if each one was in the voice of each of those characters, with Chris serving as the conduit for those many voices.

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If there’s a song with a life of its own, it’s Chris’s old faithful Behind the Mask. Recorded for Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, it was left off at the last moment due to copyright restrictions, but now it’s back with a vengeance on the new Michael release.

Over the years there has been a continual debate over how the song originated, how it came to Michael Jackson’s attention, and that mysterious saga has given this song its great longevity.

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