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Chris Birkett

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Music is the Universal language, communicating across Political, Racial and Cultural boundaries.

Influences:

Peter Gabrial, Led Zeppelin, Gentle Giant, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchel and any true artistic creative expression.

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

John Lennon and Paul Macartney

Contact Email:

chrisbirkett@yahoo.com

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Songs by Chris Birkett

Be Creative

Be Creative
words and music - Chris Birkett

Be creative in the things that you don't wanna even talk about
Be creative in the things that your teachers used to laugh about
Be creative in the things that you always used to dream about
Be creative in the things that are happening around you
Digging a road - With full attention
Means more than all convention
Whatever you do - do it with Love
Put your heart and soul inside it
Be creative in the things that you don't wanna even talk about
Be creative in the things that your teachers used to laugh about
Be creative in the things that you always used to dream about
Be creative in the things that are happening around you
Everything counts - Every little reaction
Can start a chain reaction
Seize the day - Carpe deum
Now is the time - enjoy yourself
Be creative in the things that you don't wanna even talk about
Be creative in the things that your teachers used to laugh about
Be creative in the things that you always used to dream about
Be creative in the things that are happening around you
Solo
Every little thing has - So much potential
Every little thing has - So much potential
Every little thing has - So much potential
Every little thing has - So much potential

[Lyrics]


Fly

Fly
Words and music: Chris Birkett

What I'm trying to say
is make a new direction
Who said nothing changes
underneath the heavens

Turn on the light
The age of darkness
Those old ideas

And maybe we can learn to fly
And maybe we can fly together
And maybe......

I believe in light
light is every color
falling from the sky
Shine on one another

Turn on the light - for the one you love
The age of darkness - is over now
Those old ideas - will drag you down

And maybe we can learn to fly
And maybe we can fly together
And maybe we can learn to fly

And maybe we can learn to fly
And maybe we can fly together

[Lyrics]


Save Our Beautiful World

Save Our Beautiful World
(A Message from the Kids*)

Save Our Beautiful World, She is all we have
Save Our Beautiful World, Mother Nature needs us

When I wake up for the day I just want to go and play
with my friends and family around me
They are always here for me, not just when I am happy
I don’t know what I would do without them

May, the birds are in the trees living out their destiny
even though their future is uncertain
Started thinking about the Bees and the cutting down of Trees
Trees that make the Oxygen around us

Many years before I came Plastic was the latest craze
Scientist’s said “This product will save us”
But in fact it turned out wrong, it stays around for far too long
Poisoning all our endangered species

Save Our Beautiful World, She is all we have
Save Our Beautiful World, Mother Nature needs us

Leave the oil right in the ground, close the wells just shut them down
We don’t need to breathe that stuff inside us
Clean air is for everyone, and the right thing should be done
to protect this planet that we live on

It just came out on the news, “Permafrost is on the move”
Everything up in the North is melting
Wavy roads are everywhere, It’s a Roller Coaster there
All the Carbon in the ground is leaving.

Earth is such a lovely place, It’s our home, our sacred place
We should do all we can just to protect her
Politicians change your ways, stop just planning for today
Environmental policies are needed.

Save Our Beautiful World, She is all we have
Save Our Beautiful World, Mother Nature needs us
Save Our Beautiful World, She is all we have
Save Our Beautiful World, Mother Nature needs us

*each verse is sung by a pre-teen (10-12 yrs) each representing a different culture

[Lyrics]


Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones
As I lie awake Thinking of my day Did I hurt someone with the things I say

I feel so uneasy feel so insecure spending all of my time Just trying to be pure

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can't do me no harm
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can't do me no harm

I want the world to love me for what I am
It's so hard to say no even though I can
I can make someone happy make somebody smile
but I can't please all the people all of the time

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can't do me no harm
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can't do me no harm

There's gotta be light
There's gotta be love Somewhere out there High above
The world can be cruel no place for kindness and tenderness that's not cool

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can't do me no harm
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can't do me no harm

[Lyrics]


Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones
Words and music- Chris Birkett

As I lie awake
Thinking of my day
Did I hurt someone ?
with the things I said
I feel so uneasy
feel so insecure
spending all of my time
Just trying to be pure
Sticks and stones will break my bones but
words can't do me no harm
Sticks and stones will break my bones but
words can't do me no harm
I want the world to love me
for what I am
It's so hard to say no
even though I can
I can make someone happy
make somebody smile
but I can't please all the people
all of the time
Sticks and stones will break my bones but
words can't do me no harm
Sticks and stones will break my bones but
words can't do me no harm
There's gotta be light
There's gotta be love
Somewhere out there
High above
The world can be cruel
no place for kindness
and tenderness
that's not cool
Sticks and stones will break my bones but
words can't do me no harm
Sticks and stones will break my bones but
words can't do me no harm

[Lyrics]


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Region:

Toronto, ON

Level of Experience:

PROFESSIONAL

Genre:

Blues | Rock

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

Too many to mention, go to my discography for more details: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Chris+Birkett#t=Credits_All&q=&p=1 or web site: www.chrisbirkett.ca

Albums Released:

Omaha Sheriff - Come Hell Or Waters High Chris Birkett - Men From The Sky Chris Birkett - Freedom Chris Birkett - Be Creative

Song Placements:

Kiss of Life - Title track of Siedah Garret's debut album produced by Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton.

Awards:

3 Grammy's and 1 Juno for Buffy Sainte-Marie's album Running for the drum

Other Credits:

Many gold and platinum discs, the highest selling Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2U single plus the album

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Record Producer

Biography:

Music has been Chris’ lifelong passion.
Born in London, his love affair with music began at 8 years old, when he built his
first guitar, which became his very personal way to
communicate feelings and emotions.
At 14, he started playing concerts in London clubs. At 21, he was collaborating with well-known Memphis artists Rufus Thomas, Ann Peebles,
and King Floyd and at 23, he joined the then-famous pop
group Love Affair, whose song "Everlasting Love" ruled the
1968 UK charts for many months.
Then, spotted at an audition by producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, the Moody Blues, TRex), Chris spent his next creative period being mentored by
Visconti and becoming a producer in his own right, working
with artists such as Steve Earle, Talking Heads, Peter
Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead
O'Connor, The Pogues, Alison Moyet, and Thomas Dolby.

Chris has stayed busy since re-locating to a Toronto studio
three years ago. He still does plenty of production (recently
co-producing Buffy Sainte-Marie’s new record, due in Spring
2015), but one listen to either his 2010 record Freedom or his
latest release Be Creative and you’ll figure out pretty quickly
this is not just a studio guy making records on the side. With
A-list Canadian musical guests like guitarist Rik Emmet and
Blue Rodeo drummer Glen Milchem lending a hand on the
album, the songs come from a creative inferno, with all the
style, edge and grit you’d expect from a lifetime staring into a
musical soul reflected back from some of the leading lights of
popular music.

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