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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]


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]


Wake Up

Wake up
Words and music - Chris Birkett

We've been waiting so long
Just to give you this song
Hope it won't take too long
Before we wake up and know the truth
This world was made for all.
From the past we have come
To the future to learn
From the times we were wrong
we must know now where we belong.
This world was made for all.
Corporations take the soul of our nations.
Politicians do just what they're told.
Nobody is listening to our frustrations we have been sold.
How can we own the land
How can we own the sky
And the wind, and the rain
There are things that we just can't buy
This world was made for all
All the signs are out there
While we still breath the air
There's a chance if we care
We don't have to go down that road.
This world was made for all.
Now it's only mergers and acquisitions
Consumerism gets out of control
Leaving all this debt to future generations
We have been sold
It's time to wake up wake up
It's time to wake up wake up
Wake up, wake up
Wake up and know the truth
This world was made for all

[Lyrics]


Where Do We Go From Here

They Live so far away
So far away from here
The future's in their hands
The cause is very clear
Where dreams of freedom still continue
These men will surely have their way
The fight goes on
and Civilizations take their turn
Every nation
We outa learn, we outa know by now
This fire will burn through the years
Where do we go from here

You've always had you way
A place in history
You can't put men in chains
and live life peacefully
The dream of liberty wil catch you
Beware the Eagle flies again.

The fight goes on
and Civilizations take their turn
Every nation
We outa learn, we outa know by now
This fire will burn through the years
Where do we go from here

[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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