Performance of “Hey Ya!” for High School Teenagers

Live performance playing for a fundraiser at El Camino High School in Sacramento, 12/14/12, with the Aviators. I’m singing and playing keys. Quality isn’t ideal (low light, plus my mic level was too low), but some cool footage from a fun night. Special thanks to all the high school students who “shook it” for the song. Video by Charr Crail. www.chrisgoslow.com

Musical Exploration: Why I’m Proud to be Musically Eclectic

I have never been one to sit still when it comes to exploring my musical tastes. As a child, the music that occupied my mind were film music, pop music, broadway music, and even video game music.   That started to evolve in my early teens, when I got into MTV videos and  grunge and rock bands.   By the time I entered high school, I made my first dramatic shift:  I became a devotee to classical music, largely inspired by the piano music of Beethoven.  For about five years, I hardly listened to anything but classical. Then the lid came off of things, and in the middle of college I started listening to pop music again and returning to the music I had been into as a child.  At the end of college I found myself drawn into, of all things, rap.  Needless to say, my musical interests have been eclectic.

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Emulating (vs. Imitating) Your Artistic Role Models: Where Art Truly Starts

As an artist, I have never had much luck in staying put, or boxing myself in by trying merely to imitate others.   As a child, and as a young adult, I was continually inspired by music I heard.  This music ranged enormously in style: from carols we sang at Christmas to blockbuster film soundtracks I heard in movies such as “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters”; from the piano music of Beethoven and Chopin to popular music by Billy Joel; from songs I heard on the radio by Madonna and Pearl Jam to the rap music of Eminem.  These creators, and many others, ignited in me new desires to learn and create, to evolve my creative expression.  They helped get me started on the path of developing my own artistic abilities and following my artistic dreams.   To them and to all my artistic influences I will always be grateful.

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I Got Ya “Cover”-ed: The Surprising Benefits Of Playing Other People’s Music

I have always desired to make and be known for original music.  I remember as a little kid fantasizing about writing music inspired by other music I loved:  movie scores, music on the radio, even the demo song from the keyboard my dad bought for us (us being my brother, my sister, and myself) for Christmas one year.   Whatever the source, I remember fantasizing about creating my own music that emulated (or even surpassed!) the models that inspired me.   Accordingly, that is what I have worked to accomplish, writing music as both a composer and a songwriter working in a variety of formats and genres, from piano music to theater music and hip hop.

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Overcoming Perfectionism: What it Really Took for Me to Complete Waterfall

In my debut piano CD Waterfall: Original Piano Music, I wrote the following dedication on the back cover:

This album is dedicated to all creative people. May you find your own waterfall of creativity.

I am reminded now of the enormous personal journey I underwent just to get to the point where I could even write those simple words on the back of that CD.

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Feeling the ‘Rush’ of a Great Drummer, and the Secret that Made it Happen

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

It is this past Monday evening. The location is the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Jose. Thanks to my brother-in-law’s magic skill of acquiring concert tickets from radio stations, we are at a rock concert, the second concert I’ve gone to in the last week and a half (the other one was the Scorpions at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, and we were in the FIRST row!). This time we’re up in the lawn, and it’s great for me to be in the middle of the crowd, seeing what they see, hearing what they hear. It is late in the show, and we’re about to leave. We find a new vantage point right near the exit of the amphitheater.  That’s when my brother-in-law alerts me to pay attention. The sight I see is unforgettable.

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