Chris Belsito

Chris Belsito

 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, CAN
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Poetic, cinematic and emotionally powerful. Chris Belsito's songs are immediately catchy and moving, sitting somewhere in between Ryan Adams and The National, The Fray and U2. Belsito's music is for the discerning listener, combining lyrical savvy and an obvious love of pop sensibilities together.

Biography

Chris Belsito loves music. No, he really loves music.

Belsito is an avid music collector and listener. He has been a music journalist. He wanted to support indie artists he liked so much that he founded an independent record label. On top of all that, he is an established recording artist and prolific songwriter.

As a performer, Belsito has played his music across the Americas, from Montreal to Vancouver, Memphis to Buenos Aires. He has showed up at cafes, clubs, lounges, theatres, and festivals, as well as being a formidable opening act on the larger stage with many of his musical heroes. His music has appeared in ad campaigns and indie films, played on indie radio and CBC, can be found across the web, and on CDs by other artists. Song scouts for some of Canada’s top artists have even sought him out. Releasing five full-length CDs and one E.P. of his own material, as well as a live performance DVD, Belsito has wasted no time in making sure his ventures in the music world have been well documented. In return, his music is in thousands of homes across the world. Not bad for an artist who calls a small town in Northern Ontario his home.

Belsito, whose latest batch of songs are as poetic, cinematic and emotionally powerful as any he has ever written, is releasing Revelation Come Late (October 2009). The songs are more expansive and moving than ever, sitting somewhere in between Norah Jones and Interpol, Ryan Adams and The National, Rufus Wainwright and The Decemberists. The music is at once uniquely atmospheric and immediately catchy. With more songs written than he could record himself, Belsito is also in the early stages of increasing his profile as a ‘songwriter for hire’ in the music industry - with some of those new songs being targeted for other artists.

With his small record label, Murderous Butterfly Music/Murderfly Entertainment, now boasting some of Northern Ontario’s top indie artists and a new album of new material near completion, Belsito is comfortable in his musical world. How does he define personal success? For him, success is being able to perpetually translate a love of music into new opportunities that allow him to continually develop as both an artist and a musical entrepreneur.

Email: chrisbelsito@hotmail.com
Official Website: www.chrisbelsito.com
MySpace: http://profile.myspace.com/chrisbelsito

Lyrics

And Cinnamon

Written By: Chris Belsito

The mind's like a chamber, a memory of skin
Darkness and the water still take me in
The smell of the salt hangs in the air
The body is cold, sand in our hair

Play me ‘till the sun goes down
On last year’s model, on last year’s clown
Engage me, ‘till the ghost it looms
Still stoned and staring at the moon
Enrage me, but breathe it in
Hand woven rugs and cinnamon
And cinnamon

Every detail is now in its place
Like every line upon every face
A thinking bomb or a fall from grace
With you and cinnamon

They’re buying cameras from backs of cars
Catch every detail and every scar
Shipwreck your youth in metaphor
You’re cradled in half-truths and burning floors

Inhale me, incense your skin
Topple the world, pull out the pin
Derail me, with every scheme
With Sunday’s theories and childish dreams that
Fail me, but breathe them in
Like tales of science and cinnamon
And cinnamon

Every detail is now in its place
Like every line upon every face
A thinking bomb or a fall from grace
With you and cinnamon

King of Empty Spaces

Written By: Chris Belsito

Watched this film yesterday
Fell asleep and dreamed
Dreamed I was invincible, invisible
But then a hollow wall, fell on my world
I was lost for words

(Then I thought) If you’re happy, then I’m happy
If you’re sad I will not cry
If you’re leaving, say goodbye

Oh I’m in the second row, I watch my world go by
And think life is beautiful
Oh I’m in the second row, watch the world slip by
And think, life is beautiful, life is beautiful, life is beautiful

I’m the king of empty spaces
You’re a whisper to the world I wish they’d heard
But then a hollow wall, fell on my world
I was lost for words

(But then I thought) If you’re happy, then I’m happy
If you’re sad I will not cry
If you’re leaving, say goodbye

Oh I’m in the second row, watch this world go by
And think life is beautiful
Oh I’m in that second row, watch the world slip by
And think, life is beautiful, life is beautiful, life is beautiful

Going to change you into wind
Breathe you in again
So you can escape this lonely world
It’s clear in the end
We need to feel again
I’ve been in this theatre far too long

Oh I’m in the second row, watch this world go by
And think life is beautiful
Oh I’m in that second row, watch the world slip by
And think, life is beautiful, life is beautiful, life is beautiful

Blurring

Written By: Chris Belsito

Old buildings burning down
Flames break through broken windows
Nothing feels the same
Where burning smiles and this trick of light
The moment where we all hum along
If this is real, this is real, this is right

I’ll do anything
Blurring for you, blurring for you
I’ll do anything
Blurring for you, blurring for you

We’re camera ready, picturesque
Take a picture of us and just forget the rest
A thousand sleeping miles
The sky is still where I learned to swim
We’re knee deep in conversation
I’ll twist everything

I’ll do anything
Blurring for you, blurring for you
I’ll do anything
Blurring for you, blurring for you

Another Perfect Day

Written By: Chris Belsito

I could hear you sing all day
Your voice in my ear
All those pretty words
That dance around this room
Like little mechanical birds

(You've got to run)
But I got there first
(You've got to run)
Always expecting the worst
And you say, "It's another perfect day"
With you, all day
Another perfect day

The light it fills the room
With dust-filled desire
And thoughts that never leave
The window's open wide
But still I'm afraid to breathe

(You've got to run)
But I got there first
(You've got to run)
Always expecting the worst
And you say, "It's another perfect day"
With you, all day
Another perfect day

No bright lights, no drama, no prize
No angel to guide me home
No surprise
No bright lights, no drama no prize
No angel to guide me home
No surprise

Growing Up in the Universe

Written By: Chris Belsito

Beautiful child
Dream of little things
Can I hold on to you?
Can we change anything in the end?
Is this the end?

Dreamt I had it all, so little time
Moving backwards to love what’s already mine
I know that I’m a fool, what’s worse
I know that I am not the first
Growing up in the universe

Don’t be taken in by this world
Bathed in the light of moments
My memory of you moves so fast
I reach out but my fingers hit the glass

Dreamt I had it all, so little time
Moving backwards to love what’s already mine
I know that I’m a fool, what’s worse
I know that I am not the first
Growing up in the universe

September Like You Said

Written By: Chris Belsito

The smell of ghosts on your front lawn
They’re keeping me scared, keeping me there
When you’re not there
The hills have gold, they stain the sky
Is the messenger dead? Just reeling on the edge?
I wait by your bed
Suffer the fool for ever dreaming of you

All September, September, September, in your head
All September, September, September, like you said

The static and the sound of the trees
Sends shivers up my spine, draw the bath and draw the line
With broken glass and beads of wine
I dreamt that words could fall like leaves
And bring needles to the spine, like rod for the divine
With stolen thoughts that once were mine
Suffer the fool, for ever dreaming of you

All September, September, September, in your head
All September, September, September, like you said

Blueprints

Written By: Chris Belsito

You are the only one who’ll ever understand
You say, “These walls are built by hand”
Take you, feel you, I hold you
Lay you on the ground
Roll you out so I see what I’ve found
There was no way to know I found the blueprints of your soul
The blueprints of your soul
Charging in and out of moving doors
You are the only one I adore
Take you, feel you, I hold you
Lay you on the ground
Roll you out so I see what I’ve found
There was no way to know I found the blueprints of your soul
The blueprints of your soul
Careful what you wish for
Careful, careful
Careful what you wish for
Running, running
I’ll be holding you, running ‘round your soul
Running ‘round your soul
Running ‘round your...
Take you, feel you, I hold you
Lay you on the ground
Roll you out so I see what I’ve found
There was no way to know I found the blueprints of your soul
The blueprints of your soul
And I lay you on the ground

One By One

Written By: Chris Belsito

Welcome aboard,
glad you could fly today
There's one seat empty now,
not sure what else to say,
the plane is leaving town
You can’t leave her behind
but she can’t be by your side
I’m scared I won’t see you anymore
in this tale of fate
Our time it seems too short
traveling from gate to gate
One by one, one by one,
one by one, one by one
This is not,
not what we had planned,
we just need to be strong
We could meet up in a day,
or maybe in the next town
when the next flight comes along,
do we have to leave one by one?
Do we have to leave one by one?
One by one, one by one,
one by one, one by one
Do I have to leave?
I wanna stay in your arms
Do I have to leave?
Wanna stay in your arms
One by one, one by one, one by one, one by one
One of us has to leave before the other one gets to go
One by one, one by one, one by one, one by one
One by one, one by one, one by one, one by one
One of us has to leave before the other one gets to go
One by one

Can I Change Your Mind?

Written By: Chris Belsito

Dreamt of you last night
For the very first time
Somewhere on that island
We learned to talk through wires
Like when we were children
We learned to ignore them
Like smoke from distant shores

We just walked and talked
Laughed and fought
Broke away and dragged around like shadows
But this isn't real

I could do nothing
I could say nothing
I could stop feeling
Wake up stop breathing
This is a brick through your window
This is me talking to you
This is all you have to lose
Can I change your mind?

This is a brick through your window
This is me talking to you
This is all you have to lose
Can I change your mind?

Searched for you all night
In closed cafes and cold light
Dreams they reach the shore
Our lives opening like doors
A world we could not see
Bathed in empathy
Washed on forgiving shores

We just walked and talked
Laughed and fought
Broke away and dragged around like shadows
But this isn't real

I could do nothing
I could say nothing
I could stop feeling
Wake up stop breathing
This is a brick through your window
This is me talking to you
This is all you have to lose
Can I change your mind?

Change you mind X 6

This is a brick through your window
This is me talking to you
This is all you have to lose
Can I change your mind?

Silence Breaks My Heart

Written By: Chris Belsito

I'm flawed, you're entwined
By wires in the skyline
I've stalled the life I'm in
The grace to go, the grace within
And I'm not saying that I've saved anything
I feel your breath
Saw your shadow fly overhead
Something borrowed, something new
Something tainted, something true

Oceans rise and part but your silence breaks my heart

I'm lost, you're divine
Lines are crossed in my mind
Search parties up ahead
In every home and every bed
'Cause where there's beauty there's trouble
I hear your words, I follow you
Something tainted, something true

Oceans rise and part but your silence breaks my heart

Discography

Full Length CDS:

Chris Belsito – Revelation Come Late (October 2009)

Chris Belsito - Fade Dissolve (2005)

Chris Belsito - Cameras EP (2005)

Chris Belsito - Turbulence (2003)

Chris Belsito and Rainhorses - August Mask (1995)

Chris Belsito and Rainhorses - self-titled (1993)

Full-Length DVDs:

Fade Dissolve: Live at the AUC Auditorium (2005)

Songs That Have Received Airplay:
Blueprints (Revelation Come Late)
One by One (Revelation Come Late)
Blurring (Fade Dissolve)
Pushing Against Glass (Fade Dissolve)
King of Empty Spaces (Fade Dissolve)
The Only Thing (from Turbulence)
Skinny Bones (from Turbulence)
Cuba (from Turbulence)
Circles and Circles (from Turbulence)
Wolf (from August Mask)
Land Over (from August Mask)

Set List

Can perform up to 3-hour sets in an evening

The Moon and Your Missiles
Pushing Against Glass
Blurring
And Cinnamon
Only Thing
September Like You Said
King of Empty Spaces
Skinny Bones
Get the Camera
Human Remains
Wolf
Blood Red Moon
Tempest
Force of Habit
Fool Ourselves
Growing Up in the Universe
Don't Know
Land Over
Curve of the World
Another Perfect Day
and more

Sets consist primarily of original material with the occasional cover song for fun, including:
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Purple Rain - Prince
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zepplin
Here Comes The Rain - Eurythmics
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond