Chris McKenna

Chris McKenna

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

If Chris McKenna's music was a dog, it would be a MUTT. A mixed-breed concoction with staying power, charm, humor, and strains of sophistication. This dog can perform. This dog reminds you of your favorite dog, but is still distinct. This dog is comforting, sly and digs for treasures in your yard.

Biography

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, McKenna is a pluralist and a conceptualist and at the same time capable of very engaging music. Unapologetic about his disparate inclinations, he’s a guy who is not afraid to borrow from Brian Wilson or Alan Lomax or even James Joyce all in the same song. McKenna writes and performs music that draws from every possible sound or sight. He records his music on supposedly obsolete antique Ampex tape recorders and insists that it sounds better than anything new. His scope includes the conventional aspects of song, African water dances, rock music, jazz, 19th century art songs, dry witticisms on the human condition, noisy ad hoc collections of Partch-like ensemble sounds right down to itty-bitty simple ballads that somehow manage to avoid sounding like itty-bitty simple ballads. How does he perform such musical sleights-of-hand and still manage to sound familiar, distinct and relevant? Well, he’s really just an artist of his time, concerned and troubled, rhapsodic and enthused. Along with his band of inspired outsiders, Chris remains unrepentantly diverse, uncompromisingly original, connecting with people through the ART of music. That’s Chris.

Lyrics

Brush

Written By: Chris McKenna

I never notice things like I should
I’m leafing through a magazine
Just a paper boy in a matchstore
And you’re a can of gasoline
The clerk should always sweep
Dirt into a heap

And what would you say
If I brushed your love away?

Brimming from your phony eyelash
Is an angle that you exercise
You wrote a book of lies, to cover
For the make-up that you can’t apply
Someone that’s sensitive
Will receive the golden shiv

And what would you say
If I brushed your love away?
And what would you say
If I brushed your love…

Away?
I’ve changed
My mind
About my heart

And what would you say
If I brushed your love away
I’m saying, what would you say?

Dear Someone Who Knows. . .

Written By: Chris McKenna

I’ve been staring at the wall
Thinking scares me anymore
The clock is swimming
and my love is away
but it’s not the kind of thing she’d
understand, anyway

I saw the vanishing of all
World that I knew was just a thought
The light is blinking on my Sony machine
but I don’t think I’ll listen back to it

and. . .
Dear Someone Who Knows
Why do I feel so down?
No God and no clothes superimposed on me

I lost myself inside my head
I kissed a Fury on her bed
She’s coming for me and I’m hearing her breathe
And now it seems her gentle silhouette is approaching me

and. . .
Dear Someone Who Knows
Why do I love and Die?
I’ve got no God and no clothes, nobody to answer why, why, Why?

Dear Someone Who Knows
Dear Someone Who Knows
Dear Someone Who Knows
Why do I love and Die?

She Loves me

Written By: Chris McKenna

I lost my lust for living
loving only things
‘till I found a girl that gives me everything I need

She holds me close and whispers “beauty still is free”
I look for reasons why she’s bothering with me

'cause
She Loves Me
and there’s nothing I can do about it
She Loves Me
and there’s nothing I can do about it
Nothing I can do

She must have come from Saturns' famous rainbow rings
She waterfell within the tears of every living thing
And made a splash that rained a million years on me
I thank the universe for Newtons' gravity

She Loves Me
and there’s nothing I can do about it
She Loves Me
and there’s nothing I can do about it
Nothing I can do

She knows that I would never say
“oh would you go away”
See those smiles in the air
Oh she must have put ‘em there
for me
And there’s nothing I can do about it

She Loves Me
and there’s nothing I can do about it
She Needs Me
and there’s nothing I can do about it
Nothing, whoa nothing, whoa
She loves Me

Discography

2001-Soundtown
2005-Apollo Dreams the Future

Set List

Chris McKenna and the band know hundreds of his songs. Any one of them may appear at any time.
If you like one of his songs, ask him to play it!