Christine Rosander

Christine Rosander

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Biography of
CHRISTINE ROSANDER

From the first fiery note to the last whispery phrase, Christine Rosander’s sultry voice grabs hold and doesn’t let go, stirring up yearning and desire long after a song has ended.

Her debut CD, Smooth Ride (Devcat Records), produced by Jane Getz and Bob Tucker, introduces Christine as an emerging voice of tomorrow’s music with sounds that cross cultural, ethnic, and gender boundaries to span generations. A one woman melting pot, her style melds pop, rhythm and blues, rock, jazz, folk, and country into a unique, powerful, and sensitive musical identity. She sings stories of human existence and her own life, and retells the sorrows and joys of being alive.

“With my singing, everything is instinctive…everything,” says Christine. “It’s a reflection of my feelings, memories, and intuition.”

Smooth Ride is what Christine calls “an accidental concept album” because its diversity of styles and emotions makes a statement. "As I found myself moving though different styles of music, I found I was traveling through different emotions, memories and places from my past -- from my development as a musician and a person. I'm hoping to share this trip with audiences looking for fresh experiences, and the familiar seen from a different point of view"

Her strong and sexy style blends playful to poignant influences including the emotion of Rickie Lee Jones, the folk voice of Joni Mitchell, the sophisticated blues of Nina Simone, the storytelling panache of Billie Holiday, the rock-jazz feeling of Donald Fagan, the country pop attitude of the Dixie Chicks, and powerful songwriting influences such as the Beatles, CSNY, Bread, and many more. Each becomes undeniably her own.

Smooth Ride came together like a slow avalanche. Christine started recording with Louis Van Taylor on two of the more jazz oriented sides; he then suggested that veteran keyboardist Jane Getz take over. That led to the involvement of Jane’s husband, noted producer, recordist, and musician, Bob Tucker. They began to record in Bob and Jane’s new studio. Jane’s writing for Christine suggested new possibilities. Christine’s own writing began to reflect more influences, so that her style was enriched and transformed. The album emerged over a long development arc. It ends with the first songs recorded and begins with the last written, the title track “Smooth Ride.”

Christine began singing solos publicly at the age of five, encouraged by her mother, a choir director and music teacher. She studied classical piano and was fascinated by gospel. Later, Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and commercial composing and arranging from Cal State Long Beach. She went on to receive a master’s degree in music from USC. A professional musician, singer, and performer, she expects to continue teaching voice and piano while she presents her new music to her growing aggregation of fans.

“Christine Rosander is a major talent with a distinctive and haunting voice. Her debut CD, Smooth Ride, offers a wide variety of influences and inspirations blended together to create some very personal, heartfelt, and memorable music.”-Scott Yanow, writer for The Music Connection and author of nine jazz books, including Jazz On Film, Swing, Bebop, Trumpet Kings, and Jazz On Record 1917-76.

“A seductive singing temptress with a natural captivating power, Christine Rosander warms the soul and spirit with true life messages—proving that singing is like life…either you feel it or you don’t.”—Dr. Herb Wong, International Critic, Discographer and Journalist

“If there’s any justice, the world will be hearing more from this lady”—Ken McCall, San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune.

Lyrics

Cattle Press

Written By: Christine Rosander/Jane Getz

Cattle Press
Christine Rosander and Jane Getz
Vs 1
My head’s been talkin’ to me,
playin’ dirty tricks.
Tells me I’m a bad girl,
got me in a fix.
Honey won’t you save me?
Wash me clean as rain.
Take me now,
hold me tight,
you can ease the pain.

Chorus 1
Baby I need pressure,
like a cattle press,
put your arms around me,
squeeze out my regrets.
When I’m feelin’ lonely,
bad as it can get,
need your arms around me,
squeeze out my regrets.

Vs 2
Look into the mirror,
don’t recognize my life.
This crazy lonely feelin’
eatin’ me alive.
You can be my savior,
Daddy set me free.
Lovin’ arms,
angel wings,
come and cover me.

Chorus 2

Break Down-16 bars

Chorus 3
regrets 3xs

Smooth Ride

Written By: Jane Getz and Pat Robinson

Are you kind? Considerate?
Would you give me your love if I wanted it?
Don’t like wild or out of control,
a speed demon tearing up the road.

(Chorus)
I want a smooth, smooth ride,
a little comfort for this heart of mine.
Love will be waiting at the end of the line,
if you give me a smooth, smooth ride.

Are you steady, do you follow through?
When no one’s watching are you still true blue?
Or would you drive me up a wall?
Would all your baggage fill up a u-haul?
(Repeat Chorus)

Let’s go right now, clear the road ahead.
We might have found, the road to happiness.

Would you stick with me if things got rough?
Would you want more if you had more than enough?
If you were a fat cat on easy street,
Would you spend all your nine lives with me?
(Repeat Chorus)
Smooth, smooth ride.
Smooth, smooth ride.

Christine Rosander vocals
Jane Getz piano, keyboards
Bob Tucker guitars, pedal steel
Anders Swanson bass
Scotty Lund drums
Rich Mangicaro percussion

© Janiac Music (BMI)/Watchpocket Music (ASCAP)

Kitten

Written By: Christine Rosander

Stay with me a little while,
It won’t be long now,
I wanna feel your gentle touch.
Lay with me a little while,
For all the old times,
You know it means so much.
Feels so good it feels so easy.
Baby you know how to please me.

(Chorus)
Find me a little piece of sunshine,
Just a crack through the curtain.
Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow.
Find me a little piece of sunshine,
And I’ll be purrin’ like a kitten in the mornin’.
And I’ll be purrin’ like a kitten in the mornin’.
Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow.
Bah bah doo bah dot dee yow.

Kiss me for a little while,
Don’t say a word,
Just let me feel your arms around me.
Miss me for a little while,
No time for tears,
Remember all the love we found.
Feels so good it feels so easy.
Baby you know how to please me.
(Repeat Chorus…Repeat Chorus)

Christine Rosander vocals, keyboards
Jane Getz keyboards
Bob Tucker guitars
Anders Swanson upright bass
Scotty Lund drums
Rich Mangicaro percussion

© Rosander Music (ASCAP)

Good Boy

Written By: Christine Rosander and Ronnie Shelton

I know it’s hard to understand, I can’t explain it very well.
I wanna stay, but I’m not that strong.
I know it’s hard to understand, but we can’t live this way.
No not this way, but you’ll get along.

(Chorus)
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?
You’re my really good boy.
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?
You’re my really good boy.
You’re a good boy, aren’t you?

I know it’s hard, maybe you’ll understand one day.
I really wanna stay, wanna hold you tight.
I know it’s hard to understand, but baby we can’t pretend.
You know I gotta go, but you’ll be all right.
(Repeat Chorus)

And there are so many people, telling you what to do.
And there are so many changes, you can’t understand.
And there are so many people telling you what’s right,
And there are so many different people
To tuck you in at night.
(Repeat Chorus)
You’ll be all right.

Christine Rosander vocals
Jane Getz piano
Bob Tucker guitars
Dan Lutz bass
Chris Blondel drums

© Rosander Music (ASCAP)

Sailing

Written By: Christine Rosander, Sarah Rose Chernoff, Jeffrey Parker Whitley

Now the clouds are calling you, I’ve made up my mind.
Had to work a few things through, oh we’re out of time.
From the start it was clear, anyone can see,
What I needed all along, you know how much you mean to me.

(Chorus)
Open your eyes and come home. Open your eyes for me.
I can see that you’re sailing, sailing away from me.
I can see that you’re sailing, sailing away from me.

In the sky a million stars, none that shine so bright.
Eyes that smile when you laugh, I wish for you tonight.
Another day, another way, a different circumstance.
Never thought I’d have to say, give me one more chance.
(Repeat Chorus)

Open your eyes for me.
Open your eyes for me.
Open your eyes for me.
(Repeat Chorus)
Sailing away from me.

Christine Rosander vocals
Jane Getz piano, keyboards
Bob Tucker guitars
Dan Lutz bass
Chris Blondel drums
Rich Mangicaro percussion

© Rosander Music (ASCAP)

My Heart is a Ghost Town

Written By: Jane Getz

It’s a day when the rays of the sun burn a path across the sky.
And a twig snaps beneath your feet, the riverbed is dry.
I see you in the back of my mind,
I see you in the rear-view mirror.
You are there in the corner of my eye,
But when I look you disappear.

(Chorus)
My heart is a ghost town.
Windows boarded up the shades are drawn.
My heart is a ghost town.
When the sun goes down,
The moon comes out,
And midnight rolls around,
My heart is a ghost town.

I see the highway stretch before me wavy in the desert heat.
There’s a trail of bleached white bones the buzzards have picked clean.
Are you my drink of cool clear water, waiting ‘round the bend?
Or are you just a mirage that vanishes the closer I get?
(Repeat Chorus)
Ky I o ky ae, I ‘m still waiting for you.
Ky I o ky ae, when the winds of the desert blow cool.

My heart is a ghost town.
Streets are empty all is quiet.
My heart is a ghost town.
When the sun goes down,
The moon comes out,
The wicked wind begins to howl.
It’s over now,
When midnight rolls around
My heart is a ghost town…my heart.

Christine Rosander vocals, piano
Jane Getz keyboards
Bob Tucker guitars, bass, programming
Michael Barsimanto drum
© Janiac Music (BMI)

My Own Little World

Written By: Jane Getz

My mama told me that there were no free rides.
Gotta work hard ‘cause these are hard times.
But me, I just wanna sit and dream.
And I don’t care what they say ‘cause talk is cheap.
Wish they’d all go away so I can catch up on my sleep.
I gotta do what’s right for me.

(Chorus)
The world is going by to fast. The days are getting shorter.
I wanna sit here in the sun, beside the healing waters.
In my own little world, where skies are always blue,
In my own little world, I will dream of you.

The phone keeps ringin’ and the TV’s always on.
Lotsa traffic yeah, all that commotion.
I can barely catch my breath.
Too much static now the lines are crossed.
Can’t keep dancing when the music stops.
It’s time to give it a rest.
(Repeat Chorus)
I will dream of you.

And I believe that there’s a world apart,
There is a special place in the heart.
(Repeat Chorus)
In a world where dreams come true, in my world I dream of you.

Christine Rosander vocals
Jane Getz piano, keyboards, key-bass, vocals
Bob Tucker guitars, bass, programming
Michael Barsimanto drums

© Janiac Music (BMI)

Put Your Mind On Me

Written By: Christine Rosander and Ronnie Shelton

Close your eyes and imagine,
A place where you can go,
Far away from cares that bind you
And all the pain you know.

(Chorus)
You can have something deeper
Just reach out your hand
Put your mind on me
And you will understand.

Open your heart and imagine
Like a little child
Do you remember?
Once you were tender
Not afraid to cry out loud.
(Repeat Chorus…Repeat Chorus)
Put your mind on me
And you will understand.

Christine Rosander vocals
Deron Johnson piano
Louis Van Taylor soprano saxophone
Jane Getz keyboards
Chris Colangelo bass
Frank Wilson drums
Cassio Duarte percussion

© Rosander Music (ASCAP)

The New Route 66

Written By: Jane Getz

Low flyin’ clouds on the horizon.
Dust storm comin’, see the white lightning.
Find a cool little diner. Try a blue plate special.
Pour on the hot sauce,
Til’ it was hotter than the devil,
Til’ it was hotter than the devil.

(Chorus)
Route 66 was the only way to go.
Jump in your Pontiac, wind at your back,
hang out with Kerouac and hit the road Jack.
Why don’t you hit the road?
Route 66 was the only way to go.

You got a set of wheels, high gloss shine.
Now you are baptized in a blaze of neon light.
The birth of the cool, a little Texas swing.
Now the beat generation was happening.
(Repeat Chorus)

It could be a real adventure.
It could change you life forever.

Jump in your Pontiac, wind at your back.
Now hit the road Jack, don’t you come back
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Route 66 was the only way to go.

Christine Rosander vocals, keyboards
Jane Getz piano
Bob Tucker bass, guitars
Chris Blondel drums
Cassio Duarte percussion

© Janiac Music (BMI)

Boxer

Written By: Christine Rosander

Father was killed right in front of his eyes,
Never understood it, didn’t know why.
Brother was killed the very same way,
Maybe he’ll see ‘em again someday.
Sometimes he run, tears comin’ out of his eyes;
He’s got so much pain locked up inside.
He take it out on the heavy bag.
Take it out when he spar.

(Chorus)
Every time he fight you see, this is for his family.
Every time he fight you see, he prays for his family.
Every time he fight you see, this is for his family.
This is for my father, this is for my brother,
this is for my sister, this is for my mother.

Sometimes he run tears comin’ out of his eyes,
He’s got so much pain locked up inside.
He take it out on the heavy bag.
Take it out when he spar.
(Repeat Chorus)

Thought he would jump off the Fourth Street Bridge,
take his own life. Something inside said no son,
no, that ain’t right. All you can do is,
the very best, best that you can.
Make us so proud now, fight like a man.
(Repeat Chorus)

Christine Rosander vocals, piano
Linda Jackson vocals
Jane Getz piano, keyboards, vocals
Bob Tucker guitars, programming
Dan Lutz bass
Chris Blondel drums

© Rosander Music (ASCAP)

Set List

Christina Rosander
Smooth Ride

1. Smooth Ride
2. Kitten
3. Cattle Press
4. Good Boy
5. Sailing
6. My Heart Is A Ghost Town
7. The New Route
8. Boxer
9. My Own Little World
10. Put Your Mind On Me
11. Balm in Gilead
12. Traveling Mercy