Christopher Occhialini

Christopher Occhialini

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

They say that a truly great song shines through when performed only with a vocal and an acoustic guitar. Christopher Occhialini's live performance is a tremendous example of what people mean when they say this - beautifully crafted songs performed with a simple elegance.

Biography

Some of Christopher Occhialini’s earliest childhood memories are that of himself, his older brother and his father dancing around the apartment they inhabited to the music of Derek and the Dominoes and Queen. By the time Christopher was in the Fifth Grade he made his stage debut singing the Beatles song “The Long and Winding Road “ in his grammar school talent show.
In 1983 at the tender age of thirteen, and after a few failed attempts at piano lessons, he received his first guitar and from that day forward he was consumed with the passion of music. At a time when Eddie Van Halen, flashy guitar playing and big hair bands were all the rage, Christopher ignored the flavor of the day and turned to guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jeff Beck for inspiration practicing for hours on end. He formed his first band, Raspberry Jam with a few neighborhood friends a few short months after picking up the guitar. Sharing lead vocal duties with the bass player, these youngsters again eschewed the popular rock music of the day playing songs by Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker and the Rolling Stones. Around the same time Christopher bought his first four-track tape recorder and discovered the thrill of writing and recording original music.
As time went on he started private guitar lessons and developed an almost insatiable appetite for learning music theory and composition. He soon turned to Jazz and Classical music, studying both to learn the basic building blocks of music. In his junior year of high school he started attending the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven Connecticut as a music major. In 1989 he appeared in his first Guitar Magazine article as an up and coming guitarist to watch. That same year he attended the University of Miami, Florida School of music on a full scholarship as a studio music and jazz guitar major.
In 1993 upon receiving his degree he headed to New York City to pursue his original music. A few short months after arriving in Manhattan he assembled Die Laughing, a power trio that blended his love of tough, blues based guitar with pop/rock sensibilities. While Die Laughing wowed audiences around New York with their energetic live performances, Christopher built a home studio in his tiny one bedroom apartment and began recording what would be the first of three Die Laughing CD’s. Upon release of Die Laughing’s self titled debut, Guitar World Magazine gave the CD a four-out-of-four star review in their August 1996 issue, comparing Christopher’s guitar playing to that of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. That same year Christopher was featured in the June issue of Swing Magazine in a feature article.
In 1997 Die Laughing released it’s second CD “Become” and again Guitar World Magazine gave the CD a four-out-of-four star review in the April issue. In 1999 Die Laughing recorded and released their third CD “Running from the Sun.” In June of 1999, Guitar Magazine featured Christopher in an article alongside guitarist extraordinaire Steve Vai. In June of 2000 Die Laughing was invited to appear as the musical guest on the Oxygen Television Network show “Trackers.” Other musical guests who have appeared on the show include Aimee Mann, The Goo Goo Dolls and Vertical Horizon. The “Trackers” television appearance would be Die Laughing’s final show.
Christopher decided to take a break from the rigors of live shows and assembled nine by nine, a brand new recording studio aptly named after the nine foot by nine foot space it occupies in the corner of his apartment. Based around an Apple Macintosh G4 computer, He began writing and recording all brand new material, often times committing it to the hard drive the moment it was conceived. Handling all the duties on these new tunes (which included vocals, guitars, bass, drums, engineer, producer) the goal was simple it was all about the songs, nothing else. Husky is the amalgamation of a lifetime of musical influences and as such there are no boundaries or limitations set in place when it comes to writing or recording these songs. It hearkens back to an ideal that an artists sound has to do with the combination of any and all influences, not constant rewriting of the same song over and over. In January of 2003 New York rock radio Q104.3 DJ Jonathan Clarke heard the Husky song “Know Why” and featured it on his show “Out of the Box” alongside brand new cuts from Everclear and Tonic.
In July of 2003 the Husky song “Jukebox” was featured as Garageband.com’s track of the day in the pop/rock category due to the rave reviews it was receiving from other Garageband.com members. It continued to receive rave reviews and was within the top 25 tracks on Garageband.com’s pop/rock charts for most of 2004. In addition it is the #18 Best Love Song in the Pop Rock, category on Garageband.com, all-time.
Most recently Christopher has turned his attention to performing as a solo artist. Armed with a guitar and a m

Lyrics

When Beauty Arrives

Written By: Christopher D. Occhialini

Through the canyons of concrete and steel,
A haunting loneliness, alternate realities,
We’re so far gone, but we want to believe,

Surrender yourself. Forget what they’ve told you,
They don’t even know you, or what’s inside,
Let go of the past; don’t let it define you,
And open your mind, for When Beauty Arrives,
When Beauty Arrives

Through the caverns, this underground maze,
A hollowed emptiness, apathetic disarray,
We’re so far down, but we need to believe,

Surrender yourself. Forget what they’ve told you,
They don’t even know you, or what’s inside,
Let go of the past; don’t let it define you,
And open your mind, for When Beauty Arrives,
Oh

Solo Break

Surrender yourself. Forget what they’ve told you,
They don’t even know you, or what’s inside,
Let go of the past; don’t let it define you,
And open your mind,
Surrender yourself. Forget what they’ve told you,
They don’t even know you, or what’s inside,
Let go of the past; don’t let it define you,
And open your mind, for When Beauty Arrives,
Oh

February

Written By: Christopher D. Occhialini


Winter comes, these fields of brown,
The frozen ground, holds memories

Longest day, with the shortest sunrays,
Rows of graves, stolen yesterdays,
But they can’t erase

Seasons may change, but they can’t erase,
And I feel this rage in me,
The endless time, before you were gone

Riverbend, a beginning and an end,
I ‘d repent if you could be again,
Coldest night, the fractured moonlight,
A souls first flight, gently ripped away,
But they can’t erase

Seasons may change, but they can’t erase,
And I feel this rage in me,
The endless time, before you were gone

And I promise I’ll never forget,
The sun on your face, Your loving embrace,
Oh Saint Valentine, how you have broken this heart of mine,
Because you’ve given me the biggest regret of my life.

Seasons may change, but they can’t erase,
And I feel this rage in me,
The endless time, before you were gone
The endless time, before you were gone
February

Salvation

Written By: Christopher D. Occhialini

I look to the sky,
Wondering how,
I’ll make my escape,
Cause I need to survive,
There’s no shame,
In walking away.

Ten long years,
In the blink of an eye,
Crimson tears,
And tangled insides,
Oh yeah,

Temptations, got the best of me,
Get back to how I used to be,
Salvation Time,
Redemptions’ right inside of me,
Become the man I want to be,
Salvation Time,

And I have only myself, to blame,
For any misfortunes,
But I know if I try, I’ll find,
My Salvation.

Solo

Temptations, got the best of me,
Get back to how I used to be,
Salvation Time,
Redemption right inside of me,
Become the man I want to be,
Salvation Time,

I look to a sky,
That’s opening wide,
I’ll make my mistakes,
But I know I’ll survive, oh yeah
Salvation Time.

Jukebox

Written By: Christopher Occhialini

Jukebox - Lyric Sheet

Lyrics and Music by Christopher Occhialini

Sunrise, across an empty bed,
Where once she lay her head.
Her fragrant ghost,
Rises from the sheets,
Aw, how can I forget?


And it won’t be long, till they play her favorite song,
On the Jukebox in the corner of my heart.
And try to be strong,
But nothing can save me,
From the Jukebox in the corner of my heart.
Oh

Snowflake, drifts through emptiness,
Melts on my regret.
My eyes closed, upon the movie screen,
She lives within my dreams.

And it won’t be long, till they play her favorite song,
On the Jukebox in the corner of my heart.
And try to be strong,
But nothing can save me,
From the Jukebox in the corner of my heart.
Oh

As days go by,
I try,
To forget about her touch upon my skin,
But everywhere I turn,
I’m reminded

Guitar Solo

And it won’t be long, till they play her favorite song,
On the Jukebox in the corner of my heart.
And try to be strong,
But nothing can save me,
From the Jukebox in the corner of my heart.

Repeat chorus and Fade

Discography

Die Laughing - Self Titled Debut
Die Laughing- "Become"
Die Laughing - "Running from the Sun"
Husky - "Nine"
Christopher Occhialini - "... and the silence was deafening"