I have the hardest time writing about myself. I don’t like it. The irony is not lost on me though. I know it’s an interesting aversion to have, since I write songs and sing about myself and the world. What’s more is that this often occurs in front of large groups of people.
So why is it difficult for me to write a few things about myself to post online?
Maybe the musical part of that equation acts as a “permission slip”, and allows me to feel comfortable enough to write about myself, and eventually sing it out loud to you. Maybe I’m scared of failure or maybe I’m scared of success. Maybe I don’t want the labels, which try to define who I am, to get in the way of, or limit, what I want to accomplish with music. Maybe it’s all of these concepts and so much more.
Just as Ani DiFranco once said, “I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, for every tool is a weapon if you hold it right,” and Music is my tool of choice to effect positive change in the world.
So I sing sometimes to heal the fight, for every tool is a medicine if you hold it right.
For those that are still curious — my name is Christopher Bronson, but I go by “C”. I’m youngish, I’m brownish, I’m the middle-ish kid in a large family. I grew up in New York, but I call many of the places that I travel to home. I love to laugh and to listen and when I’m really comfortable I tell stories that make those I love laugh their loudest.
I am C, this is my song, and it’s for you…

 

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

– Ron Siltanen – (made popular by Steve Jobs)

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

– T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

“A Toltec is an artist of Love, an artist of the Spirit, someone who is creating every moment, every second, the most beautiful art – the Art of Dreaming. Life is nothing but a dream, and if we are artists, then we can create our life with Love, and our dream becomes a masterpiece of art.”

-Don Miguel Ruiz – Toltec and Nagual of the Eagle Knight lineage

“When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. You are the only custodian of your own integrity, and the assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you.”

– Maria Popova

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

– Maya Angelou

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Past Shows

11 Aug 2017 Tidewater, OR Beloved Festival Beloved Festival
21 Jun 2017 Portland, OR The Old Church The Old Church
26 May 2017 Portland, OR Toren Lounge & Gallery Toren Lounge & Gallery
20 May 2017 Portland, OR Tryon Life Community Farm Tryon Life Community Farm
05 May 2017 Portland, OR Embrace Festival - Portland Art Museum Embrace Festival - Portland Art Museum
31 Mar 2017 Climbing PoeTree (Feat - C.Wood) Brooklyn, NY Littlefield Littlefield
19 Nov 2016 San Francisco, CA Mission Musings Mission Musings
08 Oct 2016 Monterey, CA Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards
01 Oct 2016 Berkeley, CA HOUSE CONCERT HOUSE CONCERT
24 Sep 2016 Hilt, CA HOUSE CONCERT HOUSE CONCERT
17 Sep 2016 Ashland, OR Oberon's 3 Penny Tavern Oberon's 3 Penny Tavern
19 Mar 2016 Austin, TX House Concert "The Compound" House Concert "The Compound"
18 Dec 2015 Austin, Tx ( USA ) House Concert House Concert
12 Jun 2015 Portland, OR Jade Lounge Jade Lounge
26 Apr 2015 Pahoa, HI La Hiki Kava Bar La Hiki Kava Bar
22 Apr 2015 Hilo, HI Bayfront Kava Bar Bayfront Kava Bar
19 Apr 2015 Hawi, HI Kohala Coffee Mill Kohala Coffee Mill
13 Mar 2015 Hilo, HI Perfect Harmony Tea Room Perfect Harmony Tea Room
22 Feb 2015 Pahoa, HI Hawaiian Sanctuary Hawaiian Sanctuary
07 Feb 2015 Kalapana, HI Flow Fest - Uncle Roberts Flow Fest - Uncle Roberts

RISE – A Kickstarter Story

I’m so excited to be working on this Kickstarter Campaign to fund the production of my new album – Rise. All of the songs are written, the production team (Just Pretend Records) is excited and working to secure the right musicians for the project and the perfect space to record in. As some of you know (those who have already contributed, or who have been following my progress) the campaign launched on its own accord on October 5th. I guess you could say I accidentally hit the wrong button – regardless, I had to put my fast shoes on and play catch up with announcements and networking, so as to not lose a whole day of the campaign. I sent out a group email to about twenty people and then I had to step away because I needed to help my friends prepare their restaurant for their grand opening. I wasn’t thrilled about how things had started, and having to step away so soon was an act of letting go and trusting that it would all work out in the end – I was optimistic. Even so, I was still surprised when I got home six hours later, and there was roughly $1,400 contributed to the campaign. My phone had a number of encouraging messages from friends and family, and when I checked my social media pages a number of people had already started circulating my campaign page and asking others to make a contribution. I’m so inspired by all of you and bursting with gratitude right now. If you haven’t see my kickstarter page yet, please check it out and share my campaign with your friends or anyone else you think might resonate with my music and the message. Aaaaannnd… if you can make a financial contribution that would be amazing, though I’m grateful for any sort of contribution you are willing to make (spreading the word, long distance hugs, prayers, positive intentions, etc). I know that when a community comes together in love and support, we are capable of anything. Thank you so much!!!

With love and gratitude – C

www.kickstarter.com/projects/songsbyc/rise-new-album

Spark up the fire

I am excited to announce the release of “Spark up the fire”, the first track on the, as of yet, untitled demo for my new solo project, “C”.  There will be three more songs on the demo, coming out soon!  All four songs were recorded in January when I was in New York visiting with my good friend, Daniel DeKalb (of the band One Red Martian).  The best thing about this demo is that it is only a precursor to, and very simplistic shadow of, the full length album that I’ll be releasing later this year. Keep an eye out for details on the Kickstarter campaign I’ll be launching in a couple of months to help fund the production of this long overdue LP.

This song in particular holds a very special place in my heart as it deals with some early childhood trauma that has had rippling effects in my life. I want to acknowledge a couple of people who helped to inspire this song, and thus, helped to inspire great healing within me. Continue reading →

Climbing the Poet Tree with Climbing PoeTree – The Birth of a Musical Collaboration

Over the last few months I have been collaborating on a song with Climbing PoeTree for their upcoming album, which is being produced by the extremely gifted Toshi Reagan. For those of you who have heard of the powerhouse duo, Climbing PoeTree, then I have already said enough to get you excited. For those of you who don’t know of Climbing PoeTree, then I have the distinct honor of introducing to you Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, two of the most visionary human beings I have met. For over 11 years Alixa and Naima have used their art to transcend injustice in all the ways that it rears its ugly head. Indeed they are the type of people who help make social and environmental justice movements move, by harnessing music, poetry and visual art as tools for popular education, community organizing and personal transformation. This collaboration with Climbing PoeTree means so much to me that I would like to tell the story of how it came to be. Continue reading →

Home is where we go

Austin, TX, was my home for 8 years – technically I still consider it to be one of my many homes, though I have not spent more than a few weeks there since I left 3 years ago.  Up until that point I had never felt more alive than when I moved to Austin with my older brother, Rad, in August of 2005.  Rad was just about to begin attending Law School at the University of Texas at Austin. We were both living in New York state at the time. I had just graduated undergraduate with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, but I was quickly realizing that my highest excitement in life was playing and creating music. Continue reading →

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