For Chris Pastore, songwriting is a constant, a daily routine full of interactions, daydreams, struggles and jubilation. It encompasses love, fate and sometimes just a good hook and a solid groove. Some take years to cultivate and others come in minutes. The words and music can intertwine so simply like pieces of a puzzle when finished, stories like little voyages, then subject to the listeners interpretations and mood. Pastore has been writing, performing and recording for 25 years in various groups in the northeast and studied blues and jazz with some great teachers and hit the Baltimore scene right out of college fronting and touring with the group Fat Apple in the late 90’s which gave him the chance to meet many amazing musicians along the way.
He recently embarked on his first album in over a decade titled “Turn the Music Up Loud”. It is a compilation of unrecorded older songs and many new ones. This release features some of the best players and friends that he has ever had the opportunity to share the stage with. Crafted and Recorded at the renown Wrightway Studios under the care and guidance of Steve Wright, this album has far surpassed all of his expectations and invigorated his passion for songwriting and performance.
He says, “Lyrics from the song ‘Here’s to Better Days’ captures the inspiration behind the new album. The songs are always there, I just needed a moment to bring them out.
There’s beauty all around you, but you may have never noticed. And I been promising myself, all this time come to think of it, it seems that we’ve been going about this all wrong, that’s right At last I can collect my thoughts and finally catch my breath”
The songs on this album have a little bit of humor, depth, insight, pain and love. The song “Nothing Comes that Easily” speaks with folk and jazz tones and has an upbeat flow that gives us all hope to keep trying. The song “I Do Forever Want to be With You” has a rock feel with a sweet lyric talking about being in love and spending your days with your love. The song “Yearbook Quotes” is perfect for people to relate to. The country folk sound keeps it light and fun. My favorite on the album is “Deliver Me” it is so raw and real and really tells a great story.
The songs tell stories, the lyrics and melody blend together like pieces of a puzzle, taking the listener on a musical journey. You can hear the influences in his music of Paul Simon, Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Phish and Stevie Wonder.
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