Light The Love - Christopher Dallman Interview - Page 3
Definitely. I wrote it on the road after a really rugged gig. I'd been stuck in a period of time where I couldn't get out of my own head onstage. The whole THING of performing is letting go of that and allowing yourself to go to another place that has nothing to do with the brain. If you're in your head, it kills it. And the thing is that when you remove that part from the performing experience, you're left with just the bad stuff-- the anxiety.
I was driving to my next destination after that show feeling all sorts of washed up. But then I laughed because how could I feel like such a has been if I'd never really made it? I wrote the melody and lyrics then and there.
Is the best of you, yet unseen?
Absolutely. I'm just getting started. I really dig where my voice is headed and my five newest songs are my five faves. The older I get, the freer I feel.
Forgive me if I sound a little gushy here, but there isn’t a single song on your Race The Light album that I don’t like. Seriously, every single song has a deeply honest, authentic feeling to them, which if any are your most proud of?
Thank you! From a songwriting perspective, I'm proud of every tune on that record. It was made so many years ago and time has certainly aged a few tracks, but when I revisit, I'm always proud of the artistry in the writing.
My favorite on 'Race the Light' changes, but right now it's 'Nighttime in the City.' When I listen to it, I feel like I'm in a taxi, speeding down a New York City street at night. It fully transports me to the time in my life that I'm writing about.
That’s a perfect lead in to the nest question, the writing, how do you go about that whole thing, I mean is it the lyrics that come first or is it the music that perhaps is the first thing to the mind?
Ohh, it used to be the lyrics first. I used to have notebooks full of words and I would dig into them when I found a melody I really liked. It was almost a matching process. Now, I'm inundated with melodies and it's the words that are harder to pin down.
My process is not very defined. I do not believe in rushing a song. I'm all about letting it breathe and guiding it's development gently. I don't like to get in the way. I don't mean to say that I don't buckle down or make strong choices in my art - I do - but anytime I've ever rushed, there have been moments in the song that don't sit well with me as time goes on.Continued on the next page