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Personal Elegy

by Chris Field

Classic rock, vintage rock, retro seventies, retrospective of classic rock styles, original music and lyrics, in high fidelity, from veteran Los Angeles musician.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Personal Elegy
5:12 $0.99
2. A Safe Place to Hide
5:06 $0.99
3. Computer Girl
3:41 $0.99
4. Since You Were My Baby
3:19 $0.99
5. You Make My Life Better
5:45 $0.99
6. Autumn Moon
3:24 $0.99
7. Autograph
3:27 $0.99
8. Start Again
3:08 $0.99
9. Nola
5:12 $0.99
10. How Did We Get Here
4:55 $0.99
11. Live Another Day
3:46 $0.99
12. All I Do Is Think About You
4:24 $0.99
13. New Tomorrow
3:28 $0.99
14. Had It Comin'
6:46 $0.99
15. Movin'
4:07 $0.99
16. Just a Dream
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
About Personal Elegy, Chris Field says, "This album is a collection of songs I wrote and recorded over the past ten years. Living in the Valley, close to Topanga Canyon and the Pacific Ocean, there's so much nature and history all in the same area. I think influence wise, I was remembering some music that was going on around here back in the sixties and seventies. But lyrically, I was just writing about things around me. I really got into writing lyrics for this and was trying to find my own point of view. The title track for the album, "Personal Elegy", is about things and people that have passed. It's, for me, watching the Valley change. Family and friends passing and also, movie stars have their time as well. Heath Ledger had just passed away when I wrote this. Really great actors make you feel that you know them and their passing feels immediate and personal. Definitely, in our family, the girls seemed blasted out, there was a reaction against this sudden and unfair loss, the ultimate reminder of change. This song seems to tie the album together in some way."

Personal Elegy has an intimate, singer songwriter approach, influenced by the glorious rock and roll Golden Age, the 1970s. The album is about the unfolding of anyone's life, through all its phases, its hope and joy, its bumps and bruises. It is everyone's journey along the arc of time, beginning with death in "Personal Elegy" and through heaven in the piece "A Safe Place to Hide". The theme of sexual love in "Computer Girl", hopeful love in "Since You Were My Baby" and "Autumn Moon", develops into the never ending love of "You Make My Life Better".

Within this arc of experience comes the wish for fame, the glittery world of the movies, fans clamoring for an "Autograph". Field's orchestral composition talent, honed during the years of writing for film, jumps in this piece. And "Start Again" comes after a fall. The ambiguous story of the sad abused girl "Nola" and "Had It Comin'" look directly into the ever present life dangers of abuse, and when called for, retribution.

"How Did We Get Here", "Live Another Day", "All I Do Is Think About You" are for the past experience, the wonderment of how and why things have unfolded as they did. "New Tomorrow" and "Movin" promise that we've still got some time. We all still have the promise of a better tomorrow, but only by moving on from things that have changed. But really, do things change? On the sand and beach, the eternal ocean laps at the earth, the stars shine in its sky, and we ask was this "Just A Dream"?

Los Angeles and the Valley figure into Field's work, finding its way into the collection's autobiographcical points of view. Regarding "Movin'", Chris says, "I grew up in Reseda, California. The Karate Kid apartments are on Tampa and Saticoy. I did a video, which I shot myself. I found this kid, Keith Cargill, with the old VW Bug. He reminded me of how the kids used to be back when I was a kid. Mimi Tillett, the girl, is a student who lives in Santa Rosa. The northern California girl thing seemed to fit with meeting a guy here, and him rolling into a new life. Love is redemption. It can take you anywhere.

The Valley is everywhere in the "Movin" video and song is about escaping the urban mess and finding something new. But for the album as a whole, for me it is reflecting back and preparing to move forward. It was really a more personal journey than the instrumental music I usually do. On Personal Elegy, I'm singing, using my own voice. In my 20's I was playing guitar, doing gigs, and getting into progressive rock/fusion. Then I did a 180 turn and got into composing for film trailers, which was a new thing around 1995. Its grown into a big industry since."

Chris Field is well known in Los Angeles as a musical composer for movie theatrical trailers. His credits are unbelievable -- Valerian, Alice in Wonderland, Tomorrowland, X-Men, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, XXX, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Hotel Rwanda, Kinsey, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. His first contribution to a film trailer was for the The Full Monty. He composed a piece "Gothic Power" for The Lord of the Rings film series; this was later used as a trailer for a film within a film in a sequence for Ben Stiller's movie Tropic Thunder. And he keeps going.

Field is recognized in the Los Angeles music industry as a trend setter in the world of film trailer music. Field's piece "Acts of Courage" was released on the album, This Is Epic Music, Volume I, on Imperativa Records; the album notes state that "Gothic Power", written by Field in 1999, started a new direction in cinematic music that came to be identified as epic music. In 2014, Field's film music catalog was acquired by BMG Chrysalis. Another portion of Field's music catalogue was acquired by Extreme Music. This music continues to be repeatedly licensed throughout the world.

Personal Elegy is licensed for all media through Magnatune.



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