Trust in life unfolding

Babies on the Bus: Trust in Life Unfolding

Volunteer Babysitters “Hey, Out of the Grey, here’s your babysitter for the day,” said Ron, the road manager. The teenage boy stood at the door of our tour bus and reached to shake our hands. Gulp. My husband and I exchanged a quick glance then invited him into our home on the road.  Up the steps came … Read more

art of compromise

The Art of Compromise or The Compromise of Art

Gravity and Relativity Out of the Grey lite. That’s what my husband Scott and I call Gravity, our fourth record. Actually, a fan came up to our CD table after a concert one night in 1995 and bestowed that description. “I love all of your albums up to this point but this new one is more like … Read more

Change–Going The Distance

I don’t like change very much. I cried every time I tried to finish the song,“The Distance.” It’s a song about my son growing up and out of the house. It took me 5 years, really, to put the final lines together and then let it go, move on. Planted on my padded piano bench, my … Read more

cute pink pig frowns at the curse of encouragement

The Curse of Encouragement: 3 Ways to See It

Last spring, I went to a dinner party where I barely knew anyone. As I walked in, I decided to be open-hearted and unguarded for a change. And for once, I would refrain from offering unsolicited encouragement. I told myself: “Just listen to people and don’t share your much-needed insights or words of wisdom. Be … Read more

piano/ organ in amber glow

10 Songwriting Tips for Better Songwriting

We songwriters can all use new songwriting tips. Even tried and true songwriters can do better from time to time. One of my favorites has some lyric issues but, whenever I hear the intro to Steely Dan’s song Aja, joy wells up in my chest. Back when I was a student at Berklee College of Music, … Read more

coming out of denial

Out of Denial: How I Found Life in the Bigger Story

Two Men and a Gun When I was twenty, I got mugged by two thugs in Boston. I was walking home alone from a friend’s apartment when I noticed two guys approaching me on the dark sidewalk. One of them had a gun in his hand. Before I could think, they grabbed me and shoved … Read more

faith

Of Fear, Faith, and Foxes

The Beginnings of Fear When I was eight years old, a strange man banged on our front door. My mom opened it and he asked her, “this cat out here yours?” Looking over her shoulder at me, he leaned in to say something which only she could hear. Mom turned to me and my sister … Read more

change: going the distance

The Distance: A Song About Change

for Julian upon his high school graduation in 2010, from Mom from the Out of the Grey project, A Little Light Left The sun sets as we drive the Trace I’ll never forget this side of your face It’s not the same as it was So much has changed since I met you   We … Read more

christine dente recording lead vocals

The Recording Process #1: Singing Lead Vocals

Recording Lead Vocals: Order of Appearance I thoroughly enjoy the process of recording lead vocals. I usually know my song inside and out by the time it’s time to record my main vocal. It’s my opportunity to play with the words and melody, trying out and creating new features as I sing. Sometimes I take the … Read more

About Christine

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Hi! I’m Christine Dente. I am a writer and a singer/songwriter.
I am a God-pursuer and a Jesus-follower.

Someone once said that “we write our own medicine.” That’s what I have been doing most of my life with songs and with prose.

  • I try to draw beauty out of the grey shadows of life,
    • trace the shape of grace in childhood traumas,
      • find lifelines of hope in everyday dramas, and
        • share the things I’ve learned along the road.

I grew up on Horseshoe Road in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I spent much of my childhood negotiating the rocky places in my parents’ relationship and the effects of their eventual divorce. Shaped by American culture and family dysfunction, I developed the skills I needed to survive and thrive in my high school years and beyond. Some of those skills needed dismantling when they wore out their usefulness. Some have made me what I am today.

In 1985, I met Scott Dente at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
We graduated and married in 1987, moving to Nashville, Tennessee, a year later.

Armed with 2 cats and a guitar, we took on the music business and became recording artists 2 years later.

As Out of the Grey, Scott and I had the privilege of writing, recording, and performing our music as we were raising our family. You can find out more about Out of the Grey here.

After years of homeschooling and touring, our 3 children grew up and out of the house.
With more time on my hands, I let my thoughts and memories stretch their legs and take their turn in the journey.
I get to write books, blogs, and music.
I get to work on my issues with fear and faith.
I can discover some freedom in getting older.

This is where you find me.

May the words of my medicine and the meditations of my heart inspire and encourage you on your own journey!
Thanks for listening,

Christine

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