Hi, I’m Christine Dente, also known as the singer for Out of the Grey. Thanks for visiting my website!
On this site, you will find answers to some of your questions about singing, songwriting and storytelling from my perspective.
- You will be encouraged in your own creativity as I describe my experiences as a recording artist and singer/songwriter for Out of the Grey alongside my husband, Scott.
- You will get some help with your own singing and songwriting as I talk about some of the ideas in my workbook/handbook, The Singer and the Songwriter.
- You will also get a peek at some of the stories behind the songs which I write about at length in my recently released book, Lifelines: Tracing My Journey in Story and Song, Volume One.
Out of the Grey and On the Road
You’ve asked for Out of the Grey stories behind the songs for many years and I have finally compiled the first of what will be a series of volumes in this book called, Lifelines. I write about life on the road, in the recording studio and even stories from my childhood. Here’s a snippet of what’s inside:
Chapter 8. Steady Me
Sometimes this life of mine feels like a tight rope
I’m going slow, watching where I walk
And all this tension it keeps me on my toes
But if I start to fall
You steady me when I lose my step
And I start to stumble over the edge
Steady me and once again, it amazes me how gracefully
You steady me
Keeping My Balance
Balance is not about a calm, predictable life. Rather it’s about a steady walk on the cable over the chasm and riding the inevitable gusts with grace and skill. And like a squirrel gliding across wide spaces between tree branches, there’s a beauty and an art to defying the grinding down gravity of this planet.
Finding balance as a recording artist and touring musician was tricky for me. All those vans and tour buses across the country jostled my stability. The constantly changing scenery and venues messed with my equilibrium. The lovely counterweights of home and friends inevitably brought lots of grounding and regrouping.
I am the kind of person who likes to do everything the right way but high expectations bring tension to my toes. When Scott and I tried to do everything that the record label wanted us to do, like lots of touring, bookstore appearances and radio shows—not to mention writing and recording the music—I found out how much I needed the steady hand of the Lord.
Bedheads and Bad Breath
Our three kids, Julian, Carina and Chloe, loved packing for a tour. They’d gather their video games, toys and books, get in their PJ’s and pretend not to be tired. They were always thrilled when we’d finally be driving late at night to the supermarket parking lot where the tour bus awaited us! After a mad dash into the store for our bus food stash, we were off to wherever the driver would deliver us by daylight.
Scott and I prayed for sleep and safety as we tucked the 2 girls into their shared bottom bunk and Julian found his way to his top bunk. Scott would kiss me goodnight in my middle bunk and wish me luck as I pulled my curtain, put in my earplugs and put all our lives in the hands of our driver and God. The next morning always arrived and we would meet the people who brought us to their town to play our music. Never mind that we all had bedheads and bad breath. There’s nothing like being a musician….
More to the Story
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