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Closer to Free

“Finding Freedom To Be” I remember the day I became a slave to my face.     I was nine and taking some visiting kids on a tour of my elementary school. I don’t remember the occasion. All I know is that a teacher chose responsible me to lead and I was up for the … Read more

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Every Day the Dust Comes Back

“Finding Mercy in the Morning” Every day the dust comes back. I see it first thing in a slant of sunlight. The dust has returned despite yesterday’s efforts. Grabbing my cleaning supplies, I begin again to remove the thin film on furniture and floors. The hood over the stove is the worst. Grease mixed with … Read more

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My Moment at the Well

He startles me as I walk up to the well. I hadn’t seen him sitting there under the trees. I turn around to face him as he begins talking to me. He says he wants some water to drink. I think it strange that he is alone. We are in the middle of nowhere. In … Read more

“Animal House”: A chapter from my book, Lifelines

“Lifelines: Tracing My Journey in Story and Song  “ I recently published a book for those wanting to know more of my story and the story behind some of my songs! These stories trace the lifelines of God’s healing and grace in my life. Here is an excerpt: Animal House I grew up in a house … Read more

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Making Pretend

I grew up pretending and performing. As a little girl, I made pretend by trying on my grandmother’s old dresses. These garments from her younger days made me feel older and beautiful. Even though most of the fabric draped disproportionately on my frame and settled in piles on the floor, I would still stand on … Read more

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5 New Songs: Closer to Free!

New Music Means Room to Grow I am always so excited to be in the process of recording new music. Unrecorded songs seem small and shapeless in their infancy. When I handed these 5 new songs of mine, just tiny demo recordings on my phone, to my producer, I recalled this process from years gone by. Every … Read more

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“The Only Moment”: The Story Behind the Song

Muggy Mid-July State of Mind Oh, my muggy mid-July state of mind!  Can’t seem to focus my thoughts on anything productive. The air is heavy on my shoulders and drapes itself in a shiny layer onto my skin. I feel stuck and can’t find the energy to make a move. My musings take a turn … Read more

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10 Tips for Better Songwriting

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, Steely Dan became one of my favorite bands with their perfect mix of pop and jazz. In one songwriting class, my teacher Pat Pattison drew attention to the lyric from another … Read more

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Bubble Girl: The Story Behind the Song

Story Behind the Song The “Bubble Girl” song is from the latest Out of the Grey album titled, A Little Light Left, by Christine and Scott Dente. Click here to see the lyrics or view them at the bottom of this page. Bubble Girl #1 This girl is an amalgam of sorts. Parts of our 2 … 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

Books by Christine Dente

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Christine's 5-Song EP

Christine on Amazon

Out of the Grey on Amazon

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