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

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

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

living with your lot in life

Happy with Your Lot in Life?

Every spring, people get an itch for something new, something different. Many people move to new homes in this season, looking for a different situation or a change of view. They are imagining a better lot in life. This spring, I have an itch for updating, remodeling, and just cleaning out the house I have. Yet, I … Read more

rear view mirror

Finding the Blind Spots

I looked in the rear-view mirror twice to be certain no one was in that lane. Turn signal on, I made my move across that dotted white line. “Watch out!” My husband had been looking in the same direction as I had, but he saw the car I had not seen. An angry horn blast … Read more

making connections

Making Connections, Not Projections

Walking with my daughter, Carina, on a lakeside trail recently, I happened upon an epiphany: I project when I don’t connect. What I mean is, I create mental projections on the wall of my imagination if I do not have real-life interactions and conversations. Like when a friend has not called me in a month, … Read more

“Unfolding” Song Lyrics

                                         Unfolding by Out of the Grey This small stretch of sky is my horizon The extent of all my hopeful dreams Yet I yearn to go beyond perceptions And see inside some other lives unfolding So … 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

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Out of the Grey on Amazon

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