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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, June 22, 2009

Hope y'all had a great weekend. And to all the dad's...again HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Yesterday in North Mississippi it was one of those days when you can sit on the deck and in 5 minutes be covered in sweat...so what did Nancy and I do? We attacked her garage.

OK, all you facebook people, I know I said we were doing it Saturday, but well I had tweaked my groin muscle and we decided to wait a day.

UGH! It was brutal, but we got it done and I even recorded the start, middle and finish. Might share them later this week.

We have been waiting to present this artist as we sent him some questions to answer. Unfortunately, he has not responded and I am still waiting on a few responses I sent out this week...so, lets welcome Mr. Tonye Christopher.

The CD we received is a dual CD...The first is his album I DREAMT I WAS A ROCKSTAR and it also includes a set of John Mayer covers entitled UNDERCOVERS WITH JOHN MAYER.

From his bio we learn:
Emerging from the Bermuda Triangle of John Mayer Rock, Timberlake Pop, and Kanye West Hip-Hop is Tonye Christopher. With his soaring guitar licks, infectious melodies, and heart thumping rhythms he is sure to keep you coming back for more. With his latest release I Dreamt I Was A Rockstar having hit web stores in April 2009, Tonye proves to be an ever evolving artist. However to truly see just how intriguing of an artist Tonye Christopher has become you must first hear the tale of who he once was.

Imagine ... a thirteen year old boy is sitting in a church pew. The church pastor calls the young man to the front of the altar, looks him square in the eye, and declares in front of the entire congregation, “God has given YOU the gift of music!” This young man was not in the choir. He did not play an instrument. In fact the only musical talent that he was aware of was his uncanny ability to hide his Walkman beneath his clothing every church service. So you can imagine the skepticism that he himself was feeling. That thirteen year old boy was Tonye Christopher. Whether you believe his musical prowess is a gift from God or just an overdeveloped musical ear from too many years of blasting that Walkman in his ears, there is absolutely no denying the talents of this young artist.

After five years of touring the Midwest and receiving praises from critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Kelley in 2007, Tonye released his sophomore album, I Dreamt I Was A Rockstar, mixes a futuristic R&B sound with elements of pop, rock, and folk. The collection of songs is a pop album fueled by pop culture. “Every song on the album is inspired by something, someone, or somewhere that you hear being talked about in celebrity gossip blogs; and how I felt it related to me.”

Thematically the album topics are as conflicted as pop culture itself. In the song 'Kanye Komplex' Tonye playfully declares himself to be the new king of pop music, but the title track 'I Dreamt I Was A Rockstar' spells out his fears of getting to the top and discovering just how lonely it really is. He thanks Timbaland and Justin Timberlake for making club anthems that get the ladies on the dance floor in 'Blow.'

Three songs later in 'One Night At The Hilton' Tonye laments about the guilt and remorse associated with a one night stand. Throughout the album he mentions infatuations with celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Jessica Alba, and Scarlett Johansson. In the song 'Love Actually' he soulfully croons to women of the world “You're perfect just the way you are/You're way to pretty to dye your hair a Hollywood blond.” These juxtapositions not only represent Tonye Christopher as an artist, but even more so as a human being. “I just wanted to make an album that conveyed that although I do dream of being a star, I always strive to be a good man. Hopefully that's what I did.”

I will share with you two of the songs mentioned above; "One Night At The Hilton" and then the title track.

To learn more about Mr. Christopher, check out his website HERE, his facebook HERE.

This music does not reach out to me. It seems bare when it should have more depth and it feels over produced to me...but PLEASE - Let us know what you think of Mr. Christopher in the poll and in comments and if you are into him and want the CD, let us know...

12 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. This music doesn't reach me either. In fact, I found it a little annoying. But then, I'm old and grumpy, so what do I know?

  3. Matt-Man Says:
  4. You "tweak" your groin muscle often and vigorously dontcha? Cheers Vinny!!

  5. Travis Says:
  6. Best of luck to Mr Christopher. Unfortunately this is not the kind of music I enjoy.

  7. Good Sir:
    ...would you have any idea why I cannot reach your blogsite any way other than through the link to you when you leave a comment on my blog? I don't get it! all of a sudden this is happening? any ideas?...

  8. Jay Says:
  9. "... but well I had tweaked my groin muscle ..."

    Well, somebody had an adventurous weekend, didn't he? LOL ;-)

    I actually kinda like that dude. Not bad at all.

  10. ...not my type of "easy listening" but I looooooves me some Scarlett Johansson...

  11. Bond Says:
  12. DRILLERAA: Not sure this has anything to do with age or gumpy-factor.

    MATT-MAN: Whenever I can dude...

    TRAVIS: Agreed...thanks

    PHFRANKIE: Glad we got it worked out partner.

    JAY: Funny how that one sentence is all you and Matt-Man got out of this post....groin pervs

    PHFRANKIE: Who doesn't?

  13. JohnH985 Says:
  14. I actually find myself liking Mr. Christopher. It's different and there's something to it that appeals to me.

  15. Bond Says:
  16. JOHN: Which is one of the main reasons I put up any music I receive. I might not like it but someone might.

  17. Mimi Lenox Says:
  18. I hope you feel better soon and kudos for doing all that garage work. Only a true blue blogger would provide start-to-finish photos for our viewing pleasure.

  19. Coco Says:
  20. Not my type of music - his voice reminded me of someone "pop" but since I don't listen to that genre of music very often, I couldn't pinpoint it.

    *bites my tongue about the other ... * :P

  21. Dana Says:
  22. I'm late to the party here, but wanted to give my $0.02

    Definitely NOT my type of music. I need to "feel" when I listen - neither of these evoked any emotion.


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