Armchair Philosophy With a Glass of WORTH at Robin Road

When Christopher Worth comes knocking at my door, I am obliged to open it wide. Mostly because I know from experience, that our conversation will go everywhere! To the familiar places that get mixed up with new perspectives. And into new places that ring so true, and make an ancient and deep sort of sense. My favorite kind of time spent. Dig in with us.

 

KNOWING OUR WORTH

 

 

 

“WORTH” is the name of Christopher Worth’s musical project. After some four years of working off and on through two albums, Autumn now signals the arrival of a third release, Pardon Me. It’s the final piece in a trilogy titled “The (id)Entity” Triptych” that began with ‘Six Foot Soul’ and ‘Two’. Says Worth:

This is the culmination of nearly 10 years of writing/recording/performing and marks the penultimate step in the completion of this trilogy that came to me in a dream so long ago.  Above you can see the cover art (by Riannah Saville Weaver, who was also the artist for ‘Six Foot Soul’ and ‘Two’) for the abridged version of ‘Pardon Me’ by WORTH. (extended version with interludes to come in 2018).

Don’t miss two videos from the new collection at the bottom of this page.

 

ART IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS

 

 

As Teri Briggs and I settled in with Christopher, to catch up earlier this fall, the conversation fell to deliberately unlocking “feeling”. Be it sadness, pain, or even joy. And using that at the service of carving up or unpacking lyrics and melody and music.

It made all the more sense since as it happened, we sat down for our conversation on Leonard Cohen‘s birthday. Cohen happens to be the master of that very thing. “Duende” as it is also known.  Unpacking that “nitty gritty box delivered with a messy inspiration”, (muddy even), as Christopher describes his own process.

 

Christopher’s advice to indie musicians (and I take that to heart in any matters of creativity), is to “Go inside”. And to “remember why we’re doing this”. Dig in.

 

 

 

 

The three songs we hear at the end of our conversation include “Glory” from the new album and two completely new songs Christopher offered up. “Hang On” and “Follow It Down”.

 

 

Below, enjoy two new videos that accompany the new album, plus a few assorted links to important! things we talked about.

 

 

And here’s a bit of that “armchair philosophy with a glass of whiskey” we hear Christopher speak to.

 

 

..and a video variation on the same song.

 

 

LINK UP

 

Check out The Tallest Man on Earth, who Christopher cites as someone he has been listening to.

 

 

 

 

 

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