Salt Year. He could, and might well be, singing about himself and describing his songwriting. But there's no self-pitying putdown or disparagement in those words or in the moody melody that carries them. They're just a clear-eyed statement of some dark realities that might-or might not be- autobiographical. It matters not whether Bathgate crafted these songs out of the difficult stretch he has recently endured in his life, which he refers to in his bio, or whether he has imagined the people and experiences he sings about the way a novelist creates fictional characters and plot. For these are marvelously well-constructed songs, sometimes out of the barest of lyric and melodic materials. "Poor Eliza" has only a three-note melody, and the main lyric is "it is what it is, what it is." Bathgate not only manages to get away with that, he actually gets somewhere..."/>
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Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate

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From the November, 2011 issue

"You know I don't get by on a happy tune …" That's a line from "Borders," a song on Chris Bathgate's most recent CD, Salt Year. He could, and might well be, singing about himself and describing his songwriting. But there's no self-pitying putdown or disparagement in those words or in the moody melody that carries them. They're just a clear-eyed statement

 
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