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presents SIMPLE HAPPY DREAM

Welcome to the online companion of my debut album, Simple Happy Dream.

Some of you got this Web address from the surface of your Simple Happy Dream CD. Thank you for following your listen with a visit!

If you want to know what I'm singing on one song, or what made that noise on another song, you've come to the right place.

If you're a fan, declare your love on my Facebook "band" page.

This site redesign is dedicated to
my (no longer functional) VS-840.

I used a Roland VS-840 to create my homemade album, Simple Happy Dream. It's a quirky and limited recorder, but since the spring of 1998, it's been my sonic playground and songwriting tool. Some of the songs on Simple Happy Dream were directly inspired by the possibilities this device offered.

I'm sure it would still be functional, except that in the fall of 2008, I sentenced it to premature junkheap status during an unsuccessful update procedure. This was after ten and one half years of faithful service.

I won't miss the 1998-era limitations of my VS-840, but I'll always remember it fondly.

Thank you, my broken little machine, for all the songs and all the years...

"Simple Happy Dream" News

June 8, 2009

In my scant free time, I've been playing my acoustic guitar a bit more often - loosening up the ol' voice and, in essence, relearning the songs on this album - in preparation for some low-key acoustic gigs around town.

The solo acoustic gig is, necessarily, a baring of the soul. With no friends onstage for support with harmonies and humor, I find myself far from my more usual role as bassist and harmony vocalist.

Still, there's a make-or-break magic therein, when things go right - and there's the full unleashing of my silly humor, which has often hid in the shadow of louder personalities.

I've also been exploring some non-originals to play. It wouldn't be a Chris Williams show without nods to The Beatles, The Zombies and Mr. Marley, but I've also worked on a little Gordon Lightfoot, Sly & the Family Stone, and some dorky favorites from my late 70s / early 80s childhood. They don't write 'em like that anymore!

How do I sound these days? Rusty but ready.

May 7, 2009

I redesigned chriswilliams.com in tribute to my ruined VS-840.

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