Chris Valenti

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a relationship and you have a twisted, but healthy sense of humor, then Chris Valenti is the artist for you. Chris takes his romantic failures and frustrations personally and pours them out to you straight from his wry, twisted heart. Valenti\'s songs of struggles, blunders, and missed opportunities radiate the painfully funny universal suffering we all endure. His show is part music, part comedy, part therapy, and part romance – as well as action, adventure, mystery and sometimes horror. A philosopher of love – usually, the kind of love that did not exactly make it to that \'happily ever after\' place, Chris writes and performs songs that touch upon the common truths of the humorous lives of single people.Songs like Passive Aggressive, about the cute little problems that get blown out of proportion in every sweet, loving relationship, and The Ghost of Your Ex, about dates who can\'t stop talking about their ex-boyfriends, strike close to home for those who can not reel in the full attention of their present partner. Don\'t Pass Out is a plea and warning to men and women everywhere to curb excessive drinking, especially on first dates. The upcoming album includes It\'s Hard to Find Someone Good Enough For Me, which nails the single person\'s core issue head on – and was featured on The Dr. Phil Show – and Everyone Can Be Replaced, a positive look at the end of relationships. Most shows end with Chris\'s new approach to women, Booty Call. A hopeful romantic with a wry sense of humor, Chris has the knack for using self-deprecation and vulnerability to write songs about the hazards and frustrations of love and attempted relationships. He’s become the cheerful motivator for the unlucky in love, because the best cure for a broken heart is laughing at someone else\'s.

Archive for February, 2008

Folk Alliance in Memphis

Went to my first Folk Alliance. It was enormous unexpected fun, bigger and better than I thought possible. It was like the ‘Around The World’ night your dorm would have in college where each room held a party with a different theme. The difference was that it wasn’t Miller Hall, it was the top three floors of the Marriott Hotel. The beds were removed from the rooms and a couple dozen chairs replaced them. We’re talking about 50 or so different rooms converted into little venues. Performers played half hour sets in these party rooms to eager listeners. Everyone was scrambling through the hallways trying to find the next show to see or play. It was sheer joy and insanity mixed into one. All this to a soundtrack of Folk Music, or at least acoustic – singer/songwriter music. Some say there is a difference. All I know is that I had a tremendous time and met some extremely talented people.
I went to FA simply to help Tim Sweeney with his seminar and show part of my film, 800 CDs. I didn’t think I’d be up til 3am jamming or watching jams every night. It was strange how my perception of time slowed down – when it was midnight, it felt like 9:30; when it was 2:30 in the morning, it felt like 11.

I also didn’t expect to enjoy the music so much. The quality of so much of the songwriting was outstanding. Some of my new favorite performers and friends are Tom Bianchi, Spook Handy, Eric Schwartz, Amy Meyers, Diana Anaid, and so many more. I became very excited and inspired. They’ve forced me to come home and bump up my game. I will be more prepared for the next conference, which will now be permanently fixed on my calendar. I’m extremely motivated now. Even wrote my first new song.