For Chris Owens, music has always been a great love. Having participated in choruses, orchestras, bands and musicals as a child, Chris Owens loved the piano, the cello, the soprano recorder, the clarinet, and Conga drums, and he loved to sing.
Chris was raised on classical and folk music (Pete Seeger is a family friend). But, in the 1970s, pop and rock and roll took over his musical attention.
In the early 1980s, Chris Owens decided to present his anger at the Reagan administration through song. Chris recorded a collection of "protest" songs entitled ANYONE'S REVOLUTION and released it on audiocassette. Chris' unique use of the recorder as a solo instrument has dazzled listeners to this day.
After ANYONE'S REVOLUTION, Chris Owens wrote songs that have not been released to the public on tape or on disk. One song, "Azania", celebrates the freedom struggle in South Africa and has been performed in dramatic productions.
During the 1980s, Chris founded and led bands, produced works with vocalists, and managed a band based in New York's East Village. His collaboration with singer-songwriter Judy Gorman was the highlight of his "professional" music work. Chris and Judy performed together in New York City venues, and fun places like The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. As manager of The Cams, Chris had the opportunity to play background keyboards with the band at the legendary CBGBs.
Years of activity in politics, health care and education -- as well as graduate school and the growth of a family -- put music "on hold." But Brooklyn's fight against the Atlantic Yards project and other political battles have re-focused Chris Owens' attention on music as a political medium.
In recent years, Chris Owens has seen the internet provide new and great opportunities for independent artists to create and distribute their works. Chris would like his friends and children to have access to his creations -- both past and present.