A Mixed Tape Saved My Life

Summer 1989: middle school hell over and preparing to enter my freshman year at a tiny rural Maine prep school (Hebron Academy; my mom taught there. . . not an actual “prep”). I had been living in Mechanic Falls for…


Happy New Year!

I’m pretty excited for 2019. I made some major changes last year. Now I’m ready to settle into them and see what happens. To review: 1) I left teaching—I had been a middle and high school social studies teacher for…


What am I doing? Why?

I’ve never been good at elevator speeches. I have a hard time just answering “what kind of music do you play?” Even though I have a hard time explaining to others, I should know what I’m doing and why, right?…


Giving is good

. . . and not just because it’s the “giving season” either. Giving is part of an energetic exchange, a cycle of giving and receiving. It’s no coincidence that the word currency derives from the Latin currere, meaning “to run”…


Pause for Reflection

3 months ago I left teaching to pursue music and carpentry. In those 3 months I have played 12 gigs and worked close to full time building, fixing, smashing, and lifting. With the kids and all the plans that come…


Inspired, not Envious

Once upon a time, when seeing a really good new band, I might have been jealous or depressed, wondering why I bother to make music at all. Granted, I was a lot more sullen in my younger years. These days,…


Words and Music

As a songwriter, I deal with words as much as music. Lately I have been feeling that the words struggle to match the power of the music. How can they? When Bowie belts “is there Life on Mars?” it’s not…


Chris Kemp White Newsletter June 2018


I have been thinking a lot about this. Last weekend I took a trip to Mars Hill to play a gig. A long way to drive to play a couple sets to a small group of people. It went…



A month or so ago I wrote what seemed to me like a Seussian sort of poem called “Unknown.”


I used to know 
and now I don’t
The way to get to there


I try to recall
But think I…


What is music?

What is Music?


As long as I have been performing music with others, I have been aware of an almost psychic communication that occurs among musicians. Without words, cues, or even eye contact, the players know when the hit is…


Newsletter September 19, 2016

Welcome to the first of many newsletters to come. Let's start with a recap of the year-to-date: I've been busy since releasing my 4-song E.P. in June. Thanks for all who purchased it and for the kind words and encouragement…


It's Never the Right Time

Wait, wait for the right time

You’ve been waiting all your life

The right time never comes


These opening words to a song I wrote earlier this year, “It’s Never the Right Time,” illustrate a theme in a lot of…