Christopher Simmons

Christopher Laird Simmons has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Temecula, CA, USA.

2 Comments

  1. Dave Clark
    Feb 4, 2009 @ 4:01 PM PST

    How ironic…the article next to yours was titled “Music critics must die.”. I listened to the 30 second clips of your “Berserker” CD, perhaps the same way you listened to “The Butterfly Net”, and your clips solidified my opinion that those who can’t write or perform music, critique it. If you had bothered to read the liner notes beyond the first few lines, you would have noticed that I sing lead on about half of the songs. It’s telling of your shortcomings that you didn’t hear any difference. You destroy Rich Gaglia’s vocals, yet you like the background vocals…yeah, Rich created and sang them all! If you hated my vocals, at least be intelligent enough to slam me and not Rich. The “5 note range” insult is further proof that you weren’t paying attention, and comparing him (or anybody) to Jon Anderson is simply lazy journalism. I’m very proud of my work on the CD, and I was thrilled to be able to work with Steve Herrig, Rich Gaglia and all of the fine musicians involved. Good luck in your imaginary career, Mr. Simmons.
    Sincerely,
    Dave Clark
    PS, even if this comment isn’t published, please forward it to Mr. Simmons, Thanks.

  2. admin
    Feb 5, 2009 @ 9:11 PM PST

    the reviewer replies to Mr Dave Clark

    In all fairness, Dave, one of the two vocalists was quite good, the other terrible, and you are correct that it’s my bad in not identifying which vocalist I was not taken with (in fact, I will update the review to make note of who I am referring to specifically). As noted in the review, any opinion is that of the listener, and if you cannot take criticism you should likely stop now before you hurt yourself further – you sent me the disc to review, and I’m not obligated to like it. As to my “imaginary” career, I’ve been happily making a six figure income in the entertainment business for quite a while, have several cable TV soundtrack credits, and have been writing about music professionally for more than 20 years, and one of my bands was featured in the front of the LA Times Calendar section and an LA Weekly “band name of the week.” My music has been played widely on radio, positively reviewed in Electronic Musician magazine (among many others), etc. It’s fine if you don’t like my music, but patently writing insults in response to an unfavorable review is childish (and referencing “music critics must die” … really? you want me dead for the bad review? grow the fu*k up). But, as they say in marketing, any promotion is good promotion, so you’re welcome for the free publicity. I’m assuming we won’t get your next release for review, which is unfortunate.

    -Christopher