Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chat Transcript - CCM






Fritzpw_Admin says: Welcome to our LIVE Chat with Scott and Christine Dente'. We're sure glad you came to join us and we look forward to seeing your questions. Scott and Christine have been known in the music industry for over a decade and now they are also home schooling their children. Let's give them a huge welcome!
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Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #2 from guest347: Scott and Christine, what convinced you to take a break from your career?

Out of the Grey says: After we did 6 records as a duo Scott encouraged me to do a solo record because I had been writing songs from a female perspective that wouldn't fit on an Out the Grey album. Scott encouraged me to not worry about writing piano based songs. Normally, we would have to find a room for the guitar but in this format we could be the producer and concentrate on letting the songs speak for themselves.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #31 from kurtis: There are a large number of coffee references in your music and on-stage banter. What kind of coffee do you like, and how do you like it?

Out of the Grey says: Excellent question! We like Italian roast, half decaf. We make a lot of coffee references because Christine and I basically met in a café.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #50 from texascounselor: Scott and Christine - what are your favorite songs that you've recorded?

Out of the Grey says: ummm... Scott would have to say "Unfolding" and "All We Need" while Christine would say "Perfect Circle," "Shape of Grace," and "Becoming."

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #26 from kurtis: A serious question: what was the inspiration for the song "Perfect Circle?" Is it about someone in particular? Is there a story behind it?

Out of the Grey says: "Perfect Circle" is about a friend from college who was searching and saw something different in me (Christine) and so she asked the question and I answered as artistically as I could in this song.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #55 from guest357: Scott, would you like to produce again or would you rather record?

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: At this stage of my career I want to keep as plates spinning as I can. I enjoy producing but I also enjoy recording my own music as well

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Chatmaster shouts: Where can you go for more information about Out of the Grey? http://www.outofthegrey.com

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #73 from guest357: Have you always homeschooled? What made you take that route?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: Yes, we've always homeschooled. It was an emotional decision at first, not wanting to hand my son off to anyone else. However, as I researched and studied education I realized teaching at home was the way I wanted our children to learn. It is not easy but it is deeply rewarding.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #42 from romans8_28: Do your kids go on the road with you? If yes, do you allow them to mingle with other Christian artists?

Out of the Grey says: [both laughing] If we are away for more than 2 nights, our children travel with us. They have made many great friends over the years, including Christian artists.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #12 from guest347: What are the pros and cons of homeschooling?

Out of the Grey says: Cons would have to be that it is so time consuming with lots of pressure on mom to not "ruin" her children. The pros are that family gets to be together all the time often times resulting in great conversations. Another pro is that there are good academics (if mom has her act together) and we learn about grace everyday.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #54 from guest353: Do you plan to homeschool your children through High school?

Out of the Grey says: Yes.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #18 from guest347: What curriculum do you like to use?

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: Cartoon Network

Out of the Grey (Christine)says: Seriously, [glares at Scott] we use a lot of Sonlight, which is a literature based curriculum

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #14 from guest347: Who are some other artists who have decided to home school their kids?

Out of the Grey says: I think Cheri Keagy and Paul Oversteet both educate their children at home.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #39 from romans8_28: As homeschooling parents do you find it difficult to shield the world from your kids in today's culture?

Out of the Grey says: Our main goal is not to shield our children from the world but to more closely control their impressions of the world at an early age so that as they get older they will have the tools, hopefully, to interpret and understand more and more on their own.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #15 guest347: What is your most memorable moment in home schooling?

Out of the Grey says: Our field trip to the Eiffel Tower.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #13 from guest347: Have you faced any opposition in homeschooling?

Out of the Grey says: No, not really, only when an occasional legislator wants to more closely control home education.

Fritzpw_Admin says: Is homeschooling pretty easy in your state?

Out of the Grey says: Our state has less control than some but recently a state legislator proposed a bill that would force all graduates to take the same test (state test) in order to graduate.

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Chatmaster shouts: Where can you go for more information about Out of the Grey? http://www.outofthegrey.com

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #76 from guest356: What is it like to be involved with the Christian industry today? I have been listening since '93.

Out of the Grey says: There are a lot more artists, fewer labels and it's more difficult to get a single played on the radio because the stations have tighter formats. But there are still great artists and great music.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #90 from guest353: Did you both know as children that you wanted to be musicians?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: Yes, I decided I would either be a vet, a forest ranger, or a chick singer… I went for the easy one.

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: I wanted to be a dentist but my parents made me go to music school. ;-P

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #85 from teach4: What did you listen to (musically) growing up?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, and Janice Ian.

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: Led Zepplin, the Who, and Charlie Peacock.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #95 from agrantfan: Scott, what is your favorite guitar? What guitar players did you like when you were growing up?

Out of the Grey says: The guitar I'm currently playing is my favorite. It is a small-bodied Lowden. Growing up I liked Jeff Beck and Pat Metheny

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #47 from romans8_28: What is in your CD player right now?

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: Oatmeal!!

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: Seriously... Sara Groves, the new Christine Dente solo album, and Ginny Owens.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #94 from kurtis: Your music live shows a heavy jazz influence. Will you be recording a more stripped down jazz album, like Ginny Owens' "Bluprint?"

Out of the Grey says: There are no current plans but it sounds like something fun for the future.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #78 from agrantfan: When will the next Out of the Grey CD be released?

Out of the Grey says: We don't have a date yet.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #113 from guest356: What would you say is the thing that keeps your marriage going so strongly?

Out of the Grey says: Scott and I keep short accounts and we learned early to say, "I'm sorry." Quickly! We also spend a lot of time together and Scott is a great communicator.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #91 from teach4: If you could create your own bumper sticker, what would it say?

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: Kids of America...PULL UP YOUR PANTS!

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #130 from guest371: How did you know that Scott was the one for you?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says it started with his heavy eyelashes...

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: … mascara…

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: The great friendship we had with his lighthearted approach to life and his gentle love for me.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #40 from romans8_28: Is there a career goal you have yet to achieve?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: I enjoy writing prose and I have written so many four-minute pop songs that I have really come to enjoy being able to expand on an idea. I hope someday to write a short book, pamphlet, or tract.

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: No, unlike Christine, I am satisfied.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #133 from agrantfan: Do you have a favorite city/place?

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: I am partial to the great Northwest.

Out of Grey (Christine) says: On my back patio... with a cup of coffee.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #83 from guest353: I love your lyrics and "Brave" is currently my theme song. Is there a specific story behind that song?

Out of the Grey says: Yes, it is based on the scripture that says that perfect love casts out fear. As a mom, I sometimes think I can control the safety of my children and I have to remember again and again that my strength is in the Lord and that I need not worry about them. HE makes me brave

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Chatmaster shouts: Where can you go for more information about Out of the Grey? http://www.outofthegrey.com

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #100 from agrantfan: Christine, what brought about your recording background on "Missing You" from Amy Grant's 1997 CD Behind The Eyes? Are you friends with Amy?

Out of the Grey says: Amy and I are acquaintances but I am a friend of Wayne Kirkpatrick who produced Behind the Eyes.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #96 from guest351: If you rewrote "So we've never been to Paris...," how would you write it now?

Out of the Grey says: We haven't thought about it much but I imagine we would have to write a third verse…"so we finally got to Paris, and ate them Freedom Fries." [LAUGHING!!!!]

Fritzpw_Admin chuckles in amusement.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #92 from guest356: Are you planning writing more updates in the journal on the Christine Dente website?

Out of the Grey says: Yes, I want to update the journal but just very busy. Please be patient and when I assemble my thoughts will put them on the web site.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #123 from Sharon: How do you make sure your kids get to socialize with other children especially as Julian gets closer to the teenage years?

Out of the Grey says: Many homeschoolers see the family as the best place to socialize. It is there that children learn to interact with all age levels. The authority of their parents is easily accessible and they have lots of friends.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #111 from kurtis: Has homeschooling affected your career? Do you think that as your children get older it will affect it more or less?

Out of the Grey says: Yes, Scott and I have turned down some traveling opportunities that didn't work with our overall goals. But in retrospect the long term benefits has outweighed any short-term losses.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #82 from guest367: Hi Scott and Christine. I really admire your abilities as musicians and writers. If you get "stuck" while working on a piece, how do you unblock or what inspires you?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: I have to revisit a song or an idea until the door opens wide enough to let me get the bigger picture.

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: For the only songs that get finished are the ones that are persistent enough to demand finishing.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #145 from kurtis: What do you think would be the single best possible thing to happen to the Christian music industry today?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: If radio returned to listener requested music.

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: Artist development.

Fritzpw_Admin presents the speaker with question #152 from guest367: Besides just requesting songs, is there anything fans can do to help singles get played?

Out of the Grey says: I believe radio is a very small piece of the pie. The way that we can support our favorite artists is to go see them when they come to town and buy their music rather than downloading it.

Fritzpw_Admin says: Scott and Christine... Thanks so much for coming tonight to share with us. You both have a richness in life that we all can benefit from. Thank you for your ministry and service. Is there anything you would like to say in closing?

Out of the Grey (Christine) says: I am grateful to those who have listened faithfully over the years. Your encouragement and prayers have meant more than you know.

Out of the Grey (Scott) says: Christine kinda covered it but I want to encourage people to understand that they are part of a bigger story.

Fritzpw_Admin says: Thanks for coming everyone!

Fritzpw_Admin waves at everyone

Out of the Grey waves at everyone

(chat is from CCM Magazine)