Posts Tagged ‘Chris Ave’

Who is this Christopher Ave character?

December 9, 2009

Are you new around here?

I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself to anyone who recently stumbled on this blog, to reveal who is behind this oddball mix of multimedia tips, music musings and Beatles trivia.

I’m Christopher Ave. Nice to meet you.

I’m a musician who creates original tunes for clients and for pleasure through my side business, Music for Media Productions. I have delivered tracks for videos, multimedia projects and radio commercials. I produce a podcast for Wealth Magazine, and I’m recording and producing some music for other artists. A couple of my own “pop” tunes are available on iTunes, Amazon, Lala and elsewhere. I periodically perform around the St. Louis area, where I live. And I play guitar in a worship band at my church, The Journey.

If you’re a journalist, you may have heard one of my songs, “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song),” my commentary on the news industry and on copy editors in particular. And yes, there’s a video:

I’m also an incurable Beatles fan who has had the pleasure to have written about the group. I especially enjoyed the few times I’ve gotten to speak with the band’s balance engineer, Geoff Emerick, a supremely decent fellow, and I’ve talked to several authors who have studied and written about the group extensively.

On the journalism front, I direct political and government coverage for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its website,, including supervision of our bureaus in Washington and the state capitals of Missouri and Illinois. I have been a fulltime professional journalist since 1987 and have worked for newspapers in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Missouri. I’ve also written about music technology over the past several years, including reviewing some products that help musicians record their masterpieces.

So what’s this blog all about? What I’m trying to do here is write about the creation and use of music, especially in multimedia platforms. If you design web pages, record music, create television advertisements or just listen closely to music, I hope you’ll find something interesting around here. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints, hit me up right here!

Copy Editor’s Lament – the reactions

March 12, 2009

That song I posted Friday — “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song)” —  seems to have touched a chord (pun intended) with copy editors and others in the journalism world. It’s been bouncing around the Net’s echo chamber, Tweeted and, at 7:30 p.m. Central Time tomorrow, it will be used as background music on a public radio report on the West Coast.

I’m grateful for all the fuss, of course, but I want to point out that the attention — as well as the song itself — originated with the pain most of us in the news business have been feeling, especially those who have lost their jobs.

So I’m not celebrating much.

I am, however, confident that together those of us who report the news will find creative new ways of getting it to readers, viewers and listeners. And, as this blog’s very mission indicates, I believe that music can and ought to be a part of that.