The Score

Coda: Departure

Comments

1
This is distressing news indeed!

Thank you so much for your years of service to the arts in Seattle, Christopher. You have shed light on some woefully underappreciated facets of the music world in this city. Your shoes would be pretty much impossible to fill, but I do hope there is a plan to keep a version of this column running under a new author.

Best of luck in all your future creative endeavors.
2
thank you Christopher for your always intelligent, always thoughtful column, and for turning us on to the unusual and eccentric events that somehow get overlooked by pretty much everyone else. you continued a long illustrious Seattle tradition, dating back to KRAB radio (Herb Levy, Soundworks), continuing on with Phil Woods' 'Outer Limits' on KCMU (KEXP). best of luck with your music!
3
Say it ain't so Christopher!

Over the years you have commented cogently - and entertainingly - on a wider range of music than any commentator in memory.

To say you will be missed is a gross understatement of our new reality - which is that i don't see anyone replacing your humanistic & thoughtful voice. I hope you'll consider coming back...if only in a sporadic way, or to comment on special events as you see fit.

Thanks again for your wonderful commentaries that touched the outer orbit of musical sensibilities. I wish you all the best in your composing endeavors, and here's hoping that we haven't heard the last from you as a keen observer of all things musical.

And especially I look forward to hearing your next opus(es), however obliquely they may be influenced by the Symphonie Fantastique or La Mer or the ethereal harmonies & sardonic wit of the Velvet Gentleman.
4
NO! Don't leave us, Christopher! Your column has been the only reason I pick up "The Stranger" -- and one of the only writers left in the area who reviews adventurous music (jazz and beyond)...!
Keep up the good works, anyway...

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5
With CDL's departure, I fear that nobody else will give voice to intelligent, exploratory music in any of our city's more visible publications. Going back to his tenure as co-publisher of the late, lamented Tentacle journal of Northwest creative music in the 1990s, Christopher has consistently championed the many underexposed and unrewarded creative musicians and composers who have labored in the shadows in a city otherwise dominated by ephemeral, superficial 'indie rock.' I know I speak for hundreds of other area musicians and music lovers in mourning the loss of his authoritative and eloquent voice. I wish him the very best in his unfolding career as a composer of rare gifts.
Alas, The Score will no doubt be replaced by another alt-rock gossip column detailing the sophomoric antics of overgrown adolescents, more's the pity.
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With CDL's departure, I fear that nobody else will give voice to intelligent, exploratory music in any of our city's more visible publications. Going back to his tenure as co-publisher of the late, lamented Tentacle journal of Northwest creative music in the 1990s, Christopher has consistently championed the many underexposed and unrewarded creative musicians and composers who have labored in the shadows in a city otherwise dominated by ephemeral, superficial 'indie rock.' I know I speak for hundreds of other area musicians and music lovers in mourning the loss of his authoritative and eloquent voice. I wish him the very best in his unfolding career as a composer of rare gifts.
Alas, The Score will no doubt be replaced by another alt-rock gossip column detailing the sophomoric antics of overgrown adolescents, more's the pity.
7
This is a sad, sad day. What is so damned wrong with going stale?!? Thanks for these great columns for many years, and I only hope the Stranger will find another way to pay attention to creative and experimental music. Go well.
8
Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!
9
Then again, if Chris isn't working for you guys I don't see any conflict of interest in giving him your first Stranger Music Genius award...
10
Nooooo! You are the only Stranger music writer who actually matters! This is very sad, indeed.
11
Ah man Chris, yours was the only music column worth reading here. But I look forward to hearing more of your music. Best of luck on all your further endeavors.
12
aw maaaaan, will be sad to see you not at stranger---THANK YOU for your support. Happy having more time to compose! best tom varner
13
This is a great loss. Seldom do we hear a knowledgeable voice reviewing music, contemporary or otherwise. I've really enjoyed reading all you have to say. Your open mind and thoughtful observations will be missed.
14
Dear Mr. Delaurenti,

I for one must say that I am happy to see you stop writing music criticism. In particular, I thought the hatchet job you did on the opera "Amelia."

May others treat your work with more respect than you treat theirs!
15
Thank you for the kind comments everyone - farewell!
16
Thank you for your knowledge and support of jazz, classical, and new musics. I will really miss reading your column. All best, Carolyn Graye