We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Louis Bridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian Louis, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
The self-proclaimed “philosophical entertainer” Alan Watts said “We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.” This quote summarizes my view on life and music. Music is the one facet of life where we can all simply enjoy the present moment naturally, effortlessly, just by the nature of music. Music is heard beat by beat, measure by measure, and as the song progresses, our focus is drawn only to the present note, the present beat. We’re not concerned with the past or the future of the song, we’re simply enjoying it for the simplicity of being.
That is how I like to view life. It’s easy to get lost in yesterday or tomorrow, when those don’t really exist. All we have is right now. That is eternity. Music is a great reminder of that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Music has always been a large part of my life, from a very young age. I taught myself how to play guitar around the age of 12, and I wrote my first song around the same time. It seems like no matter where I go in life music is always there. Sometimes I’ve tried to turn away from it, and pursue other things, and music always comes back to haunt me. I can’t get away from it. It feels as if music is being channeled through me, as cliché as that sounds. I have had the pleasure to work with many very talented musicians across genres, and every one of those experiences shaped the lens through which I view my own artistry. I would say the most difficult challenge was simply putting myself out there and performing and recording. You never know how it’s going to be received, and at a certain point you really have to make sure you have the right mindset. At a certain point, it has to be just about the art and just about your own expression. If that’s the focus, if that’s where you’re starting from, then nothing else really matters. This year I released my debut album called From A Past Love, which you can find on all streaming platforms. I feel proud simply because I get to say that I achieved this. I put this album out and my music out for myself first, and then the rest comes along with that. I sort of view my music as a kind of time capsule such that in the future when I look back, and I’ve done this with past projects, I can view where I was at that time and see how much I’ve grown. It’s also very fulfilling to me when someone comes up to me and says “Your song is so relatable to me because I was going through this.” I try to make my songs sort of vague and specific at the same time because I love art to be interpretive. I want people to make their own interpretations of what my songs are. I never want to try and set in stone the meaning of a song, because meaning is subjective and I want people to get the most out of my music when they hear it. I have learned that being an artist and a musician is not about the recognition, it is simply experiencing the joy of being able to channel your experiences through a medium, whether it be a canvas, whether it be an album, whether it be the written page, whether it be through a camera, or whether it be any other permutation of art. My measure of success is being able to write music and record music and have it so people can listen to it and enjoy it and facilitate discussions and have relatable moments with it. If I’ve achieved that, I’m happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Love this question! I love the DFW area because it really does have something for everyone. I would say Bishop Arts District is a must. So many great restaurants and live music everywhere. Lower Greenville is always fun, you have to try JOY Macarons, they’re amazing. There are so many live venues in Deep Ellum, so many acts, large and small that come through DFW. These are the big three areas I’d say are a must.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Everyone in life whom I have interacted with has inspired my music. My family, friends, and my partner for their incredible support. Anyone who has taken the time to listen to my music. Thank you!
Outdoor photos by Jake Gonzales (Instagram @jakegonzalesvisuals) Live performance photos by Jovin Joseph (Instagram @thebeardedsunshine)