Animals and Adoption: Christopher Griffiths’ “Take On You” — Song Proceeds Support L.A. Animal Rescue
A multi-talented musician, Christopher Griffiths plays bass, guitar, keys, synth, harmonica, mandolin and upright bass. Heavily influenced by an array of artists from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Dr. Dre and Iggy Pop, Griffiths is drawn to authentic lyrics that provide the listener with a story. Calling his sound “Garage Rock for Disco Lovers”, the heartfelt singer/songwriter has also dabbled in Americana and Pop genres.
Commenting on his new music, Griffiths said, “I was talking to my sister Cindy Drummond one night and she was telling stories of her time working with the L.A. Animal Rescue. She’s an actor, but still finds a lot of time to donate and help stray animals. Having lived half my life as a stray animal, I sat down that night and wrote something I thought conveyed that feeling — the moment of adoption. I have five rescued animals myself, so it’s a feeling I’m very familiar with. I thought it would be fitting to donate the proceeds from the song to them.”
“Take On You”. The song was inspired by your sister Cindy’s work with the L.A. Animal Rescue (a volunteer-run, non-profit). What message do you hope fans take away from the lyrics?
In a nutshell, I want them to know that you what give is what you get. And, opening your heart to the burdens of others only makes your heart bigger — kind of like the Grinch but at the very end of the movie.
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Is the L.A. Animal Rescue’s mission similar to Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation, to educate people about the importance and benefits of adopting shelter animals?
Maybe, but from what I know of them, they are very proactive about the rescuing, healing and adopting of animals. A real group of puppy ninjas, they are out on the streets looking to save the wayward fur balls of the world. And they do livestock too, which is neat.
The song’s proceeds will be donated to the L.A. Animal Rescue. Can you share the positives of having five adopted pets of your own?
You never have nothing to do. Something always needs cleaning or feeding…and no one can possibly break into your house because all the animals just assume they have treats and will mob them upon entry.
What was it like working with Jaired Messing on the song’s cover art over Zoom as you screen-shared an iPad?
Strange because Jaired and I have a close working relationship. It would’ve been fun to do together over some beers, but he killed it. I always surround myself with people I can trust to do right by me, and he definitely is one.
Driving up to your home state of Michigan to shoot footage for the lyric video (debuted on V13). Any unique challenges filming during the pandemic?
It’s not like in the past where I can call 12 friends and make a music video or post an invite on Facebook. I am my own camera man and then I am the singer and editor — it’s a lot new skills that you have to learn all at once. And I’m the driver too, so there is a physical toll to knowing what it should look like.
You asked fans to submit home videos with their pets for the song’s video. Did they share any adoption stories with you?
I think they all did. They’re not my stories to tell, but they do all have a similar theme in which people didn’t realize how full their life could be until they took on the burden and care of a pet and now they can’t picture life without it.
“Whatever you think you want to do, don’t wait. There will never be a perfect time.” Words of wisdom for our current times. What do you want to do musically these next few months?
Finish this EP, do a music video for each song, pick a charity for each song and then start confronting the realities of touring in a post-Covid world. I might be coming to a living room near you!