Song Stories

The tales, thoughts, and processes behind the songs Christina’s written and performed.

Rest, Restless Children

Jimmy and I recorded this lovely secular hymn with lyrics by our friend Mark. It’s a canticle of sleepy children and long, starry nights.

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Sudden Amaryllis

“In dead fields reach lilies to the sky…” On toxic relationships, supporting each other, and hope that blooms even in the midst of cynicism.

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Battle Cries

On the slow march of my sister’s cancer, the swirling chaos of uncertainty in the face of change, and the kind of soul-searching that leads to the deepest questions of self, soul, and science.

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Tall Trees

On reclaiming songs about loves that are over, not letting things mean more than they have to, and paying attention to the way that very hard things make our true colors show in bursts of glory.

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Sweater

IT’S SWEATER WEATHER, YOU GUYS. (A reflection on hugs, a theology of closeness, and the most sort-of-suggestive song I’ve ever written.)

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Bluebird

In honor of school starting in August around these parts, here’s my song about my first day of preschool.

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Trees Inside My Walls

A song about an old man and a house and the lingering, swirling passage of time.

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Part of Outside

I wrote this song in college, after what Wikipedia says is called the “Northeast Blackout of 2003.” Also, atoms.

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Christina Blust

Christina is a vocalist, songwriter, and player of accordion, guitar and piano. In addition to performing and writing as a solo artist, she has been a member of several projects including the indie-folk band Yearbook Committee (3-time SXSW official showcasing artist) and the accordion-electronic duo Mauveine. Her music has appeared on numerous releases and in an Emmy-award-winning documentary. Christina is also a designer, developer and one half of Blustery Day Design. She is an active Wikimedia contributor and supporter of open knowledge and is the co-founder of The Live Sincerely Project. Originally from northern Kentucky, Christina lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more.