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SIMPLY THE WEST 

I recently returned from another action-packed Canadian Country Music Weekend in Edmonton where I am always happy to reconnect with my fun and friendly dysfunctional family:)  I performed at the Songwriters Series out there for my fourth time.  It's one of my favourite things - to be in the round with other writers as we swap songs and stories in front of such an attentive audience.  

When I get the chance to travel across Canada, sometimes different provinces can feel like entering another country with its own geography, history and culture and I love the adventure of it all.  Naturally you'd think with my accent I would be drawn to the east. However, over the years I have actually been to western Canada a lot more than the east. Indeed, next month my road leads me back to Alberta for some dates.

I'll be playing the Uptown Folk Club in Edmonton on October 3rd,  a house concert in Peace River and the Fish Creek Concert Series in Calgary on October 10th, with some inspiring songwriting dates sprinkled along the way.  If you're in the vicinity of any of these shows, please come on out and say hello.

Thanks as always for listening and reading.  See you down the road.

David

 

"FACING THE MUSIC" 







Sorry, I didn't mean to frighten you with these pictures. There's no hiding what I actually look like when I'm diving into the music :)

I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities to do just that in many different places already this summer, including a mini-tour of the East Coast in July, re-uniting with my old guitar pal Troy McLaggan.  Thanks to all the presenters, hosts & agents that have given me the chance to sing my songs over the past few months and make new friends along the way.  

While I have loads of things I'm continually grateful for, I have to admit that being a musician is a strange and difficult choice.  The music world I inhabit has been constantly changing over the last decade and despite the romantic notion of having a career in the music business, my experience has seen it go from a good old "shindig" to a regular dig in the shins! Apart from the challenges of the digital landscape that all artists face, it's also an exercise in the thickening of one's skin to parade your new baby songs on the stage, & hustle radio stations & other media in the hope they all love your new baby as much as you do! However, having said that, I still enjoy the wrestlemania of it all, whether it's hunting down the song, taming it in the studio or getting to know it well enough that you can lose yourself to the point that time stands still when you are singing it on stage.  What's my point, I hear you asking? Well, after all these years and despite those funny contorted facial expressions, I can honestly say I am enjoying singing and playing more than ever.  They say that a career as a musician chooses you.  For that, I'm grateful.

UPCOMING SHOWS
If you want to check out what this looks and sounds like, I have a couple of cool local concerts with talented sideman Justin Abedin coming up in and around the Greater Toronto Area and some exciting performances in Western Canada this fall.  Check out the SHOWS PAGE for details.

"ONE SECOND LOOK" is hitting the airwaves 







"One Second Look" - a song I refer to as three chords and an epiphany - is going out to radioland today.  I hope the radio folks will take one second listen & have that epiphany to add it to their playlist!  Have a listen on the player at the bottom of the page and click here to read about the story behind this deceptively simple little song in my previous blog.  I'll keep you posted on where it's being played on a radio near you. 

TAKE COVER 







I've had fun over the years playing a variety of cover songs as part of my live performances - songs I wish I'd written and songs I've played so many times it almost feels like I had written them!  Certain covers slowly become like old friends through inhabiting the song and experimenting with arrangements. One such song is "Living Years", originally recorded by Mike & The Mechanics. I performed it live at my recent webcast concert below with Justin Abedin and it felt like the song was singing me. There's just something so moving and true about the words and music but it might also have been the fact that we were tuned to A432Hz instead of A440Hz! 

Recently a fan came up to me and said he would love to hear me do a cover of a Rob Thomas song.  I didn't know the song and was a little skeptical at first but I checked it out and thought, you know he might be right. It was a cool feeling to connect with a song I'd never thought of playing.  So that brings me here, asking you to help me "Take Cover".  What songs do you think would resonate with me and that I'd do justice to?  Let me know by leaving a comment below and I'll consider them all and record as many as I can and post them for you over the summer months.  Who knows, I might even play it at my next webcast.
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