Dave has been playing the guitar (badly!) since he was a teenager and his early ventures into the music business were as a roady for a number of bands. As he became more proficient on guitar, he took on rhythm guitar work in a variety of outfits, with a wide range of different styles, mostly doing covers. Playing in pubs, clubs and the university circuit was fine but music agents like to use their signings to raise as much money as possible. The agent insisted that the group work under a different name in addition to the work they enjoyed. What this meant in reality was working 4 or five nights a week in Northern working-mens clubs doing covers of largely much older material. It didn't take long before Dave had had enough and he left the performing world for what he believed was the last time and decided that a day job was probably a better option that the road.
Living in a flat in North Lincolnshire, he taught beginners guitar and it wasn't long before other local musicians found out about him and wanted to collaborate. As a result he also played in several guitar based duos in the Midlands and North of England. However, the joy of performing covers fairly soon left him again.
From the beginning, Dave's ambition was to write music rather than just play other people's material. And he continued to write material whilst at the flat, converting an old cloak cupboard into a tiny, makeshift, recording booth. Eventually, he managed to buy a dillapidated cottage that he spent several years renovating, learning building skills from anyone who would take the time to show him how to do jobs. Whilst there, he installed a 60 ips Ampex recorder in an upstairs bedroom (which required removing an upstairs window to get the thing in) but, despite this effort, it never recorded anything usable. He also bought a Logan string synth, which only ever found much use producing bass. An injury and other responsibilities took Dave back to studying for his first degree.
A few years later, he drove past a remote farmhouse which was empty and owned by the local estate. He approached the land-agent and asked if he could rent the property. He got a three year lease, sold his cottage, and this gave him the opportunity to create his first proper (analogue) studio space where he and other musicians were able to spend time developing their craft.
Dave completed his first degree in psychology, moving once again, to work in various human resources roles across the UK, before continuing his post-graduate psychology training. Subsequently, he trained as a counsellor, and completed a doctorate (Ph.D) at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, where he also worked for a short time as a senior research fellow in the college of aeronautics. While there, he trained for his private pilot's licence with one of the companies based on the site.
After several years, another serious bout of ill-health caused Dave to leave employment. He was also permanently grounded from flying because of the health issue,which was a huge blow for him at the time. He had loved flying but it was also an incredibly expensive hobby and so grounding him was probably a blessing in disguise. Once Dave's health began to improve, he quickly decided he needed something to occupy him beyond gardening. He set-up his first company producing computer & video-based training for pharmaceutical organisations.
Dave has been CEO of a number of companies, initially those producing training and computer- interactive materials. Subsequently, he produced film for the aviation & nuclear sectors, as well as other commercial organisations. He had trained as an editor in the days of video-tape and quickly took to producing material on computer. These ventures paid the mortgage and kept him fully occupied but there was always something missing that he couldn't quite put his finger on. It is ironic that during this time, Dave never thought of writing music for the films he produced, instead using other composers for the material. However, producing the soundtracks involved mixing the film-sound, voice-over, foley and music and he thus became proficient at editing in a digital audio workstation.
He moved, yet again. This time to Cornwall on the South West tip of England, near the sea. He spent a couple of years embracing the beautiful scenery & history of the place as well as renovating the new property.
One day, he pondered how some of his old material might be bettered using the new technologies now available - and the rest, as they say, is history.
After recording & producing a few of his older songs, Dave began to write again.
He is now writing and producing music five days a week in his own studio.
All the same to me
Song about a minor celebrity I've known since childhood, who I've 'rescued' numerous times - often from his own foolishness. He became 'woke' and had a number of run-ins with the media over several different issues. The song came as a result of a coversation about him wanting to take yet another self-improvement course.
An initially finger picked guitar tune that build with other guitars coming in, percussion & bass. Finally, a piano joins the group. Instrumental
80's synth based song.
Song is about people who are stuck in a situation of their own making & even though they could get out of it, they don't.
Cant find my way home
Story about a farmer's daughter who fed me hallucinagenic mushrooms.
Cant get back to beginning
Song about an addict who doesn't accept they're addicted & dismisses questioning as 'it's just a party thing'.
Song about a broken relationship
House type dance music
Dancin in the sheets
Rocky song about seduction & being ripped off as a result.
Deep State 1984
Dont they know?
A song about loss but with an upbeat feel - It is meant to show the contrast between a person grieving (The lyrics) and the way the rest of the world caries on as normal (The music)
Drain the swamp
Written during lockdown 2020 as a protest song about politicians
Four in the morning
Imagine a smoky nightclub at four in the morning with a guy at the bar feeling sorry for himself about his ended? relationship.
Fear of flying
Acoustic with orchestral backing riffing on the James bond theme.
Hard habit to break
Blues/rock/pop song about an abusive relationship
Hurt is the price we pay
Another song about loss
How much more?
How much more will individuals take before they say 'no more'. Five minute cities, the great reset, CBDC's will be forced on us unless we say 'no'
A positive look on the future
I'd love to see you smile
Written for a #songspark monthly challenge which was to write a song to comfort someone after you have died.
I will always watch over you
I won't be your fool
I wouldn't care
Old school easy listening jazz featuring the vocals of John Thomas Hall.
If your dreams don't scare you
Just to feel
Fingerpicked acoustic guitar with mandolin & lap steel fills.
Song about being there for someone when they're down
proto punk/brit pop angry song about the new world order the likes of Klaus Swaub advocate.
Love is a four letter word
Life is a waiting game
Long time dead
A song about a well known psychopath who claims to be a philanthropist :)
Don't take life so seriously
Folky reflective song.
Nothing can come between us
Feel good song
Nothing means nothing
No way home
One day late (and a dollar short)
Old dirt road
Piano & vocal. Revisiting an old town I used to live in & thinking about the past.
I was noodling around figuring out a Leonard Cohen song, when I came across the riff in this song. It's about one of the BLM leaders in the UK. Written before she herself was gunned down.
Song is about a friend's daughter who was a little wild & was often taken advantage of.
Written for a #songspark prompt 'to write a story song'. It tells of poor sailors who provided goods to the tin mines in St Ives bay in cornwall in the 1800's.
The price we pay
Featuring vocals by Danni Hollobaugh, this is a simple picked acoustic guitar with another acoustic providing a bridge..
Right back to you
A solo piano piece featuring the vocals of Dannielle Hollobaugh.
Rich man plays
Rocky song about working for 'the man'
Right out of time
Featuring vocals by Keith Stares.
Laid back fingerpicking with electric piano featuring vocals by Danielle Hollobaugh.
Some of us are lookin at the stars
Spread a little honey
Time and again
They control all of it
Till I found your love
Just too proud to beg
Love song featuring Danielle Hollobaugh on vocals
Protest song regarding the threatenned imposition of vaccine passports in 2021.
Waitin for the right time
re-recorded 2020 featuring Keith Stares on Lead vocal.
Waitin for better days
Won't fool us this time
What goes around
We will always be friends
Written for a #songspark challenge - To write a song loosely in the style of Randy Newman
Your love made me sure
Kick the can
Don't let go
Do you want my love?
Nowhere to run
Not wasting time
Written for a #songspark challenge - write a song about childhood
Nothin's gonna change
Lighting candles for the blind
Really don't matter
End of the line
Used to waitin
Originally written around 1978. Re-recorded 2023.
Laid back acoustic
More than hurt
Song about betrayal in a relationship
About a woman who was tryin' to work out her life between her religious upbringing & her failed relationships.
Time to start over
Song about a relationship break-up
Mem'ries of a hungry heart
It means what you want it to mean :)
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