Wednesday, August 28, 2013

10 songs for Kim...

Kim Niemi Davidson
 is a witty, talented woman with a glorious voice. She is fighting uterine cancer and while she is undergoing chemotherapy she is unable to work during this time. I want to help her because she gave me an incredible gift one night... she took a lyric of mine "Opposite Destiny" and turned it into a kick butt song... it was a dark set of words never meant to see the light of day except in my blog release, and she made it darker and wonderful. We traded files until it became a reality. I want you to tip heavily when you go here and download the ten song, or at least throw a buck or two toward a fine soul that needs help, or just pick Lucky 7 because we all know that's what it will be....

In return I risk Bob Dylan's people coming after me for posting a few covers, but the rest are originals and traditional pieces. Some of them are some of my favorite unreleased projects; including a personal favorite of Ghosts of St. Augustine.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bass arrangement to SHEL's "Lost at Sea"

"Song written by SHEL. I just enjoy playing bass over epic songs."  Indeed!

Maybe he's auditioning to travel with them since they don't have a bass player... good move.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wood Nymph and SHEL

SHEL has a goal of recording an official video for every song on their CD.  Like Minded Fool, was up next.  Sarah is the producer of this... and it's so wonderfully rich in beauty.  Believe me she has a lot to work with, but it still needs to be put into the right format.

The video reminded me of a piece I wrote a few years back...

Wood Nymph

Today on the road to the old grind
I spied a wood nymph I was hoping to find
Among the trees smiling warm and kind.
She had me play hooky, controlling my mind.

She radiated in the temped spring air
Wearing green silk and flowers in her hair.
In her spell, I would follow anywhere.
‘Neath an oak, we petted her black hare.

Buds sprang from the new warmth
I was filled with the virility of youth
While the air was with sweet vermouth
Blindly I was led down her silent path.

To call it love would be pallid prose.
A mortal man, a Goddess juxtapose
Then intertwined as the blood flows
Blossoming a rare mountain rose.

Transfixed by blue eyes and brown hair
We found ourselves as a motionless pair
The wind shifted to cold blowing sudden tear
And I woke up in my office chair.

DZ © 2008 Rose Riversongs

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Introducing Erin Ivey

Sometimes running a house concert & writing a blog I get people who reach out to me, and I go wow... what a talented soul and nice person too.  Recently Erin Ivey out of the blue emailed me in April,

"Hi, Dave!  I've been enjoying your sites, sharing a love of all things Downton Abbey while sharing the stage recently with many folks about whom you've written (namely, Drew Nelson, Carrie Elkin, Red Horse - Gorka, Gilkyson, Kaplansky).  Well, now I'm on a bill with SHEL next weekend AND just landed a gig at this year's Summerfest (my set is Sunday, July 7).  So, I can't help but introduce myself! 

I'd love to share my forthcoming album with you (it's called Dreamy Weather and opens with a cover of Tom Waits' song "Alice") "

And we've kept in touch, She has a soft voice and Dreamy Weather has some dreamlike songs, including a Rest your Head with harmonies from Betty Soo.  That Wait's cover opens and sets the mood & pace for the CD that includes some choice songs including my favorites, Canyon, Amelia, and yes a live version of her Chocolate song.  It's a cd with mostly sparce electric guitar with enough reverb for depth.  Here's what others have said:

"Erin Ivey achieves near perfection." -Austin Chronicle

"A truly remarkable performance" - The Daily News

"Top to bottom, this is beautiful music, sung and played beautifully." -Texas Music Magazine

"A modern day Patsy Cline" -Republic of Austin

"A tour de force" -Earache! 

Here's one of my favorite songs: 

Though I loved her stripped down Springsteen cover... just had to post it too.... it's just a little more sexy than the Pointer Sisters to me....