Songs Dave Wrote
Here are a few songs that I’ve written. I have plenty more up my sleeve and I will keep posting them here as and when I find the time to record them. Please take the time to leave comments and let me know what you do or do not like about the songs and my songwriting.
Whenever I play this song I have to answer the critics on which letters of the alphabet I missed out. So I knocked up this quick video to help those who struggle with their A to Z.
Here's a quick video I put together for my new #ukulele song 'The Perfect Crew'. Let me know what you think. https://youtu.be/2dv9gmseecA
When top independent music site Fresh Independence contacted me to do a second interview, I was completely overawed. Chatting to the delightfully disarming host Kim it transpired that, as part of a series of interviews with songwriters, my interview was to follow one recorded with Don McLean. All I remember thinking was "Jesus, imagine if you were playing an open mic night and you were up next. Then up on stage, you see Don McLean launching into a seamlessly polished version of American Pie". Still, as the old folk say 'Faint heart never won fair lady'. So when the clock struck seven on the allocated evening, I took a deep breath and answered Kim's call. Here's how it all unfolded.
Brian from Factory Fast Records called me up from New York City to do an interview recently. I'm not sure where he was when he called, but it sounded like he was in a giant hamster cage. The interview was fun though. It's always interesting to talk about the process and the meaning behind my songs. Have a listen and see what you think.
A rough video I threw together to go along with my song 'Home Sweet Home'. I wrote this one after listening to a conversation between a bunch of friends who'd come back to my home town. Llandudno to visit at Christmas. They were incredibly quick to run down their old home town, identifying every flaw and failure with relish. This song scored my first semi final position in the UK Songwriting Contest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtBI_DUZDrE
A tune I wrote recently and recorded in the kitchen. This one is in my latest album, released in a couple of days ' One Star Away'. Why should The Devil have all the fun? 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB_OoPb8g-o
Here's a new song I wrote. Based on a simple thought. You choose whether to smile or not. And when you do, whatever your circumstance, it feels better. So we should all smile more. Let me know what you think.
Here's a fun video I threw together for my song 'Never Too Late To Learn How To Dance'. Just a bunch of clips I grabbed of the net but I think is works okay. Let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hFkEl-Fcz4
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The title says it all really. Just sat down to take up the annual challenge of writing a Christmas song and this tumbled out. Though I would try a kind of cheesy boy band approach. As it was a garageband project I had to knock up a video montage from bits and pieces I found on the net but I think it ended up being quite good fun. Let me know what you think.
Here's a song I wrote around the alphabet. A bit more cheerful than the last few and although it has a serious message I managed to squeeze in a few amusing lines - I think I got away with it. See what you think.
A song I wrote which started off as a tune about pushy parents but ended up a sad song fuelled somewhere deep down by the thoughts of those who become the unnoticed victims of recession and the compounded misery it brings.
I wrote this song during one of those moments we all have when we ask ourselves how things might have turned out differently if we'd made alternative decisions in our lives. It should be pretty clear from the song how my my thoughts unfolded and the conclusions I drew. It was a very satisfying song to write and one that still makes me smile from ear to ear when I sing it now.
Another song I wrote. Not a complicated one with any great or deep meaning, this one's simply an attempt to capture that feeling you had as a teenage boy when you were heading off to take the hand of a beautiful girl.
I put together up a lyric video for my song Happy Christmas Mother. The song relies heavily on the lyrics and the story they tell so I thought I'd lay them out - and save you lot from having to look at my ugly mug in the process
I was out for a drink with a mate of mine and as the evening went on I noticed a couple sitting next to each other at a table - they never spoke to each other all night. They were holding hands for the entire evening but never spoke. Not even once. Even when he went to the bar, not a word was spoken. He just got her usual drink and set it down in front of her, then sat back down and took up her hand. At the end of the night. They stood up and left, still holding hands loosely.
I was working late, I came home crept upstairs and slipped as quietly as I could into bed. The duchess didn't say a single word - she just reached over and gave a single soft, silent kiss. A kiss that said everything I needed to hear. As I lay there drifting off to sleep I thought about how, when you know someone really well and you've spent a lifetime with them, you can say so, so much, and so many different things with a simple kiss. The next morning, as soon I woke up, I wrote this song down.
My brothers eldest son just turned 18 and is heading off to University. When I started to think about that day, which will no doubt come too soon for me and my kids as well, I scribbled down this song. It's a sentimental leaving home kind of thing but it might just connect with parents out there.
No real back-story to go with this one. I was just in a kind of carefree mood when I wrote this song. So I thought I'd bottle up some of that positivity for future reference. I made a few mistakes whilst singing the lyrics but you should get the basic idea.
It was time I wrote a light hearted song. I was just just thinking about how ridiculous it must seem to some people that I'm knocking out tunes on youtube. But then I thought maybe, just maybe...... and that's exactly the point -the fun is all about having a maybe. It does't really matter if nothing ever comes of your dreams, just as long as you've got one because without dreams life is kind of normal and boring (for most of us). And then this little bundle of nonsense poured out. Good fun though I think.
I was thinking about homeless kids and their parents finding them. I tried to put myself in their mind and understand the mix of emotions that come with that desperate position before I wrote this song. As the song developed, I tried to keep the song away from specifics and open to personal interpretation. Let me know what you think.
I wrote this song after watching a unknown funeral drive through our village. Just wondered if everyone staring by the road, waiting in their cars or watching from the shops and cafes was questioning their own mortality as the black cars slowly glided past. So I dashed home and threw this one together. Probably needs a bit more polishing but let me know if it works for you.
A song I wrote as a Christmas project. It started out as song meant to draw attention to those who go hungry, cold or lonely at Christmas which is a time of shameful excess for many of us. Then, as always, it developed into something slightly different. Quite pleased with the story that unfolded though.
Here's a song I wrote that should get through to all the parents out there. It's a simple tune about loving your children wherever life takes them and whatever it brings - and making sure they know that. Let me know if you feel the same way about your kids.
I wrote this song after a walk on the beach. I looked down at all the tracks in the sand and mused about all the people who'd been on the beach that day. And of course every day that canvas gets wiped clean for new tracks to be laid down. Every day the beach tells a rich story. It's a place where people go to laugh and cry in equal measure, to escape in solitude or to share time with loved ones, friends or family. It's an amazingly versatile, forgiving and accepting place. I've always lived by the sea in one place or another and it's not a bad place to watch your life go by from.
I wrote this song after watching a unknown funeral drive through our village. Just wondered if everyone staring by the road, waiting in their cars or watching from the shops and cafes was questioning their own mortality as the black cars slowly glided past. So I dashed home and threw this one together. I added a few backing vocals in garageband, let me know what you think.
I borrowed a ukelele from a mate of mine for a few days. Whilst I was messing around with it I wrote this song. Funny thing is, I have no idea what the chords are called - they just sounded okay. It's meant as a bit of a bar room sing along type of song, just for grins really. But let me know if you like it.
I was standing in the queue at Tesco and the silver haired lady at the checkout was talking excitedly about 'Strictly Come Dancing' with a friend as she checked out shopping. When she'd finished, her friend left and the lady started on my tins and bottles but she immediately seemed really, really sad. I drove home and filled in the rest of the story as I went. As soon as I pulled up, I ran in the house and started writing. The result is all made-up but it's quite a nice story I think.
Just a fun song I wrote to cheer myself up a little on a dreary day. I had a bit of a melody in my head and instead of babbling words out I found myself whistling instead. I recorded it so I wouldn't forget the melody and when I first played it back I thought - actually I really like the whistling. So I kept it and made the song all about whistling. Maybe it's not an award winner but it's the kind of little tune that gets locked in your head.
Wrote this song after I came across a sad little message a friend of mine had posted on Facebook. Something about 'being so alone in your own home and how that wasn't how it was supposed to be'. So I set about writing this song which turned into a song about a mother's struggle with the thankless daily grid.
I was watching the news a few weeks ago and a piece came up about a gothic festival that completely took over the town of Whitby (I think) including a prize for the one judged 'best dressed goth'. It made me chuckle to see the divided opinions of the town folk. Some horrified that Satan's army had descended upon them and others, (obviously closet goths) just dressed up and joined in. And of course the shop keepers, horrified or not, revelled in the increased business. Just to add to the madness of it all they showed a clip of a load of goth ladies merrily singing a Kylie Minogue song to the camera. A fantastic mash up of heresy, irony and bigotry. So I knocked up a quick, throw away song to celebrate the moment. A bit cheesy and hardly a Eurovision winner but it made me smile at the time.
Just a song I wrote about heading home to escape a failed relationship. The story didn't really come from anywhere, I just pictured a girl sobbing in the drivers seat by the side of the road and the rest fell in to place.
A song I wrote which started off as a tune about pushy parents but ended up a sad song fuelled somewhere deep down by the thought of those people who become unnoticed victims of recession and the compounded misery it brings.
I wrote this song at the start of my songwriting journey, just over 12 months ago. It was about my second or third one I think. Nothing too cerebral about it but at the time it was all recession doom and gloom in the media and I was trying to summon up some hope and good cheer.
Wrote this one in the doctors surgery in Southern France. Both my sons had terrible ear infections so we were waiting to see the doctor. The new clinic was all marble and stained glass like a church and it started me thinking that we spend our lives taking doctors of granted until we fall ill then we ask them to fix us. Although I'm not a religious man at all, it started me thinking about the direct parallel with religion. Many spend their lives taking their god for granted until their lives fall apart in some way, then they pay him a visit and expect him to patch it all up. The recording isn't great but if you guys think this one is a 'keeper' I will re-record it with better sound (and get the camera in focus too) Let me know what you think.
I was thinking that there times in everyone's life when you just have to toughen up a bit. It's not always like in the Holywood movies and now and again you just have get on and deal with the bad stuff. This simple little song popped out. More a defiant song than a sad one.
Read a piece in the paper about online gambling and how it's a massive problem right now and that lead me on to write this song. All bit dramatic I suppose but I think the tune's all right.