Cloudy Days…but the Music Goes On….Indeed

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david on stageWOW…what a January it has been for losing some of music’s legends! One being Glenn Frye of The Eagles. The Eagles have always been one of my most favorite bands, because of the songs but even more so because of the vocals. Their strong vocal harmonies had such a tone and quality that gave them a unique sound and set them apart from other bands of their time. Then their songwriting developed and gave them longevity as Music Icons

Well said words from Eagles co-creator, Don Henley  –  “Glenn had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit.  He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven.  He loved is wife and kids more than anything.  We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow.  We brought our two-year History of the Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.  I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet.  It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it.  But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.  Rest in peace, my brother.  You did what you set out to do, and then some.”

There is a great documentary “The History of The Eagles” that has played on CNN and is also streaming on Netflix. It was a story that illustrated to me how those times of the 1970’s were times when the recipe was there to follow and become famous in music that doesn’t exist today. I think about myself and my beginning bandmates and how we had those great 4 part vocal harmonies and were also set apart from so many of our peers. In the documentary, there was a line of Glenn Frye’s from when he first went to California and met Jackson Brown…he said, the only way you’re going to become famous was to write songs. Our band just didn’t write the songs. We were a local town bar band. We had fun, made some money and did something that many others couldn’t…be really good doing what we loved.

“These cloudy days, make you wanna cry. It breaks your heart when someone leaves and you don’t know why ” – Glenn Frey

(above lyrics from the song, “No More Cloudy Days” from the “Long Road Out of Eden” album. Check it out…it’s a great album.)

So far in 2016, these music legends have passed away:

Paul Kantor

January 28, 2016: Kantner, a co-founder of the ’60s psychedelic rock staple Jefferson Airplane, died at age 74 as a result of multiple organ failure and septic shock. He struggled with health problems for some time, having suffered a heart attack in March 2015. A vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Kantner helped create the “San Francisco sound” that so defined the counter-cultural movement with songs such as “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” As a songwriter, he crafted the band’s “Young Girl Sunday Blues” and “Today,” among others.

Glenn Frey

January 17, 2016: Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey died at the age of 67 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. The guitarist co-wrote some of the bands most famous hits, like “Desperado” and “Hotel California,” and Frey also provided vocals for songs like “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Lyin’ Eyes.” His 1982 solo album, No Fun Allowed, cracked the top 40 with “The One You Love,” “Smuggler’s Blue,” “Sexy Girl,” and other hits.

Dale “Buffin” Griffin

January 17, 2016: Mott the Hoople drummer Dale “Buffin” Griffin passed away in his sleep at the age of 67. Mott the Hoople’s most famous album, 1972’s All the Young Dudes, was produced by David Bowie. Griffin was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2009.

Pete Huttlinger

January 15, 2016: Musician Pete Huttlinger died suddenly at the age of 54 after a stroke. The guitarist is best known as the lead guitarist for John Denver. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Denver also toured with John Oates and LeAnn Rimes. He also recorded more than 15 albums of his own solo work.

David Bowie

January 10, 2016: After an 18-month battle with cancer, legendary musician/artist/fashion visionary David Bowie passed away surrounded by his family. He was 69. Bowie’s knack for blending musical styles like rock, jazz, cabaret, dance, electronica, and soul helped him create some of the most beloved and iconic songs in history. His first album,The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was released in 1972. In 1976, he achieved international success with his second album, Young Americans and the single, “Fame.” Other memorable songs from his 40 year career include: “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Panic in Detroit,” and “Fashion.”

In addition to his musical prowess, Bowie found another artistic outlet in film, starring in movies like The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Labyrinth. Just a month before his death, Bowie’s rock musical,Lazarus opened on Broadway. His final album, Blackstar, was released January 8, just two days before he passed away.

From article in Ranker.com

 

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2016 Resolution: Music = Love = Laughter = Living Longer

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david on stageWant to live longer? Do these 3 things: Love, Laugh, Listen to and play Music. Yeah, we all know to eat healthier foods and exercise to be healthy and live longer and of course this is true, but I add, just as importantly, Love, Laughter & Music. These build our emotional betterment, which in turn strengthens our physical health. I strongly feel that without Love, Laughter & Music, we can eat properly and exercise until we are all super bodybuilders and fitness models….in appearance…but what’s going on inside the heart and soul?

Most of us choose a religion or spiritual path that promises to lead to some eternal existence that goes on beyond the physical world. This yearning to hope that there is something more to our existence than the physical time we live here on Earth, gives us a reason for being. This is fed by FAITH…Faith that we will not cease when our physical body stops breathing and living. We want to do things to help our children and our future generations live happier, longer lives so we have Faith that we will be able to do so, somehow, after we are gone from our physical world. Some say that how we lived our lives, sets examples and teachings to our children, that will be handed down to future generations, but to believe in some form of afterlife, or heaven…lends to believing that we will be there to help our future families as their angels. I know that I feel certain, although I can not prove it to anyone, that my Dad has helped, guided and directed my life from the moment of his death. Sure, I can say that his DNA is within me and his actions during his lifetime were examples of how to be and these all are the reasons for my guidance in my life…but where does that leave my possibility of helping my family after my passing? I can also say that the same DNA and examples of my father were guiding me before he passed…so why did my life do a 180 degree change after he died? Was that all just due to my growing older? I choose to believe there’s more to all of this.

Scientific research and theory is based on physical facts and evidence. The way I look at spiritual belief, afterlife and the existence of God is based on common sense logic and the concept, “Why Not?” If we were to go back in time and tell someone that “Where I came from, we can all talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world by talking into a thing I can hold in the palm of my hand”, they would ask, “Why should I believe that when you can’t show it to me?” The fact that we can not show and prove the existence of Heaven or Angels does not mean they don’t exist. It is just as easy to discount something because we can’t prove it as it is to believe in something because we believe it exists!

We have the choice to believe or not believe in God and Heaven. I will choose to BELIEVE because it makes my heart and soul feel GOOD to know that I will be there to continue guiding and helping my children and my children’s children…long after I leave this world.

The New Year is a time when we think about doing something better or finally, such as lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more and on and on… We can do this on any particular day of the year, but the First day of the year seems like a better choice to do something new…like ah…saying “I’ll start exercising on Monday”…which gives us the rest of the weekend to NOT start yet! We all usually want to make so many improvements that we state we’ll work on too many of them. I will choose to do 2 things better in 2016.

Turn Off Negative Thoughts  (I’ve have started this already. It’s an extremely difficult thing to do….stop doing something you’ve been doing all of your life.)

STOP Watching the NEWS! (This is actually related to the first resolution because it is part of stopping negativity. Want to know what happened in the world overnight while you were sleeping? I can find that out on my phone or any computer….on my OWN schedule! We all usually start our days with turning on a morning news program, which has ONE goal…make it BIG, make it BREAKING and make it BAD!!! How can we all expect to be happy when we start our day with all that is BAD? I’m breaking a habit of many, many years and NOT start my day with BAD. Instead, choose meditation, exercise, walk or even a LAUGH. With video recording, YouTube and streaming…we can find something to make us laugh, first thing in the morning. I usually try some clips of my comedy heroes, The Three Stooges – for me, a guaranteed belly laugh session.
New Year’s Day is just another day on the calendar, but it is a landmark or milestone to start fresh, with new ideas and new creativity, to do something to make our world just a bit better, this year, this day and this moment.

Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2016!

Peace & Love,

David

 

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Not For All…

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david on stageIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s the song title that describes this time of the year for so many of us. There are however many who are effected quite oppositely, with depression and sadness from losing a loved one or perhaps living in poverty and hunger and lack of the basic necessities of life. The holidays and the fact that it’s the end of the year just lends us to feel like everything, good or bad, is much bigger and more significant.

I’ll tell you a little secret….David’s Music House was created to be a safe haven…a fortress of solitude for the soul. We all know that “music soothes the savage beast” and about all of the benefits music brings to the mind and the soul. Well, our Big Living Room was created to provide the community a place to get away from it all. No, we’e not a resort in the Caribbean….but we can provide you with a break from the sometime insane world outside…with some warm beverages and perhaps a satisfying snack or two…all while soaking you in the wonderful world of Music! Music from the sweet voice of a small child singing a Christmas carol in a lesson room to the strum of a guitar or pull of a bow across the strings of a violin. In the distant, you can hear the beginnings of a young learning musician. I often see the face of a young child smiling from ear to ear, just so excited to see their music teacher’s face welcome them with a “So…you ready to rock n roll?”, to which the response is a HUGE “YESSSS” and followed by a run to the lesson room. There is just nothing quite like seeing a young, eager musician who can’t wait to come into David’s Music House and meet with their teacher. We even have a Music Therapy program for anyone dealing with more serious issues of depression and anxiety or diagnosed issues of all ages. Our Music Therapist is licensed and trained to use The Power of Music to help anyone dealing with these more serious issues.

I have found the MOST AMAZING business model EVER….knowing that this “special place” is indeed…changing our world…every single day! While most business ideas are about a business plan, financials, budgeting, cash flow, profit margins…and on and on…. I receive treasures of the heart…in every single note played or sung… from the instruction of a gifted teacher, into a child’s hand and voice, through a glorious music instrument’s vibrations….into the air and out into our world…and finally falling onto the ears and heart and soul of all of us.

That, my friends…is AMAZING STUFF!

I always knew that someday, my yearning to change the world, one person at a time, would take some form and shape. Now, I’m seeing that blossom into reality!

December is about Christmas, helping others, making people smile, giving and receiving, music and laughter….and HOPE and FAITH that this world will spend one time of each year, making this life worth living.

Come, be a part of our journey and help change the world…one note and one person at a time.

All of us at David’s Music House wish each of you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest Holiday Season and hope that we all take the time to do some small acts of kindness during this time of year to spread Peace, Love and Joy.

Peace and Love,

David

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“Til the Season Comes ‘Round Again…”

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Fall is really my most favorite time of the year. I like the cooler sunny days and the amazing color Fall foliage that we get to enjoy in our area. It’s a great time to get some cozy time, binge watching holiday movies about family gatherings of Thanksgiving. This month is really centered around giving Thanks for all the blessings we have enjoyed all year and the people who we love and who love us. We all need to spend time each day of our lives to give thanks all that we have.

I really don’t mind that the last two months of the year have been blended into one mass holiday that I call – Hallothankamas. True, it is the product of business marketing and commercialism, but that’s not what it means to me. I choose to celebrate this time of year for gathering of family, enjoying spending time together in the warm colors of Fall and appreciate God’s goodness and love. The whole month of November IS for giving thanks,  that culminates in one beautiful day of Family & Food of the harvest of a year of hard work. Yes, there are Christmas movies and commercials spamming us to buy, buy buy….but in these days of Tivo, DVR’s and Netflix…we can just pass all the marketing right by and enjoy the good stuff. As long as we each insure we focus on the true meaning and reasons for the holiday season, it’s not really necessary to be concerned of what everyone else is doing.

I like to keep music as a part of our family’s holiday celebrations. Music has always been a major part of my life and even when we aren’t paying attention, we are living with the sounds of music everywhere. Music is the theme of the holidays, through our favorite holiday movies to the sounds of the season at the shopping malls.

One of my most favorite songs of the holiday season is “Til the Season” written by Randy Goodrum and John Barlow Jarvis. It has been performed by Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers and others. The lyrics of this song really highlight the true meaning of this time of the year.

“And we’ll all join hands and remember this moment
 And we’ll love and we’ll laugh in the time that we have
’til the season comes ’round again….”

We all have busy hectic lives and it’s natural for us to be caught up in the moment of where we have to rush off to or do next. The stress of all we have to do tends to make us forget the really important things and people in our lives. We NEED this these two months of the year to take the time to really think about the people we love because we never know if they will be with us next year.

Make this Season special by spending time with the people you love. Show them how special they are to you. Say the words….give the hugs and kisses. Each day we get to spend with our loved ones deserves to be something we focus on…while we can physically do so, while they are with us.

All of us at David’s Music House wish each of you all the blessings of the season and the bounty of family, friendships and loves.

Happy Thanksgiving, Peace & Love.

David

 

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It IS a Beautiful Life…

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david on stageYes, it IS truly a beautiful life…full of countless blessings and I am thankful every day for each one, including all the community support and for everyone who has spread the word about David’s Music House.

We have put together a small video of just a small portion of all that has happened over the last 5 years. Enjoy!

October 10, 2010 is a day forever in my mind, right up there with the biggest events of my life! It was actually hard for me to believe I had pulled off getting off my unemployed butt and create a music school in the heart of Peters Township. I still have to pinch myself every time I drive past it on Washington Road and see the David’s Music House logo sign light up in the Waterdam Plaza. Me!!!… I own my own business, and not a tiny one at that. I’m not a big business by any means, but to start the very first business I ever tried, to have opened in the one of the largest spaces in the plaza and be responsible for the rent and overhead to keep it running, really seemed quite beyond my reality.

The journey has been completely rewarding and of course, also one of the hardest things I have ever done. I was never a risk taker. From my earliest memories, I was not the child to climb a tree with my neighborhood buddies. I was the kid who watched one of those friends fall out of the tree and break his arm and see his bone sticking out of his skin! There’s a different feeling I now possess which removes the word “risk” from my focus, and that is knowing that this is my mission – to help make our world just a bit better, by insuring we all have more music…and musicians, who also carry that same purpose….to make the world a better place.

In the scheme of creating, owning and running a business, I know I am still an infant in years, but I have at least been able to pass over that first hurdle of the start up years. Having reached our 5th anniversary is definitive proof to myself that I can do great things. I am a firm believer that, as I look at the past events of my life, there have been far too many blessings that not only led me to where I am right now, but are also proof that too many things have happened and continue happening, that give me an awareness that I am on my correct journey. I am doing, what I exist for and that allows me to know that success will not only continue but will increase. Believing this is, in fact, a major reason for continued success.

All the pieces of the puzzle of my life are clearly showing me the picture that has been developing all these years. Of course, the puzzle will never be completed as my life is but another piece of the puzzle of the universe….all connected….all important…..and all changing and growing.

I say all these things to make others aware that you can do anything you want to do…IF you try hard enough and never quit, even when quitting seems to be the only option. Those who succeed….just tried harder than all the others.

We have planned an event to celebrate and take special note of the importance of our 5th Anniversary filled with Music, Food, Prizes, Student and Teacher Performances and a performance by myself along with my friends, past bandmates and teachers. This is an opportunity for some of our students and families to see and hear what I (David) can actually do! In addition, I intend on just having some righteous FUN!!! It has been quite a ride.

I continue, as all of us of the DMH Family, to thank each of you for coming to us, supporting us and for spreading the word to the community about the good works being done here at David’s Music House.

Peace & Love,

David

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What’s Happening at ‘da House for September?

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David

What a fast summer. They really do seem to fly by anymore. Thank goodness we actually still have a couple of months of nice weather ahead before the long cold winter….brrrrrrr….let’s not go there yet. September is of course, back to school, lots of school activities and naturally, your music lessons continuing. Well, all of us at David’s Music House is here for you, teaching, mentoring and inspiring you with everything we can think of.

I need to mention as time moves on, changes always occur in every facet of our lives. The same is true of David’s Music House. Music teachers are passionate about what they do as musicians. I played music in many ways over that last 50 years. Some of our amazing teachers who have been with us for a long time are going through changes in their lives as well, causing some of them to face new experiences and new paths on their musical journeys. We thank them for all they brought to the experience of David’s Music House and wish them the very best. Of all the amazing things I have been blessed with in my journey of creating this learning place, I am continually blessed with new and tremendously gifted teachers who discover what David’s Music House does and have joined us in the pursuit of providing the very BEST learning experience possible for the community and our students.

We have just added three new, incredibly gifted teachers to continue offering the community and music lovers as many options as possible. David’s Music House provides a complete teaching team that works together to insure our students receive the best of ALL of our teaching staff. Nowhere else will you find teachers working together, meeting monthly to keep on track, discuss teaching methods and ideas. Here, teachers will transfer a student who will benefit from the experience and methods of a different teacher because our teachers don’t feel ownership of students nor jealousy of other teachers. All students are under the umbrella of David’s Music House and everything is done for total benefit of the student, not any individual teacher. This all insures each parent and parent is receiving only the very best learning experience possible.

This month is an exciting one indeed as we will have our monthly Student Showcase plus a rare gem of inspiration in the form of Ian Ethan Case who will perform LIVE on the DMH Coffee House Stage. Some of our guitar students will get the opportunity to do a small concert performance during an intermission of Ian’s Concert. What an amazing opportunity for some guitar students to perform and meet a professional touring musician like Ian. This are the kinds of events that can change a student’s entire life of music!

We will continue providing the best musical mentoring to our students to enhance their talent and love of music. As always, thank you all for reading, spreading the word about David’s Music House and for choosing us to be your Total Music Experience.

Peace & Love,

David

 

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