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A Sport and Pastime 

I just completed most of the distribution work for my latest song offering called Crumble Like Sand. I expect to release this song on or about 21 June 24.  This song was partially inspired by a book I read by James Salter called A Sport and Pastime. I enjoyed it but would not say I LOVED it.

My music composition work and writing is often very "in the moment". It captures my fleeting moods and/or fragments of things percolating through my world and mind at the very moment of writing. This song is indeed a perfect example of that pattern. By the Way; I do Love the Song : ).

Dave

Stories make the world go 'round 

 

Riddle: What do U2, Derringer Discoveries and the late-great John Prine have in common with David Husted?

A Story:

Last December Derringer Discoveries (a popular music adventure podcast) sent a request to my email account to host an upcoming podcast episode with them.  The topic would be to get into the weeds discussing some "to be selected" artist/band the DD team and the co-host all mutually love.   

Here were some clues that they sent this request to the wrong email.

Clue 1: Subject Line said: Are you David Prine?   lol…..No, I am not David Prine.
Clue 2: First sentence: I enjoyed talking with you the other evening.   lol : No, we did not talk the other evening.

David Prine happens to be a relation of John Prine. John Prine, for those who may be living under a rock, is a mega popular folk singer who recently passed away. Mr. Prine was nominated to the Singer-Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2019. 

Did this stop me from moving out on the invite. No Sir : )

Here is my email response. 

"Thank You…..just to double check,  You mentioned we talked the other evening.  We “talked” via email but did not verbally chat, so I just want to make sure you sent this email to the correct person. Assuming you did : ) I would be happy to co-host…thank you for asking…honored you asked.  Will need more info on that at opportunity. If you did mean to send this to another rockstar named Dave and you sent to me by accident ……no worries. Either way, I am now gonna send you 5 to 10 artist suggestions whether you want them or not….: ) Also, I’d be happy to send you some voice overs per your spec guidance below………Thanks Again and looking forward to the event.

VR

Dave"

Here is Paul's (of the DD Team) paraphrased response:

……Fortune favors the bold. I was writing to Dave Prine (RIP John Prine's nephew, if that means anything), but I'm impressed with your response. So, yes, please plan to be a co-host with Team Derringer…….

Life Lesson to me: The DD Team response was unexpected and goes to show how important connection, interaction, resolve, humor and good natured friendliness can take someone.

The rest is history. Several months later a Derringer Discoveries Podcast co-hosted by none-other-than David Husted was born. Topic: U2

Just to be clear: David Husted is not yet in the singer/songwriter hall of fame but he is working on it ; )

Cheers

Dave

Photo by Özge Taşkıran  

 

Noble Cat and other Miscellaneous Thoughts 

I started making music when this noble cat was still alive and my first fan (perhaps my only fan at the time). Music making has always been a hobby to satisfy an impulse to learn cool things related to music tech and to get the creative sprites dancing inside my head out into the world. It was a pathway of discovery on multiple fronts discussed below.  

One: Learning to understand and perform on a real instrument. In my case on one called a synthesizer. Practice….Yes, I am afraid you must do this relentlessly. This is job one.

Two: I can remember learning about music technology (i.e. Midi, DAWs and plug-ins) for the first time around 2008 and being fascinated like an Alice in Wonderland walking through the briar patch. My vague understanding of these concepts and this software slowly, through trial and error, bloomed into skillful means to an end. This is not for the faint of heart.

Three: The technology was cool but learning the craft and nuance of recording, mixing and mastering even more challenging. This is an art. I still have much to learn. 

Four:  These skills coupled with a burning desire and belief that I could now create my own musical masterpieces (at least according to me ; ) was inspiring. This desire, however, is not enough.  You must act even when you do not necessarily feel like creating. Sit down and arrange, form, mold and forge music. Just Do It. 

Five: The ability and means to share this music with the world via distribution services and streaming platforms or, at a minimum, with attentive, appreciative nearby friendly animals.

Dave

 

Gems 

Hello,

I hope all is well with you. Here are a few things going on in my world of music making:

I am now finalizing my next music creation. I expect to officially release the song on Friday, 9 February 2024. The vibe and lyrics of the song circle themes of time, destruction and transformation. Song development was influenced by a plug-in instrument I acquired that enables me to create rhythms and textures using both tabla drums and the sitar. This is not my typical music genre but I was very happy with the outcome. I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

Ed Bejzak co-produced a song with me called Even Fail that was released in late December and is still fresh. Ed created a video to accompany the audio. This video is presented here. Deep Bow of gratitude to Ed and to his video production team, including Lauren Bejzak and David DeFord. You have all put a bit more sparkle into a terrific song. Thank You. 

Final thought regarding my craft of music making, I can write whatever I want, whenever I want and however I want. I write music that resonates with me in the moment of creation. It makes me happy and this is enough. I realize that I am fortunate to have the opportunity, financial means and time to create. I am very thankful for this and try not to take it for granted. I understand that many other talented artists do not have this access and these luxuries. I continue to be a seeker of musical gems existing and to be created. 

Thank You 
Dave
Davidhusted.com

 

 

 

 

Photo by Dr.Herumb Sharma: drums
Photo by cottonbro studio: cat on piano

 

The Orange Notebook and other NFT Treasures 

Greetings, here is a new original song offering called Even Fail.

This song was created as a result of a musical collaboration between two long time friends; Ed Bejzak and David Husted. Enjoy the music and Thank You for listening. Your continued support is most appreciated!!

VR

Plastic Plant Music Productions


For those who want the inside scoop and other unsought after miscellaneous information about the song's creation read on. These may be valuable NFT collectable items once the song goes platinum. Any errors or mis-perceptions of the “facts” stated below are Dave's fault.


-A song called Daisies Through Concrete by the Eels was used as a reference track.



-Even Fail does have certain texture and vibe similarities to the Eel's song but quickly departed the pattern and became its own unique entity.


-They recorded and tracked Even Fail on Friday 17 NOV 23 over the course of just a few hours.  


-The actual mixing and mastering process took several more weekends past this event


-They prepped for this song over the course of several weekends prior to meeting up. 


-Lyrics germinated out of passed around Haikus and Word Ladders initially and much ad-libbing during game day. This process culminated in the following:

Lyrics
Even Fail
by Ed Bejzak and David Husted
V1
Wave sharpens
As it readies to pound
Under ocean canopy
Once again smooth
A tired refrain
Ch     
You can jump
I'll be there
I will be your safety net
You can jump
Even fail   
PreVs
V2
Crackle of fire and a
drizzle of rain 
cold and distant thunder
Now silence
Again and again and again
Ch2
You can jump
I'll be there
I will be your safety net
You can jump
Even fail    
V3
Falling, floating
Air rushes past
Sensation unfamiliar 
All stop 
Never and ever again 
Ch2
You can jump
I'll be there
I will be your safety net
You can jump
Even fail   
Outro
Even Fail
Even Fail
Even Fail


-Chord ideas germinated out of passed around Ableton Live DAW share files that came to be known as ZipLine1 through 6 rumored to be housed in a feathery cloud. All offline music collaboration notes were captured in a super-secret virtual manuscript journal called The Orange Notebook. This piece of musical history has been carefully preserved and archived in a vault deep within the Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of approximately 25,000 feet.

 


-The bass line introductory phrase became the backbone around which the song developed.


-The song does not have a traditional 4 to the floor timing but more of a waltzing meter. This did factor into the final reference track down-select process.


-Programmed kit drums were used, however,  Ed played a bit of Djembe rhythms in the verse. See if you can find them…fairly subtle.


-It was rumored that one of the music production team name ideas was: 

Plastic Plant Recordings


-One of Ed and Dave's first musical masterpieces was created in the late 80's on a cassette tape 4 track player in a dusty basement in which a green plastic plant was used to precariously hold the microphone. It is believed this may have improved the vocal sound quality.


-A few good craft beers may have influenced some of the creative decisions during Even Fail's song development process.



-There was a second reference song by The Blue Nile called "Stay"  at the ready in case we stretched for a second song. We did not.


-Ed is rumored to be conjuring up a music video to be released on a TBD date but this may only be a rumor.


-We nicknamed the final “to be released” version of our song the "vault version" and its actual wav file name is EvanFailTreeHouse.wav. This name may or may not have been informed by the picture below.


-All for now….peace out my friends and Thanks Again for sharing a moment with me.  The song was a blast to make and if you listen to Ed in the bridge section of the song you may get a taste of the joy captured in the moment of creation….."fa la la la la"



 

 

Train's Comin' 

I have completed a new song today which I will probably not distribute for at least a year.  The timeline varies but this has been my average gestation period.

I will use this song journal under the category "simmering" to document this conception point and comment on it later once I put all the final bells and whistles on it.

Thank You

Dave Out

 

 

 

Photo by Mark Plötz: 

In the Stream of Captured Fragments 

What is new with You? I hope all is well.

If you are feeling TLDR (Too Long Didn't Read) today, here is the point of this particular Blog in one line.

I have a new album called Captured Fragments scheduled for release on 18 Aug 23.

Check it Out!!!!   You will enjoy. It will change your life.  Ok, maybe not, but listen to it anyway!!

For those that want to hear more…..READ ON!.  By the way, I'd love to hear how your day is going as well : )


How are you doing this fine weekend? It is too hot. I was planning to mow the lawn and now I am not. It is too hot. I did build two deck chairs today.  I did this inside my house and then carried the chairs outside. It is too hot.  I took the trash to the local dump. Yes, I do that and like that they have a good recycling process. It is too hot. I will tractor the grass later tonight because it is too hot. I will refill the bird feeder and I will say hello to the multitudes of bunnies on the lawn. I am now sipping a fine craft beer called Boulevard SIXTH Glass and listening to my latest fresh playlist and contemplating new original song creation options. I have too many choices. I am overwhelmed in a good way. The world is filled with such good music. I am honing in, honing in, honing in. I may go for a walk around the neighborhood pond soon and "ponder". It is too hot. Life is good. That last sentence originally defaulted to Love is good…..well……..Love is Good too….let's go with that.

And…….. I wish you a wonderful evening. I completed a brand new song called Empire last night. A song I have been crafting over the last several weekends. It will not be released for many moons but I may share it with YOU soon. I have a new album called Captured Fragments scheduled for release on 18 Aug 23 and that is the ultimate reason for this particular write-up.  I best put that intention at the top of this blog : ) as I may be the only person reading this far.

Thank You for sharing a moment within the exciting life of Dave. Deep Bow.

Sincerely

Dave
 

Nonet 

Extra, Extra, Read all about it!

New Album Release: 18 August 2023.  Yes!

“Dave's new album Captured Fragments is rumored to feature a nonet of beautifully arranged songs, each one showcasing his versatility as a songwriter and capturing a different aspect of his musical journey”.

Thank You
David Husted Music Productions
 

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Pilgrim 

I remember the guitar rhythm borrowed heavily from a Stones pattern. See if you can guess which one when the song is released. Songwriting and production have enabled me to meet, interact and network with so many music loving folks whether it is through other music/social platforms, other bands, songwriters, good friends and/or family. I am very grateful for these connections and the opportunities they have opened up.

I have a soft place in my heart for new music from relatively unknown artists (I wonder why?).  I tend to like/lean toward the “indie” rock genre more than others but really I like them all if the music is creative and well produced. There are so many talented artists and songwriters out there (published and unpublished). The music industry tends to funnel only the smallest 1% of good music to us but, rest assured, if you look more carefully there are many more gold nuggets out there. Deep Bow to those music forums and platforms that continue to help discover them. Panning for the gold never gets old for me.

Thank You for your support. I appreciate. 
thx....Dave

 

An introspective explorative flavoring of Archetypes 

I have recently been enjoying a podcast called This Jungian Life. I am not a rabid listener but the episodes I do hit I find interesting enough to stay tuned in. Three good friends, who are Jungian analysts, talk about the world and its many issues as seen through the lens of Carl Jung. I am sure this is not for everyone but it hits the spot for me. They also breakdown a dream of the day at the end of the show which is always entertaining.

Why do I bring this up? Well, my song lyrics often tend toward a sort of introspective explorative flavoring. My soon to be released song called Pilgrim is no exception. In addition to the word Pilgrim, the words Shaman, Crone and Buddha turn up which seem to conjure up archetypes that resonate with me. Figures that embody strength, resilience and wisdom. I reference winding roads and tides in the song that perhaps point to how we move towards or against life's gifts, challenges and hidden truths with grace and authenticity. I have said this often before, I never really know what my lyrics are about, but this description feels right for me today so I am going with it.

My premiere team of graphic designers just completed the cover art for Pilgrim and it is provided in this blog photo.  I take part of the chorus section to the very limits of my vocal range which is not very wide. Looking back, it always seems there is some pain and beauty going on at the same time. The reflections do not often provide pointers to specific content. I have no problem with this. 

The Choice 

I am honing in on my next all new original song project idea.  It is a seed, a wisp, the slightest hint of a whisper or perhaps nothing at all. I have listened to many different types of music to inspire me and have narrowed it down to three genres but only one choice.  Genre one is to form up a song that combines the following styles: neo-psychedelic 60's rock with overtones of windswept sunshine modern pop. The second genre is to land in the heart of new world retro-wave.  Genre Three is whatever I feel like in the moment…no boundary conditions. Tough Choices.  I love it. See you on the other side of the chaos.

Dave

 

 

 

 

Photo by BackDated: 

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 7 

Part 7 of 7:

Then I combined my word ladder brainstorms in crazy ways  

Lead Antique Lamp
Frown Pillow   
Inspire Ladder   
Shout Books
Order Baseball Glove/Mit 
Fly Trees   
Impose Vacuum Cleaner   
Politic Coffee Cup  
Command Globe   
Fail or Win Notebook  

I stared at these phrases and began mumble singing to the song again and looping it relentlessly.  I settled on these phrases that actually landed in the song.

verse 1: 

We play politics over coffee cups  
Commanding globes of dominoes  
Ordering that glove to fit  
Climbing ladders with our parlor tricks 

It didn't make tons of sense but who says everything's gotta make tons of sense.

and this my friends is a small taste of how this particular song was created and the creation process is almost never exactly the same from song to song.  I think that is why I love it so much.

The Dude Abides

Dave

If you want to circle back to Part 1 of this Song Creation Blog go here: Part 1


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

David Husted Music: NEW SONG: Take That Hill 

Greetings, 

I have a new song release today.  It is called Take That Hill.  What's this one about Dave?  Here is a snippet of the lyrics:

We play politics over coffee cups. Commanding globes of dominoes. Ordering that glove to fit. Climbing ladders with our parlor tricks. 

This song is in the indie-electronic domain but has a certain jazz vibe with the bass. It has a not easily defined yet original flow and feel. It speaks to our societal and work related anxieties; always asking us to do a bit more, move a bit faster. We will Take That Hill the first time and maybe even the second..... but after that it's time to consider other options.

I provide a more detailed peek into my lyric creation process for this song in my Blog. I divided it up into seven smaller and separate Blog chunks. Start at the Part 1 Blog here: Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 1

Oh….and here is where you can go listen to the song. Enjoy.   I now present: Take That Hill.

Have a Fantastic Weekend 

Dave

 

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 6 

Part 6 of 7:

Here were my specific Word Ladder  - Verbs and Nouns

Admiral Verbs  
Lead
Frown 
Inspire   
Shout  
Order
Fly   
Impose   
Politic   
Command 
Fail or Win   

Nouns of things in my field of view right now   
Trees   
Notebook   
Ladder  
Coffee Cup   
Globe   
Antique Lamp   
Vacuum Cleaner   
Baseball Glove/Mit   
Pillow   
Books   

Jump to Part 7 here.


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 5 

Part 5 of 7:

 Word Ladder  - Verbs and Nouns 

Come up with ten verbs that are associated with, anything you want and then write them down on a page. Then write down ten nouns of a totally un-related other subject

I chose Admiral for my verb search and items in my field of vision for my noun search:  My verbs didn't all have to do with Admiral stuff necessarily but they came to my mind quickly. See next Blog for specifics on my word choices.

Jump to Part 6 of 7 here.


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 4 

Part 4 of 7:

The next day I threw out most of the words I had sung but kept the general melody flow.  I then used two techniques suggested by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame in his book How to Write one Song to help inspire lyric writing.  My next Blog will deep dive one of his techniques. By the way, I used two techniques. I will only go into detail on one but the second is essentially pilfering words out of randomly scanned books and then squishing them into phrases. Back to the first technique…..drum roll…..see next Blog ; )

Jump to Part 5 of 7 here.


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 3 

Part 3 of 7:

I semi-mastered the song at this point and walked away with an instrumental plus vox sample song that I thought I was satisfied enough with to call it complete.  However,  it still lacked something.  As I listened to the demo on my car ride back from DC to my house one night (I live about one and a half hours away) I started to mumble sing potential vocal tracks over the demo. I heard the essence of verse and melody lines at that time.

Jump to Part 4 of 7 here.


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part 2 

Part 2 of 7

A key feature of this song was the learning and experimenting I did real time with several new Ableton Live 11 features that take advantage of free Max for Live devices that enable cool random and probabilistic sequencing of sound.  Several of the devices I learned about and/or used in the song can be found here if you are curious.  This and the addition of several Native Kontakt effect sounds (one whale like and another like a resonating scrape across the strings of a baby grand on fire) really added extra sheen and color to the building arrangement.

Jump to Part 3 of 7 here.


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

 

Take That Hill: A Song Creation Story in Seven Parts: Part I 

Part 1 of 7: 
Certain songs I create by dissecting a reference track and then incorporating instrument sounds to emulate a feel and vibe of a certain song style/genre. I then paint this vibe into my own unique creation.  At other times I start from scratch and just play in the space of my Ableton Session and my own brain space in the moment.  That was the case with this song. This creation approach can often create music way outside the box and I at times hesitate to publish as I am often also outside my comfort zone.  I am becoming braver as I age.

For this song, I began at first with the drums.  I experimented with rhythms in the Ableton library and just played. I was lost for several hours.  I emerged and then turned my attention to traditional piano grand midi sounds and threw down a simple chord pattern I liked.  I laid down a very cool sounding upright Kurzweil bass pattern down that became the castle the song started to take shape around.  Adding some self-made samples at this point gave the song a kinda-sorta lyric potential direction. 

Jump to Part 2 of 7 here.


This song has a 21 APR 23 scheduled release date to all streaming services.  Please pre-save it today and plan to give it a listen then. Your support means a bunch to me. Thank You!

Next Song: Take That Hill 

Honing in on my next song release and I am not sure it is ready for prime time yet but going for it anyway.  It will be called Take That Hill.  It is about…….well…not totally sure what it is about….let me ponder that for a bit. Hope to release it in the next three weeks or so.  

thx

Dave

 

Photo by Andrey Grushnikov: 

La La Land 

Quick Note:

Over the last several weekends I created a solid rough draft of a new song called La La Land.  Yes, I know there is a movie already called that. That phrase sort of rolled off my tongue while I was crafting lyrics for the song in a very open, stream of consciousness sort or way.  The only link it has to the movie would be something from deep in my sub-conscious so I could not tell you. But, I think I may go watch the movie soon on Netflix to see if anything connects the dots. ANYWAY, I was doing a kind of mumble singing to my music to create my lyrics.  I do this often as it often allows a more organic synching with the vibe of the music flow to emerge.

 When will this song be published (if ever)? I do not know. It is certainly not ready for public consumption yet but I thought I would post a snippet of it here today just to give you a peak into my creation zone early and to give me an anchor point to look back at to see if the final form of the song changes much.  It can take me months to get back to a song that is in its embryonic state. I like to let my super fresh stuff simmer and gestate for awhile to see if it still has the same energy later. What sounds sparkly today can sound WTF was I thinking later : )  If it does continue to sound sparkly, that is usually a strong sign I will distribute it.  Have a great night!

Song Snippet

Thank You

Dave

Photo by Roberto Nickson: 

Moonbeam Blue: Final Official Lyric Video 

Friends,

I completed my lyric video today. I used a site called Rotor Video to accomplish this. I do not always do this. Sometimes I use my Mac iMovie software and build the video content on my own. However, Rotor Video is easier and makes the life of a music creator less complicated. Rotor Videos is a video creation site that allows artists to upload a song, select videos from their library or upload their own clips, and choose an editing style for their video. It works perfectly for artists aiming to create videos at an affordable rate.

Building the lyric video content for Moonbeam Blue was so much fun today. I am never quite sure what will come out on the other side of my creation process but I was very happy with what emerged this time around. The video captures the mood I was after and synchs with the vibe of the song in a perfect way (in my humble opinion).

I can't wait for its official release on 13 January 2023 and hope that you are there to join me.

I appreciate that you spent a moment with me and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Cheers

Dave

Moonbeam Blue Single Art Work and Pre-Release Facebook Reel 

I just completed the art work for my new single called Moonbeam Blue.  This song will officially release on 13 January 2023. I have also fooled around with what is called a Facebook Reel today. It allows you to create about 60 seconds worth of content which was just perfect for me as I wanted to present a short pre-release clip of my song in a video format.  If you would like to check it out just click this link:

FacebookReel:MoonBeamBlue. 

Have a great night

Dave

Single Art Work