David Savage - World War We


Met ' World War We ' heeft David Savage een erg mooi album gemaakt. Op het dertien nummers tellende album horen we de zanger gewapend met zijn gitaar prachtige verhalen vertellen. Verhalen over het  strijd , liefde , uitdagingen en hoop. Maar bovenal verhalen waarin de luisteraars zich kunnen herkennen. De sfeer op het album is intiem, de liedjes klein en gemaakt vanuit de emotie van de nummers. 

Het knappe van deze benadering is dat het lijkt alsof de zanger in je eigen huiskamer aan het spelen is. Deze pure benadering maakt dat de teksten echt tot leven komen. 

Bijzonder ook de prachtige combinatie van de stemmen van David en dochter Melissa Savage op een aantal nummers. 

Mijn favoriete nummers op het werkelijk prachtige album zijn ' The North Won ' , ' World War We ' en ' The Night is Ours'.

Een album om stil van te worden.


DAVID SAVAGE INTERVIEW


If you have to describe your music in three of four words,what would you call it? 


Real life poetic melodies...


What was the first tune(s) you learned? 


Knockin' On Heaven's Door


When did you start writing music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?


I wrote my first song when I was 8, but had no clue as to what I was doing. During my early teens I started writing with more intent and direction. Early influences to start writing weren't limited to musicians, Edgar Allen Poe, Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe) and Shel Silverstein influenced me as much if not more than musicians early on.


Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?


There are so many, this in of itself could be a book! I like music from many different angles, but suffice it to say I like music that tells me something. 

Musicians - Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Travis Tritt, James McMurtry, Lou Reed

Groups - Aerosmith, Mumford & Sons, U2, REM, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Old Crow Medicine Show

CD's - John Mellencamp's The Lonesome Jubilee & Nothing Better Than This, Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, James McMurtry's Just Us Kids, Steve Earle's Transcendental Blues, John Hiatt's Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns


 Do you get nervous before a performance ?


 I would call it nervousness anymore, but there is a vibe that builds.


How do you promote your shows?


Depends on the show, but social media is probably the most accessible, but probably at the end of the day not that effective due to the information overflow. 


What's your outlook on the record industry today?


I'm not so sure there is a record industry anymore, it's mass market overcompressed cookie cutter formula songs that have their hands in the pockets of commercial radio and other media outlets. I have little faith in the industry as such. 


What's your claim to fame?


Having my name in lights at the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam was pretty cool.


What inspires you to do what you do?


Life in and of itself is inspiring, for me songwriting is part of who I am. Sharing my music is inspired by the people that take the time to listen and hearing what some of my songs mean to people, for whatever reason.


What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?


I think what's probably most embarassing is that I don't really use an mp3 player, I still have stacks of cd's. I do have several on my smartphone, but nothing embarassing, if I don't like it, it gets deleted. 


Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?


Thankfully yes, that's part of the whole process I think. There's one thing to receiving compliments for which I am grateful, it's another to look into the eyes of people at a theater show and visibly see how a song affects them, whether a smile or tears. The song that's probably received the most comments is "Shine a Light", I wrote it in support of women of all ages that have been victims of abuse. 


How would you describe your perfect day?

A day that leaves me inspired and wanting more. 


Best song you ever written and why?


The Blood Within & Son Walker. 

The Blood Within was a title that had been spinning in my head for many years, but I didn't want to force it out. When the time was right, the stars aligned and it came to life. The rhyme scheme, the vibe, but mostly the meaning of the song, how it touches people and inspires them to overcome their challenges.

Son Walker - It's a story, it's a painting with lyrics and music giving colors to the canvas. It's detailed and yet it's full of broad strokes, it's fiction and yet it's a real as it gets.


How do you handle mistakes during a performance?


Depends on the mistake, I usually press on and grin about it afterwards. When I forget the lyrics I tend to make up new ones, sometimes inspiring new songs. I used to be afraid to make mistakes, but that's like being afraid to be human, wasted energy. I make sure I'm prepared and should something happen I just deal with it. 


Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?


On John Mellencamp's "Down and Out in Paradise" he sings in te 3rd verse from an elementary school kid's point of view, growing up in the shadow of the cold war I remember the "stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye" bomb safety drills in school. When I hear that song it sends me back to grade school, I can see it and remember the fear I had as a kid of World War III. 


Dear Mr. President, I'm just a young kid, I'm in the fourth grade At riley elementary

My Mom and Dad's been actin' funny, I'm not sure, If it ain't got something to do with me

My Daddy's always drunk, My Mom's a babysitter, And I don't like the Russians, .Cause I hear, they hate me

Dear Mr. President, Can I ask you one question?

When the bombs fall down Will they hurt everyone in my family


If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?


I would be writing in one form or other. My expression isn't necessarily bound to singing, but to the writing, that's always been most important to me. 


Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?


I enjoyed singing with my daughter during the making of World War We, I'd like to see what we can do in the future.


Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?


I will be content if I am able to help people, to inspire and be inspired. Really to me, that's what life is about. We are here for a short time, we might as well try to do something with it and make some good of our time here.


What was your biggest dream growing up with regards to your music?


The biggest thing to me was to be regarded as an influencial songwriter, I guess in the same way I look up to a John Hiatt or Steve Earle as songwriters, it would be an honor to inspire the next generation.