David's Blog

New Song For npr Tiny Desk Songwriter's Contest 2021: "A NICE MOVE AWAY" 

Each year npr Music has a fabulous song writers contest. The artists write their own songs and submit a video with one single song for judging. There are many many excellent entries every year and it's an honor for me to place myself amongst these very talented musical / lyrical people.

This year I wrote my submission titled, "A Nice Move Away"  in March & April  2021. For the video, I rearranged my garage and moved my piano and small sound system in for the shoot, May 2021. I'm really happy with how it came off.

npr Music posts all the video submissions so maybe check them out if you feel keen: npr.org/tinydeskcontest

Cheers,

David

 

Returning Slowly Back To Normal 

Well it has been exactly one year since I played my last show "with a 'live audience." It was at the Joshua Tree Saloon in Joshua Tree, California. I remember that night well. I finished performing and I was packing up and word came out that all public performances in all public spots were cancelled from that point on indefinitely in the sate of California. I was forced to cancel a further 3 shows I had been booked for. As it turned out similar rules were being enforced throughout the world from this point forward. A disappointment at the time of course but in hind site, far for the better. 

Now, it would appear things may be slowly creeping back to that place again where people will be able to start enjoying "live shows. Be they in smaller numbers perhaps? No one really knows yet....

The good news is, I was able to really get down and focus on my songwriting and over the last year I have come up with some songs that I feel are very strong, worthy of performing and hanging my name on. As well I enjoyed recording small "live at home" shows throughout this time and posting them on my website and DS social media spots. These felt good because I felt like maybe the audience interaction may not be as strong (obviously) but at least I was able to get my songs out there, get feedback. (thank you all for your comments) and connect at some level. We were also working very hard on the new DS album project witch was going great guns but slowed down considerably as the pandemic continued to intensify. So with things improving I am really looking forward to getting back to more studio time on new album.

As they say, it all starts with strong songs. Without strong songs you have nothing. So it all boils back to this time I have had to really really work on the songwriting. I'm most thankful for that.

Stay well everyone and we'll talk soon.

Cheers,

David

 

Writing New Songs & Working In Studio On New Songs For New Album  

Happy New Year Everyone. All best wishes for a turn around back to greatness for all in 2021.

Through these last 10 months I have had a chance to put together a substantial group of new songs. Not to say I don't write in normal times but through this pandemic it has given me a chance like I haven't experienced before. As far as songwriting, both the creative inspiration for song ideas and the discipline to put those ideas down into finished songs seems to flow well when sticking around home so much. Not only writing new songs but also revisiting some older songs and rewriting them. Making them all 'round stronger.

As well, we've been working vigorously on a new album project I'm really excited about. A slow process but worth it in the end. Particularly if the songs are strong and I feel confident that we are putting this abundance of musical energy into a very positive place. 

I miss performing and seeing everyone out there 'live but I think we've now turned a corner and it's slowly coming back.

Stay safe and we'll see you soon.....

David

Song - "Little Sparrow" 

This song I wanted to single out individually. I just posted it up on my web site, my youtube channel and all my other social media platforms. Normally I will not blog anything such as this. Its usually more a spirited event, a show, a group of shows, an interview or whatever else along the lines of a broader experience. 

Writing songs is a very fulfilling / satisfying craft when the writer feels the song has really come off. It's a nightmare when the song sits either unable to be finished or finished and crappy.

Little Sparrow is a song I first tackled in 2003. It was a very sad event that put the need to write this song into my head and I was thinking, OK, I've got this. I'll be able to put this song down and make it perfect in a shorter amount of time than usual. But that was not to be. I wrote it and because of the subject matter, I thought it was going to be perfect. Well it was far from it. And it stayed far from it for a lot of years. For me, I could never get the song to measure up emotionally to the loss so many experienced in losing this little person. As a result, of course I never performed the song, yet I so badly wanted to. I played around with it a few times over the years but I was never satisfied with what I was coming up with. Eventually, I gave up. I felt this event was not meant to have a song connected to it. At least not a song written by me.

Finally, in late March of this year when we were all locked inside in isolation, I took it out yet again and started working on  it and like out of nowhere it came to me and landed in my lap. Seventeen years later it came together.

At last, I felt this song was saying what it was supposed to say, lyrically and musically. More importantly it was feeling there at last emotionally.

I'm proud to have written this song, "Little Sparrow" and I'll be proud to perform it anywhere, any time as the years go by.....

I guess sometimes making it right, means leaving it alone for 17 years.

Talk soon.....

David

 

Performing 'Live From Home 

When you are a performing singer songwriter that's what you do to keep moving forward. Sing and perform songs you have written . When everything shuts down around the world as it has since mid March 2020 with our world pandemic, the writing is still very much in place but the 'live singing and performing aspect can easily just vanish.If you let it. As a songwriter, I never feel my songs have truly been brought to life upon just completing them until I have had a chance to try them out in front of 'live audiences. Audiences let you know. Audiences do not lie and I love getting that assurance however witch way it may swing. Once I get that song out there one or two or seven times I know in my soul that now this song is finished and ready to enjoy a long life.

With these confining/limiting circumstances it has forced me to become creative as a performer in other ways. Ways I have never experimented with before. Instead of arriving to play somewhere with an existing audience of listeners one has to drum it up. So far I have done a small mini series of a handful of original songs from various places around my home. Both inside and outside depending on my mood at that time. I have posted some of them on my website, youtube channel as well my other usual social media spots. As well I made a video specifically for a very well publicized songwriter's contest I happened to be drawn towards. This generated many views as well some very positive feed back. The last thing I have tried to do is take my guitar with me if we are doing a social distancing thing with friends in their yards. Letting  them know I have a couple of new songs and I need to try them out. Would they mind me spinning them on their front lawn? The answer is always, " right on , great, yeah go for it, we'd love to hear them ." BANG - audience, feedback, feeling like you're still in the game.

Just 'cos the world throws you a curve doesn't mean you have to be out of the game.

Thank you so much to all those who have been so willingly kind and patient with me. To put up with this tenacity and be so very keen and supportive. As an artist it is all you can hope for and dream of. As always it is hugely appreciated.

Hang in there folks and stay safe...

Have a great summer

David

 

Shows Booked & Shows Cancelled - Uncertain Times We Face 

As we all hunker down and isolate, we are discovering just how weird yet very essential it is during these times to understand, and adhere to the orders of health experts everywhere. All public gatherings are strictly taboo. This leaves performers and audiences of all kinds out of business. At least for the present time. Though I had some great shows booked to play, I was very fortunate to get in just under the wire with a half of them and then had to postpone the remainder. When I retuned home I was facing a 2 week quarantine period so decided immediately to make good use of this time. As well as working from my home at my day job, I also decided I was really going to roll up my sleeves and work on my music. Though I am in the middle of a new album project, of course I can't get near the studio or really be around other musicians. Yes we can work virally at these projects but there is something that comes together in the final analysis that is essential with human touch. As a result of these things, I have settled into some songwriting utilizing the gear I have in my home and its working out GREAT!         As I was looking out my studio window It dawned on me what they are doing in Italy at the present time. People are playing music alone from their balconies, front yards, living room windows, roof tops etc. for whom ever wants to listen. Perhaps a way of brightening up the day in an otherwise gloomy situation for the world at present. I live across the street from a big park and my plan is to very soon set up my PA system in the front yard and play a short solo set from way back for those who may be out & physically distanced within in the park. Perhaps on Easter Sunday......

Enjoy the down time and stay well

 

2019 Was An Amazing Year & 2020 Is Shaping Up Huge 

Looking back on 2019 I'm really pleased with what I was able to get done artistically and accomoplish as a performing singer/songwriter:
I was very fortunate that the winds of creativity blew many great ideas into my head so I was able to write several new songs. The songs of course being the basis of all this. So every day I'm very thankfull that the juices are flowing strong....
I was also very fortunate in getting opportunities to play as many spots and shows as I did both locally and far reaching as the States of Washington and California.
It's amazing the contacts one can make by getting out and shakin' the bushes. The great people you meet and how keen they are to help you get your songs out there and get 'em heard. 
Right now I'm just in the throws of putting together show dates in Southern California & Washington for March and April  as well as having already played a couple of shows locally.
My long time friend and musical collaborator Sid Perez has been helping me out with my new (second) album project. The follow up to 2016's "OUT OF TIME."
We have been working vigourously on this project since July, 2019 and we are so far about a third of the way through. It takes a long time and we really want it to be right. But it's happening in full swing and that's the main thing.
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to every one for the endless love and support. Making it a great day every day to get up and get going as an indy singer/songwriter from Vancouver, BC Canada. This is truly the best thing to do, period. Thank You....

All show dates and lots more at: 

davidsabamusic.com

 

 

 

New Album Project In the Works 

We've been working very hard since the end of the summer on a new album project right here in Vancouver. It's been 3 years since the last one and I have done lots of writing. The time was right to pick out some very strong songs from this ongoing pool of work and get to it on recording some of them. So far we have 6 songs well under way. You never can set a finish date on a project such as this 'cos to do it well you need to take your time. In addition to the recording, with the mixing and mastering it seems to go on forever. But it's well worth it when the project is complete and ready for presentation....

So please stay tuned everyone for some new David Saba material coming out in the not to distant future.

Another Very Successful Group of Shows In Southern California 

Got away in October and played 5 shows down south in California. A standout was a benefit for desert Autism I played with my friend Marty Swiderski on Violin and my buddy Buz Blvd on percussion. It's always inspiring to get out of your town and perform your own songs in different spots. I think the making of new fans and friends is totally inspiring to a performing songwriter. Especially when it's done by moving around to play in new cities & towns.

 

Another Successful Run Of Shows In Southern California 

Another very successful tour of show dates in Southern California. Five shows in two and a half weeks. For me that was a good run and every show felt really good. I was able to showcase a handful of new songs along with many of the tried and true chestnuts. Out with me this time was percussionist Buz Keplinger and for one show my old friend and amazing violin player Marty Swiderski was able to join us.Temperatures were over 100 degrees F every day so most shows were indoors except for one we played in the high desert. This was an outdoor evening show at the Joshua Tree Saloon in Joshua Tree California, Probably 15  degrees cooler. A beautiful outdoor stage with a very keen evening audience.
Thanks to Coachella Valley Brewing Co., The Joshua Tree Saloon and Plan B for booking me to perform these shows. Thanks as well to all the organizers and fans for your enthusiasm in a guys burning desire to write great songs and to get out to perform them for the people....

Cheers and see you again soon....

David

Summary

Another very successful tour of show dates in Southern California. Five shows in two and a half weeks. For me that was a good run and every show felt really good. I was able to showcase a handful of my new songs along with many of the tried and true chestnuts. Out with me this time was percussionist Buz Keplinger and for one show my old friend and amazing violin player Marty Swiderski was able to join us. Temperatures were over 100 degrees F every day so most shows were indoors except for one we played in the high desert. This was an outdoor evening show at the Joshua Tree Saloon, probably 10 degrees cooler. A beautiful outdoor stage with an eager evening audience. 
Thanks To Coachella Valley Brewing Co., Joshua Tree Saloon and Plan B for booking me to perform these shows and to all the organizers and fans as well for your enthusiasm in a guys burning desire to write great songs and to come out and hear them....

Cheers and see you again soon....

David