“No One Will Remember You”
Produced by: Adam Iredale-Gray
Released: March 15, 2012
David Newberry is a folk singer form Canada whose style is very similar to early Dylan. The music has a strong electric side to it and is very well produced and arranged. He has a good feel for music and is a very talented musician, singer, and songwriter.
The other musicians are talented as well and it shows in the performances. The electric arrangements and performances of the music along with his solid vocals make it a strong folk/rock album. His start in music was not what one might expect.
He injured his hand while working as an assistant carpenter and started playing guitar as physical therapy for his recovery and has developed a style that would fit in well with the sixties folk singers. He was also a fan of punk music which is not at all like the music he now performs.
This is his second album, his first, When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn, was released in 2010 and has spent the years making the rounds of festivals and cafes in his performing career. When I start paying attention to the lyrics there is a down side though. He sings a lot about the negative side of life as in So It Goes:
I have heard of the days when they paved streets with gold
Now we all walk around in Jack Kerouac’s coat
Preaching the dharma from a packet of smokes
Making fools of ourselves on the daytime talk shows
He even makes a comment about in the liner notes for English Bay where he says sometimes people tell me that instead of just critiquing everything, I should offer alternatives.
They promised us a tunnel through a mountain steep
To pass along the treasures from the ocean deep
Just because you wake up here don’t mean you sleep
You’ll be buried by the railway side counting sheep
In the song Mister he is very straight forward and brief in his notes: This song is about a hangover.
So I packed up as quietly as I could
And I took to the night after you
And I left behind all that I’d promised I’d wanted
And all that I’d promised to do
He has a little note about each song in the booklet that comes with the album and for the final song, To Hope, he writes: this song – an unrequited love letter to hopefulness – was recorded entirely live, sitting in a circle in the living room, very late into the night on the final evening of the recording sessions: there will always be a better day.
He has a very nice style that is easy to listen to and is a very talented singer and songwriter. In spite of the negative critiquing of the world and of life in general his performance makes the album nice to listen to. He has a good voice and a good sound and good arrangements. The album has a mix of acoustic/electric folk/rock and bluegrass influence with the last song, To Hope, picking up the atmosphere with an upbeat bluegrass performance.