Chicago Born and Raised – Local Artists

Now, I may be a little biased, but I believe that Chicago’s local music scene is just the best. I am ALWAYS so impressed with the music that comes out of our city, and I wanted to put together a collection of some of my favorite songs from some of my favorite artists.

Now that you’ve listened, follow the artists you loved on social media, join their mailing lists, add their songs to your music library, GO SEE THEM PERFORM LIVE!
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If you think of someone I’ve missed, or if you’re a local Chicago musician and you’d like your music to be featured on this playlist, please feel free to reach out and submit songs for consideration!


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If you listen to music on Spotify, then there’s something very small that you can do to help me out in a BIG way!

Please follow my artist page on Spotify. Getting more followers opens up some really cool opportunities for my music to be heard by new listeners! Plus, I’ll be able to let you know when I release new music and create or update playlists.

All you have to do is click the “FOLLOW” button below!

Then you can check out Hits & Misses, a new playlist that features songs spanning my career – both as David Paige and with The Clergymen.

“The Phone Call” Live From Rax Trax Studio

We had the opportunity to record live with a camera crew at one of my favorite Chicago-based recording studios, Rax Trax! This experience was a BLAST and I’m REALLY happy with how everything turned out!

David Paige – Guitar/Vocals

Dave Brandwein – Drums/Back-up Vocals

Nate Hanak – Guitar/Back-up Vocals

Joe Marcus – Bass/Back-up Vocals

**Special Guest: Brittany Moffitt – Vocals/Tamborine



“The Phone Call” is a song that I co-wrote with my good friend, Brittany Moffitt. She is an absolute POWERHOUSE – both as a writer and as a vocalist! Guitarist Nate Hanak improvised the slide guitar solo in this song…His melodic ideas are gorgeous, and the energy was infectious! You can see how the ideas Nate executed influenced the rest of the band in the session. When we tracked the song for the record, Nate and I decided that this solo was too good to pass by, so this solo inspired the final take we kept on “INSIDE OUT”

The lyrics were inspired by a break-up that Brittany had recently gone through and a chord progression I had been kicking around for a few weeks. We hammered the whole song out in about two hours with Brittany penning the first verse, me taking a stab at the second verse, and a back and forth in the bridge. Brittany came up with most of the melodies and I wrote most of the chords. Check out the live video below!


Let me know what you think in the comments below or by tweeting about it!

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What To Expect While We’re Expecting!

That’s right! Becky and I are expecting our first child and we are SUPER excited about it!!

There are a lot of questions that come up right away when we tell people (see FAQs below), but one of the questions I get the most deserves it’s own blog post:

“Are you going to still be doing music?”

Yes. Absolutely. In fact, this is actually inspiring me even more! I want my teach my son to create a life he loves by showing him how to do it!

Now, it will be a little bit before my family and I are ready for me to tackle touring again, but I will still be performing in the midwest regularly, and will still make a concerted effort to make it out to the fans who most want to see us perform! AND we will be utilizing even more live streaming tools to make sure we can still get you guys a fix, even if we can’t make it to your city for a little bit!

– I am still writing and recording new music!
– I’m working on creating a songwriting podcast…Keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked for that one!
– I have plenty of shows on the calendar and am continuing to book more shows (though, I will slow down during December and January to take care of my wife and son!)
– I am still very active on social media and on my blog
The Student Body isn’t slowing down anytime soon
– I’m still teaching private lessons

AND!!! I picked myself up a shiny new 9 to 5 to adjust to our growing family’s growing needs.

All of these factors combined mean that I’m shorter on time than ever, but now that I have less idle time, I am more focused and intentional with my time. More scheduled and structured, and even more productive. I’m still adjusting and getting better, and I’m sure things will change again when our son is born, but I will cross that bridge when we get there.

If you notice that I’ve been slacking, just Tweet at me, message me on Facebook, email me! Nudge me in some way and I’ll get back to work!

In the meantime, if you’ve got any other questions or parental advice or if you just want to say hi to Becky, Ben, and me, please feel free to leave a comment below! I usually respond pretty quickly. Some of your questions may even make it into the

You can watch our son, Ben, grow in these photos here!


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FAQs

Q. When is she due?
A. January 8th – right between my birthday (January 2nd) and Becky’s (January 15th)

Q. Do You Know what are you having?
A. Yes, we are having a boy! Becky and I didn’t really have a preference, but we were glad we are having a son because we didn’t have any girl’s names picked out.

Q. Do you have a name picked out?
A. Yes! Bennett (Ben) Michael Paige – Bennett was my dad’s middle name and is Becky’s mom’s maiden name. Ben was also my maternal grandfather’s name. Michael is one of my middle names, and is Becky’s Dad’s name! The combination is really perfect for our family!

Q. How has mommy been doing?
A. Becky is such a strong and determined woman. She felt ill throughout almost the entire first trimester, and she pushed through everyday! Now, she’s feeling great! As we enter into the third trimester, she’s starting to notice some more discomfort, and Ben keeps on growing.

Q. Are you nervous?
A. Becky and I are both just excited! Sure, there are some things that I know I have no experience with or knowledge about, but I also know that I’m going to be a loving and attentive father! The rest we can learn as we go.

P.S. if you want to help out, you can support us by helping to spread the word about my music. Click here to share a quick tweet! Please make sure to include the hashtag #davidpaige.

All In The Family

Recently, I was on an errand and the woman at the checkout counter asked me about the heritage of my last name. “Well, that’s kind of a funny question” I responded. Then, I told her the story of my family name.

David Paige is my legal, given name. Paige was the legal name given to my father, but it was not always our family name.

Originally, my dad’s father’s last name was Blatt. Much less flattering…I know.

Well, my grandmother and grandfather were professional singers. In fact, in the summer of 1950, they had four songs mentioned in Billboard Magazine – including two songs in the Popular chart and two in the International chart. They were professionally known as David and Dorothy Paige and had an album by the name “Paiges of Romance.” Their stage names were much nicer sounding than Blatt, so they eventually decided to legally change their last name to Paige.

You can hear them singing here

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Let me know what you think of their rendition of this famous tune in the comments below!




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Edit: I should also add that when I was growing up and starting to discover my passion for music, my grandmother would constantly warn me against going into the music business. She knew how difficult the business was, and she wanted to protect me. I always knew that music was the only route for me, so I continued anyway. She was right to warn me, but even through all the difficulties, I’d never change a thing. I get fulfillment out of what I get to do every day, not out of the numbers in my bank account, or the accomplishments on my wall. I’m pretty sure that’s what life is really about.

Love your life and live the life you love!

Why I Want You To Steal My Music

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I bet you’re wondering how I could possibly be serious. Well…I am.

I looked back at all of the music that I really love. How did I originally come across those bands? I realized that it wasn’t an enticing picture on Facebook, or a bus stop advertisement, or a billboard. It was late nights with my friends swapping burned mix CDs of music we had gotten from some other friend. And then I’d go home and fall in love with some bands or constantly skip certain tracks. Music was both a shared experience and a very private one. This was back before I knew about how the record industry worked.

As a teenager, I got more into writing songs and learned about the rights of songwriters, the royalties they made off of sales, and how much burning CDs hurt my favorite artists. I started buying CDs I liked. Nowadays EVERYONE knows that “stealing” music is bad for the artists. However, I happen to think that there is more to that story.

When there was no price tag associated with the CDs, I was free to put my own value on the records. I was FAR more inclined to listen to the records in the first place and then decide whether or not I wanted to continue listening to that artist, whether or not I wanted to purchase that album or any other albums from them, and whether or not I wanted to see them live. I found almost every band I love today from some sort of free source. Radio is another free source of listening to an artist. Just keep that in mind.

Anyway, this is what I want you to do. If you haven’t heard of me, you can download a free copy of my record, UNPLUGGED, by clicking here. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
If you already love my music, I’d love you to burn a copy of it for a friend. Tell them what you love about the songs and then give them a cd that looks like this!man in the black jacket with cd

Your friends will place their own value on the music. Maybe they will love it and eventually join the family here. Maybe they will hate it, then you’ll know they don’t want to join us. Either way, I’m interested to see what happens!

Please write in the comments whether or not this method worked with your friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Album Review: Push and Pull by DayRollers

On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, Dayrollers dropped their debut album, Push and Pull, and I’ve been rocking out to it in my car ever since!

DayRollers are a Pop/Rock band from Southeastern Wisconsin. They recently had a surge of popularity in the wake of their success in the 95 WIIL Rock Battle of the Bands – Bandemonium.

As Seen From Left to Right In the Picture Below:
Ken Wright (Bass/Vocals)
Ross Rochelle (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
David DeMeuse (Drums/Vocals)
Seb Phillips (Vocals/Guitar)

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Standout Tracks:
6. The Bad Guy
3. Stand Up
7. Rip It Off
9. Spaces of Haze

The vocal arrangements are excellent throughout Push and Pull! The Harmonies between Phillips, Wright, and Rochelle are so tight on every song! All four members have songs where they are singing lead, yet their album retains their cohesive sound throughout. This kind of vocal collaboration reminds me of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison…and even occasionally Ringo.

Rochelle told me that “the album title Push and Pull is pulled from the song “The Bad Guy…It has a lot to do with the marriage of personalities within the band. We are all very different. With very different wants and needs…and that means compromise sometimes. Push and Pull seemed a fitting title for many reasons: the music of the album is all over the place; I feel like it pushes and pulls the listener in all kinds of different directions.”

That push and pull of personalities is definitely apparent throughout the record. DayRollers bring an edge to their pop and a beauty to their rock that will satisfy fans of both genres. Phillips, Wright, Rochelle, and DeMeuse have very different styles that they bring to this album, and they’re playing this tug of war over the line between Pop and Rock. There are songs like The Bad Guy that pull us in with the harmonies and pop appeal. Then Rip It Off pushes us into the pit of a rock show! For people who LOVE both types of shows, it’s refreshing to feel that dramatic polarization of Pop and Rock on a single record from a band.

I asked Rochelle what it was like recording their debut record. He said that “the experience of recording Push and Pull was special to all of us. We recorded it at cherry pit studios in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin from October 6-9, and 12-16 last fall. We stayed in a hotel locked away from the rest of the world as a band for the first week, and actually slept in the studio the second week. None of us have ever done that with a band. it was a good experience that involved just US. its a huge step for all of us…it took a lot of work and push and pull amongst ourselves to get to where we are now.”

You can download your copy of Push and Pull here

However, I HIGHLY suggest getting to a show and picking up a physical copy…there are a few little musical treats included on the CD that aren’t on the digital version 😉

Let me know what you guys think of this record!

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What The Hell Happened: Are You Ready – 3/3/16

I was playing a show at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. At this particular show, we ran into an odd technical difficulty, and in this video, I will walk you through what is going through my mind as my band and I try to make it through this song, despite the issues facing us!

Whether you like this, learned from it, think its funny, or whatever, let me know what you think in the comments below and share this with your friends. If the general consensus is that you guys are into it, I might make another one!

Thanks,
David

Top 10 Beatles’ Songs Written by George Harrison

imgresGeorge Harrison was one of the most under-appreciated songwriters. Every other band in the 60s were competing with the beast that was the Lennon-McCartney hit songwriting factory. Harrison was competing with them too, but from the inside, which made it all the more difficult for him to get his songs heard. Here are my top 10 favorite songs penned by George:

 

10. “Within You Without You” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
During the Beatles’s time in India, Harrison was particularly inspired by the music and culture. So much so, that he trained privately in eastern music, culture, and spirituality. While this song was not commercially as successful has some of his other works, it was one of the first times that a pop artist had brought this much eastern influence into their music.
Harrison is the only Beatle to appear on this song. This was not unprecedented, (McCartney had released Yesterday on “Help!”) but it was uncommon.

9. “I Me Mine” (Let It Be)
Harrison was frustrated with the selfishness in the band that was growing more and more evident to him as he embraced his newfound spirituality.
As evidence, Lennon was on vacation in Denmark when the song was being recorded, and can be seen dancing (not playing an instrument) during the writing sessions on the Let It Be documentary.

8. “If I Needed Someone” (Rubber Soul)
If I needed Someone was the only Harrison song to ever be performed live in concert by the Beatles. All other songs sung by Harrison were covers. This song was actually a big influence in my song “Not My Fault” which was written while I was in The Clergymen.

7. “I Need You” (Help!)
This song is George’s first recorded use of a volume pedal as an important part of his guitar composition.

6. “Don’t Bother Me” (With the Beatles)
This was George’s first attempt at writing a song! He penned this while he was ill in his hotel room. He never really liked this song and always viewed it as more of an exercise that proved to himself that he could work at becoming a great writer.

5. “Taxman” (Revolver)
George found out that their income placed them in the highest tax bracket and made them subject to a 95% income tax and wrote Taxman in anger. This is one of Paul McCartney’s first times performing lead guitar on a song. Also, this is the first and only time a Beatles’s record opens with a Harrison song.

4. “Savoy Truffle” (The Beatles, a.k.a. The White Album)
George was famously close friends with Eric Clapton and wrote this song about Clapton’s fondness of Chocolate. Many of the desert names are taken from a mixed chocolates box that Clapton was eating while at Harrison’s home.
John Lennon was not present at this recording session and as a result, does not appear at all on this song.

3. “Here Comes the Sun” (Abbey Road)
Harrison wrote this song while playing hooky and avoiding business meetings at Apple, the Beatles record company. He spent the day walking in Eric Clapton’s garden.
John didn’t play on this song either. All of the guitar parts are performed by Harrison, as well as the Moog synthesizer and harmonium parts. Paul played bass and sang some harmonies. George sang additional harmonies in John’s absence.

2. “Something” (Abbey Road)
Frank Sinatra is famously quotes as saying that this is his favorite Lennon-McCartney song, which is hilarious because it was actually written by George. In fact, this was Harrison’s first A-Side single with the Beatles. Harrison’s wife at the time, Patti Boyd, was the muse for this song. She was also the muse for several famous songs by her second husband – Eric Clapton (Layla, Wonderfull Tonight).
John Lennon played piano on this song and said that he thought this was the best song on Abbey Road.

1. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The Beatles, a.k.a The White Album)
Harrison brought Clapton in to play lead guitar on this song due to the intolerable amount of fighting within the band at the time. He figured that they would all be on their best behavior with a guest in the studio with them.

New Music From 90s Bands

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but those awesome bands from the 90s are all working hard the past few years! Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Eve 6, Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul! They’re writing, recording and touring on BRAND NEW MATERIAL! In case you haven’t heard these songs yet, please sit back and enjoy this playlist I’ve curated for you guys!

So put this playlist on while you work and leave it on the background. When you’re done, come back and leave a comment. Which was your favorite? What did you think of my songs in there? I’ll try to keep up to date, but if you think of a song or artist that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments below!