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!
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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Then you can check out Hits & Misses, a new playlist that features songs spanning my career – both as David Paige and with The Clergymen.
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!
“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!
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
1. I’m In The Mood For Love
Let me know what you think of their rendition of this famous tune in the comments below!
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.”
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!
George 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.
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!
To give you the full experience, I’ll go back to the beginning…
All the way back in 2015, Becky (my wife) asked me to take a pair of her high heels somewhere to get them repaired. Since she has a 9-to-5, I have a bit more flexibility to run some errands during the day. Well, occasionally some things slip through the cracks, and sure enough those heels sat near our front door for over a month. She had reminded me a few times, and I just really kept dropping the ball on this.
Well, finally she actually needs them and the pressure is on for me to not fuck this up. I fired up the computer and asked the Google machine about shoe repair nearby. A map pops up and I see that theres one called Al’s Shoe Services that’s just a few miles from our apartment. I gave the place a call and a man named Larry answers the phone. I told him my story and basically begged him to help me out with a rush job since I kept forgetting to get this handled. He is as nice as can be and even makes a few jokes about the whole thing – says he can get it done for me same day! I was so grateful and excited because this place was a few minutes away and I could squeeze it in to drop them off before a string of appointments I had throughout the day.
I drive on over, and this place is tucked onto this cute old fashioned strip mall along the train tracks near Elmhurst Rd. and Rt. 14 in Mount Prospect. I walk in with Becky’s shoes in my C.M.J. canvas bag to a warm greeting from seemingly the only employee there. The building had a ton of decoration all over the walls – sports memorabilia, musical instruments including a trombone and a dulcimer, a small rocking horse for children, and so much more. This place felt cozy. I noticed a small “Beware of Dog” sign as a tiny friendly terrier came out from a nap behind the counter.
After scoping everything out, I returned my eyes to the gentleman behind the counter and started to tell him what I needed. He politely interrupted to ask if we have met before. I was a little surprised by the question and told him that we hadn’t.
“Well I’d like to go through a little tradition that happens when two people meet for the first time,” he said, extending his hand. “My name is Larry.”
I felt like an asshole. “Hi, Larry. I’m David.” I reached out and shook his hand over the counter.
Just then, he turned away from me to grab something hanging from a hook on a wall behind him. They were two small decorative cymbals with writing that I could not read and pictures I didn’t understand that were attached by a worn leather strap. He told me they were Tibetan Tingsha Cymbals. He held the leather between his thumbs and forefingers and rang the two cymbals together. He explained that this was a custom for meeting new people, and he gestured for me to do the same. I did.
This wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I wanted to get my wife’s shoes fixed up.
After handing them back to him, I glanced at my watch to see if I was running late yet. Not quite, but I needed to make this relatively quick. Larry carefully hung the leather strap across two hooks to make sure the cymbals could resonate for their full life.
When he turned back around, he gave me the history of the shop, and told me that they were in their 76th year of being in business. Then he asked me about the shoes. I handed them to him and he quickly diagnosed the issues with them and said he could get them done right now while I wait, or I could come back later and pick them up. I opted for the latter.
Before I could transition to saying goodbye for now, he looked me over, saw my rings and my necklace and started asking me about the origins of them. I told him that my necklace was actually an urn containing my father’s ashes and that the ring on my right hand was a Claddagh ring from Ireland. The wedding band didn’t need much explanation. After that he asked me if I was an artist. I suppose the standard-issue musician uniform of black t-shirt, leather jacket, black leather boots, jewelry, and black wayfarers may have given me away. I told him I was, indeed, a musician. He continued to ask some questions and I guess sensed the sense of urgency in my voice before letting my go, but instructing me to bring my guitar back when I come to pick the shoes up.
Several Hours Later …..
I was worried about how long this was going to take before I even got to Al’s Shoe Repair. I didn’t have a specific time restraint this time, but I did want to bring the shoes to my wife as soon as I could.
There was a parking spot directly in front of the shop and I sat in my van for minute deciding whether or not to bring my guitar into the shop. I had been teaching guitar lessons, so I already had it with me…might as well bring it in. What’s the worst thing that could happen.
I walked in, and this time Larry had a customer sitting at the counter chatting with him. I figured I’d hang back and let them finish up, as to not interrupt. Larry made a large gesture with his arms welcoming me back and exclaiming that “David Paige is in the building!”
“This is the guy I was telling you about” he said the the woman at the counter.
Larry had set up a microphone and plugged it into a small amplifier. He put on his best radio announcer voice and began to announce that we were going to perform together. Evidently, Larry is a jazz flutist. I told him I played mostly original rock music, and he was just excited to start. He got his flute out and pointed the microphone at me.
This is what happened next…
I learned a really important lesson. I feel like I regularly rush through life – task to task, appointment to appointment. I rarely slow down enough to enjoy the spontaneous things in life. This was so much fun!
“Absoflutely” was Larry’s response when I told him that I had a great time jamming. Gotta give credit where credit is due!
Also, the shoes looked perfect, the cost was low, and he even gave my boots a free shine!
Let me know what you think of this partial tune in the comments below. It’s going to be on the new EP I’m currently recording!