Hello music loving friends. I want to let you know that I have a number of irons in the fire for the upcoming year ahead.... including new recordings and travel abroad. I am forever indebted to music and look forward to sharing more songs with you. I appreciate all the kindness through the many years and am hopeful you will continue to support independent music. In case nobody has told you today... then I am telling you... YOU are appreciated! Here is a link to all my songs (new and old... lyrical and instrumental) on Bandcamp. Also, you can find me on all the major music streaming/download platforms too (youtube, spotify, etc.) ... just type my name in the search bar. Cheers! https://davedesmelik.bandcamp.com/
Clues Of My Existence
Clues Of My Existence reflects Desmelik’s signature melding of Americana, folk, and alt-country; the lyrics and instrumentation showcase his impressive range. Consider the hint of rock guitar in “Ivar the Boneless,” Desmelik’s nod to a character on ‘Vikings’, an acclaimed television series created in part from medieval Norse legend: “Everywhere I go I look up I have no choice, but my eyes are sharp and my hearing is keen, I may be a cripple from the waist down to my toes, but I know what I’ve heard and I know what I’ve seen.” Pair it with an aching plea and the campfire twang of pedal steel guitar in “Rain Love”: “How do you fix your sinking ship, so you don’t drown? Where do you crash land your plane when it’s going down?” It’s a song so bitterly gorgeous it belongs on the soundtrack of a modern western, playing as a fire crackles beneath the dregs of a cold sunset, rough-hewn men grown lonesome.
Though intensely personal, Desmelik’s music does what only true art can: it connects us—no matter its subject or theme—to our shared human experience. Listening, we feel in our bones that this man knows us, that he gives voice to the feelings we often find unutterable.
Desmelik composes and plays the poetry of his heart: at times with the wide-open rollick of an epic, and at others with the rawness of an artist who has lived with the dark and is brave enough to tell of it. Always, Desmelik is unflinchingly authentic and deep-feeling, his range layered and long. Like the troubadours of old, he sings with a rare freedom, capable of juxtaposing the brutal and the beautiful in his music—a storyteller for our time.
- Katherine Scott Crawford (award-winning novelist)