DAVE DESMELIK -Lyrical and Instrumental Songster

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Clues Of My Existence

Dave Desmelik

A journeyman musician with a troubadour’s soul, Dave Desmelik is a veteran singer/songwriter and instrumentalist based in Brevard, North Carolina, USA. A native of the American South, Desmelik is a natural-born storyteller with an ear to the heartbeat of the everyday world and its flawed people. Clues Of My Existence is his 16th independent
A journeyman musician with a troubadour’s soul, Dave Desmelik is a veteran singer/songwriter and instrumentalist based in Brevard, North Carolina, USA. A native of the American South, Desmelik is a natural-born storyteller with an ear to the heartbeat of the everyday world and its flawed people. Clues Of My Existence is his 16th independent release of all original material.

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)
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'Clues Of My Existence' now available 

My 16th album and newest release 'Clues Of My Existence' is now available on all major digital music platforms. Special thanks to the musicians who contributed their time and talent to this project. I hope YOU, the listener will give these songs a deep dive. As always, thank you for supporting independent and original music.

Album #16 'Clues Of My Existence' coming soon... 

I will be releasing in the near future my 16th album of all original material. This collection of songs is titled 'Clues Of My Existence'. I am proud of these songs and I am proud of the players and the process it took to bring this project into the light of day. The entire album was written and recorded remotely through file sharing technology during 2020 and 2021. Admittedly, it was very strange to not be together in a studio with other musicians during the recording process. This is all 'new' to me as I am a dinosaur and never imagined recording an album with friends in various parts of the country and world simply through computer files. More info on this soon and I look forward to sharing new tunes with you... Stay tuned.

My YouTube Channel 

I have a YouTube channel. I've been making some videos of my songs and sharing. There are also some videos that other people have made of my songs on YouTube. And there is some random footage of live material and performances from me on YouTube as well.

Here is my YouTube Channel... I hope you'll subscribe and we can all share in this crazy thing called the inter-webs... https://www.youtube.com/user/davedezmo

December Video Release 

I'm excited to share this video of my song December from The Calendar Album.

It is but a brief glimpse into the musings of the 12th month of the year.... 

7' Vinyl Single is Here! 

My newest recording The Calendar Album will be released January 1st, 2021 and will be my 15th independent project of all original material. Here is the single leading up to the release... a 7"(45 rpm) vinyl record available now... Side A - January and Side B - December. There were only 25 made and they are going fast. Each purchase ($20) also includes a free digital download code for the entire Calendar Album available 1/01/21 and shipping in the lower 48 states. If you are interested in supporting then please contact me dave_desmelik@hotmail.com for info on how to get yours . 

Thank you for supporting independent and original music.

The Calendar Album - Original Cover Drawing by James Cassara 

I have been working hard on my latest recording project 'The Calendar Album'. Here is an image of the official cover... Original drawing by James Cassara.  James is a good friend with a kind soul. I met James years ago when he was the Art Teacher at Claxton Elementary School and I have enjoyed his work ever since. Thank you James! More to come soon... in the meantime the scheduled release date for this album is Jan. 1st, 2021... STAY TUNED!

The Calendar Album 

In 2013 I wrote a song a month about that particular month.... a passing thought, a personal experience, an observation relating to whichever month I was writing about.... 12 songs - 12 months... The Calendar Album... Well, this project kept getting pushed back and never got recorded... until now. With COVID-19 everything has slowed down, gigs cancelled and lots of time at home with the family. I have taken this opportunity to finally record this project and I'm excited to let you know it will be released in due time. More to come - stay tuned - and stay safe.

Video for 'The Rise and Fall of Water' 

I am pleased to share this new video for my song 'The Rise and Fall of Water'. This short tune is from my most recent album titled 'Instrumental Conversations' and joining me on this song is Kate Kinney Barber on flute and Madeline Dierauf on fiddle. I was mulling over the best way to make a video. I wanted to go in a bit of a different direction from a "standard" video and was thinking on the best approach to stay true to the song while also pushing the bounds of visual accompaniment. My first thought was to contact my friend Jimmy McGuirl. Jimmy is a true artist in more ways than one. He writes songs, plays guitar and makes engaging and creative videos. I contacted Jimmy and gave him a couple of my thoughts about this song and possible video to go with it, but I was clear that I wanted him to steer the ship. He agreed to make a video and I let him take over from there. I am quite happy with the result. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do. Thank you dear listener of music and supporter of the arts.