Friday, July 21, 2017

The Legend Continues; the Next Generation.

Looking back, I see all our past ancestors to the beginning.
I see their joys and struggles, all leading up to this day.
I feel the fruition of their love & lives as you join us here.
You are a manifestation of those loves & lives.

You have left the comfort of the great collective spirit as you come here.
We welcome you with all the love of ourselves and our ancestors.
We thank you for choosing us as your family.
Let none of us ever lose sight of these things, or how we came to be here.

Rather, let us celebrate each day we live, and take comfort in the knowledge that love is given freely and without condition in our tribe. While life in this world is not without disappointment, tragedy and struggle, let it not be without the love and caring of family.

Remember to be true to yourself, and to be bold; to proudly carry the torch of discovery into the unknown of the future.  Those things watch carefully, for they are both our weakest points and our greatest allies. Dream deeply and look hard at details around you. Possibilities are endless here.

Find your independence early, but never forget the connection that family brings.
Their love will offer you strength through the darkest days, but you must also find it in yourself.

Above all, remember that there is no one greater or lesser than you, only different.
These differences are what make this trip to earthly life so fulfilling.
Do not be afraid to find your voice, and sing out loud enough to be heard.
All of us are beautiful in one way or another. Let yours shine when you can.

On this day, Friday, July 21st, 2017, we welcome you to the world, daughter of my daughter;

Mia Vivian De La Cruz Aponte

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blood From A Stone - The Song Sampler

This album was recorded at the live-in studio of the Skull Club, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Working outside of record company or producer influence, the project was allowed to develop naturally, over time. While the songs were mostly written just prior to recording, much of the development was done as they evolved during that process.

'Siren', as an example, began as a short acoustic piece, and was rewritten in the studio.
"It's Just Me", however, was a first take recording of the first time the song was played though.

With the exception of drums and the invited contributions of friends, all of the instrumental parts on these recordings were written and played by yours truly. It was my intent that there be little outside influence, no label, no producer.
I wanted this to be personal, between just you and me.

While each song stands on it's own, the album was also designed to be heard as a continuing piece, taking the listener on a journey of imagination.

It is my sincerest hope that you enjoy the ride.

Lord David
Skull Club
New Orleans

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lord David - CD Release

Well, after what seems like a lifetime of waiting, the CD, Blood From A Stone, is mastered, printed and in my hands. I'm pretty happy with the final result.

I feel I would be remiss if I didn't give shout out to local sound engineer and magician, David Farrel for his mastering wizardry and calm, Yoda-like presence & endless knowledge.

He was originally recommended by another ex-local music luminary, Mark Bingham, of the former Piety Street Studios. I was not sent astray.
A brief look at David's collection of gold records and Grammy awards dissolved any doubts that may have been building. Once we sat down to work, it was an effortless road of discovery, getting the best sound possible from the format at hand. Somehow, the chore became a very pleasurable experience.

I would also like to thank my friends in the local music ranks who came by to contribute some appearances, making this recording a much better listening experience, and taking the time to see my vision of where it was going, adding their talents along the way.

Dave Easley - pedal steel guitar
Tom Chute - drums
Keith Hajjar - drums
Ratty Scurvics - Drums
Francene Machetto - backing vocals and bass guitar
Irene Sage - backing vocals
Katy & Shanece - backing vocals
Tommy Giblin - harmonica
Hubie Vigreux - chimes

The digital download & music sampler are HERE.

Further announcements will be on this blog, and here, on the Lord David Music Facebook page

This recording was done at the Skull Club, in downtown New Orleans, without the input of any label, producer or outside entity. The idea was to create an homage to rock & roll, rock, blues and ballads, even a sort of sea-shanty, in a personal way. It was my intention to create for, and share with, listeners directly. I hope this offers some small glimpse into those various styles.

Finally, I am often told how much music fans miss 'the old stuff', made during that heady time when songs stood on their own, as they do now, but the collection of them also worked in it's entirety.
I would ask that one take 45 minutes out of their busy day and join me on this trip through imagination & song. 

I look forward to hearing feedback from any & all of you.

Mad love,

Lord David
Skull Club
New Orleans