Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

The Singer vs. the Songwriter

According to my most recent poll on “Nurturing David’s Talent,” the majority of you believed David needed help in all areas of music – songwriting, music production, choreography, marketing etc. – while another number of folks thought he just needed help with marketing.

It’s clearly evident how dang talented David is and how many gifts he has to contribute to the music world, but when I recently came across an old version of David performing his song, “Elevator,” that he helped to pen (see above video), and then compared it to the last two Christmas carols featured in my Sunday Carol Series – “Silent Night” and “Los Pastores a Belen” – I couldn’t help but think: FORGET THE SONGWRITING THING, DAVID, SINGING IS YOUR FORTE!

Now, I know that songwriting is where the real $$ comes from, and David could seriously clean up with a hit. But here’s the thing: A song can only become a “hit” if it’s got a serious vocalist and production team behind it.  I admire David for wanting to immerse himself in the whole music production process, but can he be both an amazing singer and songwriter? And since when is the “singing alone” not considered worthy musicianship?

I once read somewhere (probably in the comments section of Fans of David back in the day) that David’s team had learned that David would never be taking seriously if he didn’t branch out into songwriting. I’m beyond annoyed that he was given this advice, to be honest.  What David needs is one heck of a songwriter who can show off his amazing Voice on a truly great song! Not for him to write his own song!

Think about it: You know why so many of you weep saltwater tears when you hear David sing “O Holy Night” or “Silent Night” or “Everybody Hurts”? It’s because his beautiful vocals are wrapped around beautiful, deep-felt songs. You know why David didn’t really sell as well with his sophomore album, The Other Side of Down? Because, as respectable and catchy as some of the pop songs were, they’re not that great.  Is it cool that David wrote on songs like “Elevator”? Sure, he’s trying!

But his vocal talent is wasted.  It’s the magic of aligning the Voice with Song and Music.  I just want David to lay his smooth vocals on a great song.  And I don’t think David is there yet in terms of songwriting. In the mean time, where’s the great song not yet penned that would fit David like a glove?

Songwriters used to kill to get certain singers covering their songs.  I’ve been disillusioned with the way David has been handled since it’s shocking to me that certain songwriters didn’t want his vocals taking their little song to the next level.

Perhaps it’s all part of the lack of “nurturing artistic talent” that currently plagues the music industry.  But I also think artists need to know their strengths (and weaknesses). Someone needs to let David know SINGING is his money note.

Dear David: Add what you must later to a song to get your copyright royalties, but let the professionals showcase you the way you ought to be showcased!