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Remembering Reno

22 March 2009



The Reno concert had many highlights for me. I came away feeling excited, sad, energized and blue. Perhaps in Remembering Reno I will reawaken the magic of David’s voice and feel again the soaring way I felt at the concert. Keep it real, keep it strong, keep it ever present in your mind. And make it what you will.

Touch My Hand is a great song to start the concert – David comes out on stage dancing to the strong drum beat. The lead guitarist Mike and bassist Alex, ‘jump’ up and down as they play the chorus. Barriers is his next song – when he sings, “We’re not gettin’ any stronger” he shows his right arm muscle – too adorable! David showed his amazing vocals in A Little Too Not Over You and the band gave him such great support – they’re synched (psyched!)

David and his band sing My Hands with really sweet harmonies – this one could become a classic. I could listen to it over and over. David’s soulful introduction of Works For Me leads into an awesome bluesy style as he gets warmed up. There’s great movement in Waiting for Yesterday, such a super fun song.

David shows incredible control of sound as he breaks the silence in To Be With You. I love the way he sang this. His beautiful tribute to Selena, Como La Flor was timely – she passed away March 31, 1995. And Kendra (keyboard/violin/vocals) had some very nice backup vocals in Don’t Let Go.

I love the mystical intro to Zero Gravity! It’s fantastic – an awesome hit song! It’s obvious that David loves to perform it and the band hops around stage, so you know there’s something special about this song. I love the acoustic arrangement David and Mike did with You Can.

Throughout Crush, backup vocals on the chorus “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” overpower David.  I love the song but was not thrilled that the backup vocals were so inappropriately loud.

At last, we come to the final stage – what can be said about closings? I love the intimacy when David sits at his electric piano to play and sing A Thousand Miles and Angel.  His soul co-mingled with ours in the grand theater and we all left with a part of his spirit. May we boldly carry the torch of love in all and everything we do.

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  • Katheryn | 1 | 24th March 2009 at 7:45 pm |


    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m amazed you’re able to recall so many details. I’m afraid I would come away from David’s solo concert with my head in a whirl!

    I remember initially feeling a little sad when the guys who had performed with David for the Jingle Ball concerts and the AOL Sessions videos would not be the ones accompanying him on his solo tour. David had such great rapport with them, and they really seemed to enjoy working with him. Well, that apprehension has quickly dissipated. David and his new band have jelled. He really seems loose and at ease performing with them. The chemistry is great!

    I think the last two sentences you wrote summarize beautifully why we love David, and why he sings for us.

  • topazjazz | 2 | 25th March 2009 at 3:37 pm |

    Katheryn, you’re so right! I think David’s personality is such that he’s able to meld with just about any group that he works with. The sound tells it all and the sound was awesome! I noticed a few times (Reno) that he looked back at drummer Eli ah and nodded, as if to say ‘Let’s go!’. He enjoys music so much and doesn’t want the lull between songs to last too long.