Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!

Posted by: ShiroKuro

Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 05:42 AM

Last week, I asked David (via email) if he would be willing to participate in a thread here where we could ask him questions and he would answer them. He kindly said yes, so I am starting the thread! I will start with some questions, so other folks please join in. (although, perhaps we should give David a chance to answer questions before we totally bombard him!) Also, if anyone hasn't already, take a look at David's web site, where there is a blog and a FAQ and other interesting information.

David Nevue\'s Web Site

1) David, I was very intrigued to learn that you don't really read music and you don't write your compositions down in musical notation. Your fact sheet says that you write your songs through improvisation. That makes sense to me, fooling around at the piano, finding some sounds you like and following them to see where they go. If this is an inaccurate represenation, please tell us more about your improvising process. So that's my first question, about your creative process.

2) But then your fact sheet goes on to say that most of your songs take 6 to 9 months of arranging before you're satisfied with them. What I just cannot imagine (being totally dependent on written music) is how you can have a piece in the writing process and not just forget it completely! So my second question is: do you do anything to keep your composing process fresh in your mind?

3) My next question is about how you get your music turned into sheet music. I think your site said that it costs you about $300 to get a song professionally transcribed into musical notation/sheet music. Does that mean that you send a recording of your song to someone whose job is to make sheet music? And then do they send you the finished product for your approval or how does that work? Do you ever get a score back and decide that there's a mistake there? Do you play through your own scores after they're written?

4) Here's my last question (for the time being!) Your fact sheet also says that you enjoy creating music more than figuring out how to play something from a score. Do you regularly play music not written by you? If yes, what do you play? And if yes, is this for your own enjoyment or mainly for work (such as needing to play a specific song at a wedding etc)?

David, thank you again for agreeing to take the time to participate in this public Q and A session, I know I'm not the only one who really appreciates being able to talk with the composer of so many much-loved songs!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 10:26 AM

Very cool, ShiroKuro; thank you for starting this, and thank you[/b], David, for being willing to participate.

I don't want to bombard David with questions, either, but I can't resist asking just one right now.

5) We have been engaged in a long but ultimately unresolved debate on what exactly "new age" music is. Would you characterize your music as new age, and how would you define new age?

(Yeah, I know, that's two questions. I cheated. :p )
Posted by: rocky

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 12:41 PM

They've asked great questions already. One that came to mind for me is how do you decide which pieces of music to create the sheet music for? Are they your personal favorites or is there some other method you use to decide?

Thanks and keep generating that sheet music!
Posted by: Euan Morrison

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 01:24 PM

The first question which popped into my head:

- Would you like to participate in our Adult Beginner Recital on the 15th August?

(Ok, so you are not exactly an 'Adult Beginner', but hey - it would be pretty neat, I think everyone will agree!)
Posted by: ARIAS

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 02:58 PM

I really dig your music, it's very uplifting.I have the sheet music for your songs, HOME, THE VIGIL, OVERCOME, THE GIFT AND WHEN THE TREES ARE SLEEPING I've had some really bad days and somehow your music always makes me feel like tommorrow might be a better day. \:\)
What is your favorite key to play in? I remember seeing an interview with Elton John once and he said he really liked playing with B flats and sometimes E and A flats as well and some how I found it really interesting. ;\)
Also I am into Hatha Yoga and I am always looking for music to do my poses to. I usually look for slow , peaceful music that is meditative . Do you have a CD that you would recommend for that category?
David, keep on doing what you're going , making great music!
And thanks for taking the time to post here.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:08 PM

OK, what fun! Here we go...

[QUOTE]Originally posted by ShiroKuro:
David, I was very intrigued to learn that you don't really read music and you don't write your compositions down in musical notation. Your fact sheet says that you write your songs through improvisation. That makes sense to me, fooling around at the piano, finding some sounds you like and following them to see where they go. If this is an inaccurate represenation, please tell us more about your improvising process. So that's my first question, about your creative process.[/b]

You pretty much hit the nail on the head. My compositions tend to come to me in one of two ways.

Most of the time, I just sit down and start messing around until something stands out to me. Then I take that theme and keep building on it until I have all the parts of the song, the main melody (A), the secondary melody (B) and the bridge (C). A lot of my songs have intros/outros as well and lead in and out of the main theme.

Other times, compositions I'm working on will split into two different pieces. I might be trying to develop a "bridge" for a song and that bridge is catchy enough to become a song of its own. So sometimes I start with one piece, and I might end up with two or three.

But then your fact sheet goes on to say that most of your songs take 6 to 9 months of arranging before you're satisfied with them. What I just cannot imagine (being totally dependent on written music) is how you can have a piece in the writing process and not just forget it completely! So my second question is: do you do anything to keep your composing process fresh in your mind?[/b]

I just play them as much as I can. If I forget a piece, then I figure it probably wasn't worth remembering anyway. \:\)

It can get tricky, though, when I'm developing several compositions at a time. It's hard to find the time to work up new material AND keep the old material fresh. I'm really struggling with this right now. I have about twenty new arrangements I'm working on for a Hymns album, plus another twenty arrangements for an album of original material. So that's about forty new compositions to tighten up and bring to a performance level, all the while keeping the old stuff ready to perform at a moments notice. That's a real chore.

My next question is about how you get your music turned into sheet music. I think your site said that it costs you about $300 to get a song professionally transcribed into musical notation/sheet music. Does that mean that you send a recording of your song to someone whose job is to make sheet music?[/b]

Yes, that's right. The price varies. I found a new transcriptionist who's quite a bit less expensive. I have about four different people I work with. All of them take the music from the MP3 or the CD and transcribe it by ear.

And then do they send you the finished product for your approval or how does that work? Do you ever get a score back and decide that there's a mistake there? Do you play through your own scores after they're written?[/b]

I try and play the sheet music through as best I can to catch the obvious stuff. I'll often sit with the sheet music and listen to the recording of the piece, too, following along with the left hand first, and then the right hand to see if everything looks OK.

Then I have my wife, who does read sheet music, actually sit down and go through the piece.

Finally, I have a friend who is a very skilled pianist and she goes through and proofs and edits the sheet music for me.

One of the hardest decisions to make regarding my sheet music is the fingering because I sometimes play songs a lot different than what they are fingered. So often I have to decide whether those are things to adjust or not. I find that, as I'm not all that "technical", I play my own music technically "wrong." What I mean is, a normal, well-adjusted piano player whose been technically trained would probably play the music differently than I do.

Here's my last question (for the time being!) Your fact sheet also says that you enjoy creating music more than figuring out how to play something from a score. Do you regularly play music not written by you? If yes, what do you play? And if yes, is this for your own enjoyment or mainly for work (such as needing to play a specific song at a wedding etc)?[/b]

Yes, I play others' music - Christmas arrangements and Hymns predominantly. The only other time I play anything else is if I just get the inkling to do it. "Happy Together" for example on my Sweet Dreams & Starlight album.

I used to play requested songs for weddings, too, but it just took way too much of my time to try and learn them. So now, if someone asks me to play their wedding, I just make sure they want "David Nevue" music and not popular wedding favorites.

David, thank you again for agreeing to take the time to participate in this public Q and A session, I know I'm not the only one who really appreciates being able to talk with the composer of so many much-loved songs! [/b]

It's my pleasure!
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:16 PM

Hi Monica,

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
We have been engaged in a long but ultimately unresolved debate on what exactly "new age" music is. Would you characterize your music as new age, and how would you define new age?[/b]
Good question. No, I don't classify myself as a "New Age" artist. I actually dislike the term as it can be associated with a variety of religious and philosophical ideas, most of which I don't wish to be associated with.

When some people hear the term "New Age," they immediately have a negative reaction to it, some a negative musical reaction and some a negative spiritual one.

However, as far as the music industry is concerned, "New Age" is just a musical category. Pretty much anything that isn't classical, jazz, rock, pop, country or a derivative of one of those can be tossed into the "New Age" category.

I think it's much too broad a term. "New Age" can mean almost anything, musically speaking.

I prefer to think of myself as "Neo-Classical" or simply "Solo Piano".
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:18 PM

Hi Rocky,

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Originally posted by rocky:
how do you decide which pieces of music to create the sheet music for? Are they your personal favorites or is there some other method you use to decide? [/b]
I keep a count of what songs my listeners are requesting. When it's time to do some new sheet music, I do those that have been requested the most. I actually have a database where I keep track of what's been requested and how many times.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:19 PM

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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
Would you like to participate in our Adult Beginner Recital on the 15th August?
(Ok, so you are not exactly an 'Adult Beginner', but hey - it would be pretty neat, I think everyone will agree!) [/b]
Probably not, honestly. I have myself way overbooked for the next few months as it is.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:25 PM

Hi Arias,

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Originally posted by ARIAS:
What is your favorite key to play in? [/b]
I'm not sure I really have one. For just the purpose of improvising, I like Gm. For some reason I can play in that all day and pretty much just make stuff up and it sounds good. \:\)

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Also I am into Hatha Yoga and I am always looking for music to do my poses to. I usually look for slow , peaceful music that is meditative . Do you have a CD that you would recommend for that category? [/b]
Do you have "The Vigil"? That's my personal favorite, and I think it's very meditative. Beyond that, probably "The Last Waking Moment," "While the Trees Sleep" and "Sweet Dreams & Starlight." Tlatter may not be as appropriate as there are a few recognizable tunes on there. Some folks don't like instrumentals of songs they know for meditative purposes because in their head their hearing the lyrics.
Posted by: Ishmael

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:42 PM

As far as I remember from your website, while in a concert, you tell stories (?) in between the pieces to better communicate the piece to your audience. Could you tell us one? Thanks in advance!
Posted by: JimJamz

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 06:53 PM

Its pretty common for us guitar types to not read music as many of us are self taught, learn by listening, etc. However, its seems pretty rare among pianists.

How did you learn to play? Do you considering not reading a detriment or enhancement to your creativity? What do you recommend for a new player that wants to learn piano but is not interested in reading music?

Thanks much!
Posted by: psychopianoman

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 08:40 PM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:

Most of the time, I just sit down and start messing around until something stands out to me. Then I take that theme and keep building on it until I have all the parts of the song, the main melody (A), the secondary melody (B) and the bridge (C). A lot of my songs have intros/outros as well and lead in and out of the main theme. [/b]
I have been playing around with making music and do not understand the principles behind the formating of a song such as ABA or ABCAB.

I can make some nice sounding music but it is only 4-12 bars and I do not understand how to move it around the way you do.

Do you have any suggestions for materials that teach about this song construction process?

A) Melody established (Intro)
B) Chorus
C) Bridge
A) Melody (Octave lower with embellishment)
B) Chorus
C) Bridge
D) Change Up
B) Chorus to End

P.S. I think we have some Nevuites on here. There are certain avatars that pop in to every thread with your name. \:D
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/13/06 11:18 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by David Nevue:
When some people hear the term "New Age," they immediately have a negative reaction to it, some a negative musical reaction and some a negative spiritual one.

However, as far as the music industry is concerned, "New Age" is just a musical category. Pretty much anything that isn't classical, jazz, rock, pop, country or a derivative of one of those can be tossed into the "New Age" category.

I think it's much too broad a term. "New Age" can mean almost anything, musically speaking.

I prefer to think of myself as "Neo-Classical" or simply "Solo Piano". [/b]
Thanks, David. I think you have done a great job of explaining what's wrong with the new age label... as well as explaining why it persists despite being such a stupid label. I kinda throw my hands up in despair when I consider whether it's at all possible to change the label at this point in time. It would help if there were a strong viable alternative. "Solo piano" describes YOUR work very well, but there's a lot of instrumental and non-piano music that would still need a name. Maybe "neo-classical" is the best bet. Or, "modern instrumental"?

Do you, as an artist, get to control how your music is categorized? Can you tell the producer "whatever you do, don't put the words 'new age' on my CD covers?" I don't think us consumers have any chance of changing the system, but if enough artists raised a stink and said "we hate this silly term; we want to be known as neo-classical artists," maybe it would have an effect?
Posted by: Ishmael

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 04:22 AM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
 Quote:
Originally posted by David Nevue:
When some people hear the term "New Age," they immediately have a negative reaction to it, some a negative musical reaction and some a negative spiritual one.

However, as far as the music industry is concerned, "New Age" is just a musical category. Pretty much anything that isn't classical, jazz, rock, pop, country or a derivative of one of those can be tossed into the "New Age" category.

I think it's much too broad a term. "New Age" can mean almost anything, musically speaking.

I prefer to think of myself as "Neo-Classical" or simply "Solo Piano". [/b]
Thanks, David. I think you have done a great job of explaining what's wrong with the new age label... as well as explaining why it persists despite being such a stupid label. I kinda throw my hands up in despair when I consider whether it's at all possible to change the label at this point in time. It would help if there were a strong viable alternative. "Solo piano" describes YOUR work very well, but there's a lot of instrumental and non-piano music that would still need a name. Maybe "neo-classical" is the best bet. Or, "modern instrumental"?

Do you, as an artist, get to control how your music is categorized? Can you tell the producer "whatever you do, don't put the words 'new age' on my CD covers?" I don't think us consumers have any chance of changing the system, but if enough artists raised a stink and said "we hate this silly term; we want to be known as neo-classical artists," maybe it would have an effect? [/b]
IMHO, the reason you're opposed to this categorization is that you're really into "New Age" and you can differentiate among different types of it. Just compare it to, say, rock music (or classical, or even pop for that matter). The category is there, but if you ask somebody who really knows about rock music s/he would also tell you that this title is too broad to identify any song in that category. To be honest, to an outsider like me, all "new age" music sounds like new age to me.
Posted by: angelojf

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 08:39 AM

Hi David:

I am interested in the melding of Christianity with your music. Is much of your music a prayer?
When you compose, are you sometimes in a state of prayer? To what extent is music for you actually an expression of your spirituality?

THanks so much!

- angelojf
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 10:00 AM

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Originally posted by Ishmael:
IMHO, the reason you're opposed to this categorization is that you're really into "New Age" and you can differentiate among different types of it. Just compare it to, say, rock music (or classical, or even pop for that matter). The category is there, but if you ask somebody who really knows about rock music s/he would also tell you that this title is too broad to identify any song in that category. To be honest, to an outsider like me, all "new age" music sounds like new age to me. [/b]
You make a great point, Ishmael; I agree that many of the other categories out there are just as broad and hence not particularly useful.

But there is one difference, which is that the term "new age" itself carries a lot of baggage and connotes a type of mysticism that really has absolutely nothing to do with the vast majority of the music that is labeled new age. As somebody who is NOT into crystals, TM, or other new age lifestyle matters, I cringe to see the music I love being associated with all that stuff. That's why I think the category name itself really needs to be changed.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 06:22 PM

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Originally posted by Ishmael:
As far as I remember from your website, while in a concert, you tell stories (?) in between the pieces to better communicate the piece to your audience. Could you tell us one? [/b]
I think the stories would lose a lot without the performance context. Part of my presentation isn't just the words I'm saying, but how I'm saying it. The gestures, the humor, the music, it all goes together to make the story appealing.

Plus, honestly, it's too much writing for me to do in this context. Here's a little secret about me (not a secret anymore). I'm really obsessive/compulsive when it comes to writing. If it's just conversational email, I'm fine, but if I tried to tell a story in the writing, I would literally spend hours and hours editing it.

It's part of the reason my blog isn't updated more often. I can't just write something in ten minutes and be done with it. I edit and edit and edit and edit until my fingers hurt.

So, I don't really want to write the story here. I'd spend hours on it.

I know it sounds weird, but it's one of my little personality quirks. I hope you understand. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 06:37 PM

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Originally posted by JimJamz:
Its pretty common for us guitar types to not read music as many of us are self taught, learn by listening, etc. However, its seems pretty rare among pianists. Do you considering not reading a detriment or enhancement to your creativity? [/b]
It's both, really. I mean it would be really terrific if I could just sit down and play anything from sheet music. So sure, I miss that part of it.

I just honestly don't have the patience to sit down and learn to play other people's music. It's the reason I failed at piano lessons. I wanted my piano teacher to teach me how to play "piano," not how to play "Mozart."

I was a terrible piano student. I had three years of lessons from three different teachers. I was a nightmare, I'm sure.

Anyway, back to the question.

I think NOT playing from sheet music and NOT going the traditional route has helped me creatively. I'm not bound by the rules. Now, obviously, certain rules are there for good reason, but they can limit you, too. You start focusing on all the "rules" and not the music.

Since I don't know the rules, I don't worry about whether or not I'm breaking them.

My wife tells me my pedaling technique is pitiful. I'm sure it is. But then, I pedal how I pedal. It's what makes me unique.

I'm sure my fingering is atrocious, but it works for me.

I know my posture is rediculous. You should see it. If I wasn't so serious when I play, it would be comical.

If you record me in concert and then play it at double-speed it looks like I'm banging my head on the piano. \:\)

But altogether it works, and without the rules to worry about, I'm not bound by them. I just play what I like and what I feel. And I'm INCREDIBLY BLESSED that people like my music.

I am often in awe about that. It's so cool that I get to create something that appeals to me and that others' enjoy it too.

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How did you learn to play? [/b]
That's a question I ask myself now and then. I'm not exactly sure.

When I was a kid I used to pick out the melodies of tv commercials on my gradma's piano. That's how my parents came to decide to start me in lessons - I could hear the music and find the melodies on the piano.

I just have the ear I guess.

As to how I learned to play, I just kept playing. You know, every song I write sounds terrible at first, but as it comes together, it starts to sound really, really nice. So it's just practice, repetition and fine tuning.

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What do you recommend for a new player that wants to learn piano but is not interested in reading music? [/b]
LISTEN to the music you want to play. I started out listening to George Winston. Then I sat down and tried to figure out what he was playing on the keyboard. I did it all by ear.

If you want to learn to play like I do, just get a CD player and put it beside the piano. Turn on some of the music you like (start with the easier, melodic stuff like mine) and try and find the key, the notes, what's being played in the left hand.

This is more or less how I learned. I just kept hunting on the keyboard until I found the patterns I was looking for. The more you do it, the easier it is to do.

Just about every artist has a pattern, a signature style, they tend to follow. Once you start playing the music and learn the patterns a particular composer leans toward, it becomes easier to do.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 06:51 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by psychopianoman:
I have been playing around with making music and do not understand the principles behind the formating of a song such as ABA or ABCAB.
I can make some nice sounding music but it is only 4-12 bars and I do not understand how to move it around the way you do. Do you have any suggestions for materials that teach about this song construction process?[/b]
I remember sitting down as a teenager and listening to my favorite rock songs on the radio and literally mapping them out: ABABCABBB

The verse would start, and I'd write down an "A"
Then the catchy chorus would kick in and I'd write down a "B"
Then the verse repeated, so I wrote "A" again, then the chorus (B) and then finally the bridge, the "C" section. Then, more often than not the chorus would repeat a couple more times and "TA-DA" you have a 4 minute tune.

This is a really good exercise to do. You can do this with just about anyone's music except the really obscure stuff.

I really believe this is how I learned to write songs - just by listening to them and mapping them out on a piece of paper.

The main thing is that you need to learn how to recognize the difference between an "verse" and a "chorus". This isn't too hard to do once you've practiced it.

So just listen to music and try mapping it out the song structure.

Whatever the "hook" is, that's the chorus. The "verse" is usually the part the leads up to the chorus. And the "bridge" is usually only heard once, twice at the most in most contemporary pop songs. It's just a slight change up to keep things from getting too repetitious.

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P.S. I think we have some Nevuites on here. There are certain avatars that pop in to every thread with your name. [/b]
My friends and I fondly refer to them as "NEV-Heads. \:\)
Posted by: psychopianoman

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 06:54 PM

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If you record me in concert and then play it at double-speed it looks like I'm banging my head on the piano. \:\)
I would love to see this. So you play with lots of movement. Did you always play this way or has it just evolved overtime?


OK then, I am officially a "NEV-Head".
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 07:00 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Do you, as an artist, get to control how your music is categorized? Can you tell the producer "whatever you do, don't put the words 'new age' on my CD covers?" [/b]
I am my own producer, so yea, I tell myself what to do all the time. \:\)

I definitely don't put "New Age" on my CDs, but I do promote the music to the New Age market, as well as Classical as I find I have fans in both.

I don't worry about retail placement much, because my CDs aren't in any physical stores (although they can be ordered through a distributor). Online though, every digial media "store" has different categories.

Rhapsody, for example, has "New Age", but then under that there are sub-genre's:

Atmospheres
Contemporary Instrumental
Ethnic Fusion
Nature
New Age Acoustic
New Age Electronic
New Classical
Self-Help
Solo Instrumental
Space
Spiritual
Techno Tribal

All of that just under New Age, and every store is different. Sometimes you can request certain positioning, but most of the stores just put you where they think best.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 07:22 PM

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Originally posted by angelojf:
I am interested in the melding of Christianity with your music. Is much of your music a prayer? When you compose, are you sometimes in a state of prayer? To what extent is music for you actually an expression of your spirituality? Tanks so much![/b]
I'm not sure if I'd say my songs are literal "prayers" although there are times when I play where the music *does* become an expression of prayer.

When I'm writing, I'm looking at a song analytically, rather than spritually. I'm thinking of it as an arrangement - a puzzle to be solved.

However, when I'm PLAYING or performaing a song after it's been written, that's the point where the emotion and the "praying" comes in. I no longer see at the song with my mind, but more with my heart and soul.

My Christian faith is *strongly* integrated into all my music. Much of what I write is inspired by the Psalms or a reflection of my ongoing life in terms of how I relate a particular feeling/location/situation to my relationship with God.

More than anything, though, I see the creation of my music as a mirror image of what God does. I view Him as the ultimate artist - the creator of all things. And so, when we ourselves create, we are (in a way) imitating that aspect of God.

I'm not saying that in creating music, I AM a god - heaven's no - what I mean is that our Creator made us in such a way that we can, though art, imitate that aspect of who He is.

Much in the same way that we can share His love and mercy with others, we can also share His art.

I often reflect on how amazing it is to create something new (a song) from nothing but my mind. Where no song existed before, I can create one. I make something from nothing, and that something becomes an expression of me, the songwriter.

So in seeing that, it helps me to understand how God created everything from nothing, because this is all his "art," an expression of who He is.

Only, I think that we are still each in the process being "written." Or perhaps it would be better to say we have already been written (from his perspective), but are still coming to be (from our perspective).

God loves his creation in the same way that I love a new song.

It's kind of a cool allegory.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 07:25 PM

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Originally posted by psychopianoman:
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If you record me in concert and then play it at double-speed it looks like I'm banging my head on the piano. \:\)
I would love to see this. So you play with lots of movement. Did you always play this way or has it just evolved overtime?[/b]
It evolved. I think as I became more comfortable playing in front of people, I just started letting go of my emotional side when I played.

Performance is an art. It's more than just the music. As a performer, when you're doing a concert you have to be three-dimensional. People want to SEE the music.

So through the stories and the movement, I let them see it. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 07:26 PM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:
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Originally posted by psychopianoman:
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If you record me in concert and then play it at double-speed it looks like I'm banging my head on the piano. \:\)
I would love to see this. So you play with lots of movement. Did you always play this way or has it just evolved overtime?[/b]
It evolved. I think as I became more comfortable playing in front of people, I just started letting go of my emotional side when I played.

Performance is an art. It's more than just the music. As a performer, when you're doing a concert you have to be three-dimensional. People want to SEE the music.

So through the stories and the movement, I help them to see it. \:\) [/b]
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 07:27 PM

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Originally posted by psychopianoman:
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If you record me in concert and then play it at double-speed it looks like I'm banging my head on the piano. \:\)
I would love to see this. So you play with lots of movement. Did you always play this way or has it just evolved overtime?[/b]
It evolved. I think as I became more comfortable playing in front of people, I just started letting go of my emotional side when I played.

Performance is an art. It's more than just the music. As a performer, when you're doing a concert you have to be three-dimensional. People want to SEE the music.

So through the stories and the movement, I help them to see it. \:\)
Posted by: angelojf

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 07:28 PM

Thank you so much.

-angelojf
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 08:08 PM

David, your answers are all very interesting!

I had all these questions floating around in my head, and I think they all bumped into each other and disintigrated! :p Well, there's one left anyway.

So David, you never use a tape recorder when your in the composing process? You must have an incredibly good memory. Do you ever sit down to play a song and find you can't remember it? How many songs are in your active repertoire right now? For example, if we sat down with a list of all the songs titles on all the CDs on your web site, and called out requests at random, would you be able to play them all at will? Would you have to stop and poke at the keyboard for a few minutes on any of them? Are there any that you probably don't remember?

So that is one lump of questions about your musical memory. How do you remember a song? Do you think "that's the song that starts on A?" Or "that's the song in the key of G?" Or is it something else completely?

In the past I've read that musicians' brains look different (for ex on a CT scan) than the brains of non-musicians. I wonder if the brains of "play-by-ear" pianists look different from the brains of "read-the-score" pianists... As a score-reader whose musical memory is pretty unreliable, I'm guessing my brain looks quite different from yours David... \:\)
Posted by: funburger

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 09:14 PM

David, i have no questions for you to answer. i just wanted to say thank-you for coming here and answering everyones questions. i have been following this thread and i must say i want to hear your music now. i always thought you were new age and i stay far away from that stuff, to gypsy for me:) i think i will peek into google and see if i cant find a recording of you playing. i must say you have perked my interest now. thank-you again for stopping in!!! now i am off to check you out:) (your playing that is)
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 09:19 PM

funburger, you should really give Rhapsody a spin. You can listen to 25 songs a month free. The only risk is that you may love the huge selection so much that you'll want to upgrade to unlimited listening.
Posted by: ARIAS

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 09:21 PM

David thank you for answering my questions. I do plan to check out the VIGIL CD. I do have the sheet music for the Vigil, it's a beautiful song and it is also compatible with doing the yoga poses to as well. I am anxious to check out the other songs on that VIGIL CD as well. I will check out those other songs you mentioned as well for the meditative effect.I like the way your website is setup. It allows me to get the info on your music that I need easily.

David, you don't need to tell me any stories, I'm just happy to listen to your music! I guess y'all can call me a true NEV-HEAD! ;\)

What I would like to know though is , are your working on a new CD right now? What can you tell us about it?
Posted by: psychopianoman

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 09:23 PM

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Originally posted by funburger:
David, i have no questions for you to answer. i just wanted to say thank-you for coming here and answering everyones questions. i have been following this thread and i must say i want to hear your music now. i always thought you were new age and i stay far away from that stuff, to gypsy for me:) i think i will peek into google and see if i cant find a recording of you playing. i must say you have perked my interest now. thank-you again for stopping in!!! now i am off to check you out:) (your playing that is) [/b]
His music is the greatest!!! Free downloads on his website.

http://www.davidnevue.com/freedownloads.htm
Posted by: rocky

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 09:34 PM

David, thanks for taking the time to answer all the questions! What a treat to actually get to chat with a composer whos music we love to listen to and even play attempt to play.

I am definitely a NEV HEAD!! I have already purchased your 3 new sheet music selections and have most of the others already. I can't wait for more!

Thanks again!
Posted by: funburger

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/14/06 09:42 PM

i have found Davids website and listened to a few songs and i must say i actually like it!!! No feeling of crystal balls, but i did feel when I get better I would like to try to play a few of them!!! Wow, now i know what Monica has been ranting and raving about this whole time!!! thank-you again David, i really enjoyed listening to you today, and more in the future!!!!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/15/06 05:16 PM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:

Here's a little secret about me (not a secret anymore). I'm really obsessive/compulsive when it comes to writing. If it's just conversational email, I'm fine, but if I tried to tell a story in the writing, I would literally spend hours and hours editing it.

Hi David.

I was just passing through and read this, and it made me laugh - hey - this guy sounds real. I too am a fiendish editor - constantly changing my words to make them sound better (except when it comes to conversational email - then it's anything goes).

Whatever it is, if it's pure and from the heart, its what matters.

Oh - compulsive/obsessive hahahahahahaha....- I think we've got a bit of that in all of us - or do I just speak for myself. ;\)


Cheers! \:D
Sharon
Posted by: JimJamz

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/15/06 06:46 PM

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More than anything, though, I see the creation of my music as a mirror image of what God does. I view Him as the ultimate artist - the creator of all things. And so, when we ourselves create, we are (in a way) imitating that aspect of God.

I'm not saying that in creating music, I AM a god - heaven's no - what I mean is that our Creator made us in such a way that we can, though art, imitate that aspect of who He is.

Much in the same way that we can share His love and mercy with others, we can also share His art.

I often reflect on how amazing it is to create something new (a song) from nothing but my mind. Where no song existed before, I can create one. I make something from nothing, and that something becomes an expression of me, the songwriter.
That is as beautiful of a descrition of "creativity" as I have ever read. Thanks for taking time to answer all of my questions. By the way...I found your website very inspiring...both musically and spiritually.

- Jim
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/16/06 11:29 PM

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David, your answers are all very interesting!
Thanks.

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So David, you never use a tape recorder when your in the composing process?
Yes, I do sometimes if I come up with something I really like and want to remember it. The problem is, I have found that even if I record something, I never take the time to go back and listen again. So even though I use it, I never really use it. \:\)

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Do you ever sit down to play a song and find you can't remember it?
Yes, and when it happens, I just have to leave it and play another song. Then, if I try it the next day, often it will just "be there." I try not to freak out when I forget a song. If I do, I just end up frustrating myself.

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How many songs are in your active repertoire right now?
I just counted 86, but that includes the new material I'm working on. But that's how many songs I have in rotation during practice time.

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For example, if we sat down with a list of all the songs titles on all the CDs on your web site, and called out requests at random, would you be able to play them all at will?
Nope.

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Would you have to stop and poke at the keyboard for a few minutes on any of them?
Yes, possibly. I might remember part of the song, but not all of it.

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Are there any that you probably don't remember?
Yes. There are a few songs on CDs that I haven't played since I recorded them. I couldn't even hum them to you.

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How do you remember a song? Do you think "that's the song that starts on A?" Or "that's the song in the key of G?" Or is it something else completely?
I'm not sure, actually. I play by finger memory quite a lot. Sometimes I just have to "dial in" to the melody. If I can find that, some of the rest might come.

If I ever really want to remember an old song of mine, I just go back to the recording. Once I hear it, I can usually pick it up again within twenty or thirty minutes.

David
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/16/06 11:30 PM

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Originally posted by funburger:
David, i have no questions for you to answer. i just wanted to say thank-you for coming here and answering everyones questions. i have been following this thread and i must say i want to hear your music now. i always thought you were new age and i stay far away from that stuff, to gypsy for me:) i think i will peek into google and see if i cant find a recording of you playing. [/b]
That's great! Thank you. My pleasure to be here.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/16/06 11:31 PM

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Originally posted by Bob Muir:
funburger, you should really give Rhapsody a spin. You can listen to 25 songs a month free. The only risk is that you may love the huge selection so much that you'll want to upgrade to unlimited listening. [/b]
I LOVE Rhapsody. I've been hooked for over a year now. It's about the only thing I listen to now, other than the CD submissions for Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/16/06 11:36 PM

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Originally posted by ARIAS:
What I would like to know though is , are your working on a new CD right now? What can you tell us about it? [/b]
Yes, I'm working on two new albums.

The first is an album of Hymn arrangements. That's my next album.

The second album is almost entirely original songs, with the exception of an arrangement of "Morning Has Broken" and "Down By the Sally Gardens."

The Hymns album will be out in 2007. I'm not sure about the other - either late 2007 or early 2008.

After that, I'm not sure. I'm seriously considering doing a tribute album to Dax Johnson, a pianist friend of mine who passed away.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/16/06 11:40 PM

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Originally posted by s54mo827:
[QUOTE]Oh - compulsive/obsessive hahahahahahaha....- I think we've got a bit of that in all of us - or do I just speak for myself. ;\) [/b]
It's gotten a lot worse as I've gotten older. I used to write a LOT of poetry, and even considered myself a "poet" before the music started kicking in.

I remember when I was young (college) I wanted to be a story editor full-time.

Yikes! I think I'd go mad if I was doing that now.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/17/06 12:53 AM

David, well it's a relief to know that you're human.... Although maybe not, 80-plus songs in your active repertoire or practice rotation, that sure is a lot considering you don't use any sheet music! Wow.

How do you get ready for a performance? Do you decide the program in advance, what you play and in what order? Do you write it down? Do you use that list during the actual concert?

If you do decide the songlist in advance, do you then practice for the concert by playing those pieces in the order that you'll play them in the concert?

Let's say you're playing 5 concerts in the next 10 days, are you likely to play the exact same program for each concert?

Sorry, that was another barrage of questions! \:\) But thanks again for taking the time to answer them and everyone else's. \:\)

As the saying goes (if it does go) "A thousand thank-yous!"
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/18/06 05:41 PM

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Originally posted by ShiroKuro:
[QB] David, well it's a relief to know that you're human....
I'm VERY human.

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How do you get ready for a performance? Do you decide the program in advance, what you play and in what order? Do you write it down? Do you use that list during the actual concert?
Yes, I outline songs for each concert out a couple of weeks beforehand. Every concert is a bit different. Some are more secular (schools), some more spiritual (churches), and some in between. I try to measure the expectations of my audience before each show.

For example, I have three shows coming up in Jackson, MS, Abertville, AL, and Duluth, GA.

The Jackson show is at a church - a thursday night service. So my concert will have much more spiritual content. I'll share inspiration from the Bible, and play songs that draw from my spiritual walk.

The Albertville concert is a benefit concert for people who've never heard my music before. So I'll play a lot of instantly likeable stuff. My goal there will be to take these people who've never heard my music and turn them into instant fans.

The Duluth concert is actually a Whisperings concert. So I only have five songs or so to really hook people with. So I'll play the songs that I can tell the best stories with, because the stories sell the music.

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If you do decide the songlist in advance, do you then practice for the concert by playing those pieces in the order that you'll play them in the concert?
Yes, I definitely run through the concert a few times. Also, more often than not I'll list my song order with "alternates" because sometimes, depending on my or the audiences mood, I'll want to play something other than what I initially put down.

So even after I plan the concert, chances are good that some aspect of it will change during the show.
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/18/06 06:51 PM

So if you don't use sheet music, does each particular song change some each time you play it in concert? Or do you find you can remember note for note what the recorded (or originally conceived) version is?

And thank you for being so kind to answer all these questions! It has been very interesting reading your responses!
Posted by: Opus45

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/18/06 08:40 PM

David,

This is a fascinating thread. Thank you!

I was wondering, as a human being, what is it like for you to hear others play your music?

Does that feeling differ in any way from David the artist?

Jeff
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/18/06 11:07 PM

David, thank you so much for answering all these questions. Please feel free to tell us "that's enough" when you get tired...we don't want to impose on you! \:\)

But if you're not tired, I have one more question, or set of related questions..., and one that probably hits home to most of us adult beginners/ amateurs/ relearners, whatever the heck we are: Do you get nervous at the beginning of or throughout a concert? Does it throw you off if you make a mistake? (I guess I should ask if you DO make mistakes!) How do you cope with mistakes or nervousness?
Posted by: psychopianoman

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/18/06 11:40 PM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
David, thank you so much for answering all these questions. Please feel free to tell us "that's enough" when you get tired...we don't want to impose on you! \:\)

But if you're not tired, I have one more question, or set of related questions..., and one that probably hits home to most of us adult beginners/ amateurs/ relearners, whatever the heck we are: Do you get nervous at the beginning of or throughout a concert? Does it throw you off if you make a mistake? (I guess I should ask if you DO make mistakes!) How do you cope with mistakes or nervousness? [/b]
I second that. How do you do it???
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/25/06 12:05 PM

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Originally posted by IrishMak:
So if you don't use sheet music, does each particular song change some each time you play it in concert? Or do you find you can remember note for note what the recorded (or originally conceived) version is?[/b]
The songs remain pretty much the same every time I play them in concert. By the time I've gotten a composition to the point that it's "done", I've probably played it two hundred times. So over time it just settles into a routine and doesn't change that much anymore.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/25/06 12:12 PM

Hi Jeff,

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Originally posted by Opus45:
I was wondering, as a human being, what is it like for you to hear others play your music?
Does that feeling differ in any way from David the artist? [/b]
It's very strange to hear my music played by others. I have this inner clock and expects the music to progress in a very particular way, with a very particular mood and motion. Other people have their own inner clocks, and their own way they feel things, so when they play, the song sounds very different to me than when I play it.

Sometimes its surprising and refreshing to hear, other times it's a bit jarring.

I imagine it's a bit like it must be when someone who doesn't speak your language tries to learn it and speak it. Some of the correct "sounds" may be there, but the grammar and intonation just isn't quite the same.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/25/06 12:28 PM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
David, thank you so much for answering all these questions. Please feel free to tell us "that's enough" when you get tired...we don't want to impose on you! [/b]
No, I'm enjoying this. \:\)

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Do you get nervous at the beginning of or throughout a concert? Does it throw you off if you make a mistake? (I guess I should ask if you DO make mistakes!) How do you cope with mistakes or nervousness? [/b]
Yes, I get nervous, particularly the first three or four songs of a show. Usually, once I get through those, I settle down and just start playing without any nerves at all.

I'm often playing a concert and in my head I'm thinking "what's next?, what's next?, what's next?" and I start going into this mini-panic. But the thing is, I've done it so many times, I've just leared to trust myself and calm myself down. So I tell myself, "Just play, just breathe," and I do. I've learned to trust my fingers - they know what to do.

But yes, sometimes I do make a mistake. Often, they are just the kind where you slip and hit a wrong note in passing or something - not that big of a deal. But if you hit the wrong chord that can throw off your whole rhythm and then you have to try and recover from it.

Most of the time, when I make a major mistake like this, I just improvise my way back into the song. There was only one time where I completely lost a song in concert and had to stop playing - and it was one of the first concerts I ever performed.

One of the things I take comfort in (and you should too) is that people have very forgiving ears. More often than not, they don't consciously hear your mistakes, especially if you just keep going. It's like their brain "autocorrects" it for them or something.

The secret is, don't draw attention to your mistakes. If you hit the wrong note, just act like it was the right one. Most people don't take notice a mistake unless YOU take notice of it. Then they see your negative reaction to it and it's only then that they really notice.

So if you make a mistake, pretend you didn't and no one will know any different.

I remember one concert I did at a college where I played horribly - I made SO MANY mistakes it was probably one of the worst performances I ever gave.

Afterward, person after person came up and complimented me, saying how beautiful and wonderful the concert was. One person, who was a professor at the college, said that in his 15 years there attending concerts, he'd never heard anyone come in and play the piano so smoothly and gracefully.

I learned a big lesson that day. It doesn't matter what *I* think of my performance. It doesn't matter if I make mistakes. People still love it. So I've learned to just play and enjoy it, and if I make a mistake, oh well, life goes on. \:\)
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/25/06 06:21 PM

David said:

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Yes, I get nervous, particularly the first three or four songs of a show. Usually, once I get through those, I settle down and just start playing without any nerves at all.
So do you plan your concert program with that in mind? For example, do you think things like "I don't want to play that piece until at least halfway through the concert, this piece is a good one to start with because it's easy and I can ease my nerves with it." Of course, I am not a professional musician, but when I play in recitals or at parties where I play several pieces, I always try to plan the order of pieces so that something easier comes first and the more challenging ones (or longer ones) come later in the program. But maybe that's not how others do it, maybe you prefer to get the more difficult pieces out of the way early on?

Also, I like what you said about believing yourself, believing your fingers. So much of what makes us nervous is all unfounded fear, I try to remind myself that I have played the piece a billion times, there's no reason to think I can't play it now.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/25/06 10:30 PM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:
It doesn't matter what *I* think of my performance. It doesn't matter if I make mistakes. People still love it. So I've learned to just play and enjoy it, and if I make a mistake, oh well, life goes on. \:\) [/b]
I think I need to tattoo this on my forehead, or make a big inspirational poster with this quote and hang it above my piano.

You probably don't realize how reassuring it was for us to hear that (a) you still get nervous, (b) you even make mistakes, but (c) you can get away with mistakes if you just keep playing. My big problem is that I still reflexively say "oops" (or ) when I mess up. I have been working on this and getting better, but since mistake-free public playing is apparently impossible, I need to master the fine art of playing blithely on without acknowledging the mistake.

Incidentally, I always use your piece, "The Gift," as the first piece whenever I play for anybody. I now know it well enough that I can play it on autopilot; it always sounds terrific; and it lets me get over the worst anxious moments without messing up and just feeling more anxious. \:\)
Posted by: rocky

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/25/06 10:30 PM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:

Sometimes its surprising and refreshing to hear, other times it's a bit jarring.
I don't know if you have listened to any of our attempts to play your music, but I must ask you to please not listen to mine, you will definitely be jarred. I am a beginner, only a little over a year. I love your music and love trying to play it, but I wouldn't want to scar you for life by hearing me attempt your music!

But I can't wait for the new ones coming in Sept.!

Thanks for giving us such beautiful music!
Posted by: tolovemoon

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 01:15 AM

WOW! This is all so awesome to read all the responses you are giving David..

I too like the quote that Monica pointed out..

Originally posted by David Nevue:
It doesn't matter what *I* think of my performance. It doesn't matter if I make mistakes. People still love it. So I've learned to just play and enjoy it, and if I make a mistake, oh well, life goes on[/b]

I have been so inspired to not give up..

For a question or two I would like to ask this..

Was your music already a career or was this something you started out doing from a hobby?

Would you say that one must be passionate about what they are doing in order to become successful is a true statement?

And for the last one, how much time do you spend a day practicing?

Thanks again... I am a new fan!
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 05:38 PM

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Originally posted by ShiroKuro:
[QB]So do you plan your concert program with that in mind? For example, do you think things like "I don't want to play that piece until at least halfway through the concert, this piece is a good one to start with because it's easy and I can ease my nerves with it."
Yes, I play songs that I tend to have NO trouble with first. I start almost every concert with "The Vigil". It's simple, and I can play it even when nervous. \:\)

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Also, I like what you said about believing yourself, believing your fingers. So much of what makes us nervous is all unfounded fear, I try to remind myself that I have played the piece a billion times, there's no reason to think I can't play it now.
Exactly.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 05:41 PM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I need to master the fine art of playing blithely on without acknowledging the mistake.[/b]
That's a big part of it. People don't usually notice (or pay attention) to a mistake until you acknowledge it by your facial expressions.

If you just act like there was NO mistake, then even if they think they heard one they'll discard it, because they figure you must know what you're doing. \:\)

Never let 'em see you sweat.

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Incidentally, I always use your piece, "The Gift," as the first piece whenever I play for anybody. I now know it well enough that I can play it on autopilot; it always sounds terrific; and it lets me get over the worst anxious moments without messing up and just feeling more anxious. \:\) [/b]
That's great! Thanks for letting me know. It's a rather strange thing knowing there are all these people out there playing my pieces!
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 05:48 PM

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Originally posted by rocky:
I don't know if you have listened to any of our attempts to play your music, but I must ask you to please not listen to mine, you will definitely be jarred. I am a beginner, only a little over a year. [/b]
Well, I haven't listened, but even if I did, please don't worry about it. I didn't say that to make people feel intimidated. \:\) Obviously, people are on different levels, and so that fine. I'm always happy to listen when folks play my music. It's fun, even when it is a bit jarring. \:\)

And by "jarring" I simply meant the rhythm thing, not so much the actual playing. When I hear one of my songs, my mind automatically starts playing it back the way I play it. So when it's not exactly that way, it's like there's a mental "disruption in the force" in my brain because it expects a certain thing but doesn't get it.

It's like when you expect strawberry ice cream, but then someone hands you chocolate. It's not that it's not GOOD, it's just different. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 05:53 PM

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Originally posted by tolovemoon:
Was your music already a career or was this something you started out doing from a hobby? [/b]
It was definitely a hobby. I did my first albums just because it seemed like it was the thing to do. I mean, if you write songs, you have to record them right?

I don't think it was until I released my fourth album, "The Vigil" that I started thinking a real career as a pianist would be possible.

I worked full time at Symantec Corp. as a Quality Assurance Manager until just five years ago. That's when I tool the "leap" and decided to go for it. So far, so good (mostly).

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Would you say that one must be passionate about what they are doing in order to become successful is a true statement?
Yes, in most cases. I mean, if you're not passionate about what you do, then other people have no reason to "follow" you. If you don't care, they don't care. If you do, they do.

All generally speaking, of course.

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And for the last one, how much time do you spend a day practicing?
I practive five days a week, usually for 1-2 hours a day. On average, I'd say 90 minutes.
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 06:19 PM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:
That's a big part of it. People don't usually notice (or pay attention) to a mistake until you acknowledge it by your facial expressions.

If you just act like there was NO mistake, then even if they think they heard one they'll discard it, because they figure you must know what you're doing. \:\)

[/b]
Exactly what every choral director I've ever sung under pounded into our heads- DO NOT react if you make a mistake! Don't let it show, no faces, no stopping, no head shakes, nothing- just keep right on going. If you don't let them know, most people will never realize a mistake was made. Now, if only I could do that when I'm playing.....
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 06:21 PM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I think I need to tattoo this on my forehead, or make a big inspirational poster with this quote and hang it above my piano.
[/b]
Hmm, don't know that that tattoo idea would work well. Unless you have a mirror on your music desk- and then you'd really want that inked in reverse so you could read it.... Maybe the poster is a better idea.... ;\)
Posted by: ARIAS

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 09:04 PM

David:[/b]
  • I am enjoying so much reading your answers to our questions. It gives your music that much more meaning. Most of your songs have the prettiest melodies. What I like about your music is the way you seem to so easily have a melody in your songs, What I mean is I actually humm your melody to myself until I fall asleep. As I arise early a.m. I can still hear that melody in my mind.

  • I have a question....Do you ever have pains in your hands or wrists after hours of playing? Do you do any exercises or stretching exercises for your hands ?
Posted by: psychopianoman

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 09:10 PM

This may be a question you do not want to answer but has any of your CD's sold in the 200,000 plus mark. I am talking copies not dollars.

Do you teach any to supplement your income or do you find you make enough to actually make a decent living on CD,s and concerts alone.

I am just asking because I plan my life around music and want to be a musician full time. You know, record and teach, play concerts and stuff, gig myself out. Right now it is a hobby but I look to develop it into a career.

Do you think this is possible or in your case did fate play a bigger role. What I mean by fate is did you get to a point where you felt that God wanted you to do this so you got serious and pursued your calling or do you feel it kind of just developed over time.

I know these are personal questions so I understand if you do not answer them all. Thanks.
Posted by: Kawaigirl1

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/26/06 09:20 PM

Hi David,

I hope to be able to see ALL your music be in sheet music form eventually. I just love playing your music! It's becoming an obsession for me \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 07/29/06 01:08 PM

Okay, I thought of another question:

Most of us here are going through the agony (er, unalloyed pleasure) of trying to come up with a usable recording of a piece for our upcoming on-line recital. How long does it take you to record an album's worth of pieces? How many takes on average do you have to do of a piece to get one you consider "album-worthy"? Are the pieces on your album recorded in one take or do you do a lot of editing to come up with one perfect recording?
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/02/06 01:56 AM

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Originally posted by ARIAS:
[QB] What I like about your music is the way you seem to so easily have a melody in your songs, What I mean is I actually humm your melody to myself until I fall asleep. As I arise early a.m. I can still hear that melody in my mind.
Thanks!

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I have a question....Do you ever have pains in your hands or wrists after hours of playing? Do you do any exercises or stretching exercises for your hands ?
Yes, I experience pain in my hands/wrists/arms and pedal leg on a regular basis. It's just become a part of my life.

Years ago, I was given three days notice to prepare for a Christmas gig, and I practiced under a highly stressful situation for eight hours each of the three days before the show.

I was in pain by half-way through the second day, but I kept pressing on... It was the worse decision I ever made, and all for a $75.00 gig.

For MONTHS afterward, my wrists and fingers were in so much pain that I literally couldn't play the piano. I couldn't even type on a keyboard without pain. At work, I held a pencil in each hand and used the eraser tips to type so I wouldn't have to move my fingers. When I used my fingers, it felt like someone was lighting a match to the inside of my wrists. It hurt really bad.

I remember sitting with my arms in bowls of ice for entire evenings. During this time, I remember watching "32 short films about Glenn Gould", a movie I recommend, by the way, and in that movie there's a scene where Gould has his arms in ice and taking painkillers and I remember thinking, "Oh my goodness, that's me."

I thought I'd never play the piano again. It terrified me.

I did eventually recover through both physical therapy and taking lots of vitamin B. It took me about a year before I could play the piano for an hour at a time. But to this day I still experience pain, especially in the day or two before I perform. Whenever I feel stress, it goes right to my arms and wrists.

My pedal leg issue started up after playing mall gigs for long periods of time. That doesn't bother me as much as my arms, but when I play for hours on end in a mall, it starts acting up.

Yes, I do do stretches to help my wrists, especially when I'm preparing for a gig.

But more often than not, when I play a long gig (longer than 90 minutes or so), I take Tylenol to get through it, otherwise I start thinking about the pain more than the performance.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/02/06 03:02 AM

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Originally posted by psychopianoman:
[QB] This may be a question you do not want to answer but has any of your CD's sold in the 200,000 plus mark. I am talking copies not dollars.
I don't keep track of the numbers, but I can say for sure that NO, my CD sales are not even close to that. Brickman, Winston and Lanz have achieved those numbers, but I'm not sure many others have, espcially for a single album.

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Do you teach any to supplement your income or do you find you make enough to actually make a decent living on CD,s and concerts alone.
I don't teach, but I'm full time in the music business. I have been for five years. My income comes from sales of my CDs, music downloads, sheet music, my book (promoteyourmusic.com) and then a smaller portion from various partnerships I've developed online. Everything I do though, is music-related in one way or another.

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I am just asking because I plan my life around music and want to be a musician full time. You know, record and teach, play concerts and stuff, gig myself out. Right now it is a hobby but I look to develop it into a career.
It's possible, but very difficult, especially if you have a family. It's not just the financial cost, but the time cost. Doing what I do is very demanding on your time. Just trying to keep your head above water takes an extreme amount of effort. It requires a very patient and understanding wife, which God has blessed me with. \:\)

It would be easier for me, financially, if I gigged more than I do. But I try not to travel too much as when I do I'm away from the family and it also prevents me from composing or recording. I can't write when I'm on the road as I'm always busy with preparing for the next gig.

I do believe that any talented musician with a marketable recording can make a good, solid income from music. But it's hard to make enough to live on on a *continuous* basis. That takes years to do. I've been building my career up since 1991. So where I am now is the result of 15 years of hard, hard work.

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Do you think this is possible or in your case did fate play a bigger role. What I mean by fate is did you get to a point where you felt that God wanted you to do this so you got serious and pursued your calling or do you feel it kind of just developed over time.
In the beginning, I didn't PLAN on doing music full time. I mean, sure, I wanted to. Every artist hopes that someday they can financially support themselves just doing their art. But I understood the music industry and I realized that the reality was that I would never sell the millions of albums required to actually come out ahead as an artist.

Then the Internet came along, and it provided an opportunity for me to grow my own career without worrying about the corporate music industry. You see, a recording artist who signes a major label deal (assuming a typical record contract) has to sell about 1.2 million albums to break even. That means that an artist who manages to have a gold record (500,000 units] still ends up in serious debt to his/her record label. That's part of the reason you keep having these pop/rock artists who are HUGE for a year or two and then you don't hear much from them again. An artist has to have a multi-platinum album to be able to afford to keep the machine going.

But if you can go independent, forgo a record label, do your own promotion, marketing, advertising and distribution, then you don't need to sell near that many to break even. Once I sell about 500 CDs, I've broken even on that album. Everything beyond that is profit. Of course, there are always ongoing expenses, but my point is than an independent artist who sells just 10,000 CDs will take home *much* more money than a signed artist with a million units sold on a major label.

So, that's the technical end of things. Basically, the Internet has provided the tools any artist needs to become successful on their own without worrying at all about what the "corporate music industry" thinks.

As to the spiritual side of your question, as I look back on my life, I can see how God has led me to this exact place as an artist. So yes, I believe God brought me here and intends for me to do what I am now doing. If God didn't intend for me to be doing this then, well, I don't think I would be.

However, I don't believe that what I'm doing now is my final destination. God's design for me, at this particular moment, may be for me to be a pianist and composer. But I believe that God is using the current events in my life to prepare me for whatever He has planned for me in the future. My music career may be nothing more than a stepping stone on the journey.

We'll have to wait and see together. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/02/06 03:03 AM

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Originally posted by kawaigirl1:
I hope to be able to see ALL your music be in sheet music form eventually. [/b]
Me too. That's my goal. I keep knocking them out a few at a time so sooner or later I should catch up. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/02/06 03:32 AM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Most of us here are going through the agony (er, unalloyed pleasure) of trying to come up with a usable recording of a piece for our upcoming on-line recital. How long does it take you to record an album's worth of pieces? How many takes on average do you have to do of a piece to get one you consider "album-worthy"? Are the pieces on your album recorded in one take or do you do a lot of editing to come up with one perfect recording? [/b]
Good question!

Each of my albums has taken longer than the previous ones to record.

I recorded my first album, The Tower, in 11 hours. The second album took 13. Then I started doing them in multiple recording sessions, four or five songs at a time.

My latest album, Overcome, was the result of three straight days in the studio. It was actually the first time since album #2 that I recorded the entire album at the same time, rather than a few songs at a time.

I take more time with albums in the studio nowadays because, first of all, I'm much more of a perfectionist and secondly, because I can afford to be more particular. With my first couple of albums I had one day to do it and that was it. I couldn't afford to be picky about the takes. I just didn't have the money.

So anyway, here's my approach, generally speaking:

When I'm in the recording studio, I'll usually play a song several times in a row to try and find the "perfect" take. Most of the time, that happens, or very nearly happens, by take four or five. Usually with the first couple of takes I'm too wound up. It takes me 2-3 takes to chill out and just play the song without being over-aware that every sound I make is being recorded.

About two thirds of the time, what happens is I end up with a take that's very nearly perfect, except maybe I'll like how I started or finished a different take better. Startings/Endings are, I think, the most important parts of the song. They are the first and last impressions. So I may use all of take 4 up to the last 30 seconds, for example, and then edit in the last 30 seconds from take 2 because that was the ending that had the vibe I was looking for.

I'd say about 1/3 of the songs on an album are single takes. Most of the others contain 1-2 edits.

I never piece a song together with a ton of edits. It disturbs the performance too much. I can justify a small edit, or using an alternate beginning and/or ending, but that's about as much editing as I prefer to do.

If after five takes, I still haven't gotten the "perfect" take, I move on to a different song and come back to the original song later. Otherwise, I become too frustrated. The only way to record a great take with a great vibe is to stay relaxed.

The most takes ever on a song? 32 on "Walking in Shadow" on Overcome. I went into the studio expecting it to be an easy song to put down, but I couldn't get the right feel in the left hand on the particular piano I was playing. The bass was coming off much too strong and I had to keep lightening my touch on the left hand. I finally got it after almost giving up on it. \:\)

One of my favorite periods recording "Overcome" was "There is a Redeemer" and "It is Well With My Soul."

I recorded the songs one after the other and we got the perfect take on the very first try on both songs. No edits.

I remember playing "It is Well With My Soul", and then as I listened to it back in the studio I couldn't hold back the tears. I was so moved and so happy for how the song came out I just prayed right then and thanked the Lord for it.

The song meant so much to me as it was my dad's favorite Hymn. I did it for him, and when it came off so well I just couldn't contain the emotion. I was very pleased with it.

So now you know.
Posted by: Euan Morrison

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/02/06 07:21 AM

Thanks for the in-depth reply to Monica's question! As Monica points out, many of us here have gone through the pleasure/pain of trying to get a good recording to share with others, so its great to get a professional perspective.

I like your idea of '5 takes, then if it hasn't happened, then move to a different song'. That's something which I have tended to do as well. After about 4 or 5 takes, I actually start to get a bit tense and even angry with myself, so I move on to the next piece and wipe the slate clean.

Thanks again for the detailed insight \:\)
Posted by: Dsus2

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/02/06 07:26 AM

Hi David,

I've got no direct question in mind. I was just reading the first post in this thread and got really curious about your way of composing, especially the part about sheet music.
I came to hear your music through Whisperings solo piano radio. Overall, this station plays a lot of music that seems to fit me. When I sit down at the piano, playing around with things and improvising, music such as this tends to come out pretty often.
I'm really curious about the fact that you don't "write" music. Getting my music written down is in fact something that bothers me sometimes. I sit down and improvise a lot, and when I come across something interesting, I develop that, and after awhile, a new piece is born. Many times though, I just record something without thinking too much about what I am playing, and as a result if someone asks me for sheet music I have none. Neither could I play the piece accurately again. I can read/write sheet music, but only at the computer. My eye sight is too bad for reading printed sheets, however, I can't imagine myself "writing" a song just like that. I try to play standard classical works from time to time, but in my situation it takes a very long time to complete a piece (wish I had absolute pitch...).

Conclusion:
I'm really glad to see there are piano composers working in this way! \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/04/06 12:54 PM

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Originally posted by Dsus2:
I sit down and improvise a lot, and when I come across something interesting, I develop that, and after awhile, a new piece is born. Many times though, I just record something without thinking too much about what I am playing, and as a result if someone asks me for sheet music I have none. Neither could I play the piece accurately again. [/b]
I think I would be the same way, were it not for the fact that I'm performing. Once I record a song, really the only reason to "keep it around" in my head is so that I can perform it at concerts. So were it not for those concerts, I'm sure I would have forgotten most all of my older pieces by now.

I really enjoy doing concerts, though, and so I'm very glad to have those opportunities to play for people.
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/04/06 04:18 PM

Hi David

I know I haven't asked you any questions but, I have enjoyed every moment of this thread, especially reading all of your answers \:\)


thanks


Lee \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/05/06 10:25 AM

David, thank you very much for the detailed description of your recording process. I think that I am going about my recital recording entirely the wrong way. I'll start playing until I make a big enough mistake that I know that I won't want to use that take. Then I stop and start over. Since many times this "big mistake" will occur very early in a piece, I can be sitting there attempting dozens of takes and getting more and more frustrated and anxious in the process.

Your strategy of just doing 4 or 5 full versions of the piece, knowing ahead of time that you probably won't use the first 2 or 3, would seem to take a lot of the pressure off and be a lot better from a mental health point of view. \:\)

I was saddened to hear of your problems with pain. That must be so frustrating, especially for somebody who is making his living with music. Have you ever tried to find a physical therapist or physician who specializes in treating musicians?

When you practice, do you spend much or any time doing scales or Hanon type stuff? [hoping fervently that the answer is "no," so that she can say "well, if David Nevue doesn't do scales, I don't have to either!" \:D ]
Posted by: johnpsychdoc

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/05/06 11:50 AM

David

Just a brief thank you for the beautiful music you've brought into my family's life. In particular making the long drive home after a difficult day's work is made so peaceful and tranquil listening to your beautiful ballads.Thank you for suggesting some simplier pieces (eg.Solitude) that a beginner like myself may some day learn and play. My two young daughters now actually request that I put on your cds rather than listen to Pop music when we're all driving together. We plan to catch you in performance somewhere in the Northeast late this year when you hopefully travel our way. May the future bring you much personal success and more importantly peace.

John
Posted by: DeepElem

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/06/06 07:41 PM

David,

Earlier when talking about learning to play you mentioned listening to artists you like and trying to learn what they do. When you went through that learning process did you pick artists from different styles (e.g. blues, ragtime, classical, "new age") or were the artists all of the same general style ? If there were different styles, do you think your own style is made up of influences from all those different styles, or do you think it was more influenced by the artists of one particular style ?

I find you incredibly generous to take time to participate in this thread. Thank you very much.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/08/06 04:25 AM

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Originally posted by Seaside_Lee:
I know I haven't asked you any questions but, I have enjoyed every moment of this thread, especially reading all of your answers \:\)
thanks[/b]
You're welcome, Lee. Thanks for reading. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/08/06 04:30 AM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I'll start playing until I make a big enough mistake that I know that I won't want to use that take. Then I stop and start over. Since many times this "big mistake" will occur very early in a piece, I can be sitting there attempting dozens of takes and getting more and more frustrated and anxious in the process.
Yes, that's the thing. You can't stop when you have the big mistake. Just keep going. Otherwise you just build up the frustration and you can't get a relaxed take.

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I was saddened to hear of your problems with pain. That must be so frustrating, especially for somebody who is making his living with music. Have you ever tried to find a physical therapist or physician who specializes in treating musicians?
Well, yes, sort of. I mean, I've seen a physical therapist who really helped me recover. I still have the issues, but they are mostly in control now. I can tell when I'm pushing it and I slow down.

The hardest time is around the holidays, as that's when I usually play at the mall. Those are the times it gets really bad because I play hours at a time.

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When you practice, do you spend much or any time doing scales or Hanon type stuff? hoping fervently that the answer is "no," so that she can say "well, if David Nevue doesn't do scales, I don't have to either!" [/b]
No, I don't, though I know I should.

I think Hanon is a GREAT way to train your fingers. I really recommend it for new players, but no, I don't do them. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/08/06 04:31 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by jr1053:
Just a brief thank you for the beautiful music you've brought into my family's life. In particular making the long drive home after a difficult day's work is made so peaceful and tranquil listening to your beautiful ballads.Thank you for suggesting some simplier pieces (eg.Solitude) that a beginner like myself may some day learn and play. My two young daughters now actually request that I put on your cds rather than listen to Pop music when we're all driving together. We plan to catch you in performance somewhere in the Northeast late this year when you hopefully travel our way. May the future bring you much personal success and more importantly peace. John [/b]
Thanks so much for the kind words, John. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/08/06 04:36 AM

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Originally posted by DeepElem:
Earlier when talking about learning to play you mentioned listening to artists you like and trying to learn what they do. When you went through that learning process did you pick artists from different styles (e.g. blues, ragtime, classical, "new age") or were the artists all of the same general style ?
Well, it was George Winston's music, for the most part. In those days, there really weren't many other artists out there like him. When I started listening to Winston, I don't think they were calling him "New Age" yet.

I also played around with Supertramp and enjoyed working on some Chopin pieces. Chopin's Etudes were really the only classical pieces I enjoyed working on.

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If there were different styles, do you think your own style is made up of influences from all those different styles, or do you think it was more influenced by the artists of one particular style?[/b]
I think my influences are made up of all the music I've really poured myself into over the years. George Winston was a big one, but so was Pink Floyd and even Rush.

You might enjoy reading my list of influences at http://www.davidnevue.com/influences.htm .
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/08/06 04:38 AM

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Originally posted by David Nevue:
 Quote:
Originally posted by DeepElem:
Earlier when talking about learning to play you mentioned listening to artists you like and trying to learn what they do. When you went through that learning process did you pick artists from different styles (e.g. blues, ragtime, classical, "new age") or were the artists all of the same general style ?
[/b] Well, it was George Winston's music, for the most part. In those days, there really weren't many other artists out there like him. When I started listening to Winston, I don't think they were calling him "New Age" yet.

I also played around with Supertramp and enjoyed working on some Chopin pieces. Chopin's Etudes were really the only classical pieces I enjoyed working on.

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If there were different styles, do you think your own style is made up of influences from all those different styles, or do you think it was more influenced by the artists of one particular style?
I think my influences are made up of all the music I've really poured myself into over the years. George Winston was a big one, but so was Pink Floyd and even Rush. During college I listened to Clannad and U2 all the time, as well as Jeff Johnson. They all played a part.

You might enjoy reading my list of influences at http://www.davidnevue.com/influences.htm . [/b]
Posted by: Rubiko

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/08/06 09:19 AM

Hi,first of all,thx David for answering all these questions,i really enjoy reading them! \:D
i play the piano for 7 years now,and the first years i dont enjoyed it,until i heard your music.. thank you for that! \:\)

i have one big question,where do you get the inspiration for the titles of your songs?

PS: sorry for my bad english,i hope you understand it :p
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/12/06 05:15 PM

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Originally posted by Rubiko:
i have one big question,where do you get the inspiration for the titles of your songs? [/b]
I just title the songs what seems right to call them. \:\)

When I write/play most songs, I have a particular thing in mind. An image, place, event, person or a mood. So usually, the song title comes from that - my trying to convey what it is that's on my mind when playing the song.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/12/06 09:19 PM

David, here's a question from my 10-year-old daughter, Athena:

"What type of piano do you have?"
Posted by: twitch77

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/13/06 07:52 AM

david, i'd just like to personaly thank you.
your words are very inspiring and mesmorizing. i'm listening to some of your songs, and i've just read all of your replys up to this point, and i'm just really inspired right now.
you'll have to excuse me for lack of words here. . .i'm not quite sure what it is i'm feeling right now, this may sound odd but reading your posts, and listening to your music has put me into somewhat of a dream state of mind (might be that it's almost 6 am. . .with no sleep yet too! ;P ).
so thank you. you're a truely gifted person, both in music, and by words.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/19/06 12:46 AM

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
David, here's a question from my 10-year-old daughter, Athena: "What type of piano do you have?" [/b]
I have a 4'11" Young Chang baby grand. It puts out a lot of sound for it's size and had a nice, dark sound. A heavy touch, too, which I like.

But I've just about worn the piano out. I hope, perhaps next year, to be able to afford to upgrade. I've seriously worn this one out.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/19/06 12:47 AM

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Originally posted by twitch77:
david, i'd just like to personaly thank you.
your words are very inspiring and mesmorizing. i'm listening to some of your songs, and i've just read all of your replys up to this point, and i'm just really inspired right now.
you'll have to excuse me for lack of words here. . .i'm not quite sure what it is i'm feeling right now, this may sound odd but reading your posts, and listening to your music has put me into somewhat of a dream state of mind (might be that it's almost 6 am. . .with no sleep yet too! ;P ).
so thank you. you're a truely gifted person, both in music, and by words. [/b]
Wow, that's nice of you to say. You're quite welcome!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 08/19/06 01:03 AM

Thanks, David. I realized after I posted I could've looked up your profile, but my daughter was so tickled pink to ask a question of a Real Live Famous Musician that I thought I'd let it stay. \:\)

I've been truly enjoying your Whisperings piano internet station. How did you get the idea to start that and how complicated was it to set up? And how did you find all the artists you highlight on the station? One thing I find pretty frustrating is that record stores and most radio stations just don't carry or play a lot of solo piano music. That's why your station (and Rhapsody) has been so rewarding to me. \:\)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 09/04/06 05:32 PM

Hi Monica,

It's been awhile since you posted this, so I hope you see my response. Anyway...

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I've been truly enjoying your Whisperings piano internet station. How did you get the idea to start that and how complicated was it to set up? And how did you find all the artists you highlight on the station? [/b]
You've heard the phrase "necessity is the mother of invention?" Well, that definitely applies here. I really didn't have a lot of options for promoting my own piano music to radio. While sure, there are little programs here and there (mostly college stations) that play solo piano, most of these are in the middle of the night or very brief - like two hours once per week.

So I decided to start my own Internet radio station. I started Whisperings in August 2003 and now, three years later, it's the #1 broadcast on Live365.com About 750,000 people a month tune in.

The station wasn't hard to start - Live365.com makes it easy to start and run your own broadcast. The tough part was (and still is) financing it. I'm starting to get that figured out now, though, I think. Just last month I released a subscription (commercial-free) version of our broadcast. Listeners can pay $5/month to support the program and they get several benefits from that.

As for the artists, in the beginning I contacted some of my pianists friends and had them send me their CDs for inclusion on the show. I did that for the first dozen artists or so. After that, CDs just started coming in. I probably get 2-3 CDs a week from artists wanting to be on the show. There's no end to good piano music out there.

So there you have if. For those of you not familiar with Whisperings, you can tune in at http://www.solopianoradio.com
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 09/05/06 10:11 PM

The technical aspects of running an internet radio station still seem daunting to me. I guess at some point you have to burn all those CDs, then decide on some ordering of what to play (or perhaps the station just picks them randomly?). And don't you have to keep track of what you play to pay royalties?

I do love your station, though. I was probably among your earliest subscribers this summer, and I can honestly say that there hasn't been a piece I've heard on it that I haven't liked. \:\)

In fact, I'm going through Whisperings withdrawal right now. My campus is having trouble with its network streaming, and I haven't been able to play your station or Rhapsody for a week now. In fact, I've had to resort to the near-obsolete technology of just playing CDs (the horror!).

Say, this is off-topic, but did you rearrange your concert schedule for October? I thought I had a vague notion you'd be in Ohio, and I was going to drive up for it, but your website isn't showing any Ohio concerts now. \:\(
Posted by: gmm1

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 09/26/06 10:23 AM

Found this thread buried, and got to thinking...

I know, very dangerous.

Perhaps we could ask for an "Ask the Pros" forum for David, Scott, Bradley, etc. so these would not get buried, and everyone can find them easily.

Just a thought...
Posted by: Woody-Woodruff

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/10/10 10:06 PM

David,
Very interesting reading. Since there hasn't been any action on this thread in a few years, how about an update of what's been going on with your site and your music. I'm sure that all of the posters above would like to have an update.

Thanks,
Woody
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/10/10 11:29 PM

ooh didnt actually know he was on here shocked
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/11/10 01:45 PM

Hey Woody,

Has it really been over three years since I last posted to this thread? Wow, time flies. Scary.

Anyway, the last few years have been really busy with touring. I do all my own booking, so it keeps me quite occupied. You might be surprised at how much time goes into booking a tour. Managing so many people/venues/dates and the promotion for every single one. It's a lot. And when I'm not touring, I'm usually in the process of lining up booking for my next tour or two. It's ongoing. Right now I'm starting to work on dates for this spring, plus next September and November.

You all probably know about my radio broadcast, Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio. That keeps me hopping as well. There are so many technical issues to keep on top of, plus I do all the customer support myself. And every single day I'm reviewing new music for that. So Whisperings radio is a constant in my day.

I just released a new CD called "Revelation: Solo Piano for Prayer & Worship," so I'm in the process right now of getting that up on iTunes, Pandora and other such places. And then I need to work on licensing for the sheet music for many of the songs on that album, as most of the songs on that album are cover songs. That's going to be a challenge.

I do have a brand new album mostly recorded. I'm returning to the studio in the spring to put the final touches on that. That one is almost all original music. I hope to release that in September or so.

I should have some new sheet music up on my web site within the next week or so.

Doing taxes. Answering emails... Ummmmm....

Beyond that, I have a "live" album that I will start working on as soon as my new one is out. Plus another "Best of" CD covering the years 2001-2010.

After that, I'm not really sure. I will probably continue to write, but I'm itching to do an album of my original worship songs (on guitar) with my church band. So in 2011 I might take a break from piano and work on that. That would be interesting to do, as I've never recorded anything professionally other than piano. I'm not sure whether that album, if I do it, would be something I'd release. I might just do that for my church. I will probably just have to wait and see how the recording goes.

Anyway, as you can tell, always lots going on. Seems like I'm always juggling a million things.

But it's great to live a life full of music! I am blessed.

David Nevue
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/11/10 02:51 PM

Hi David - love your music. Every Christmas I struggle with the syncopation in "Away in a Manger". One of these Christmases soon I will be able to play it!

Sam
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/11/10 11:19 PM

Can't wait to hear your new album, David! Thanks for the update. smile
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/11/10 11:30 PM

Originally Posted By: David Nevue
Hi Monica,

It's been awhile since you posted this, so I hope you see my response. Anyway...

Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I've been truly enjoying your Whisperings piano internet station. How did you get the idea to start that and how complicated was it to set up? And how did you find all the artists you highlight on the station?
You've heard the phrase "necessity is the mother of invention?" Well, that definitely applies here. I really didn't have a lot of options for promoting my own piano music to radio. While sure, there are little programs here and there (mostly college stations) that play solo piano, most of these are in the middle of the night or very brief - like two hours once per week.

So I decided to start my own Internet radio station. I started Whisperings in August 2003 and now, three years later, it's the #1 broadcast on Live365.com About 750,000 people a month tune in.

The station wasn't hard to start - Live365.com makes it easy to start and run your own broadcast. The tough part was (and still is) financing it. I'm starting to get that figured out now, though, I think. Just last month I released a subscription (commercial-free) version of our broadcast. Listeners can pay $5/month to support the program and they get several benefits from that.

As for the artists, in the beginning I contacted some of my pianists friends and had them send me their CDs for inclusion on the show. I did that for the first dozen artists or so. After that, CDs just started coming in. I probably get 2-3 CDs a week from artists wanting to be on the show. There's no end to good piano music out there.

So there you have if. For those of you not familiar with Whisperings, you can tune in at http://www.solopianoradio.com



I am glad this thread resurfaced... I wasn't aware of the "Whisperings" channel. I will have to check it out.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/12/10 12:03 AM

Originally Posted By: David Nevue
Has it really been over three years since I last posted to this thread? Wow, time flies. Scary.


My apologies, but I had to search for "David Nevue" on You Tube. (I'm fairly clueless overall)

Backing up a bit, I created a "We Three Kings" guitar and piano duet for Christmas time and posted it to You Tube. I remember after uploading it searching for other versions of Three Kings, and came across some dude playing it for what appeared to be a private concert in someone's home.

It was extraordinarily awesome, and actually, the end of my short search as I didn't think that it could be topped. And I realized today that was you.

It's a small world. (did I mention your version was awesome?) grin

Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/12/10 02:47 AM

Thanks so much, Ben. I'm glad you like it!

Keep working on it Sam. I'm sure you'll get it!
Posted by: blues flat 7

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/12/10 01:16 PM

Hi David;
Do you have any sheet music for sale for the song " The Old Country Church " ?

Thanks,
Dale
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/12/10 02:00 PM

Hi david!

I didn't know your music was on sites like pandora. I just added your station to my list on my phone. I also just brought some of your music not too long ago and it's right around my level and they sound amazing. I hope you can keep the sheet music coming and good luck to all your concerts and your tours!:)
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/12/10 04:11 PM

Not yet, Dale, but I forsee "The Old Country Church" being available as sheet music within the next 3-4 months.
Posted by: David Nevue

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/12/10 04:13 PM

Thanks ladypayne!
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!! - 02/13/10 03:45 PM

Hello David

Please come to London and play in the Royal Albert Hall, just like Ludovico Einaudi is doing next month. http://www.ents24.com/web/event/1823932/Ludovico_Einaudi.html

Anywhere in the UK will do as long as I can come :-)

I love your, and Ludovico's piano playing, it's inspirational.