Dave has been busy with directing the choir at Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church, building his home studio, and performing with Raising The Dead. Here are some opportunities to see Dave live!
Hey now! Raising the Dead is back and announcing a summertime of gigs. Here's where you can see it all. We'll see you at Otus Supply on July 2.
Check out our "blues For Allah" Set From February
In less than a week, you can stream The Crown Sessions everywhere! Check Shinyheadmusic.com on July 26 for links to your streaming service.
WOO HOO! The Crown Sessions CD has shipped to everyone who pre-ordered the disc. I still have a limited amount and I'll ship one to you for $20. The album will go live on all streaming services on June 26, with Apple Music taking purchase pre-orders on June 12.
If you'd like a copy, you can PayPal, Venmo, or Cash App me $20, along with your mailing address, and I'll get it right to you.
Thanks for your support, I can't wait for you to hear this collection of songs!
UPDATE: Here's the Apple Music link for the album, which will be included if you have a subscription. You can hear the first single, "March 2020 (Be With Me)" now. Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and all other streaming platforms will go live on July 26.
Here's a bunch of shows my Grateful Dead tribute band, Raising The Dead, is performing this summer around the Detroit area. Come out and see us! Get the most up to date info, videos, and news on our website or facebook page.
May 23 • Otus Supply, 345 E. 9 Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI • Summer Tent Series Kickoff Party, WSG Half Way There & Kids Under The Carpet, 1p-10p
Playing and producing music has kept me sane throughout the last year, and I am very fortunate to be surrounded with opportunities to make music with my students and fellow musicians. Here's 5 videos of recent performances to check out and enjoy.
My students at West Middle School are about 1/3 face to face in school and 2/3 online. We've been bridging the gap by using a browser-based recording software, Soundtrap, for them to record their voices. I then combined the voices using Logic Pro X and created a virtual choir from them. The students then made artwork that matched the songs, and the result will have you smiling ear to ear as you hear the sweet voices of children singing together.
Playing to a room which usually holds 200 with an audience of just 10, Raising The Dead performed a live streamed show that gathered almost 2,000 live views and over 450 comments. The original webcast is on Facebook, but here it's been transferred to YouTube. Amazing jamming, 5 excellent lead singers, and some of the best music ever. Check it out!
The GIPC Band met for a distanced, masked recording session at Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church recently for a 15-song marathon recording session. 3 of the songs were included in the Palm Sunday service today. Enjoy these songs recorded for worship anytime on my YouTube channel.
The 30-day Kickstarter funding for The Crown Sessions album was a big success - thank you to everyone who supported the album's publishing and release by pre-ordering a copy. Thanks to your funding, I'll be working with GIPC Band drummer David Alvarez to lay down some new drum tracks, improving on my performances, and choosing a local artist to help design the visual art of the album.
I expect the final album to be published to all streaming sites and physical CDs to be delivered about mid-May. I'll even be including some bonus live tracks on the disc, but news on that will wait for another day.
Thanks again for all your support, and don't worry - if you missed out, the CD will be for sale once it's printed!
You can check out the latest Kickstarter updates here.
Today, I'm launching a Kickstarter to fund the release of my album of new original music, entitled "The Crown Sessions"
In March, 2020, when the virus shut down the middle school where I teach choir, my first reaction to the fear and anxiety of the global pandemic was to channel my emotions into creativity. When my church, Grosse Ile Presbyterian, had to transition to online worship, I decided to contribute by writing and recording songs for virtual services in my home studio.
Over the next 9 months, I contributed 12 new original songs to worship services, all recorded in my home. I played guitar, piano, bass, drums, and sang, and I incorporated socially distant contributions from Doug Scott (piano), Carole Scott (flute), David Alvarez (drums), Godfrey Porter (bass), and Jordan Schug (cello).
Lyrically, the songs were each written to support a particular bible passage, sermon theme, or holiday. The lyrics are personal but always reaching for God.
Musically, this group of songs encompasses a wide range of styles, including acoustic ballad, music theater, 60s rock and roll, funk, orchestral, jazz, and modern worship.
This Kickstarter is a chance for you to own a professionally-produced CD of this special music, and also your opportunity to help the music reach a global audience, while sounding its best.
Please check out my Kickstarter to pre-order your CD, and to help bring this music to all streaming platforms and a worldwide audience. Thanks!
The new CD, "The Crown Sessions," consisting of songs of faith written during the pandemic in 2020 is ready to publish, it just needs your help! Pre-order your copy and be a part of bringing the music to the world.
See the Pre-launch Kickstarter page here.
I've taken the last month off from composing and recording new songs, instead focusing on taking classes and going to conferences to help me be a better educator during the pandemic, as well as spending time with my family and taking drum lessons. This week's sermon by the Rev. Dr. Phillip Reed of Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church was inspiring, and introduced me to the namesake of this new song.
Nashon, according to Midrash (a collection of stories and statements studied by Rabbi), was among the Israelites who stood at the edge of the Red Sea, trapped by Pharoah's advancing army. When Moses declares God will deliver them, a man named Nashon stepped forward first. He stepped into the sea, and when his nose finally submerged, the waters parted, giving the Israelites their path to freedom.
My goal with this composition was to put the listener into the mind and body of Nashon, his footsteps (and later heart beat) portrayed with the bass drum, and the sound of the water in the reverse-delayed guitars. I hope you enjoy it.
Nashon (Waters Part)
by Dave Martin
I step with faith, do not let me sink.
Cold seas engulf me limb by limb, I seek delivery in the deep.
Let my stride follow the path that leads to You.
Master of the world, what am I to do?
Let my next step be the first to seek your grace.
Not a test of you but of my trust. I give myself to faith.
My heart is helpless, but I will not turn around.
Belief propels me. You’ll be with me as we drown.
Music for any occasion!
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