I had the pleasure of meeting Odyssey Award-Winning author Deborah Wiles, who recorded her author's note in my studio. I subsequently narrated the preface to this wonderful retelling of the events of the Kent State massacre -- a sad chapter in America's past. Debbie and I really hit it off and I ended up also shooting the cover jacket photo of her as well (pictured right). Check this audiobook out--the incomparable Paul Gagne, with whom I worked on Audie Award Winner "Echo" and countless other projects, hits it out of the park once again with a multi-voiced performance that captures this inflection point in American history.
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What are you going to do with all that time sequestered at home during a pandemic? How about--write a bunch of songs and make an album! Mixed with some tunes from my archives, DUTCHMAN has a vaguely nautical theme threaded with the highly personal and the sardonically political. It was a cathartic experience and I hope that it doesn't fall on deaf ears! With the help of Atlanta veteran guitarist Rick Hinkle, and studio guru and erstwhile guitarist Gopal Swamy lending his skills on another couple of tunes, I wrote and recorded most of the album during the brunt of the lockdown in my studio. Gopal mixed and mastered the tracks at Acoustech in Atlanta. It was really rewarding to bring all the tunes together for what I hope will be an eclectic and enjoyable experience. Now available for download on all your favorite digital platforms!
Clint Eastwood never says action!
Getting a chance to work with Clint Eastwood was a great honor, and then follow it up with Ron Howard in Hillbilly Elegy was deeply satisfying. Unfortunately, my scene was cut from Elegy, but Ron sent me a nice email informing of the bad news. I t was the first time in all my years of doing this that I ended up on the cutting room floor (I guess that's just a figure of speech these digital days).
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Geary is a Harvard professor who takes his humor very seriously. This wonderful and amazingly clever work is not only entertaining but really instructive at the same time. So if you're interested in deconstructing what makes us laugh, titter and groan-- and couple it with a unique approach to storytelling in each chapter, this is the book for you. I had a blast with this one!
One of the more interesting analyses of global politics that I've encountered in my narrating experience, Krastev and Holmes take the West to task for their approach to spreading democratic liberalism in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union. Rising authoritarianism didn't emerge in a vacuum and these astute observers give us some very good reasons why we find ourselves at this precarious political juncture.
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I narrated a number of very interesting books about the First World War to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. But this particular book was my favorite. The unquenchable agony of the Middle East was forged in the events that lies within the pages of this extensively researched book. If you want to return to the genesis of so much of what troubles that region today, look no further than this wonderful book. And be prepared to facepalm at the insane hubris of the Western powers and the mendacity of so many, many others.
This beautiful collection of stories about life in the ER will tug at your heart in unimaginable ways. I had to repeatedly stop and compose myself as the situations overwhelmed me time and again. I felt honored to bring these words to life. Here's what author Phil Green had to say about this Tantor recording:
David, I finally made it through your reading of Trauma Room Two. I could only listen to one story a day as many were loosely based off of real experiences I’ve had and to be honest didn’t exactly want to remember. But your readings were incredible. You nailed the cadence, the pacing, and most importantly the emotion of the stories, of the characters, and of the situations. You brought them to life in a way that gave me chills and to be honest left me almost overwhelmed with all the emotion of the original cases. So thank you. You are a true Artist with a capital A and I feel blessed that you and I together created something beautiful out of some really terrible situations. Best of luck, and thank you. -Phil Green
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New Business Mindset
A New Business Mindset -
Listen to my podcast conversation with Gareth J. Young on a variety of topics under the headline, "Healing the World Through Stories." Gareth and I got to know each other through another conversation at Theatrical Outfit after a performance of "Storefront Church." I've appeared on his show before and we enjoyed it so much, we decided to have another go.