Snap Judgment special episode 'Counted: An Oakland Story' provides intimate portraits of some of those lost to violence in Oakland during 2017 and includes a segment about Dave featuring his father, Gene.
Things have been quiet for a short while now while we’ve been busy organizing, cataloging and laying the necessary groundwork to ensure that Dave’s music is not only preserved but released in ways which honor his spirit and artistic integrity.
First, we want to extend sincere thanks to all who have reached out over the past several months. Your voices, remembrances and all which you’ve shared have provided great solace. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support you have so graciously provided.
Dave and his music touched so many across a remarkably broad spectrum and the coming together of those who loved him, many whom are meeting for the first time, is also in its own way a large part of and extension of his legacy.
We want to reassure everyone that Dave’s music isn’t lost. On the contrary, not only is nearly all of the music accounted for but a very large amount of additional material has been found. Dave worked tirelessly on his music for over twenty years, writing and recording almost constantly. As such, much of the challenging task before us now is sorting through it all, fine tuning and ensuring that which is being released is up to Dave’s standards.
There are currently over three hundred documented songs with many of those existing in multiple, distinct variations. There are a massive number of casual recordings, demos, working recordings, live performances and studio sessions, hundreds of videos and thousands of photographs — all before counting the many more which others have been sending.
This website is just the very beginning. Plans for this year include official releases for some of the music as well as smaller releases of other material, live performances and likely a few surprises. This site will be growing and evolving over time as well, not only to accommodate the releases but also eventually to serve as a repository for a larger archive of live and other recordings.
Our goal is for Dave’s music and message to reach far, wide and long into the future to touch and inspire others. We know that it will continue to spread by the same means it always has — from hand-to-hand and by word-of-mouth. As such, the music that is released will always be available in some free, readily accessible form online and everyone is not only welcome to but encouraged to share it in any non-commercial form.
We’ll also be seeking to involve more of Dave’s friends and fans in things to come — reaching out both to the community and on a personal level for input, guidance and collaboration on future projects and releases. The first of these being a growing list of known live performance dates and information being added to the site soon. We’re asking that anyone who performed with, shared a bill with, recorded or even just saw Dave perform to reach out with any remembrances or information you can offer.
Our deepest gratitude for the extension of your love and support to this project. We should be posting semi-regular updates and announcements from here onward. They can be sent directly to your inbox by signing up for the mailing list. Whether you knew Dave or have only recently heard his music for the first time, please also feel free to reach out to us using the contact form as we do genuinely enjoy hearing from and sharing with you.
The much loved podcast and nationally syndicated radio show Snap Judgment will be airing a special episode on March 1st with intimate portraits of some of those lost to violence in Oakland during 2017. The program will feature a segment on Dave. Those familiar with the program know that it never fails to be compelling while respectful of more sensitive topics, always well crafted and oft touching and profound.
The program will air at different times depending on the schedule of your local NPR station but will also be available to stream online and through most podcast apps.