David Falcone

David Falcone

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
SoloWorldCeltic

... a wonderful guitarist whose playing equals and often surpasses many better-known fingerstyle artists. His deft touch pulls stories from the strings in wordless tales of inspired nuance, shifting rhythms and tempos - all with flawless accuracy and soulful feel. Ramble Cultural Magazine

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Biography

"Falcone is a talented composer who manages to write contemporary fingerstyle guitar melodies with a strong connection to the past. His polished performance only serves to enhance what he has written". (Sound Bytes Review)

Within the Philadelphia musical community few can capture and share the imagination hidden within the world of fingerstyle guitar like David Falcone. Descriptions:" ... a heady stew of fingerpicking pyrotechnics," "hauntingly beautiful," and "a guitar virtuoso."

David Falcone is a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist/vocalist whose influences include the styles and techniques of artists such as Leo Kottke, John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan. His original compositions reflect a unique synthesis of Celtic, traditional, and classical sounds and forms. His vocal works are often backed with the intricate details blended from these sources of inspiration.

Falcone plays regularly in the Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania and, New Jersey areas at various coffeehouses, bookstores, clubs and venues. He regularly peforms at World Cafe Live and has played XPN's Music Festival (2007), The Painted Bride, TheTinAngel, The Point, and Steel City Coffeehouse, The Minstrel coffeehouse, The Fire, The Landsdowne Folk Club, The Fortissimo House Concert, some of Philadelphia area's premiere venues. He has shared billings with notables such as Pierre Bensusan, Leon Redbone, John Renbourn, Erik Taylor, Francis Dunnery, Julie Foster, David La Motte, Antje Duvekot and Bill Staines. His songs have been aired on WXPN's program Sleepy Hollow and John DiLiberto's nationally syndicated program, Echoes.

Falcone's first CD, recorded at Longview Studios in Philadelphia, "Secrets of Sherwood" was released in 1997. His second CD, "Behind Your Eyes", was mixed by Emmy Award winning Tim Craven at Gen-X studios. Both CD's successfully mirror the intensity and passion that characterize the Falcone live performance.

When not writing, practicing or performing music, David is busy teaching in the Psychology Department at La Salle University.

Lyrics

Buddha

Written By: David Falcone

I walked upon a dream last night,
a road, dark and dry and cold
and came across a caisson loaded down with guns and gold
and there among the spoils in a fever shattered fright
laid a soldier sick and broken in the darkness in the night

chorus
I don't know if it's the suffering, the anger, guilt or shame
the helplessness, the emptiness or the endless paths of pain
but I know with doubtless clarity, then when I finally wake
I'll never .... I'll never be the same

I walked upon a dream last night
a road, ancient, cracked and bruised
and came across a wagon loaded down with painful truths
and there among the memories, in a timeless fading light
laid a soldier old and broken, in the darkness in the night

I walked upon a dream last night, a road, silent, thick and still
and came across a chariot loaded down with nothing real
and there among lost promises in a shadow of life
laid a soldier dead and broken in the darkness in the night

I walked upon a dream last night,
a road, black and white and small
and came across a TV screen loaded down with greed and war
and there among the truths and lies in a tracer scattered sky
I saw you and me and all of us in the darkness in the night

Robert and Paul (The Children)

Written By: David Falcone

Look at all these people, and how they fill this place
you and me together, standing on the stage
who would have thought, it would have taken us this long
they came to hear my gospel, they come to hear your song

and I wonder how they got here, and wonder what they do
and what there day-to-day is like, and what it means to you
I saw how you rose above it, and how your wisdom grew
and how they heard the words you spoke, and took it all for true

Bless me father for I have been,
such a long time passed since I looked within
my choices were many but my options were few
you can hardly blame me for the things I had to do
And I didn't have the comfort of a book that came before
I had to find my own road, I could never be that sure
and I didn't know what hit me when the masses turned my way
so I simply spoke the words I guessed they wanted me to say,
you understand

Look at all these people, I don't recognize a face
you and me together, God, we really filled this place
who would have thought, it would have taken us this long
you and me together, they'll think something's really wrong

I wonder how they got here, and what they do
and what there day-to-day is like, and what it means to you
I watched you from a distance, they wouldn't let me get too close
I saw you reached so many, and gave them back their souls

Bless me Robert, for I have been
every day I spend too much time within
and my choices are many but my options are few
you can hardly blame me for the things I had to do
And I didn't have the comfort of your wide and open road
I had to find a way to do exactly what I was told
and I didn't know just what to say or what I was supposed to be
so I simply spoke the words that were handed down to me,
you understand

So God bless all the people for they have been,
such a long time will pass til' they look this way again
their choices will be many but their options will be few
and we can hardly blame them for the things they'll have to do
They'll find there are no right ways but there are so many wrong
and somewhere in between is the gospel and the song
and they won't know what hit them when their children turn away
and they try to call them home again
and there are no words to say, you understand

The Truth

Written By: David Falcone

Taken from my sleep by the rising sun,
pouring through my window, I must be the one
a dream I was having remained in place,
frozen by the heat I felt on my face

A woman I knew from many years ago,
stood in the doorway telling me "I told you so"
She shook her head and she shook her fist,
"God, how much of life you've missed."

I tried to warn you, I tried so hard
when your skin touched mine on the floor of the prison yard
I know I was the first, but we're all the same
I did what I had to, to keep you coming back again

chorus
Your power was your tenderness, your beauty and your voice
triggered by the openess to eliminate the choice

As the sun moved on through the eastern sky
It was so hard to speak although I'd try
I was so confused, only half awake
when I finally spoke this is what escaped
The Secret is just a painless lie
And the Lie is just the Truth before you open your eyes
The Secret is just a painless lie
And the Lie is just the Truth before you open your eyes

Don't you dare ask me what I'm asking for
I can still enjoy the game when there's no point in playing
I'll walk the walk and talk the talk
Just pretend and call it Real ... it's much easier that way

Discography

Secrets of Sherwood, 1996
Behind Your Eyes, 2002

(music samples can be heard at CDBABY.com and www.myspace.com/davidfalcone)

Set List

A mix of fingerstyle instrumentals (think Leo Kottke) and celtic instrumentals (think John Renbourn) and a folk type vocals, original and covers. Usually about 70% instrumentals and 30% vocals, but I can customize the mix to the needs of the venue.