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"Local Exposure | CD Reviews of Area Musicians"

David Carr
December 1998

by Karen L. Wisotkey

From the first note, Ambrosia has a soothing effect. The backdrop of light, airy flute behind mellow acoustic guitar softens each cut of Ambrosia. This unique blend of folk and blues is complemented by lyrics that give a very simplistic and nostalgic portrayal of some very serious social issues, including homelessness, racism, and life and death.

David Carr’s song writing style is like that of a storyteller — encouraging the listener to envision the scenery and actions that are prevalent in his approach to exploring social issues. Ambrosia has a local flavor — often mentioning local landmarks in the story-telling lyrics as in “Remember This Day” and “Miles of Smiles.”

In a society where African-American musicians lean toward hip-hop, rap, and gospel styles, it is refreshing to hear Carr bringing the African-American voice into acoustic music. By recording Ambrosia, Carr has released his music to a broader public than just those who may happen to hear him live in a coffeehouse or outdoor setting.

Though Ambrosia contains only seven cuts, Carr has covered a wide range of topics with his lyrics. Whether you’re looking for background music to relax by or you’re interested in lyrics that have some real substance, give Ambrosia a listen. It’s a fine taste of what our non-mainstream musical artists have to offer. - MODE Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



Don't be surprised by what you hear. No drums, bass or piano. Just acoustic guitars.

"I've found a comfort level with my songs", says David Carr. Carr is the lone member of Colorphic, a pseudonym for the singer songwriter from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "When I began writing and playing 12 years ago I unconsciously drew from my major influences. The songs were good but they were missing the musical punch. I found the punch while busking at the local market.

David Carr's music is all about rhythmic guitar set against crafty lyrics. "I twisted the formula. I let the guitar sing and the songs play." And it works beautifully. His eponymous album features five songs.

Like many Army brats, Carr spent many years living and traveling overseas. He says growing up in Germany was a unique experience. "My musical ear is eclectic. I listened to Kraftwerk, Chic, Style Council, Bryan Ferry, Robert Cray and lots of Slave."

Carr is looking forward to playing his new and 50 original older songs in front of audiences. "I'm not very polished but I love playing the guitar and writing songs. It took time to realize that I'm better off creating my own voice and sound."

That's exactly what Colorphic has done. His music is uniquely his own and enriched by a Washburn jumbo guitar. "I don't like plugging my guitar into an amplifier. It's got a big sound that reaches people from a couple meters."