David Kav

David Kav

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

A whirlwind of Rusted Root, U2, The Freddy Jones Band and Gin Blossoms. Put them in a blender and add a touch of Janis Joplin, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple via Jen Porter. A cocktail of passion, contemplation and soulful music. Beer music with wine taste.

Biography

From Theresa Carter of The Local Tourist (Chicago.) Review written September 13, 2008 (day of its release)

"Rainy Day Soundtrack"

Searing lyrics, soaring vocals, driving rhythms strummed passionately from an acoustic guitar. Harmonies that lift hairs and bring up gooseflesh. Unexpected chord changes causing you to stop and LISTEN.

This is David Kav's newest CD, "Better You Here Than Alone."

I'm listening to it for the umpteenth time on a rainy day at the end of a rainy week, and it's the perfect soundtrack. Not because it's dreary or drab; in fact, it's just the opposite. It's got a bluesy feel that does what blues do best - take a bad situation and pour it out for the world to commisserate. His songs tell tales of love, deception, and lies lies lies, but they're sung with such passion and energy and committment that the message becomes more about learning and living than losing.

Singer/songwriters are expected to be "deep" in a cliched caricature of angst. Somehow, David seems to go beyond that cartoon image to a, perhaps, deeper place. Each song is musically individual enough so that he escapes a cookie-cutter oh-woe-is-me busker in the subway station sound. "Two Avenues" is a jaunty tribute to forks in the road. "Muse" is a ballad that crescendos gradually until it fairly pierces the heart, reminiscent of Ravel's Bolero. Jen Porter's guest appearance as the lead vocalist on "Please Let Me Be" brings a powerful woman's passion into the middle of this man's outpouring of regrets and missed opportunities. You hear a bit of a crack in his voice during the haunting "Yesterday's News" as he sings "I've never, never felt so near the sunshine."

What makes this not just a good but the perfect rainy day CD? The last song on the CD is a duet with Jen Porter. It opens with whistling, and before it's over you hear this line:

"All I know is that the sun is shining now through the gray sky and the clouds."

Full disclosure: David thanks me in the liner notes of this CD. He has been a featured artist on The Local Tourist and as you can tell, I'm a fan! ~Theresa

Lyrics

Stalemate

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav)
Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

"Mr. Success," walking down the street
Wondering why everyone he meets
Says, "do not come around."
Shuffling his feet, he's making waves
But later on, he'll notice he's not gonna be making any big sound

Keep on lying to me
As long as you need to
Keep on lying to me
As long as it works for you

Coming around the corner,
Squaring me down with that face full of dread
He has the gall to tell me eye to eye
"shallow as it seems, you're my only friend."

Keep on lying to me
As long as you need to
Keep on lying to me
As long as it works for you

Tell me; Is it working for you?

Keep on lying to me
Do it now while these lies are free
Keep on lying to me
'Til you have to pay them with a mighty fee

Stalemate!

Why the shock?
Why the angst?
Why the torture?
Why the pain?
You're the only one to blame for this mess and this game!

Keep on lying to me
'Til there's no one to sulk with you
Keep on lying to me
'Til the mirror faces you...

Two Avenues

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav)
Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

Walking along the water
The fresh and flowing stream, mesmerizing me
I turn my head to the road now
Confusion setting in...decision is in my hands

Two avenues
Only one to be taken
I have to keep my common ground
Pray that I don't slip along the way

A shining, silver road
The other one, dull with dirt laid in
One leads to bankruptcy and lies
The other one divine but I'm not sure I'm being blinded by the light

Two avenues
Only one to be taken
I have to keep my common ground
Pray that I don't slip along the way

Won't you come and find me
Where I'm walking down
Down this lonely road?
There's something about your smile now
Not sure what it is -
Frightens me - has me running back to where I began down the road

Two avenues
Only one to be taken
I have to keep my common ground
Pray that I don't slip along the way

It doesn't matter what you choose now
Just as long as you take one step with the other
Because standing here alone, not going anywhere
Is just as good as walking down that bad and wrong road

Bone-Dry Boulevard

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav)
Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

Let me tell ya ‘bout the time I wrote this ditty
I was sitting right down in a case of self-pity
And I didn’t think I was ever coming out of it.

Shuffling down the street – people say “look at his feet
He’s not going to find someone to meet
He’s gonna be all the same.”

Didn’t think that she’d ever come by my side
Always dreaming of the times she’d be my bride
Didn’t seem that I would ever ever feel her

You can tell that I don’t have the words down yet
But all I want to do is get some lyrics and maybe
Some melody – so I can sing this chorus, babe:

CHORUS:
She said, “Love,
It don’t come easy
And if you want to be with me, baby, boy, you’re in for a long ride.”
She said, “Love,
It don’t come easy
Maybe someday I can give you love, but now, baby, I’m just bone-dry.”

All I know is I saw her from time to time
I knew that I’d have to get her out of my mind
Or else, I was gonna go insane for sure

Then, one day, she came back around
Picked me up off the ground, took me from my frown
only thing she told me was “boy, you’ve got to get down.”

REPEAT CHORUS

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

So I still don’t have her by my side
You may think I’m foolish – got too much pride
But, no matter what they tell me I’m gonna try gonna gonna gonna try

REPEAT CHORUS TWICE

I'm Still Falling

Written By: David Kav

Music/lyrics by David Kav.
(Copyright 2007. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved)

DAVID KAV: Harmonica, acoustic guitars, lead vocal.
NIK WIELGUS: Backing vocals, bass guitar, snare drum.
KELLY YACONO: Vocals.

Walking in black robe
My aura fills the air
Now if I can only walk on water

Instead I'm filling in the cracks
Of this dirty, torn-up road
Mental cathedrals painting pictures in my mind

I've got the tools in hand
And a one-man marching band
To entertain and please the crowd in my head

I'm going to fix the world
And mend a broken heart
Pain is a void I need to fill and to remember

I need to replace

I need to forget

There is prison in the air
There are prisons everywhere
Or are they merely a prism
Magnifying my pain in a deranged view - a flaw-filled vain logic?

Suffering, little boy
I try to wipe his tears
But, his face is constantly wet
(A) forever flowing stream

I hold him in my arms
Just as I secure my grip around him
I find I'm hugging myself
And the tears, my tears, are falling on the ground

My tears are falling on the ground

NEXT TWO VERSES ARE SUNG SIMULTANEOUSLY:
DAVID:
My mission to fix the world
Is painful in my soul, the sole of my shoe
I'll keep walking
(To) see if I can meet myself - face to face - within the darkness

KELLY:
You need to climb down
Before you hurt your pride

I'm still falling
I'm still falling
But you're falling with me

Muse

Written By: David Kav

(Music/Lyrics by David Kav)
Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

Got your call on the wire
Ooh, babe, that’s all I need
And no, you don’t, you don’t know how much, girl
Just how your touch makes me bleed – take heed

CHORUS:
Can I use you as my muse?
That’s all I ask for day to day.
No, this use won’t be abuse.
Just give me the hope I ask for, I pray.

And no, I don’t understand this feeling.
I know you’ve moved on, moved on since then
“Not right now” is what you said to appease me
But you leave me hanging on as to when
But that’s alright…I’ll keep hanging ‘til then

REPEAT CHORUS

OH, HOW I LONG JUST TO HOLD YOU
But I know, I know, that’s not the way
I know you have your man by your side, and I have my girl anyway
But, please don’t leave me this way
Without you, I don’t feel a thing

Can I use you as my muse?
That’s all I ask for day to day.
And no, this use won’t be abuse
Let’s just keep the feeling that I know we feel every single day

Please let me use you as my muse
And I’ll let you use me day to day
And no, this use won’t be abuse
Let’s keep this hope alive between us like I know we can day to day

Yesterday's News

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav)
Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

Dwelling upon the events, the events of what has passed.
I'm feeling so heavy as if I'll never get out of this mess.
Then I look around at the fields I stepped into.
There's a lot of wreckage and I don't know what to do.

CHORUS:
Please don't tell me I'm wrong
Please don't tell me I'm wrong
Just tell me I've got a long way to go
And that'll help ease the pain and the mess of yesterday's news

See my friends up ahead - their eyes all aglow, faces beaming
Until I see it's a mirror - they're behind me, screaming in agony, seething

Please don't tell them they're wrong
Please don't tell them they're wrong
Just tell them that they've a long way to go
And that'll help ease the pain and the mess of yesterday's news

BRIDGE:
I've stepped up ahead and I've stepped behind
I've been all over with nothing to find
Same old story - so why is there no change?
All we want are answers when we won't question the game.

Feel your hand in mine, and I look over to see your smiling face.
Your love is divine, and I've never, never felt so near the sunshine.

I won't tell you you're wrong.
So please don't tell me I'm wrong.
'Cause if being with you here is wrong.
It's better you here than alone with the mess of yesterday's news.

False Door

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav. Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.)

Knocking at your front door, I’m not sure anymore
Is there something real or was I thinking it all the way too much?
Did you happen to find me on the other side?

I know we had something once before, babe
And I think that we could find it once again
Let’s throw away the past
Or maybe not throw it away – just forgive for a while

And I know that there’s something in the air
Was it just something that I feel when touching your hair
in my arms?
Or was I imagining all along that I was in front of a false door?

‘Cause you know there’s no denying it
Ooh, we feel each other there again

Let’s try it once before, once again
All around - maybe if I feel that I can find my way
Will you help me to escape my embrace from the dark past that took us away?

Know there’s something in the air
Or was it just something I feel in your hair when I have you in my arms
Or am I imagining it all? Or am I in front of what was a false door?

GUITAR BREAK

So please tell me is it something in the air?
Was there something I feel when I touch your hair when you’re in my arms?
Or am I imagining it all? Imagine it all.

Ooh, anything’s better than what’s in the air
‘Cause I know it’s only in your hair in my mind
And I’ve got to turn away
‘Cause just standing here is killing me, standing in front of this false door

Many Amends

Written By: David Kav/Nik Wielgus

(Music by Nik Wielgus. Lyrics by David Kav.)
Copyright 2007. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

DAVID KAV: Lead acoustic guitar, bass guitar, lead and backing vocals.
NIK WIELGUS: Rhythm acoustic guitar, drums.

On the way home, getting a bit louder now
Where do we go when it's not for sale?
I have never meant to hurt you

Or to leave you as fast as I did

What are we saying, "why did this happen now?
Just kicking in the dirt
All of these names and these feelings inside?"
As I hang my head in shame

They say careful what you wish when you're down at the wishing well
Who knew that you'd be one of the many amends that I'd have to make? Oh no

So, we've parted just a bit closer now
To the peace and soundness of mind
That I've never had in my life
I hope you feel the same way as I do

In the wake of the pouring rain
With the tears on your soaking face
Who knew that you'd be one
That I would stain to date?

In the wake of our mess, or the mess that I've made of this
There's no getting around the truth that it has to be "goodbye"

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

And I swear on my life and my soul that I wish nothing but the best for you
And I know we'll meet later on but it's goodbye for now, goodbye for now

Goodbye for now

We Might Become Real

Written By: David Kav

Music/lyrics by David Kav.
(Copyright 2007. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved)

DAVID KAV: Acoustic guitars, bass guitar, lead and backing vocals.
NIK WIELGUS: Electric guitars, drums.
KELLY YACONO: Lead and backing vocals.

DAVID:
O.k. I'll admit that I've been throwing these curve balls left and right
And I don't care of the consequences - or so it seems.

But, I am shaking like a leaf every time that you're around me.
And I'll write a song or two in my head every time you leave

CHORUS:
I don't care if we don't touch
But you know that's a lie
All I care about is if you are thinking of me tonight.

All I ever wanted
Is for you to be wanting me
And even though we don't say it out loud, I can feel it whenever you're around me.

KELLY:
Now I told you once before that I don't wanna lead you on
But I'm still holding on to what I said before.
Now I know for a fact that you are a good man on the inside
And I wouldn't want to do anything that wouldn't be cool. So,

DAVID AND KELLY:
I don't care if we don't touch
But you know that's a lie
All I care about is if you are thinking of me tonight

BRIDGE:
I have often thought about what would happen if I just hold you.
Would you stay or would you go? Would you go?
I'm afraid to tell you just how I feel and what I'm thinking right now
For the very fear that we might become real...that we might become real.

REPEAT CHORUS 2x's

REPEAT BRIDGE WITH CHORUS IN BACKGROUND

To Thine Own Self

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav)
Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.

So many times before – have we been holding it back
You and me, baby, and there never was slack
Why do you keep playing games with my heart?
Why do you keep playing games with my heart?

All the time I’ve seen you with your friends and your pride
Taking me along for the same old ride
Don’t you understand inspiration is dead?
I may have inspired you but I’m being killed by your thread

I’ve got to breathe in order to survive
We were wading in these murky waters but I can no longer hide
To thine own self, I’ve got to be true ‘cause there’s nothing left to lose
Maybe you’ve got nothing to win..but I have got to choose

Is it death or the way that we move?

You’ve said time and again that you would show me the score
Go on and save your face while I show myself the door
Why do you keep playing games in your head?
Why do you keep playing games in your head?

I’ve seen this coming one too many times before
Don’t ask me why I’ve stayed around - I knew it was the score
Maybe it was just foolish pride gone to waste
Or wishful thinking that has grown quickly to haste

Does it matter in the end? I don’t know
All I’ve got are these reasons and these cards to show, to show
To thine own self we’ve got to be true ‘cause there’s nothing more here to lose
I’d rather breathe this in and stumble along than not to lose

Maybe it’s losing to choose…

To thine own self be true
To thine own self be true

How can this work if you don’t know yourself?
How can this work when you won’t walk with me or anybody else?
Sorry babe, but I’ve got to fly
Gotta fly, gotta fly to stay true and high
There’s no substitute, babe, bye bye

This Is My Surrender

Written By: David Kav

(Music/lyrics by David Kav. Copyright 2008. David Kav Ltd. All rights reserved.)

How many times and ways can they tell you to keep these secrets under wraps?
How many times does it take for a sane man to tell me that I’m not in tact?

CHORUS:
Oh, don’t cry
Seems my way doesn’t work anymore
So, I’ll try
Anything to get out of this Hell

Seems you thought the joy that was bleeding from you was the only way
‘Til your actions proved the past few days that you’ve been living in vain

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE:
‘Cause this madness don’t work anymore
And I don’t want to feel the hurting anymore
You told me from time to time that this bottle’s a fix.
But, it’s left me with this – so I’ll leave it as is.

SOLO

‘Cause I sing these songs from my lonely room with the tears falling from my eyes
It seems that my sympathy card has been cashed in long ago when I spun these lies

Oh, don’t cry
Seems my way doesn’t work anymore
So, I’ll try
Anything but what I’ve been doing

Don’t cry
Seems my way doesn’t work anymore
So, I’ll try
Anything to get out of this Hell

Discography

"Look Into My Eyes" - debut album released Feb. 2007

"Better You Here Than Alone" - sophomore album released Sept. 2008

Set List

Once Caught
Two Avenues
Muse
Deep From Within
Stalemate
False Door
To Thine Own Self
This Is My Surrender
Bone-Dry Boulevard
Yesterday's News
I'm Still Falling
Rotterdam
Many Amends
The Joke's On You
I Can't Tell You
I do cover songs as well. Ranging from U2, Gin Blossoms, The Killers, Pink Floyd, Goo Goo Dolls, Death Cab For Cutie, Johnny Cash, Badfinger, Tonic, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Depeche Mode, etc.