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David and Goliath Music’s Spring Update

Updated: Apr 7, 2021

Another Spring has sprung in North America. After an entire year of learning to cope with Covid-19, with new vaccines and life reopening once again, we have hope and promise for the 12 months ahead.

All of us have been affected by the virus or know someone who has. So many lost jobs and suffered even more tragic consequences. Some of those hit hardest have been musicians, entertainers and professionals who support the business at large.

It is estimated that over 3 million Americans lost jobs in the music industry in 2020* … 155,000 in Nashville alone. (Link to full story below) Live venues closed and concert tours were suspended so money in the music business dried up quickly. And with social distancing being imperative, recording studios and rehearsal spaces all shut down as well. 2020 was surely the year that forced us to re-examine business models and determine what is truly important.

Up in New York D&G Music associate producer and artist Eric Dalton used the time wisely. Eric recorded his second solo record and a couple other artist projects. They turned out nicely since he wrote the music and worked alone playing and producing the musical tracks. Eric also devoted time to improving his video production and editing skills. There are links to his video “Firefly” and another video he produced entitled “Karma” for solo artist IKO below. Before the virus hit Eric had also been the vocalist on videos by NJ band Kodiak. A link to their song “Alone” is there too. I encourage artists and writers (in the Mid-Hudson NY area particularly) to contact us to explore your needs. You couldn’t find a better partner to record with than Eric.

After the virus forced associate producer John Grant to suspend sessions at Secret Sound studio he got a rare chance to reinvent himself as well. After 30+ years of recording, John had the opportunity to expand work with churches, recording and producing remote recording projects and teaching college recording technology. One of the most memorable projects John worked on was the world class Internet production “Christmas Eve 2020 Mass at The Church Of The Nativity” in Timonium Maryland. The whole extraordinary video presentation is linked below with quick markers to sample musical sections. And now that Secret Sound is opening back up John’s kicking off a new project with drum impresario Dennis Chambers!

This time last year our Easter post also included the story of web designer and media guru, Susan Singer of Reach Digital Media, and her husband Keith’s relocation from New England to Richmond VA in the teeth of the Covid panic. And as soon as they got settled, their folk’s health declined and they had to pack up everything and move again to the Roanoke area. My, my … what a crazy year it was.

Ray “Goliath” McCrory had just recovered from hip surgery last summer when a malignant tumor was discovered in his cheek. It required several painful operations and radiation treatments that lasted through the entire holiday season. He has finally returned to his normal life, and cancer free! … Praise The Lord!

And after spending most of last year recovering from cervical spine surgery it is only now that I’ve begun to get back to new projects. I have surprises on tap and another heavy metal project to finish recorded before the virus by Eric Dalton and I along with his dad DC Star bassist Henry Farmer. Music is a tough job but together, we’re gonna have fun doin’ it!

On behalf Ray “Goliath” McCrory and the rest of us at David and Goliath Music we wish you a blessed 2021 and hope our Easter post next year will be filled with joy!

Most of all, thank you so much for your interest and support. Because that is what keeps David and Goliath Music going.

David Simmons

David and Goliath Music

Firefly” by Eric Dalton –

Karma” by IKO Produced by Eric Dalton –

Alone” by Kodiak – featuring vocalist Eric Dalton –

Christmas Eve Mass from The Church of the Nativity

This is the entire broadcast presentation. If you want to just sample some of the band’s amazing segments go to the beginning of Mass’s intro montage @ 32 min mark and “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” @ 1 hour 32 minute mark.

The Church of the Nativity

· Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson / Sour Note for the Music Business

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