Eric David is a Singer, Songwriter, and Musician with an incredible ability to draw in listeners with his smooth strong vocals and his raw heartfelt lyrics. Eric David Writes Prison Songs by Bernard I. Untalan Surely one can recall this poignant scene from the 1994 classic The Shawshank Redemption: An innocently imprisoned banker by the name of Andy Dufresne, fresh off of a two week stint in solitary confinement, sits down to breakfast with his big-house buddies. His comrades look puzzled as he ruminates vocally upon the beauty of music; his extolment is challenged by blank stares and furrowed brows. It turns out Morgan Freeman 'once played a mean harmonica as a younger man' but 'lost taste in it' as it 'didn't make much sense on the inside'. 'Here's where it makes most sense. We need it so we don't forget.' Dufresne offers. More blank stares... 'Forget what?' 'That there are things in this world not carved out of gray stone. That there's a small place inside of us they can never lock away, and that place is called hope.' The music of Eric David seeks to remind a culture, which all too often, seems imprisoned by the vainglory of self-pursuit and the ubiquitous fog of the materialistic worldview, that there is hope within us all. Those normally cynical of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) need not worry about the authenticity of Eric David's message, much like Johnny Cash finding favor among the inmates of Folsom Prison and San Quentin; it is Eric David's spirit of integrity which lends to his accessibility. In Eric David we find a man who is equally acquainted with hope and despair, a man who has had his feet blistered by the fires of hell and his hair stroked by the angels of heaven. As Christ himself may have considered his descent into hell his greatest evangelical opportunity yet, so it is that Eric David has been afforded this unique opportunity to share his songs of liberation and sorrow-wrought joy with the listening world. In accordance with this nature of paradox, Eric David's unique musical vision is an amalgam of various genres and influences. A rightful heir in the lineage of such Gospel troubadours as Ed Cash and Jason Upton, Eric David also owes a debt of homage to bubble-gum folksters John Mayer and Jason Mraz and even claims that he used to tote a ghettoblaster around north Portland blaring Lauryn Hill and Nas. A faint glimpse of Eric David's kaleidoscope artistic vision was captured in a hastily cut 8-track demo, recorded in the spring of 2006. Although it was not a just representation of his abilities, the self-titled demo was met with positive fanfare and contained a couple of musical gems, the most resplendent of which was a sparse but beautiful cover of Martin Luther's 'A Mighty Fortress is our God'. A song of much historical lore, Eric David's supple voice seems to evoke one legend in particular, one that tells of an exiled Augustinian monk finding grace and freedom in song as the tempest of the Protestant Reformation begins it's violent swirl. Perhaps the image is not hard to envision, perhaps freedom can be fettered and hope found in the darkness therein, perhaps Eric David indeed writes prison songs.
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