This week we’re going to be talking about David. Do you know, or have you ever known, any Davids? Please tell us all about ’em in the comments.
The first David that pops into my mind is a guy from my high school class. He was popular, and pretty wild. Shortly after he turned 16 he got a babyshit-green Trans Am. Or was it a Camaro? I’m not really a car guy, but know it was special-ordered from the factory. There was no other vehicle in our area that looked like that thing. It was bad-ass, and unique.
Needless to say, it was promptly crashed. Then crashed again. Within a year that car was fucked nine ways to sunset. But he had a good ten or eleven month run…
I didn’t have much in common with that David, but always liked him. He was (and undoubtedly is) a likable dude.
Another prominent David was a year or two older than me, and was REALLY into drums. I mean, he was drummin’ all the time. There were several of those drummer kids in our school — always pecking and stomping, and carrying around sticks in their back pockets. Know what I mean? It’s the male version of the girls who never stop practicing their cheers.
But this guy was different. Wanna guess what he does for a living? You know, three decades later? He’s been the drummer in Tim McGraw’s touring band for many years, and has traveled the globe with him. He’s also a popular session musician, and living the freaking dream. How cool is that?
My third and final David is a guy I met at Peaches Records in Greensboro. He was a film student when I knew him back then. And fellow record store clerk, and drinking partner…
He went on to make a feature-length indie film, which I saw and enjoyed, and also did several documentaries. He’s a talented and energetic dude.
But the thing I admire the most about the North Carolina David? He’s managed to stay completely off the corporate teet. As far as I know, he’s always worked for himself, doing video production, etc. He’s never had to put up with the nonsense that most of us endure every day. He’s a free agent, making a living with his creativity. And that’s a hell of an accomplishment, in my book.
Now it’s your turn. Do you know any Davids? All mine are good. but I’m sure there are some rogue Davids out there too. Either way, please share your stories in the comments section.
And I’ll see you guys again next time.
Have a great day!
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