David Arn is an American singer, songwriter and musician best known for his lyrical style. He grew up playing the piano, he was a student under his grandfather who played the piano professionally.
Musically David’s music has evolve over the past ten years, at the span of ten years He has released four great albums: “Postmodern Days“, “Walking to Dreamland“, “Traveler Tales“, and “Watershed“. This albums has received great reviews. He currently resides in Maryland
Watershed which is the long awaited follow-up album to David Arn’s “Traveler Tales” is finally been released. A mix of soft acoustic songs written and recorded during the pandemic, this is music about separation and isolation amid confusing emotions of the time. The title song “Watershed” is the exception which deals with a soldier’s PTSD, Anguish and Hope.
“This is a song written for a friend” Arn said. “If you are of a certain age in this country you have seen war and most likely know those for whom the war never really ended.”
The accompanying dramatic music video is now available on Arn’s YouTube channel. Arn plays piano, keyboard and rhythm guitar accompanied by lead guitar from Nicky V. Hines, dobro and lead guitar, from Toby Wilson, bass Issar Shulman. Backing vocals are expertly rendered by Tyra Juliette and new London artist, Daisy. Wilson arranged many of the songs. All songs are composed by David Arn with the exception of “We Seemed a Good Idea” which was co-written with J.F. Sobecki. The album would make an impressive addition to any Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary playlist.
Social media and website Contact: Press@davidarn.com
YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/DavidArnYouTubeChannel
What is your stage name
Where do you find inspiration?
When I travel and exit my comfort zone inspiration comes from unlikely people or places. I like to think we are always surrounded by inspiration. It is a bit of a mystery which idea the mind latches onto.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Six years of piano lessons fooled me into thinking I was pretty good. I grew up in that era where everyone in the neighborhood had a band. Imagine a garage with five high school musicians
each one playing at max volume.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My grandfather played piano professionally. There was always a piano in our house and it seemed piano lessons were part of a required curriculum. He was really good. I have some of his sheet music and i struggle to play some of the novelty pieces I can recall him playing.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Certainly, the Beatles but beyond that there is a long list of musicians. I loved all things music. Playing can be a spiritual experience
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
As I mentioned earlier, I studied piano. I bought a Gibson Acoustic guitar and taught myself a passable rhythm guitar. I took voice lessons. As far as writing goes that has always been a part of my life. I was the guy in high school who was an editor of the school newspaper, in college I was on the newspaper and literary magazine, in grad school I was a contributing editor to a highly respected journal. I was writing articles for newspapers and magazines. About ten years ago, I started writing lyrics and music.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Beach Boys at the Mosque Theater in Newark NJ
How could you describe your music?
Folk rock with piano and guitars. The music has a strong lyrical quality. I spend a lot of time trying to get the lyrics right.
Describe your creative process.
It’s difficult to pin it down. I usually begin with a lyric. When I am satisfied, I will sit at the piano and work with it. Usually, a groove will develop that I keep scraping away at until my wife yells up and tells me to play something else. I will then record a reference track if I think it is worth saving. With most musicians I talk to they have a difficult time remembering from day to day what they are working on. I need to create a quick Mp3 so it all comes back the next day.
What is your main inspiration?
There is not a main inspiration. If you are open to them, there are ideas all around us. I never know which one floating by is the one I latch onto and try to turn into a lyric. When it happens you just know it. And your thankful for it.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Dylan, of course. It’s hard to escape his shadow. Leonard Cohen is at the top of the list. Notice they are known for their lyrical style and creativity, not their musicianship.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Most definitely. It can take a long time to locate your essence. When I began everything sounded like very bad Dylan right down to the nasal inflections. Then there was a Tom Petty stage until eventually I moved closer to a more authentic slot.
Your style evolves as you hone your craft. You discover new levels of wisdom.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
What are your interests outside of music?
Privately, I am a classically trained literature nerd. Over the years I have put together a collection of Mark Twain first editions that includes signed material and a first edition of every book Twain wrote.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I come from a family of teachers and professors and can certainly imagine myself teaching literature at some level.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
There is an avalanche of content and it can be difficult to get noticed. I equate the current era to that when the printing press was invented. Because it became easy to publish, everyone was a writer. There was a bizarre range of ideas.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
You’ve limited me to one thing and I do not want to appear negative in this interview. I choose to ignore most of what is corrupt and be happy in what I am doing. The one thing would have to be the secret handshake–the manipulation by big money,
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
“Watershed” is the title song of the new album. It deals with a soldier’s PTSD, Anguish, and Hope. It is a song written for a friend. If you are of a certain age you have seen war and most likely know those for whom the war never really ended. It is a subject I have wanted to explore musically for some time. We are talking about people who served our country, returned to civilian life, and then years, even decades later, a triggering event puts them right back into the war.
The song uses the concept of water flowing forward, lifting our hopes with it past current problems. We shouldn’t lose sight of that. I am a little nervous as to how people will receive the song because the subject matter is a little intense for popular music but it was a way for me to express my caring.
If you ever lose sight of the watershed
with its endless flow toward days ahead
Go blind to routes mapped in the sun
Hit the street and your journey comes undone
at the darkest mile where twisted currents run…
Keep a wakeful eye on the watershed
What are your plans for the coming months?
I will be doing the delightful heavy lifting of getting the music in front of people.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
What message would you like to give to your fans?
The message is always “Thank you”. The fact they respond well is the engine driving this train forward.