Sunday, October 25, 2009

3 Songs by David Gilfix

Here are 3 original songs.  Hope you enjoy. 


The Middle Man
by David Gilfix

Recorded live at The Me and Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA.


(c) copyright David Gilfix

December New York Morning
by David Gilfix

I tried to paint a picture-in-song of the New York City Village, where I lived in the 80's and early 90's.

vocal harmony - Julie Hardy
recorded/produced by Roger Christie at Black Cat Crossing Studio.


Sidewalks of papers and last nights coffee cups
Rustle about in icy wind, and
Wrapped-up in blankets asleep at my doorstep, their
Bottle is empty - and I walk soft around them, it’s

Just another December New York morning

The Sunday streets, so quiet it’s eerie,
And I drinking coffee, stroll on down 6th Street
Past Indian restaurants to Moiches Bakery.

    Now those years they have gone,
    And like an old song that you never turn on
    I stayed away,
    But sometimes that melody plays, and
    Even today I know it’s
    Always been part of me.

The Polish waitress scribbles my order, the
Times music section is spread ‘cross my table,
I’m reading about concerts at Avery Fisher
“The technique was perfect, the style was awful,” it’s

Just another December New York morning

The snow falls soft against my window,
The challah French toast and the murmur of people,
She whispers him something and now he’s smiling.

A homeless old man with ten dogs beside him
Sifts through the garbage, in the village he’s legend,
The dogs are his family and they will protect him
And as I pass the snow keeps falling, it’s

Just another December New York morning

The all-night cigar shop is open for magazines,
The places to travel look so bright today,
When on my shoulder I dream her hand on me,
I turn and look – but the dream’s gone away.

    Now those years they have gone,
    And like an old song that you never turn on
    I stayed away,
    But sometimes that melody plays, and
    Even today I know it’s
    Always been part of me.

(c) copyright David Gilfix

Jennifer
by David Gilfix

vocal harmony, Hal Katzman
recorded/produced by Roger Christie at Black Cat Crossing Studio.


Jennifer, you
Always do
What your heart believes,
You go your way
Every day,
Only you can see.

I wonder why
You would try
After all this time,
You never pour
‘Til you’re sure
That you like the wine.

Jennifer now
Tell me how
I can find my way,
Through all the screens
To your dreams
That you hide away.

You, like the wind,
Have always been
Someplace by the sea,
You take your time,
Like good wine,
Like a symphony.

(c) copyright David Gilfix

5 comments:

Scott said...

great songs. I have heard them all before, but the recordings on the web are excellent versions.

agnosticcynic said...

The Middle Man - Why is Gilfix picking on the "average Joe"? Or, could it be that this is intentionally a bit disturbing, as it may lead the listener to ask "Could that be me he is singing about?" It could uncomfortably resonate with the many who aspire to be more, yet settle for less.

December New York Morning - A hint of Simon and Garfunkel emerge in this mosaic of the terrain that is uniquely New York - city implied, of course. The same scenes could be witnessed in any metropolitan center, but the weather, food, cultural pretentiousness, and passion for the place, all combine in a way that only New York can serve up. Gilfix wears his bond with the city on his sleeve, in this endearing piece.

Jennifer - With all due respect, this piece is rather obtuse. Kicking off with a bright, pseudo-island beat, it sounds like background for a travel program on some obscure cable channel. In the end, it is never clear who Jennifer is - a sister? a friend? a potential lover? a lawyer at the bail hearing?

SteveSil said...

Great tunes David! They all have really nice melodies and I like that they encompass different styles.

Regarding the lyrics ... The Middle Man is pointed and both funny and sad. December New York Morning is very evocative. I really feel like I am there. Regarding agnosticcynic's comments about Jennifer, there's nothing wrong with being obtuse. Many great songwriters like Dylan are often intentionally vague. In this case, I don't see why it is crucial to know exactly who Jennifer is.

Also, I find the music of Jennifer to not at all be hackneyed background music (which is what agnosticcynic seems to think). Overall it is very joyful and has a distinctive vocal sound which makes it something that I would enjoy listening to repeatedly.

Jeff said...

David, like all your songs. The one that I can't get out of my head is Jennifer - the opening guitar riff kicks ass. I agree with Stevesil, nothing wrong with being obtuse, but I think you did this on purpose. Whoever she is, Jennifer is independent and passionate (she does what her "heart believes" and she goes her her own way). When are you making a new cd?

Anonymous said...

Jennifer is the best! Especially the guitar... I also liked the Middle Man very much. Congrats!!

Gabriela