Last night, as I was finishing up some projects for the coming week, I was listening to the music of David Bromberg. David, who studied with the Rev. Gary Davis (or as he said, he led Davis around to different music venues, primarily church), is one of the guitar masters. While known for his instrumentals, including a song titled, "Oh, Sharon," Bromberg's stories are captivating. I could listen to him talk about his days performing at the "basket houses" or coffeehouses in Greenwich Villege for hours.
In the 1980s, Bromberg took a hiatus of sorts from the performing scene to focus on violins - not playing them, but making them and studying their history. He moved to Chicago and graduated from the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. Bromberg and his wife, Nancy, now own and operate a violin shop in Wilmington, Delaware.
Another David who is a major source of inpiration for me is David Bryne. I have been a fan of David's work since his days with the Talking Heads. He's expanded his creative endeavors beyond his solo performances to include a new collaborative effort with Brian Eno. The story behind this partnership and the music are available online. (You can purchase the album in a variety of formats or stream it for free.) If that isn't enough, David is also actively involved in blogging, art, and his Battery Maritime Building project.
Both Davids are fascinating individuals and worth checking out.