America’s treasury of heart-stirring patriotic songs grows even more meaningful to audiences who hear Dave’s re-telling of the courageous, humorous, and even incredible stories behind their composing. From Yankee Doodle to God Bless America, with many stops in between, you’ll get to know the composers and their times, while discovering the common thread that unites these wonderful tunes.
The decade prior to WW II was a time of fabulous orchestras , outstanding composers, the finest lyricists ever, and singers whose talent and style made them legends (Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, et al.) Thrill again to Moonlight Serenade, Stardust, Night And Day, Sentimental Journey, and the stories of those who created “America’s Music.”
Broadway! Home of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, dozens of immortal musicals and hundreds of hit songs. Dave takes you back to its Golden Age (1946-60) and the 3 giants who made those glorious years possible. You’ll sing along to Cohan, Berlin, and Gershwin, while hearing Dave’s choice for “The Golden Musical” the best that ever was (or will be.)
Broadway’s Greatest Hits: The Stories Behind The Songs
Slave ship captain John Newton composed Amazing Grace, after his prayer for deliverance from a storm miraculously changed his life. Gospel favorites, spirituals, and hymns have offered both inspiration and consolation to millions.
America’s Gospel Treasury: The Stories Behind The Songs
“Hooray for Hollywood! That screwy, ballyhooey Hollywood…” Johnny Mercer’s anthem to the film capital says it all: Hollywood is screwy. You’ll discover exactly how odd Hollywood logic is in this delightful program, which includes Moon River, As Time Goes By, and Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and how all 3 of these classic movie songs were almost cut from their finished films.
The very name Nashville means Country Music around the world. With songs, humor, and wardrobe straight from the Grand Ol’ Opry, Dave’s tour down Music Row introduces you the lives and songs of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and other Nashville legends.
A concert of the tunes America sang during World War II (and ever since.) Some of these are Big Band favorites, like Chattanooga Choo Choo and I’ll Never Smile Again. Others, from Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B to The White Cliffs Of Dover and Lili Marlene, evoke specific memories of those years of sacrifice and ultimate triumph. Patriotic melodies, including God Bless America and This Is My Country
This is Dave’s most requested program. Dressed as every proper Long Tall Texan should be, and singing Texas songs literally from A to Z, Dave charts the growth and development of our unique Texas perspective on the world. With tales of the Alamo, Apaches, and “yes“ Aggies (and that’s just the “A”s!), Dave reflects the pride both native and adoptive Texans feel in our Lone Star State.
In response to the popularity of “The 10 Greatest Movie Love Songs – Ever!”, Dave has created a follow-up tribute to the greatest love songs of Broadway. Included are If Ever I Would Leave You, Some Enchanted Evening, and your vote for the best of Broadway!