Category Archives: singer-songwriter

Higher Ground

Simplest is best. Solo acoustic.

YouTube Video is at youtu.be/z-IH6gNuFHE

CD master with MQA encoding is here:
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/higher-ground-2

Higher Ground
– by David Elias

I feel the rain come in
The smell before the wind
Leaves fold down those pale green crowns
Yima Yima Yai

I watch the river rise
Both forks are snake eyes wise
Set me down on higher ground
Yima Yima Yai

I’m back where I came from
The trees the old deer run
Worn out trails
Tuck tired tails
Yima Yima Yai

I’ll meet you up the hill
Your hair it’s falling still
Lay me down on higher ground
Yima Yima Yai

Those nights were cold and clear
And every star hung near
Reaching round for higher ground
Yima Yima Yai

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released July 26, 2018
David Elias: acoustic and vocal
Song by David Elias
© 2018 all rights reserved worldwide

Listen soon on TIDAL, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, iTunes, Pandora

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Changing Down – Kilauea Halema’uma’u Lava Lake

The changes to the erupting Kilauea volcano in 2018 are both unpredictable and full of color along with collapsing crater walls, explosions, earthquakes and lava fissures and flows. This song sings to all of that as well as some of its metaphors for all of us in life’s crazy adventures.

David Elias and Charlie Naztke created this composition at Slipperworld.net in La Honda, Calif. It is the work of the duo recording all tracks then mixed by Charlie and mastered by David. Hoy Hoy.

See the video on YouTube Here: youtu.be/cRBXwj0fcbg

The song and video went online at YouTube a couple years back. Now you can get the Free audio download (use $0.00 price) and streaming on Bandcamp:

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Changing Down – by David Elias

See my cup go flowing
See my cup go running over
See my cup go flowing down

See my colors changing
See my red go into white
See my colors changing down

More than this I can’t say how
Everything else changing
There’s still a light above your brow
Everything else changing down

See the rest I’m taking
Rest comes easy outside harm’s way
See the rest I’m taking down

See the walls they’re closing
Close to this I can’t say how
See the walls they’re closing down

More than this I can’t say how
Everything else changing
There’s still a light above your brow
Everything else changing down

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Released July 11, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias – all rights reserved worldwide

David Elias: acoustic guitar, vocals
Charlie Natzke: guitars, bass, drum tracks, vocals
Recorded and Mixed by Charlie, Slipperworld.net
Mastered and Produced by David Elias, www.davidelias.com
Cover photo and graphic by David Elias, © 2018

Birthday Song, Take 4 – free download

Sometimes less is more.

The bare bones approach to writing and playing acoustic with a guitar, voice and harmonica. Sometimes less is more. You can hear it or download for $0.00 if you like.

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/birthday-song-take-4

The bare bones approach to writing and playing acoustic with a guitar, voice and harmonica. Sometimes less is more.

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birthday song, take 4
– by david elias

It never really was too far
Not that you could get there in an automobile
Then again it wasn’t near
Not to mention disappearing clear anyhow
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone

You feel a little worse for wear
And a little longer in the tooth, my friend
You keep a watch with a soldier’s stare
Ends the song that lingered in your youth too long
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone

Cavalier in the cavalcade
These events will creep up on to pass you by
Happiest of happy days
The woodman watches from his roadside
And sighs

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released July 11, 2018
Written and Performed by David Elias
Acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocal
davidelias.com

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The Ghost of Tom Joad – Video

Some things are just spiritual I don’t know what that even means but I know how it feels. The Springsteen cover recording of his monstrous song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” is from 2004 playing San G. with Charlie Natzke (other guitar) and Chris Kee (upright bass). The YouTube video is from today’s meanderings I made without moving around too much at all. The graphic of the coast was created from a photo I took long ago at Montara beach just a couple hours up the Hwy 1 from Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in Monterey… So it goes.

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Earth Day 2018 – Blue Planet

Happy Earth Day 2018. It’s the 20-yr. anniversary of my “Blue Planet” release on disc. I am giving it to you free today 4-22-2018 as an MQA master you can play on any player or smartphone. You can download the 5-tracks free or just stream them here:

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/the-blue-planet-mqa-ep-ma…

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I play all the instruments on the record, except brother Calvin joined me on mandolin and singing on the title “Blue Planet” song.

To download for free, enter $0.00 as the price. If you download today, you can then stream forever from the web page. Install the free Bandcamp app if you don’t have one or stream from a browser.

Happy Earth Day with Aloha!
– DE

DE-Freelancer

No April Foolin… LITG Redeem Codes

Here’s a link to the Google doc worksheet that has the codes and links to redeem – 20 Lost In The Green MQA CD Master downloads (any PCM lossless format you choose). Also allows Bandcamp (not MQA) streaming of the same title forever.

These downloads will play on *any* media player. You don’t need special hardware or software to listen to this 16/44.1 MQA encoded master.

If you use BlueSound gear, you may have to rename the audio files to end with “.mqa” (no quotes) so that media player knows to engage the MQA decoding.

Click here to view shared doc with Redeem Codes

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14YOO_Kv6C_PD0kQcKKo_Va0Jbttz4UgXu9QAV_cceFU/edit?usp=sharing

[Update: if you can’t see the link go to my Facebook page here: 

http://Facebook.com/davideliasmusic 

— WordPress can drive me crazy with embedded links not supported, sorry.]

Please mark the worksheet code you use with an “X” so others don’t try it later. Each code works only once.

Enjoy the music.

~ DE

No One Has Heard These Tracks – now MQA CD online at CD Baby

New Release 2017 – Two Track Mind – Solo Acoustic!
http://cdbaby.com/cd/davidelias19

No one has heard these solo acoustic tracks. They are recorded with just 2 microphones (2 tracks!) on voice and guitar. There is nothing edited. Recorded and mixed digitally as hi-res, then mastered for CD release (16/44.1).

MQA Encoding provided by MQA Ltd., UK greatly restores the source PCM recordings to the natural ambient nature of the room and performance. Mic’d close and intimate. Solo Acoustic.
Hear it for yourself…. Online CD is for sale.

Plays from any CD player and sounds way acoustic live studio!

Plays with Studio Authenticated MQA from CD or ripped (ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIF). I don’t know where else MQA CD’s are being sold, but here’s one online through good old CD Baby…. Aloha!

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New Christmas Video and 2016 Sampler


From the brand new David Elias – Christmas 2016 Sampler (Format Agnostic!) playlist online at http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

Preview and Download Online

Lots of hard to find and hard to reach or capture on film places on the Big Island in Hawaii visited here including the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (with snow!), remote beaches at the bottom of steep Pali’s, and the rare explosive Lava Lake that appeared for a few weeks last year on Kilauea Volcano at the Halema’uma’u Crater.

“Christmas 2016 Sampler” is a format agnostic playlist of originals that were created using everything from a stock iPhone, to 2 mics setup in the room at a band studio rehearsal, to the house board at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, to a single stereo mic in front of the band performing in a pub/hall, to the uber quality Sonoma DSD workstation from SuperAudioCenter.com.

Careful recording, mixing and mastering allow wide varieties of sources to all co-reside on albums and playlists.

You can preview and download the 10-track Sampler here:
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/christmas-2016-sampler-fo…

Thanks for listening and sharing music.

With Aloha,

– DE
Independent Acoustic online since 1995
http://www.davideias.com