David SweetLow brings together a gentle folk sound and a well-traveled perspective in his music. There’s an immediate delicate warmth to the songs as they start to play, the acoustic guitar picking and SweetLow’s near-whispered, smooth and heartfelt vocals walk hand-in-hand as the songs pour through. It’s an easy kind of ambiance to embrace and be simultaneously embraced by.
His lyrics paint an appealing picture of gratitude and a simple appreciation for life and the world. There’s a poetic aura to many of the songs, as well as, in equal parts, personal intimacy, so his songs feel both accessible and truthful to the artist behind them.
The more you listen to David's lyrics and intricate melodies the more you'll learn about the artist behind them. There’s a softness to his presentation that resonates the calming energy of his music. His beautifully crafted lines and ideas, which often rise in intensity during his songs will lead you to a deeper connection. Some of his vocal and production work are quite stunning actually, simple but effective in bringing through the central idea in a manner that’s likely to keep his audience sharing in his deep sentiment right there in the moment.
“Where Do Good Friends Go” is dedicated to Hiroka Isobe a friend of mine who passed away in June this year. She was an English student who I taught for more than three years and with whom I developed a great friendship. She and her parents owned a pharmacy in Ebetsu, in Hokkaido Japan. She was the life and soul of her pharmacy shop where she installed a grand piano and asked her customers to play it if they so wished. She’d also organise free concerts to entertain them.
The last time I saw her was there at her shop in May of this year where she cooked me Yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles) for lunch on the shop counter. She was a one off, never to be repeated lady, always laughing and happy, and who enjoyed life and watching others having a good time. Rest in peace Hiroka san.
"Where Do Good Friends Go "は、今年の6月に亡くなった私の友人、Hirokaさんに捧げます。彼女は、私が3年以上教えていた英語の生徒で、素晴らしい友情を育んできました。彼女と彼女のご両親は、北海道の江別市で薬局を経営していました。薬局が彼女の人生そのもの 全てで グランドピアノを置いて、希望するお客さんにはピアノを弾いてもらったりしてました。また、お客さんに楽しんでもらうために無料のコンサートも開催していました。最後に彼女に会ったのは今年の5月、薬局のカウンターで 私に昼食の焼きそばを作ってくれたときでした。彼女はいつも笑っていてハッピーで人生を楽しんでいて、他の人が楽しんでいるのを見るのが好きな、唯一無二の女性でした。Hirokaさん、安らかにお眠りください。
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“Ishikari” is a tale of sensations and observations made during several long bike rides along the Ishikari river that stretches from Sapporo to Ishikari city on Hokkaido's Japan Sea coastline.
David SweetLow is an artist unafraid to offer up his inner feelings with the human condition for all to see and hear. Sometimes apologetic, sometimes darkly-moody, always intentional, you have the notion that a curtain is being opened and there's a beautiful story about to begin.