Dave Van Dyke | Desert Spirit

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Desert Spirit

by Dave Van Dyke

A debut album featuring a blend of Americana, acoustic and rock. Inspired by driving through the Southwest desert crystal sharp skies and heat blurred highways with the top down.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Something I Can Use
4:26 $0.89
2. To Need All You
4:15 $0.89
3. Given Me A Lot More Time
4:09 $0.89
4. They Can't Touch Us
4:34 $0.89
5. Maybe I'm Wrong
3:24 $0.89
6. Desert Spirit (Shadow Of The Saguaro)
2:53 $0.89
7. Running Around
3:32 $0.89
8. They Really Don't Care
4:15 $0.89
9. Leave You Hanging
3:51 $0.89
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Album Notes
It was already the summer of 2007, and after years of playing college gigs, and coffee houses and small bars in and around New Jersey; it was time to get these recorded and published. A recent trip to the southwest with it’s hot days and warm nights, sipping cold beer by the pool with the vivid sunsets of dark purple and pink neon streaks crisscrossing the sky did the trick.

It was time to get into studio. Forget those old 16 track recordings with all the hiss and get into the new digital with a few old analog pre-amps and reverb to spring back “live” sound. After feverously working most of the summer and fall recording and mixing with Post-Production mixing began in late November of 2007 and CD’s were coming off the press by the time Santa was making the rounds.
The album was released on the independent label by CDBaby and is currently being delivered to all the major digital download companies.

Dave spent most of his career in part-time bands in college and for few years after playing mostly 60’s through 80’s rock and roll. The last ten have been spent playing smaller venues around New Brunswick and New Hope area honing several originals works during solo sets with a few covers from Tom Petty and Neil Young to fill the gaps.
It was the original songs that the local folks consistently commented on and wanted a copy of. Most of these works were never recorded and after fans, friends and work colleagues gave him the final nudge. Work began in early 2007 to formalize, copyright, and perform some final takes at some local pubs and coffee bar. After that, and several months in the studio “Desert Spirit”, the album, was released.

Dave is already busy on Album II, which will probably follow the same pattern, recording in the summer, mixing and producing in the fall with a release by the end of this year.

Please sit back, listen, and enjoy!



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Desert Spirit
A very enjoyable collection of lyrics and chords that will keep you going. Not to mention a touch of George Harrison.

Steve DeStefano

Desert Spirit
A very relaxing album, especially handy when stuck in traffic. I especially like the title track, an instrumental which is appropriately followed by the nicely matched tune, "Running Around".

Interesting, sometimes whimsical lyrics keep your mind moving.