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by David Francis

A love story, all the nuances of it, told in poems and music.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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2. Penultimate Actual
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3. Rugby Field
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4. A Wrong Sign
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8. Those Summer Chairs
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10. In a Storm
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11. Next to Last Night
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12. Our Thursday Neighbors
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13. The Allotment
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Album Notes

Musicians featured on "Poems":

David Francis (vocals, piano, organ, guitar, harmonica,
recorder, autoharp, percussion)
Patience Higgins (oboe, clarinet)
Will Holshouser (accordion)
Ron Horton (trumpet)
Kalin Ivanov (cello)
Lalo (vibes)
Jeff Philips (bass)
Deborah Thurlow (French horn)

"Poems" has been played on:

Calliope's Corner, WRHU, Hofstra University (New York)
Mondo Blu Radio (Barcelona, Spain)
Homegrown Podcast (programme 104) (Birmingham, England)
Trent Radio 92.7: "The Word Less Spoken" (Peterborough, Canada)
WSUM FM: "Wordsalad" (Madison, Wisconsin)
209 Radio 105 FM: "Headstand" (Cambridge, England)
Gypsy Art Show with Belinda Subraman


"Was listening to your Poetry CD when I was inspired to write this:

Art is seen and felt not in its packaging but in transferring of the artist's existence as muse, vessel of self-worth and importance, importing a message, voice, sound, image worthy of a god to the welcoming few or mass wanting, needing to hear, see, feel magic of the artist in question as if he or she were friend, lover, viable threat to all that we are, that this, the work of art is a gift, blessing which furthers the livable promise of life be it for a moment through to eternity."

Kofi Fosu Forson
September 14, 2016

"The Centrifugal Eye" (centrifugaleye.com)
by Eve Anthony Hanninen (May 2008)

The cover art is unassuming, with a scene of a peaceful lake (or river) and boats on the front side; towering trees planted on a grassy bank, with Bentwood-style chairs paralleling the water’s edge on back. The title? Just “Poems.” Simple, but the placid imagery does set the tone for the content inside.

And listening to David Francis’ spoken word / music CD, "Poems," proved to be a delightful surprise for this bone-weary editor on the eve of The Centrifugal Eye’s May quarter publication. Okay, so normally when I plan to review something myself (not often), I give myself at least a couple weeks’ lead time, but believe me, this time it just wasn’t possible.

It was lucky for both David Francis and me that these eighteen poems set to music were soothing, amusing, and touching (yet uplifting). Otherwise, they’d have been given a lukewarm listen and then slipped to the “dead file.” Well, they’re not really “set to music.” The poems are more like small, lyrical, vocal interludes between accomplished phrasings of instrumental music. The "verses" range, both in voice and content, from diverting to pensive vignettes that vine around the story of a couple’s cycle through the genesis of their relationship.

I’ve only listened to the entire CD three times so far, and haven’t decided yet on particular favorites. I also find it unfortunate that the track titles are not listed on the CD insert, so couldn’t really identify the poems yet, anyway. The individual titles can be located on CD Baby.com, but I find that inconvenient.

I can tell you that there are more than a couple poems which get me nodding or smiling, sometimes both. Each poem is first introduced by a melody or rhythmic riff which features a different musical instrument, be it piano, guitar, flute or horn, for example, so it’s natural to consider each of these poems a song of sort. Personally, I don’t usually like commercial songs that have “talky” parts in them, however my impression of Francis’ poems doesn’t suffer from this same disdain. Instead, the soft quality of Francis’ voice, his steady and practiced intonation, place me immediately into the setting of a poetry reading staged in a funky, European bistro glazed with slanted light.

The climate of David Francis’ "Poems" sows introspection; the musical riffs seed emotions, the melodies of both instrumental and vocal craft flourish into a hybrid of form, his poetic world of contemporary romance flowers in my imagination. All this, on a dreamy, lightly-involved level. Refreshing, especially after the rather somber material I’ve recently been buried in the past few months.

Highlights of "Poems": Francis’ ability to weave slant rhymes naturally into many of the pieces. His subtly retro, beat-like intonation. Jazzy, folksy, percussive accompaniments. Good pacing.

"Ink Sweat & Tears" (ink-sweat-and-tears.com)
by Charles Christian (March 2008)

This CD of poetry and music by New York poet David Francis has been sitting in my in-tray for an appallingly long time. Nothing personal David, it's just that the last time I received a CD of poetry and music to review, it turned out to be recited by mad people – and played by mad people. Nothing could be more different than this CD. Called Poems, the poetry is good. The music is good, in a folk/acoustic style (which in some respects has the mellowness of some Steely Dan tracks). And the production values of the CD are excellent.

There are a total of 18 short poems (and equally short musical accompaniments) on the CD, all prompted by a 22-date tour of the UK he did in 2006, which gave him an opportunity to revisit the places in and around London where he used to live and write many years previously. Listening to this CD is both a relaxing and thought-provoking experience – and one I'm going to be happy to do again.

"Poetry Pleasure" (poetrypleasure.co.uk)
by W.J. Thraveson-Lambert (December 2007)

David Francis reads his own poems and leads the small ensemble that plays his own compositions, which complement the poems.

David’s work is broadcast on American radio stations and he was heard live on air whilst touring the UK in 2006. To my ear, this is a delightful CD and one I shall play often. The music complements the short poems nicely and makes for pleasant listening. However, much more than that, the ideas and emotions expressed within the poetry give one pause for thought. A thought that stays with you allowing time for reflection and meditation.

"New Grey Whistle Test" (nugreywhistletest.co.uk)
by David Hudson (December 2007)

All the way from New York this guy oozes credibility and coolness, he has a new album out now called 'Poems'...

All the lyrics and poems on his new album were written entirely in the UK, a collection of inspirations and thoughts that our country had on an 'American in London'....and beyond.


March 12, 2019 - Featured singer-songwriter at Rick Eckerle’s Tuesdays@Lady Stardust, 2A Bar, NYC

December 7, 2018 - Premiere of the film "Memory Journey" at Anthology Film Archives, NYC

June 30, 2017 - Premiere of the album "Improvisation" at the MJ Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
May 29, 2017 - Release of "St. Transient Hotel" video

October 7, 2016 - Featured singer-songwriter, and film screening of "Village Folksinger" at Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, England, with host Dave Reeves
September 12, 2016 - Featured singer-songwriter at Saturn Series Poetry, Shades of Green, NYC
April 8, 2016 - Premiere of the album "Memory Journey" and "Wilderness/Self Portraits" at the MJ Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

September 11, 2015 - "Village Folksinger" selected for the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, Houston, Texas
July 17-18, 2015 - Featured singer-songwriter at the Positive Energy Music Series, Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT, and screening of the film "Village Folksinger"
February 28, 2015 - featured poet at Brownstone Poets, NYC
January 3, 2015 - David Francis' musical-documentary-collage film "Village Folksinger" plays in the Newfilmmakers Series, NYC

October 24, 2014 - release of David Francis' "Commercial for Cassette"
April 8. 2014 - release of David Francis' documentary "Projection"

December 4, 2013 - Featured singer-songwriter at the Tract 187 Culture Clatch, Ding Dong Lounge, NYC
November 27, 2013 - Featured singer-songwriter at the Green Pavilion Poetry Event, Brooklyn, NY
October 28, 2013 - David Francis' musical-documentary-collage film "Village Folksinger" premieres at NYC's Anthology Film Archives
July 12, 2013 - Featured singer-songwriter at the Positive Energy Music Series, Center 4 Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT
March 17, 2013 - Featured singer-songwriter at Great Weather for Media, accompanied by Stan Pyrzanowski, Parkside Lounge, NYC
February 19, 2013 - Featured singer-songwriter at Brownstone Poets, accompanied by Stan Pyrzanowski, Cafe Dada, Brooklyn, NY

November 24, 2012 - Featured author, reading short story "Towels Without Wasps" at the Fall 2012 issue premiere of Jenny Magazine, Youngstown, Ohio
November 5, 2012 - Featured singer-songwriter, Saturn Series, Revival Bar, NYC
April 7, 2012 - Featured singer-songwriter, Sidewalk Cafe, NYC

October 31, 2011 - Featured singer-songwriter, Halloween at the Yippie Museum Cafe, NYC
October 15 - Featured singer-songwriter, Musical Benefit for City Harvest, Brooklyn, NY
July 15 - Featured singer-songwriter, Positive Energy Music Series at the Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT

December 4, 2010 - Poetry reading, NYCBigCityLit at the New York Public Library, NYC
September 13 - Poetry reading at Brownstone Poets 2010 Anthology reading, Brooklyn, NY
August 6 - Featured singer-songwriter, Positive Energy Music Series at the Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT
June 8 - Featured poet at City Voices, Wolverhampton, England

October 31, 2009 - Featured singer-songwriter at The Lamb Inn, Yapton, England
October 29 - Singer-songwriter with poet Caroline Cadenza at Rhythm & Muse, Teddington, London
October 18 - Featured poet at The Back Fence, NYC
August 20 - Featured singer-songwriter at Gizzi's Coffeehouse, NYC

David completed a music & poetry tour of England in July 2009:
July 17-24 - Recording sessions at Monochrome Museum studios, Yapton
July 14 - Guest poet at “City Voices,” Wolverhampton
July 13- Featured poet at Beehive Poets, Bradford
July 10 - Featured singer-songwriter at The Shed, Leicester
July 9 - Interview & music performance on WCR 101.8 FM's “Roots and Branches,” hosted by Steve Morris, Wolverhampton
July 8 - Lecturer at Uni-Verse Poetry Group, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Bath

June 16, 2009 - Featured poet at Brownstone Poets, Tillie's, Brooklyn, NY
January 22 - Featured singer-songwriter at The National Underground, NYC

October 10, 2008 - Featured singer-songwriter, Positive Energy Music Series at the Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester CT
September 27 - Featured singer-songwriter at The National Underground, NYC

David completed a music & poetry tour of England in September 2008:
September 25 - Featured singer-songwriter at "Rhythm & Muse," Teddington, London
September 24 - Recording session for "Anthem for Green England" at Monochrome Museum, Yapton
September 22 - Featured singer-songwriter at iTV show taping, The Roadhouse, Birmingham
September 20 - Featured singer-songwriter at No Ford Eco Town Acoustic Gig, Yapton
September 18 - Featured singer-songwriter at Mosaic Music Club, Leicester
September 17 - Interview and performance on 209 Radio 105-FM "Headstand" hosted by Patrick Widdess, Cambridge
September 15 - Featured singer-songwriter at The Golden Fleece, Nottingham
September 14 - Guest poet at Wilmorton Poetry Group, Derby
September 12 - Featured singer-songwriter at Kontra Roots Club, Woodford, near Kettering
September 9 - Guest poet at "City Voices," Wolverhampton
September 8 - Guest poet at Beehive Poets, Bradford
September 7 - Interview and music performance on HFM 102-3 Radio "The Dave Charles Show," Market Harborough
September 6 - Interview and poetry reading on UK Poetry Podcast, London
September 5 - Guest speaker at Speakeasy Writers' Group, Milton Keynes

August 10, 2007 - Featured singer-songwriter, Positive Energy Music Series at the Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT

England music tour, summer 2006:
July 6 - The Acoustic Society, Stourbridge
July 6 - Taping of radio show "Monochrome Museum," Stourbridge
July 5 - Brodie's, London
July 4 - The Roadhouse, Birmingham
July 2 - The Crown and Cushion, Haslemere
June 28 - The Cellars at Eastney, Portsmouth
June 27 - Monkey Chews, London
June 25 - The Harrison Pub, London

US shows, spring 2006:
June 16 - Positive Energy Music Series at the Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT
June 8 - Langdon Street Cafe, Montpelier, VT
May 19 - Barrington Coffee House, Barrington, NJ
May 3 - The Main Pub, Manchester, CT
April 26 - Acoustic Coffee, Portland, ME
April 24 - Sugar Cube Cafe, Cromwell, CT
April 22 - Radio Bean, Burlington, VT
April 19 - Brooklyn Coffeehouse, Providence, RI
April 18 - SKYBar, Somerville, MA

England tour, spring 2006:
April 8 - Live performance on "The Saturday Morning Show" with Faye Hatcher, BBC Radio Gloucestershire
April 7 - Acoustica at the Guildhall, Gloucester
April 3 - Videotaping of "The New Grey Whistle Test" TV show at The Roadhouse, Birmingham
April 2 - Blue Angel Cafe at The Horn, St. Albans
March 31 - Rosie O'Grady's, Oxford
March 28 - Traders, Petersfield
March 24 - Alchemy Presents at View Two Gallery, Liverpool
March 22 - Raw Strings at Man on the Moon, Cambridge
March 21 - Acoustic Lounge at Smoke Rooms, London
March 19 - The Bunch of Grapes, Bristol
March 16 - The Broadway, Stourbridge
March 15 - The Twist, Colchester
March 14 - Platform at The Railway Tavern, London
March 12 - The Harrison Pub, London
March 10 - The Music House, Norwich

February 4 and 17, 2006 - Musical interlude in the play "Breuckelen" at Collective:Unconscious, NYC

November 16, 2005 - C-Note, NYC
October 7 - Chelsea Pier 63 Hurricane Benefit, NYC
September 10 - Chelsea Pier 63 Peace Fair, NYC
July 22 - Positive Energy Music Series at the Center for Progressive Therapies, Manchester, CT
July 10 - Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA
May 11 - SKYBar, Somerville, MA
April 28 - Squawk Coffeehouse, Cambridge, MA
March 19 - Live performance on "The Folk Show" hosted by Mark Tobler on WTUL-FM, New Orleans
March 16 - Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, New Orleans
February 10 - C-Note, NYC

November 20, 2004 - WUMB Radio's Bazaar of the Stars, Boston
October 18 - C-Note, NYC
October 5 - Chelsea Pier 63 (with band), NYC
October 2 - Sayville Fall Festival, Sayville, NY
September 10 - Black Sheep Cafe, Amherst, MA
August 24 - Chelsea Pier 63 (with band), NYC
July 26 - Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA
July 18 - Winona Folk Concert Series, Lake Hopatcong, NJ

DAVID FRANCIS' song albums "Improvisation" (instrumental), "Memory Journey," "Cassette," "On a Shingle Near Yapton," "Fake Valentine" and "David Francis" are also available on CDBaby.



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