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Better You Here Than Alone

by David Kav

A whirlwind of Rusted Root, U2, The Freddy Jones Band and Gin Blossoms. Put them in a blender and add a touch of Janis Joplin, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple via Jen Porter. A cocktail of passion, contemplation and soulful music. Beer music with wine taste.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Once Caught
3:20 $0.99
2. Two Avenues
2:55 $0.99
3. Muse
4:35 $0.99
4. Deep From Within (with Jen Porter)
3:53 $0.99
5. Stalemate
3:30 $0.99
6. Please Let Me Be (with Jen Porter)
5:59 $0.99
7. False Door
3:00 $0.99
8. To Thine Own Self (with Jen Porter)
3:57 $0.99
9. This Is My Surrender (with Jen Porter)
3:26 $0.99
10. Bone-Dry Boulevard (with Jen Porter)
3:05 $0.99
11. Yesterday's News
4:32 $0.99
12. Some Peace Of Mind (with Jen Porter)
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
From Theresa Carter of The Local Tourist (Chicago.) Review written September 13, 2008 (day of its release)

"Rainy Day Soundtrack"

Searing lyrics, soaring vocals, driving rhythms strummed passionately from an acoustic guitar. Harmonies that lift hairs and bring up gooseflesh. Unexpected chord changes causing you to stop and LISTEN.

This is David Kav's newest CD, "Better You Here Than Alone."

I'm listening to it for the umpteenth time on a rainy day at the end of a rainy week, and it's the perfect soundtrack. Not because it's dreary or drab; in fact, it's just the opposite. It's got a bluesy feel that does what blues do best - take a bad situation and pour it out for the world to commiserate. His songs tell tales of love, deception, and lies lies lies, but they're sung with such passion and energy and commitment that the message becomes more about learning and living than losing.

Singer/songwriters are expected to be "deep" in a cliched caricature of angst. Somehow, David seems to go beyond that cartoon image to a, perhaps, deeper place. Each song is musically individual enough so that he escapes a cookie-cutter oh-woe-is-me busker in the subway station sound. "Two Avenues" is a jaunty tribute to forks in the road. "Muse" is a ballad that crescendos gradually until it fairly pierces the heart, reminiscent of Ravel\s Bolero. Jen Porter's guest appearance as the lead vocalist on "Please Let Me Be" brings a powerful woman's passion into the middle of this man's outpouring of regrets and missed opportunities. You hear a bit of a crack in his voice during the haunting "Yesterday's News" as he sings "I've never, never felt so near the sunshine."

What makes this not just a good but the perfect rainy day CD? The last song on the CD is a duet with Jen Porter. It opens with whistling, and before it's over you hear this line:

"All I know is that the sun is shining now through the gray sky and the clouds."

Full disclosure: David thanks me in the liner notes of this CD. He has been a featured artist on The Local Tourist and as you can tell, I'm a fan! ~Theresa



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Dina Darling

Everyone has a story to tell and “Better You Here Than Alone,” is David’s story. Once the first track begins to play he captures you. You can’t stop listening. Hook, line and sink. I’m caught. There is no going back. His voice alone, passionate and hypnotic as it is, leaves you anticipating for more.

If you’ve ever found yourself faced with so many questions about life, debating which door you should choose or how to step away from the past…he has the power to help you almost make that decision in his music. For those who embrace in matters of the heart, these songs are indeed poetry in motion. His words are sung like a beautiful sonnet. For those who can relate to the true depth of love unattained, for pain of past mistakes, questioning regrets, and for simply being who you are, David reaches out to his listeners with no holds bars. He is honest, courageous and sincere with his words. There is no explanation needed for the deepness and beauty his heart portrays.

There is not one single song to be disliked on this entire CD.

Take “Two Avenues,” a brilliant song based on Robert Frosts “The Road Not Taken.” I must say that whatever road David takes, you can guarantee I will follow.

Then there is “Muse.” David asks…”Can I use you as my muse? That’s all I ask for day to day. No this use won’t be abused.” I believe we all long to be someone’s muse.

My personal favorite and honestly an addiction “False Door,” says it all. This to me by far is a masterpiece in itself. I am mesmerized by this song. I was actually listening to it on the way home from work the other day. Twice in a row I must admit. I literally ran a red light because I was so intent on the breathlessness of his voice when he sings, “Cause you know there’s no denying it. We feel each other once again.” *sigh*

I can go on and on and on…but you have to listen for yourself!!

If you’re not willing to be brought along for the ride than you’re surely missing out on one of the best singer/songwriter’s you could find. You can’t just listen once. It’s impossible. I find that each time I play the CD; I discover something else in his music I didn’t discover before. He is talented beyond belief.