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VOICE: You have a long history with THE VOICE. We did our first article about you in 2003 followed by an interview in 2013. Since our last interview, Linda has released three CDs, each one very different from the others. Do you have a favorite from among CHRISTMAS WHERE YOU ARE, LindaLIVE and RETRO?
DAVID: I like the LindaLIVE CD. It was done in a beautiful theater in Saratoga, New York. I thought that Linda did a great job. As did Joel Moss.
VOICE: In 2003 and again in2013, we asked you to name your favorite “Linda song.” In 2003, you said two of your favorites were “Children Will Listen,” which really moves you, and “We’re All Alone.” In 2013, you said that you particularly like “It’s All for You” and “Theme from Valley of the Dolls.” Do you have a new favorite song/songs now that Linda has recorded more to choose from or are the previous ones still your favorites?
DAVID: I still really like ‘It’s All For You’ though we have not done it for a while. I also loved the way she sang ‘Two for the Road’. It is a beautiful song written by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse. I hope she puts it back into her concert some time.
VOICE: LindaLIVE was Linda’s first and only “live” recording to this point. How much fun was it playing for this gig?
DAVID: It is always fun. Linda really plays off of the audience so I think she used it to inspire her while recording.
VOICE: Have you played on other “live” recordings in addition to LindaLIVE?
DAVID: Yes. A few live CDs over the years and certainly some live radio and TV spots. It can be challenging.
VOICE: Were you amazed at how skillfully Linda was able to “get it right” on the first take of these incredibly difficult songs?
DAVID: Honestly, I am used to Linda ‘getting it right.’ She has such control and such a beautiful sound that things just sound good automatically.
VOICE: You’ve been working with Linda the longest of any of her band members, over 25 years. How does that longevity contribute to your working relationship?
DAVID: Over the years I have learned her moves, her ways of communicating with the band. I can tell when a tempo is not sitting in the right spot for her. I can usually tell when she may want a bit more drama in a phrase and want to slow it down and stretch it a bit. (Billy Stein, Linda’s musical director, has gotten great at this stuff.) The other part is that I really like Linda. And it is quite rare to have a friend for that long.
VOICE: Linda has such a huge following all over the world! Why do you think it is so?
DAVID: There are many reasons. The main thing is that when listeners ‘discover’ her, they talk about it. I know many folks who heard her and then told their friends: ‘You have got to hear this woman sing.’ And the next time we perform, there are new folks in the audience. Also, the internet makes it possible for people in other parts of the world to hear her without traveling a great distance.
VOICE: What do you appreciate most about Linda in her role as your “boss?”
DAVID: Linda is very even tempered and has a great sense of humor. She laughs at our mistakes and at her own. It makes for a great working relationship. And things stay relaxed.
VOICE: We were so excited to hear that you finally released your new CD, Low Standards. How did you come up with the title?
DAVID: I wanted a humorous title that had a double meaning. I play the bass so things are in the low register. The material is also mostly standards.
VOICE: Which songs did you write for this project?
DAVID: I wrote the title cut: ‘Low Standards’ and a ballad: ‘The Way He Captured Me.’
VOICE: Please talk about your inspiration for these songs.
DAVID: ’Low Standards’ was written specifically to go with the CD. It is full of musical references. ‘The Way He Captured Me’ was written during the time when I was playing Jekyll & Hyde. It is about someone seeing her ex falling for someone in the same way that she did. I guess it is a bit theatrical. I’m proud of this one. And I did not use the word ‘I’ at all in the lyric.
VOICE: Do you have a favorite song (or more than one) from this CD? Why is it your favorite?