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Changing Places

by David Gilfix

Folk music with lyric driven songs - both serious and funny - and with many musical influences including American tradional, calypso, Celtic, blues, bassa nova, and Latin.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Away, Away
4:20 album only
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2. Some Days
4:07 album only
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3. December New York Morning
4:40 album only
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4. The Jew in the Church
4:06 album only
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5. Would You Go Traveling
3:16 album only
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6. Anna's Way
5:22 album only
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7. I Still Think of You
3:37 album only
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8. The Phone Call (short way in a long time)
2:23 album only
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9. Grandpa's Love Affair
3:10 album only
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10. From Little League to Parenthood
4:27 album only
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11. Jennifer
2:38 album only
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12. Wonderful Life
4:41 album only
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13. Oh River
3:59 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All songs written and arranged by David Gilfix
Produced and recorded by Roger Christie of Black Cat Crossing Studios, Harvard MA
Album cover and all Graphic Arts by June Colvin of Colvin/Williams in Littleton, MA
Bass - Manuel Kaufmann - Bass
Drums - Daniel Gilfix
Guitar and lead vocals - David Gilfix
Voice - Hal Katzman
Voice - Sharon Chait
Voice - Julie Hardy
Guest Whistler - Damon Beiter
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The following article is copyright of townonline.com, and is used by permission.
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Celebrating Changing Places

By Elizabeth Sembower
Friday, December 12, 2003

Making good use of the "precious little time we have" could describe musician David Gilfix's life. A lot of this time has been spent "Changing Places," not coincidentally the title of his new CD, which he celebrates in a special concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Indian Hill Music Center.

Gilfix's journey - from country to city and back; from the streets, clubs and Off Broadway stage of New York City to the halls of Harvard schools - finds support at all times in his life-long love of music. "I try to reflect all these influences with music and different styles - blues, Latin, classical," he said.

Born in Lexington in what he describes as a "musical family," he discovered the guitar at age twelve. "First there was the violin, then clarinet, piano, recorder, a whole slue of instruments. It had to be the guitar. It is a wonderfully diverse instrument."

Combining this versatility with a command of words, he wound up on the New York City scene in the 1980s and 1990s. He lived above a church in the East Village, dabbled with financial planning, studied with renowned musicians such as classical guitarist Michael Dadap and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem; swung in the popular clubs and restaurants of the day; penned an acclaimed Off Broadway play, and even did a stint as a street musician - an experience he credits with landing him a following and some important gigs.

"New York is a place where people go to live out their dreams," said Gilfix. "There is an amazing passion there."

The 13 original songs on "Changing Places" contain a lot of New York stories. "December New York Morning" is an ode to a place he loves, "muggers and all." "Like the most interesting people I know, New York never tried to, and never could, cover up all its blemishes," he said. "My time there is a huge part of my identity."

Yet, Gilfix has returned home, and only last week, visited New York for the first time in nearly a decade. Now an Acton resident, he is a family man with twin daughters in what he calls his "middle age." "I have had a lot of great experiences, but nothing like seeing them born," he said. He has also found in teaching, both in the Harvard school system and at Indian Hill Music Center, "the best of both worlds. With children, you have an opportunity to influence minds, and with older students, you share a passion."

His CD, with an impressive shot of the Grand Central terminal framed by its famous windows open to forests and lakes, speaks volumes of the changes he has gone through to arrive at the place his is today.

There are the "Some Days" that are "forever changing, unpredictable...irritating and yet amazing." There is the story of eccentric Anna and her choices that were "not always so simple and clear." An old love is remembered with the perspective of time, and a "Traveling Song" touches two couples' lives and his own as he meets his wife near the top of a mountain. There are the humorous moments, too. "The Jew in the Church" is an autobiographical glimpse into his former life in the East Village. "The Phone Call" makes an often taken for granted object fun. "Grandpa's Love Affair" recalls the days of Woodstock and an old man's love for a mysterious woman.

And all ring with universal truths, and the philosopher that peeks through his lyrics - a title he modestly rejects, remembering the arduous process of Socrates, he would rather say,

"Just another December New York morning,
And like an old song that you never turn on
I stayed away.
But sometimes that melody plays,
And even today I know
It's always been part of me."
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Sarah Burns

He used to be my music teacher
I heard he made an album so I looked it up and here I am. It’s pretty good.
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the tenor

superb singing, songwriting and production
A tour de force of songwriting, guitar playing and singing, David's CD has you dancing one minute and crying the next. A debut album, it features many songs that were written after David's time in NYC and during his marriage and the birth of his daughters. It is a sometime gentle sometime raucus look at life. David's singing and guitar playing are terrific and features some hot intrumentalist and vocalists backing him up(including a whistler).
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DG fan

Great debut - looking forward to more from David!
Great collection of songs with varying styles. Every melody is excellent. Unlike some folk music, the melodies are not derivative and samey. The lyrics range from fun and humorous to inspirational and touching. And the performances and production are on par with the high quality of the tunes. My favorites are 'Would You Go Traveling', 'Some Days', 'The Phone Call', and 'From Little League to Parenthood'. Please buy this CD so that David will be inspired to get out there and make another one real soon!
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Yoav Shorr


"Changing Places" displays David Gilfix's stylistic diversity, both lyrical and musical. Whether they are nostalgic, sentimental or quirky, the songs are relatable and fun to listen to. My favorite, "December New York Morning," evokes some of my own memories vividly.
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Hannah Gilfix(I am his niece)

Changing Places is a great cd!!!!
Changing Places is a great name for a great cd! With wonderful guitar playing, and singing, this cd is worth it!
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