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Story behind NEW SINGLE "This Is My Surrender" (scheduled to be released Tues. October 17th, 2017!!) - October 5, 2017

Hello, you beautiful soul!

In case you happen to run across this website before I make the official announcement, here is the story behind my forthcoming NEWEST single "This Is My Surrender:"

"This version of 'This Is My Surrender' is what I heard in my head when I first wrote the song. It was this energy as to where I saw the music video (which has yet to be done,) the energy, the soul, the essence of this story and the pain therein.

"I was recently listening to a shuffle on my iTunes mix while driving one day. This recording of the aforementioned song came into the mix. The drums were pulsating. The bass line was grooving. I thought 'why, in God's name, have I never released this?!? This is too good!! And, it's perfect as to where I am at in my life (yet again.) THIS has got to be the next single - the next release!!!'

"I had always wanted to release this mix of 'This Is My Surrender.' However, when I was putting together the tracks for 'Look Into My Eyes,' the vocal line was completely buried. It was so quiet to the point as to where you could barely hear what I was singing. However, I always knew that the song needed to be heard. The original engineer, Bryan Price, had moved and I could not get another mix down to my satisfaction. Hence why I re-recorded a simpler yet concise version of this song on my sophomore solo release 'Better You Here Than Alone.' The acoustic version with Jen Porter on backing vocals captured another feel that I had not intended. Therefore, I released it with the faith of the unknown and let it go at that.

"Many years later, I hear a version that is mixed to perfection. This mix captures the spirit and energy that I had always liked in the song. Of course, it features Nik Wielgus on the drums. The drum set that he used for this recording had some incredible dynamics. The bass drum and the toms are reverberating and full. (Many thanks to Bryan Price for letting us use his kick-ass drum set - for this song and for ALL of the drum tracks on LIME.)

"While mixing and layering all of the other instruments for this song, I saw that Bryan had a cool-looking bass guitar sitting there amongst the mixing board. He stated that it was a piccolo bass. I asked him if I could play around with it and lay down a track with it for the song. What I came up with made me sound like I could actually play bass guitar. I mean - I'm no Bill Syniar of Classical Blast and formerly of Survivor by ANY means. However, the bass line is not boring, it moves and it actually complements all of the other instruments and sounds that you hear in this very mix of the song. I play acoustic guitars, piccolo bass and vox for the track.

"After all of this time, I present to you a song with a message of coming to a crossroads, making a decision, surrendering and seeing hope after going through the dark valleys which we all go through from time to time. I hear the difference in this mix. I hope you do as well. In addition, I hope that you enjoy this tune and that you get something positive out of this jam. "As always, thank you so much for listening and for your support."

If you follow me on Facebook, I'll be doing a live video chatting about this song, playing music, talking about life at this time AND talking to YOU! Time/date of video TBA. Follow me on Facebook at for more info!

See you very soon!  So excited!!!

Peace, love, music, light,

David Kav

Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY (Aug. 19th, 2017) - August 18, 2017

Hello again!

Just a quick note: I'll be playing at the Farmers Market TOMORROW (Saturday, August 19th, 2017) from 7am to noon!  I'll be at the corner of Court Ave and 3rd St (right across the street from Legends!)  It'd be great to see you there!  

The weather should be perfect.  Sunny skies (a few clouds) and in the upper 80s.  New songs?  Maybe.  Won't know unless you stop by, right?  :p

See you there!

Peace, love, music, light, art,

David Kav

THANK YOU Best Buddies Iowa and to Mickey's Irish Pub!!! - August 14, 2017

Hello again, you!

I'd be remiss if I did not mention as to how much fun I had playing for a great cause and for wonderful people at Mickey's Irish Pub this past Sunday!  Thank you ALL so much to those who came out to support a great organization (for those who were not there, you truly missed out!)  I have to give huge shout-outs to Blake Campbell (President of Best Buddies Iowa and a fantastic gentleman,) and to Mollie McCollum.  Without Mollie's grace and help, I would never have been introduced to and have had the opportunity to meet these great people and to play for them.  Blake and Mollie, thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful time!

Best Buddies Iowa was also recently featured on KCCI news for their "Bikes For Buddies" event.  They also raised $13,000 for this event alone!  I am SO PROUD of them!  Yes, this is a great amount that has been raised.  However, Best Buddies Iowa has a LONG way to go before they become a household name.  

Want more information and/or would like to help them out?  Please visit in order to gain access to their page.  They are also on Facebook as well:

Really looking forward to (hopefully) doing more events for this group in the future.  Thanks again, to Best Buddies Iowa, for the opportunity.  And, as always, thank you for YOUR support!

Peace, love, music, light, art

David Kav

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