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daverainedout 2007

2007 RAINED OUT

2008 Sun in my Face

2008 Sun in my Face

2009 singing to tracks after getting over a broken elbow!

2009 singing to tracks after getting over a broken elbow!

2010 - favorite year

2010 – favorite year

From 2007-2011 I was blessed to have been invited to perform each year at the Decatur Celebration in Decatur, Illinois! As they get ready to head into the 30th year anniversary next weekend of the annual street festival, I think back fondly on the experience – even the first year I got rained out!
Regardless of the year, it literally takes a village (my family) to get me up on that stage! I sang on a relatively small stage set up for local performers that was called the Mini Place Stage, later changed to the Street Jam Stage. Between Debbie nervously making sure I didn’t fall and my son-in-law and brother-in-law helping me up and down the 4 stairs on the side of the stage, I could not have done it without my family! Each year friends I’ve known since childhood would take the time to come see and hear me sing – that has meant so much to me!
My song, “My Decatur My Hometown” had gotten some local press that initially brought about my invitation to perform. I had put together a CD of my original songs called “HOME” and our daughter, Meredith, ran the “Merch Table” selling that as well as t-shirts we had made up. 2009 Celebration merch table

2007 Rained Out!

2007 Rained Out!

Each year was special! In 2007 I was 5 minutes from getting on stage when the clouds opened up and it rained, heavily, for two hours!! Never made it to stage that year!

2008 Sun in my Face

2008 Sun in my Face

In 2008 the sun was in my face most of the time but I did get interviewed by the Herald & Review newspaper regarding the rained out year and my song about Decatur!

2009 singing to tracks after getting over a broken elbow!

2009 singing to tracks after getting over a broken elbow!

2009 I had just healed from a broken left elbow so I sang most of the songs to the music tracks recorded here in Nashville! I did play two songs on the guitar but didn’t feel I could play the whole show! 2009 ended special as well with my wife Debbie, my sister Judy, her husband Rich, my cousin Bryan and his son Tony joining me on stage as the Colvinnaires to sing “My Decatur My Hometown”!

2009 Colvinnaires

2009 Colvinnaires

2010 - favorite year

2010 – favorite year

My favorite year was 2010. They had moved the stage from in front of The Arts Council building to over by The Avon Theater. It seemed more wide open – folks could sit on the grass or at the couple of picnic tables. The stage had a little shade roofing it had not had before. The temperature was warm but not hot as it was the other years.

HOT 2011 final performance at the Celebration

HOT 2011 final performance at the Celebration

After barely getting through the extreme hot temps of 2011 and cutting my performance short by about 10 minutes, I felt it was probably time to call an end to performing. It was getting more difficult getting me up on stage and more difficult getting through a set that I use to be able to perform much longer and more easily!  My elbows were swelling more frequently adding to my decision.    2011 Dave and Debbie

So after a final local performance in Brentwood, TN. (another outdoors- in the heat situation) in August of 2011, I’ve not performed since save for a talent show appearance at our church!
I had surgery on my right elbow in 2012 and just had surgery on the left! Now that both elbows are fixed – maybe we can find some indoor venues where I can more easily share my music?
I will always, however, be grateful and thankful for my years playing at The Decatur Celebration and thankful to my family and friends for helping me do what I love doing!
I have the whole half hour show from my fave year of 2010 here from Youtube for you to watch if you like!
Filmed by Lewis Marien with a little help from his family! 🙂

Go to “MUSICAL REUNION” to buy the CD or use these links to download the Mp3 album or individual songs! “iTunes” – “Google Music” – “Amazon Mp3” – “CDBaby

(from CD liner notes)

This CD has been a labor of love some 40+ years in the making! Join me as I reunite with the songs I learned to play guitar and piano on – songs I would continue to perform in public all these years! Not only am I reuniting with these songs, but also joining me on some of the songs – two of my best friends from my high school days! On a recent visit to Tennessee, Greg Pryor agreed to record the 1st song on the CD, “My Music”, reprising our performance on a local TV show in Decatur, IL back in March of 1974! The first 30 seconds of the song are from a recording of that show!
Also joining me on 6 other songs is Vince Thomalla! Back in 1973 Vince and I came up with a concept for a Spring high school choir program called “Musical Revolution”! Instead of singing the Gershwin or Berlin standards many choirs were singing back then, we put together a program of more current songs! Some of the songs in “Musical Reunion” are from that show and its 1974 sequel, MR-2!
Some of the songs are simply ones we loved singing from that era! This has been a wonderful journey going back through time to reunite with the music we’ve loved for so long! I hope you enjoy it too and it becomes YOUR – MUSICAL REUNION!
Song list:  Dave   * with Vince Thomalla ** with Greg Pryor #solo by Vince
1) MY MUSIC** 2) VERY LAST DAY* 3) COUNTRY ROAD* 4) DANNY’S SONG 5) I WILL* 6) IMAGINE 7) IN MY LIFE 8) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
9) LONELY PEOPLE 10) TIME IN A BOTTLE 11) APRIL COME SHE WILL
12) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND*# 13) SWEET BABY JAMES*
14) BOOKENDS *

All instruments played by Dave Colvin and recorded at Arnybarn Music Studios, Brentwood, TN. Songs noted with * recorded & mixed by Kyle Sweet at The Audio Sweet, Marshfield, WI. Some songs mixed by Gary Lancaster, 83Media, Nash#ville, TN.“Imagine” and “You’ve Got a Friend” recorded at Sunset Blvd. Studios Brentwood, TN.

Check back to this blog in the future as I detail why each song is important to me/us and the history behind each song!

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