Cedaredge's David Starr played music and sang for about 40 local fans at a release party for his new CD on Feb. 5.
The occasion, hosted by Tracy Munson at Main Street Gallery and Coffee Emporium, was repeated the following evening for another audience.
Tickets to the event included local wine and other refreshments along with an autographed copy of David's new CD: "Love and Sabotage."
The intimate environment at Munson's has been venue to other musical events, and it was the perfect setting for David and his audience as he played his music, shared stories and anecdotes about production of the new CD, and interacted with listeners, most of whom were friends and acquaintances with Starr and each other. The feeling was almost that of a happy family reunion.
David's new CD came about from a wide-ranging collaboration with some very famous musicians in the worlds of pop, rock and country music. David wrote most of the songs on the CD.
During his performance, David shared stories of production work done in recording sessions at his own studio, at his home, and at other venues, including Nashville. It all came together along with computer-transmitted music files offered by other popular musicians and top-talent from the industry's backup professionals who also contributed to production.
Before opening his performance with the title cut of "Love and Sabotage," Starr noted that the album's title has generated some interest. "There's got to be a story behind that," he said people have said to him.
His reply has been a decidedly noncommittal "Well, maybe."
The new CD release offers David's fans an abundance of the music that he has become known for -- ballads of love lost and love found, and the kind of music and performance that touches listeners on a deep emotional level.
David displayed the range of his musical talent, performing on three different guitars, an electric keyboard and a harmonica during the evening.
The audience also learned about other popular music personalities who in one way or another made contributions to "Love and Sabotage."
Some had been inspirations during his career at various times, and others actually participated in the project. Among those named were Dana Cooper, Kim Karns, John Oates, John McEuen, Glen Fry, Richie Furray, Kenny Edwards and Joe Cocker.
David's inspiration for the music on his new CD included his wife, Cindy, who proved to be the Muse for "No time Like the Present" with an unexpected kiss on the cheek. Another, "Beautiful Music of You," had Cindy as its inspiration source.
The performance also included songs from his previous CD, "Alive Again," that have become classics with his local fans. David ended his Friday night performance with a fan-favorite song from "Alive Again" -- the song "Change Your Mind." The song includes the lyrics,
"Take me down to the river tonight, And let me feel the cold;
Hold me close like you used to do, Before I get too old;
Every day I spend without you, Puts me one day behind,
Don't change your mind."