Peace people. David Allie here. I’m hitting you up to tell you about a new project I have just put up for free stream/download. I’ve been sitting on these tracks and many others for quite some time. I think a reason for the delay was I wanted to make sure the songs got their proper attention with a release party, videos, tour, etc. However, not only has the industry made drastic changes in terms of how something is released, but I have also made a lot of changes. I’m more focused on my band, Cold English, and always seem to be doing something more collaborative whether it be with United States of Mind or Progress Report. I imagine one day I will refocus on solo efforts (and other collaborative efforts), but when that day comes I’d rather the material be fresh as I have a ton of new experiences I’d like to share with you. Therefore, I’m opening up the vaults and I’ll be sharing not only this, but other projects in the upcoming weeks and months. It is my hope that this will help connect the dots between what I’ve done in the past and the current releases I have coming up this year.
In addition to this release I have also revamped my website. There you can find links to all of my official releases and all the places I am on the innanets (instagram, twitter, Facebook, etc.). Also I have started asoundcloud page where I have put up songs that weren’t on official releases and also some of my old favorites. I shall leave you with some words about the album. Thank you so much for paying attention and be on the lookout for more. Until next time.
There are a couple reasons as to why I entitled this project the way I did. From looking at the cover you can assume there is a meal aspect to it for music is definitely one of the ways I eat (although if I were to depend on just music to eat the project would be more aptly titled “Gas station burritos and value menus”).
I once heard the great writer and activist Nikki Giovanni speak, and one of her words of wisdom was “plate your meals”. What I took from that is not only that you should take your time and the proper preparation when eating, but also enjoy the moment. Too often I’m thinking so much about the next meal that I almost forget to chew the meal I’m currently having. My songs are often just as much a reminder to myself to live in the now.
The third meaning and perhaps the most important meaning to myself deals with choices. ”The fork” refers to that proverbial fork in the road where you can either go left or right. I’ve had my share of vices and still do, but I feel that honestly expressing myself through music has always been my saving grace. The song with this title discusses the mind state of deciding which direction to head. “The spoon” plays off of the fork in the outcomes of actions. Sometimes if you go left or right you end up in the same place. Life can have a very circular nature and the shape of the spoon embodies that. This song deals with getting away from the negative. ”The knife” plays on both “the fork” and “the spoon” in the fact that sometimes you just gotta cut through the bullshit and charge straight ahead. This song deals with being yourself no matter who you are.
I’ll leave you with a quote that I once heard from the legendary Prince Whipper Whip of Grandwizard Theodore & The Fantastic 5 fame. ”Call me whatever you want… Just don’t call me late for dinner.”