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ROCK IT – David Shriver Tribute is now Launched!

Posted in I Have A Dream, Independent Music, Indie Music, Kickstarter, Memorial, Pop music, Short Film, Soundtrack, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 13, 2012 by damngoodtunes

Full speed ahead! That’s what Bruce Maier and his dedicated team are saying now that phase 2 of the fundraising campaign has launched as of Monday. There is a brand new introduction video in place which will give the potential donors much more of the information and even a sneak peek at David’s live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, along with a clip of actor-musician and author Mickey Jones who Maier recruited to play drums on the soundtrack for the film. Mickey was seated in the control room of the recording studio hearing back the song Rock It for the very first time when he is captured on  camera offering an emotional response.

This is a worthy project and there is an inspirational message of hope for anyone who loves music and has considered putting all their faith in the Dream of making it in music.

David Shriver and Mickey Jones along with their band-leader Trini Lopez sold millions of records and played the most important shows and broadcast in the world . But all this fame would come just a few years after David’s first time becoming famous as the electric Bass player for Rock icon Eddie Cochran. Cochran will killed in a tragic car crash in England, leaving behind millions of saddened fans and a young David Shriver asking the question of what would be next. After a stint with the Kelly Four, David was at the famed PJ’s in Hollywood when he meets with Lopez and Jones who were just then needing a good Bass player. The rest is an amazing history which includes moving from Malibu and buying a  farm in Washington state, joining with Northwest music legend Clayton Watson and performing in symphonies and Big Bands! David Shriver as the song says,  ” lived his life with passion ! ”

In order to tell this story in Rock It, we need your help. Please go to our Kickstarter page and watch the video and read the details. Rock It!

See The Video Here



Tribute Song and Documentary Film

Posted in Kickstarter, Mickey Jones, Tribute with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by damngoodtunes

David Shriver was a friend to me for many years. David had been the Bass player on the electric Fender Bass for Eddie Cochran( Summertime Blues )in the late nineteen-fifties. After that he was world famous as the musical director for Trini Lopez which was an opportunity that brought him together as a friend to the Beatles and many more  amazing artists. Mickey Jones, who was Trini’s drummer, went on to be the drummer for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. After that, he became a  famous actor of television and the Big Screen – then a best-selling author ( That Would Be Me ). Mickey Jones

Left to right: Bruce Maier, David Shriver and Mickey Jones

and I became great friends because of David, and when David passed away this year we were all devastated. We orchestrated a four-day memorial music jam in his honor and for some, there was closure. For myself, there was still a  story to be told and the best way I could tell it I believe is through music. Though the two of us found ourselves in the same band ( Clayton Watson and the Trends ) in the 1980s David had spent his remaining half-dozen years as my Bass player and he never ceased to amaze me at his playing ability and creativity. So, I meditated a long while and I was sent (I believe by Spirit) a great song about our friend and brother Dave. There was still more that needed to be done so I started calling on people who knew and loved David, especially those who had worked with him for long periods of time and I asked if they would participate – help me to tell the world about a gentle soul , a masterful musician who never begged to be famous or longed for his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. He just wanted to play music; any kind of music from symphonic classical to Blues, Jazz, Country and Rock and Roll. He was good at all of it. Very good.

David was what is called in show business, a ” side-man “. These side-men and women are the cement, the foundations of a successful act, for without the proper support of the foundation, the rest of the structure is weak – in my opinion. Yet side-persons never get the recognition they deserve and I would like to – through this documentary film and song – start the changing of the trend. I fully intend to tell the story of a great man, incredible Bassist and an artist  whose heart was known by many, and with my incredible team including Mickey Jones and Northwest legend Clayton Watson, we will also show the larger picture of the importance of being part of a humble yet strong foundation in music and the arts. Please join us in this  adventure where we will celebrate and share the life and the passion of a man who  never had anything bad to say about anyone. The link to all the information is right here. Please send this out to everyone you know! Thank you. Bruce Maier / publisher /damngoodtunes