David Nauroth

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There have been many bands, many performances and many broken strings. A few sadly-broken hearts, and the playing of "Smoke on the Water" for eons. In between, I foisted a deluge of dreadfulness I call my songs - little children that are poorly behaved - on a tragic and unsuspecting public. What else could I do?

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music provides me with unadulterated joy, and uses me as a conduit for providing joy to others. Music has no other purpose. It is, at once, my raison d'être and also the overarching bane of my existence. It will not allow me to banish it from my intellectual and emotional state of being.

What is your music dream?

To write a song that is as bad as, and as good as, "Louie, Louie."

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would allow dogs to rule the cosmos, and EVERYONE knows why.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"Fountain of Sorrow" by Jackson Browne.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Jeff Beck - Aretha Franklin - The musicians who performed the music for the cartoons of the 1940's and the 1950's

What inspires you to make music?

In 55 years, I have never been able to define it, despite massive efforts to do so.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Just to enjoy it. Any distinct message that I would espouse would be found within a particular song. I don't adhere to any overall philosophy.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Ecstatic and embarrassed at the same time.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The reality is chaotic. The one aspect that begs to be recognized is that musicians have no choice. We don't really "choose" to be musicians; there simply is no other way that we can be. That means that we are both blessed and doomed - blessed with the gift, and doomed to follow that path.

What do you think of Drooble?

I want to work there. Clear enough?

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Where do I start? Lack of respect for what we do, unless we're successful. Egocentric and unreliable musicians. Poor, sporadic income. Industry dishonesty. My horrific vocals. And, most of all, my dog is a lousy drummer, but I can't fire him. It would break his heart.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Of course! I support local venues with my patronage and I offer advice and emotional reinforcement to developing musicians. I attend local open mics. I only buy from local music stores unless there is no other option. And I NEVER force anyone to hear me sing, which would be devastating to the entire musical population.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Perseverence - Patience - Organizational skills - The unmitigated gall to self-promote!

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Dakota - The Chieftans (for younger people) - Hamlet and the Farm Fish