The David Motel is the latest project from singer/songwriter David Brooks. The new album, People, Places, Things, which was released in January, offers tales of heartbreak, weariness, the passage of time, and daily struggles.
Brooks says of the project-one that chronicles the transition from collegiate life in Baton Rouge to professional life in Nashville-“These songs embody the roller coaster of emotions I’ve experienced over the last several years. There have been highs and lows. And this collection really puts that journey into perspective."
Recorded in Nashville, the album contains twelve tracks that blend Americana influences. The album kicks off with the mid-tempo country tune "Goodbye Loneliness" then flows into the roots rocker "Green Eyes," about aching for a love that has since moved on. “I wish that you were here/I wish you'd pick me up and dust me off and fill me full of promises….I swear this life is hell, but it’s mine I guess." Personal favorite, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” with its gentle melody and lyrics compares thinking about the end of a relationship to thinking about the end of life. “Will I be remembered the way I'd like to be/ Or will I slip forever into obscurity…..Nothing lasts forever when you need it to."
Two songs find the harmonica being used to display opposite emotions. “Ain't That How It Goes" is a simply irresistible up tempo tune with a fun melody about life, relationships and chasing your dreams while "Let's Talk it Over" deals with heartbreak; trying to decide whether to try again with an old flame, but being unable forget the things she said. There are ballads a plenty including “Good Alibi," the beautiful, harmony filled "Sing Me To Sleep” and The Band-esque "Little Girl from Natchez."
Also included on the album are “Doing Time In A Rented Room Again” and “Shine Your Shoes.” The former is a horn laden tune while the latter's swinging melody reminds us that life can be a tough road, but we need to not to take things so seriously and pat ourselves on the back for making it--whether we're 23 or 34. The album closes with the celebratory "12-21-12."
People, Places, Things gives a glimpse at those things, the highs and the lows, that make a life....well, a life. While you're on that journey and need a bit of a refuge, check into the music of The David Motel and stay awhile.