David Murphy, Omaha singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and author extraordinaire with five books and one solo CD, has released a second album that is sure to tug at your heart strings and allow you to dive into his memories and perhaps your own.
Audiences will get a chance to check out Murphy’s new album, My Fraudulent Memoirs, at his CD release party Thursday, May 1, at PS Collective, 6056 Maple St., in Benson from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Murphy will be joined by his band “The Fraudulenteers,” featuring Mark Haar, Ron Cooley, Mike Deluca and Camille Metoyer Moten, among others.
My Fraudulent Memoirs took Murphy eight years to complete. With this long of a process, he wasn’t solely focused on the album. “Well, I was busy doing a lot of other stuff too during those years. I wrote five books and produced, arranged and recorded three CDs for other people. All the while my next CD was percolating in my head and when I had chances, I’d work on it.”
Murphy’s first CD, Shining in a Temporary Sun was released in 1998, he reflects on his past, but he is always looking towards the next project, “My next album should be out in a couple of years. Meanwhile, this spring, I’ll be working on putting together Camille Metoyer Moten’s next CD.”
Influenced by songwriters Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Burt Bacharach, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchel and more, Murphy was shaped by what he absorbed and studied from these great writers along with his experience of living in Los Angeles for 25 years. He used all of this to guide him while working on this CD. My Fraudulent Memoirs is a very unique album in the way the lyrics are presented. The songs begin and you think you’re listening to a classical piece, but Murphy’s voice carries its way in and through this unison the stories are told. Murphy was intentional with this, “In many ways, this is a very retro album, with multiple genres represented. It’s not about image or what’s current or flashy aspects – it’s about songs and storytelling and getting out of the way of the tune.”
Murphy took his time developing this style and it shows from the time you listen to the first song throughout the whole album. “Here’s my goal each time: the lyrics, melodies and harmonies have to be part of the package and have to serve the songs’ storylines.”
Murphy believed real instruments needed to be used in order to capture the best emotion behind each tune. Through the use of local and distance recording Murphy was able receive the help he needed for this album. “I can record a piano part in my home, tell a musician what the metronome marking is and then send that player an mp3 of the tune. He or she can then pop it into their recording system, play the song down and send me back their part or parts once they’re done. It’s amazing!” Mark Haar, bass player on “Violet is the New Blue,” and friend of Murphy was just one of many musicians to contribute to this album. Murphy said this allows each song to have its own vibe and distinct energy.
“There is no such thing as something too personal the more personal it gets the more universal it is,” Murphy said in a radio interview with Dave Wingert. One song in particular, “Watching the Little Planes Land” and others on this album were gathered from Murphy’s past. This song taught him that there are no stories too personal. “That tune grew out of my childhood experience and sometimes looking back can be emotional, but that’s all good, right? The deeper the feeling, the more universal it is. A tune that I thought folks wouldn’t relate to has become one of my most popular songs.”
“‘Memoirs is different to me because I feel like my skills are better than they’ve ever been and I think the album reflects that.”
Check out www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidpmurphy2 or davidmurphy.com and see if Murphy’s Memoirs is the type of music to get your groove going or your memories rolling. If you can’t wait and want to hear Murphy play before buying the CD head over to the Jackson Street Tavern in the Old Market where he plays the piano Friday and Saturday nights.