David Gordon arrived in this world with a song in his heart. "He hummed," his mother once said. "I could tell where he was in the house - there were always sound effects involved."
When he was 12, David found his father's dusty tenor banjo in the attic. By age 13 he had graduated to five strings, and was making literally tens of dollars monthly with local bluegrass and mountain music folkies. He quickly added bass and mandolin to his teenage skills, but settled on guitar. "In the 1960s, folk music was all about listening to songs on LPs and figuring out the chords – listening over and over, and then experimenting over and over and over. The way we learned acoustic music by ear taught me how to be a musician."
David went to the College of Wooster (Ohio) intending to become a high school music teacher or historian, but his destiny awaited him on the stage. In 1968 the little college presented Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte and David was offered the tenor role. The rest is history.
After conservatory training in Montreal and Chicago, David appeared as soloist with virtually every major North American symphony orchestra, and other orchestras and festivals on four continents. He has sung 60 roles with the great opera houses of the US, Europe and Japan, and can be heard in several centuries of classical music on 17 CDs. David's vocal repertoire includes a variety of styles from grand opera to orchestra concerts to songs with piano to his own whimsical cabarets with his own guitar. As a singer and performer, David is a troubadour. Visit his extensive website at Spiritsound.com
In recent years, David's musical musings led him to the creation of his "Pioneer History in Songs & Stories" series, inspired by historic Jacksonville, Oregon, the 19th-century mining town where he lives. Learn more at Northwest Troubadour
Since the very dawn of the world wide web, David has designed dozens of websites, and currently maintains seven of them including this one. These two are of interest to arts lovers: Carmel Music Society and Wynn Bullock Photography. His skills as Typographer are epic, says his wife and partner, Ginna. Together, they write, edit, design, proof, print and publish.
David is the author of Carmel Impresarios, a cultural biography of the two extraordinary women who helped establish Carmel California as an important artistic hub in the 1920s. It is the definitive history of the growth of music and theater in Carmel's earliest years. 400 pages, 300 vintage illustrations.