A definitive collection of lyrics to fifty-seven songs by singer/songwriter, David Greathouse. Just Words compiles a body of work spanning nearly 30 years. This meticulously crafted repertoire is a satisfying dose of poetic storytelling. From light-hearted to soul-searching, Mr. Greathouse infuses each scene he paints with depth beyond detail and an insistence on originality and authenticity. There is not a pop tune in the bunch. No painful, droning drivel... but lyrics. Actual lyrics. Stories. Thought provoking, memory retrieving, smile inducing, poetic yarns. And no two songs are alike. But there is a running theme of reverence within these pages for each perspective introduced and every question asked. One will find words put to use in these songs of unexpected, but surprisingly effective poetic value. And, apparently, no subject is off-limits. From the fun and nostalgia of Star Trek, to Still Falling's unbearable aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing; from wedding and anniversary tributes to the sincere and loving eulogy of Summer's End. From Soles' wistful, aching brush with Alzheimer's, to the weed-infused romp of A Little Help. There is something for every mood dwelling in these pages, and each song convincingly justifies its existence. Much of this work was produced for various film and theater productions in Springfield, Missouri, including his award winning theme song, penned for Missouri State University's 2014 student web series, A Little Help; and several songs he contributed to a popular run of staged parodies of the beloved Star Trek series, plus numerous others. Each is a fitting and sincere treatment of its subject's purpose. Tim Piland, one of the Star Trek parody's producers and directors, had thoughts of his own regarding Mr. Greathouse's contributions. "When I asked David to write a song about Star Trek, I had no idea what to expect. I knew he was a prolific songwriter and musician, but I was not prepared for the beautiful, nostalgic song he brought to our production. The Prime Directive harkens back to the past, and evokes memories of childhood for anyone who 'huddled in the soft glowing haze of a cathode ray tube' at a young age. This was my first directing project ever, and I was so pleased at how perfectly he captured the spirit of Star Trek!" Generously illustrated, this collection is a must-have for any true fan of articulate and artistically crafted lyric content, poetry, or just good storytelling. It will, no doubt, spur you on to seek out recordings of an artist who has, so far, managed to avoid the radar of an industry in desperate need of a resurgence in this discipline. David Greathouse is a songwriter, actor, graphic designer, sound designer and editor, recording engineer, CG enthusiast, and fledgling blacksmith. But his passion is songwriting. Storytelling. The business of taking a listener some place special and returning them changed, or at least affected. His is the art of altered perspectives and artfully colored phrases intent on catching a listener off guard - to knock them off balance and send them on their way with new ideas about stuff. His lyric craftsmanship has garnered great appreciation, and on the guitar, he owns a distinctive and compelling style that is uniquely his own but comfortably familiar. He has been writing and performing for more than twenty years, but since 2008, he has immersed himself in numerous theater and film projects - writing, acting, and producing at every possible opportunity.
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