Double A Side

Back in the good old days when bands released 45 RPM records, there was a thing known as the "double A side" single. This meant that the band thought each side of the record was worthy of airplay and might be a hit. The Beatles had great success with this approach: 14 double A's!  Double A sides are rare in this day of digital downloads: Artists usually just throw everything out at once and see what sticks.  I’m no different.  But this time I’m making a concerted effort to pitch two tunes at the same time to indie radio. 

Both tunes are on my latest CD, “It Was You,” and they’re already available as singles on Spotify and all major streaming platforms. Anyone who knows me knows I view Spotify as a necessary evil in today’s music market.  I hope that if you like these songs, you’ll buy them. 

 "One Little Push" and "It Will Always Be True" couldn't be more different stylistically. “Push” is a stripped-down, funky thang with almost tribal drums from Joey Waslousky and synth goodness from Al Snyder, my producer. I’m playing bass and, admittedly, stealing a lick from the great Tony Levin.  

“It Will Always Be True” is a more traditional song which at time reminds me of something that Paul McCartney and Wings might have released in the mid-Seventies. But it might easily be called country. Joey Waslousky again plays drums; Al Snyder adds keyboards and backing vocals (along with me); Danny Gochnour plays perfect guitar; and I channel McCartney on my Hofner Club Bass. 

As is usual with most of my songs, the lyrics tell a story related about relationships. 

In “Push,” our protagonist is a guy who feels he has been manipulated by a woman, but I think the sentiment would be equally valid from a female point of view. Sometimes you get into a situation where you know your lover is manipulating you into doing something you really don’t want to do. Maybe he or she uses sex, or shame to twist your arm. Whatever the case, most people eventually tire of the game and move on. So it is with this singer. 

This tune began life as a Stevie Wonder-like funky rocker. Kudos to Al for helping to shape the lyrics to fit the stripped-down format he came up with. 

“Each time I think I know her well 
She turns around and acts surprisin’ 
There’s no way that I can tell 
How many faces she’s disguisin’ 

A little push was all it took 
A little push was all it took 
It took just one little push 
To kill the lovin’” 

“True” is a love song of a different kind, one meant to assure the listeners that if they have doubts or feel that they are the only one who has problems, there is always someone to help them through rough times. When I sing about love in this context, it could be traditional romantic love or just the love between two friends. Although the word “darlin’” is here, the lyrics apply to any relationship. Basically, it’s the old saw: “You have to be happy with yourself before you can be happy with anyone else.” At my age, I know it to be true. The chorus says it all:

Sometimes the very thing you need is right before your eyes 
But you can’t see the forest for the trees 
I know it’s a hard but please believe me when I say to you 
That you’re the only one you ever have to please” 

Hope you like ‘em!

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It Was You

Dave Molter

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"It Was You" is Dave Molter's second EP, a seven-song compendium that mixes styles from power pop and music hall ditties to country and swampy, bluesy rock. Recorded at Albey Road Studio, Pittsburgh. Produced by Al Snyder & Dave Molter.

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Let Me Down Easy

Dave Molter

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"Let Me Down Easy" debuted at #1 on indie stations in the U.K. and Australia! A breakup is never easy. It's a slap in the face, a bucket of cold water on your heart. Sometimes there's no easy way out of a bad relationship. But we can all hope that when the times comes, we'll be let down easy.

Recorded at Albey Road Studio, Pittsburgh

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Get Your Heart on!

"Late December"

A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND AND BROTHER BUDDY HALL

A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All!

Every Morning

Dave Molter

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"Every Morning," the third track on my latest CD, "It Was You," may have been the first song I wrote. I source it to 1972 or so, but I think I began writing it in my head earlier. It's no secret that I'm heavily influenced buy the Beatles, and you can tell that I'm imitating Paul McCartney's "music hall" efforts -- "Honey Pie," "Your Mother Should Know," maybe even "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." But, more than that, I was recalling vaudeville and and British Music Hall tunes. That's because I grew up in an era of TV variety shows where you could hear almost every style of music sandwiched between the comedians, dancer, jugglers and dog acts. "Every Morning" is a lament for lost love, based on personal experience. My friend and producer, the late Buddy Hall, did an amazing job of recreating the almost circuslike orchestration and retaining the Beatles/McCartney feel. Piano, clarinets, tuba, a guitar straight out of "Oh, Darling," and background vocals that are so period perfect that you can almost see four guys in straw hats, sleeve garters and bow ties singing. Out friend Jason Kendall supplemented my virtual horns with a wonderful "real" sax section of his own. A "scratchy record" sound and megaphone vocal in places complete the picture. And kudos to my friend Michael Andrulonis , whose artwork was exactly what I envisioned for this song. Mike did cover art for "It Was You" as well as my single "(Really Nothin' New) Under The Sun." I love Mike: his caricatures always make me look younger and thinner.
I'm very pleased with "Every Morning. It may not be single material, but it combines and pays tribute to many of my musical influences. I hope you like it.

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Late December

Dave Molter

I'm releasing "Late December" in tribute to Buddy Hall, who passed away Jan. 29, 2021, at the age of 64. A friend for more than 40 years, Buddy produced this song during sessions we began in October 2018. Although not officially mastered, what you hear is the near-final mix that we made in, fittingly, late December 2019.

The amazing solo guitar is by Reb Beach of Winger, Whitesnake and several solo projects under his own name. Reb's a Pittsburgh guy, like me and Buddy.

THIS TRACK IS FREE: I want it to be a tribute to a man who was my brother in many ways, both musically and spiritually. The world deserves to hear Buddy’s artistry. If you wish, you may pay whatever you feel the track is worth. Whatever proceeds I get will go toward finishing and mastering the 5 songs Buddy and I had in the can before his death. If you contribute, I will appreciate your generosity. The included picture is of The System, a band Buddy and I played in in the early Eighties. Buddy is 2nd from left; I'm on the far right.

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The System, 1981: L-R Fig Higghins; Buddy Hall; Gary Buffalini; Dave Molter

The System, 1981: L-R Fig Higghins; Buddy Hall; Gary Buffalini; Dave Molter

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A new Christmas single!

Dave Molter & Al Snyder collaborate

"Where is Christmas" -- a new collaboration with my friend Al Snyder --  is now available! Download it using the button below!
The song will be released officially on Friday, Nov. 20, and should be available for purchase through all online stores (Amazon, Apple, iTunes & more) within a week.

Al composed and sings a beautiful melody to complement lyrics by Al, me and my longtime friend Angie Mullig.

But I have to warn you -- "Where Is Christmas" is not a jolly, "Ho-Ho-Ho" Christmas song.

December 25, 2020, will be a holiday unlike any other in our lifetimes. With COVID-19 social distancing protocols in place, many families will not be able to gather for traditional yuletide celebrations. It's tough to be apart at the holidays in any year, but we think "Where Is Christmas" has a special poignancy in 2020.

Al wore many hats on this project: writer, singer, keyboardist, producer and engineer. I join him on bass and Joey Waslousky plays drums. Together, we think we have produced a song that will bring a tear to your eye in a difficult year.

But Al, Joey, Angie and I also believe the 2021 holds untold promise! We wish you Peace, Love and Hope this Christmas!

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Reggae, anyone?

Foolish Heart EP

Foolish Heart

Dave Molter

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Fading Away

Dave Molter

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A rockin' tune meant to be played LOUD in your car with the windows down at 80 mph!

Produced by Dave Molter & Buddy Hall Buddy Hall: Guitars Jim "Doc" Dougherty: Slide Guitar Jason Kendall: Sax

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Mid-Century Man

Dave Molter

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A British Invasion style tune inspired by the 12-string jangle of the Beatles & Byrds. Lyrics express the importance and power of love in today's world.

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Let Me Down Easy

Dave Molter

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"Let Me Down Easy" debuted at #1 on indie stations in the U.K. and Australia! A breakup is never easy. It's a slap in the face, a bucket of cold water on your heart. Sometimes there's no easy way out of a bad relationship. But we can all hope that when the times comes, we'll be let down easy.

Recorded at Albey Road Studio, Pittsburgh

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