I am sorry to say that Dave Edwards passed away in June of 2006. - JoeW

(Jun, 2005) Netherton, Bootle, Merseyside, UK. I am a widower now. My wife, and my life, mostly, died March 13th 2004. I have two stepdaughters and two grandchildren.

Musical Background: My father played piano in G and C but only three chords. However, his right hand was very strong sounding and, later, I discovered that he used 6ths. He would play an octave in the bass and a triad higher up in his left hand, a kind of “stride” technique. I copied him and wrote my first love song the same week: "I love you. If you loved me, oh how happy we would be." I was 10 and a half and had discovered I liked kissing girls. This has never changed!!!

My ear told me that my father was playing the wrong notes and I worked out E/A/B/F#, which about covered the tunes I did, all in the key of G. I also discovered diminished chords and always used them. At the Locarno Ballroom in Liverpool, I met a blind pianist who offered me piano lessons. He wanted me to learn properly but he agreed to teach me about chords as well. I only went three times and had the knowledge I wanted. One day a knock at the door produced a drummer who wanted someone to play with, just for fun. After a while, we met a guy who played tea chest bass (with a bass string) and sang well. We played for a while (unpaid) and then a guitarist appeared and the bass player bought a real bass, which he cannot play up to the present time. BUT, he did stacks of work even though the notes were wrong. Then the guitarist gave me hundreds of chord sequences and I spent months putting the melody to them. I don't think fake books were even around then. I started to play in the other keys and we got some jobs doing weddings and dances (a guitar, drums, and piano). We got a job to open a brand new Labour Club, a one-night stand that lasted seven years. I was fed up every weekend and Bank Holidays anyway.

During the last year, the Piano had been changed for an Organ, which by that time I had at home anyway. I found it easy because I used chords.(only in the root position.) I went back to the club for much more money together with the drummer for six months and that was the last time I had a regular gig, it was now 1978. I had changed from a Hammond plus cheap Leslie, which I was never satisfied with, to a Yamaha MC200, which could play the 4/4 bass better than I could so I never used pedals again. In the 1990's I changed the organ for a PSR 7000. I was knocked out. Didn't like the 8000, but years later bought one because I could edit better on it. This year my 7000 has gone, I have two 8000's (don't ask -- it's a long story) and I bought a 9000, which went for repair. I bought the 3000 while the 9K was away. It is the best so far.

Check out Dave's article: The Engine Room.


Dave's MIDI Songs

MIDI Songs Dave provided 60 songs in midi format. These were created on the PSR-3000. Individual songs are shown in the table below and any one song can be downloaded by right-clicking on the song link. The table displays the song title, tempo (T), time signature (TS), lyrics (L), chords (C), where possible, the style used, the original volume (V), and the keyboard used (K). You can download all of the MIDI songs in this file:

Dave's MIDI songs
Title T TS L C Style V K
All The Things You Are 106 4/4 N Y Rumba 02 3k
Autumn Leaves 112 4/4 N Y Multitrackon7k 02 3k
Beautiful Friendship, A 108 4/4 N Y Bebop 01 3k
Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered 108 4/4 N Y AcousticJazz 02 3k
Body And Soul 108 4/4 N Y EngineRoom2 05 3k
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 95 4/4 N Y 70sDiscoFunk 01 3k
Breeze And I, The 108 4/4 N Y Rumba 03 3k
But Beautiful 108 4/4 N Y SlowFoxtrot 01 3k
Darn That Dream 108 4/4 N Y FastJazz 01 3k
Day In The Life Of A Fool, A 128 4/4 N Y ChaChaCha 01 3k
Days Of Wine And Roses, The 108 4/4 N Y EngineRoom 06 3k
Eager Beaver 108 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 05 3k
Errol Garner Medley 100 4/4 N N 02 3k
From Russia With Love 90 3/4 N Y EnglishWaltz 05 3k
Here's That Rainy Day 114 4/4 N Y Rumba 01 3k
How Deep Is The Ocean 107 4/4 N Y GuitarRumba 04 3k
How High The Moon 185 4/4 N Y JazzG1 04 3k
How Insensitive 116 4/4 N Y Bossa 05 3k
I'll Remember April 185 4/4 N Y Bebop 02 3k
I Love You 185 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 02 3k
In A Little Spanish Town 120 4/4 N Y ChaChaCha 06 3k
It Can't Be Wrong 108 4/4 N Y Rhumba 06 3k
It Could Happen To You 108 4/4 N Y LoungePiano 03 3k
It's A Blue World 120 4/4 N Y RockChaCha 05 3k
I Wish I Knew 185 4/4 N Y EngineRoom 06 3k
Last Waltz, The 90 3/4 N Y EnglishWaltz 03 3k
Laura 90 4/4 N Y Multitrackon7k 01 3k
Like Someone In Love 108 4/4 N Y EngineRoom2 04 3k
Little Boat 128 4/4 N Y ChaChaCha 02 3k
L'l Darlin' 108 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 05 3k
Louise 77 4/4 N Y AnalogBallad 01 3k
Louise 195 4/4 N Y Dixieland1 02 3k
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing 108 4/4 N Y Rumba 03 3k
Love Is My Reason 90 3/4 N Y CountryWaltz 04 3k
Love Letters 118 4/4 N Y BossaNova1 03 3k
Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A 90 3/4 N Y EnglishWaltz 06 3k
Meditation 108 4/4 N Y Rumba 01 3k
Medley 195 4/4 N Y FastJazz 03 3k
My Cherie Amour 128 4/4 N Y ChaChaCha 03 3k
Nothing But A Lie 130 4/4 N Y Tango 06 3k
On A Clear Day 108 4/4 N Y OrchBigBand2 04 3k
Once I Loved 120 4/4 N Y RockChaCha 04 3k
One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else, The 108 4/4 N Y EngineRoom 06 3k
Our Day Will Come 108 4/4 N Y BigBandSwing1 03 3k
Put Your Dreams Away 90 3/4 N Y EnglishWaltz 04 3k
Samba De Orfeu 110 4/4 N Y Samba 02 3k
Some Day My Prince Will Come 155 3/4 N Y JazzWaltzFast 03 3k
Song Is You, The 185 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 05 3k
S'Wonderful 185 4/4 N Y BigBandMed2 02 3k
Taking A Chance On Love 185 4/4 N Y Quickstep 06 3k
That's All 108 4/4 N Y EngineRoom2 04 3k
There Will Never Be Another You 185 4/4 N Y ClassicBigBand 04 3k
Time Was 110 4/4 N Y SlowBossa 05 3k
Touch Of Your Lips, The 130 4/4 N Y ItalianTango 01 3k
Try To Remember 90 3/4 N Y ChristmasWaltz 05 3k
Very Thought Of You, The 106 4/4 N Y SlowBossa 06 3k
Watch What Happens 113 4/4 N Y 06 3k
What Now My Love 185 4/4 N Y Bebop 01 3k
When Lights Are Low 185 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 05 3k
You'd Be So Easy To Love 120 4/4 N Y multitracked8000 03 3k
You Don't Know Me 110 4/4 N Y CntrySing-a-Long 04 3k