I am sorry to say that Dave Edwards passed away in June of 2006. - JoeW
Sample MP3 Songs
(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 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: DE-3k.zip.
|All The Things You Are||106||4/4||N||Y||Rumba||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Like Someone In Love||108||4/4||N||Y||EngineRoom2||04||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|
|Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A||90||3/4||N||Y||EnglishWaltz||06||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|
|Taking A Chance On Love||185||4/4||N||Y||Quickstep||06||3k|
|There Will Never Be Another You||185||4/4||N||Y||ClassicBigBand||04||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|