All songs written and arranged by David Gilfix Produced and recorded by Roger Christie of Black Cat Crossing Studios, Harvard MA Album cover and all Graphic Arts by June Colvin of Colvin/Williams in Littleton, MA Bass - Manuel Kaufmann - Bass Drums - Daniel Gilfix Guitar and lead vocals - David Gilfix Voice - Hal Katzman Voice - Sharon Chait Voice - Julie Hardy Guest Whistler - Damon Beiter ___ The following article is copyright of townonline.com, and is used by permission. ___ Celebrating Changing Places By Elizabeth Sembower Friday, December 12, 2003 Making good use of the 'precious little time we have' could describe musician David Gilfix's life. A lot of this time has been spent 'Changing Places,' not coincidentally the title of his new CD, which he celebrates in a special concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Indian Hill Music Center. Gilfix's journey - from country to city and back; from the streets, clubs and Off Broadway stage of New York City to the halls of Harvard schools - finds support at all times in his life-long love of music. 'I try to reflect all these influences with music and different styles - blues, Latin, classical,' he said. Born in Lexington in what he describes as a 'musical family,' he discovered the guitar at age twelve. 'First there was the violin, then clarinet, piano, recorder, a whole slue of instruments. It had to be the guitar. It is a wonderfully diverse instrument.' Combining this versatility with a command of words, he wound up on the New York City scene in the 1980s and 1990s. He lived above a church in the East Village, dabbled with financial planning, studied with renowned musicians such as classical guitarist Michael Dadap and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem; swung in the popular clubs and restaurants of the day; penned an acclaimed Off Broadway play, and even did a stint as a street musician - an experience he credits with landing him a following and some important gigs. 'New York is a place where people go to live out their dreams,' said Gilfix. 'There is an amazing passion there.' The 13 original songs on 'Changing Places' contain a lot of New York stories. 'December New York Morning' is an ode to a place he loves, 'muggers and all.' 'Like the most interesting people I know, New York never tried to, and never could, cover up all it's blemishes,' he said. 'My time there is a huge part of my identity.' Yet, Gilfix has returned home, and only last week, visited New York for the first time in nearly a decade. Now an Acton resident, he is a family man with twin daughters in what he calls his 'middle age.' 'I have had a lot of great experiences, but nothing like seeing them born,' he said. He has also found in teaching, both in the Harvard school system and at Indian Hill Music Center, 'the best of both worlds. With children, you have an opportunity to influence minds, and with older students, you share a passion.' His CD, with an impressive shot of the Grand Central terminal framed by it's famous windows open to forests and lakes, speaks volumes of the changes he has gone through to arrive at the place his is today. There are the 'Some Days' that are 'forever changing, unpredictable...irritating and yet amazing.' There is the story of eccentric Anna and her choices that were 'not always so simple and clear.' An old love is remembered with the perspective of time, and a 'Traveling Song' touches two couples' lives and his own as he meets his wife near the top of a mountain. There are the humorous moments, too. 'The Jew in the Church' is an autobiographical glimpse into his former life in the East Village. 'The Phone Call' makes an often taken for granted object fun. 'Grandpa's Love Affair' recalls the days of Woodstock and an old man's love for a mysterious woman. And all ring with universal truths, and the philosopher that peeks through his lyrics - a title he modestly rejects, remembering the arduous process of Socrates, he would rather say, 'Just another December New York morning, And like an old song that you never turn on I stayed away. But sometimes that melody plays, And even today I know It's always been part of me.' ___.