David is a singer / song writer who almost died from a brain injury in 2017. After being in a coma for three weeks, he woke up, but had lost his memory so didn't know who he was or what his life had been like.
One morning in hospital a song came to mind, a song which it turned out he had written, and he began to learn the part music had played in what he thinks of as his 'past life'.
He had made a living running music groups at The Priory hospital and as a facilitator for The London School of Samba. As well as being a singer/songwriter he discovered he was also a world percussionist playing a set up which is now called 'The Gathering of Drums'.
After leaving hospital he found more songs written in the past and decided to find a way to record them. Although not able to run the business anymore, by selling his possessions and running a crowdfunding campaign, little by little, they started to come to life.
Gilly Spencer (piano on 4000 Stars and Havana) and Bambi (vocals on Havana) are both friends who visited him in hospital and helped to bring the songs to life.
Some of the other wonderful musicians who have played on them so far include, Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) on drums, Michael Bailey (Chaka Khan) on bass, Tim Cansfield (The Bee Gees, Whitney Houston) on guitar, Toby Baker (Eric Clapton) on keyboards and Janine Johnson (George Michael) on vocals.
The project became known as One Last Poem and the songs are about distant lovers, far away places and stars in the sky.
In 2022 he gave his first TEDx talk at Edinburgh University during which he played The Gathering of Drums and he is working with a literary agent to have his first book 'Born at 48' published.
Talking to Nana Akua about what it was like coming out of a coma and how the songs came to life
Listen to the 2022 interview with Leslie Tate on Radio Dacorum, where we play both Santa Monica and Long TIme for the first time on radio.