"Like all ambitious songwriters Dave submitted tapes to hundreds of publishers with a view to following a career in song writing.
Like most, he received the standard letters: "very good, but not quite what we are looking for at present..." One song: "Thank You" did receive a certificate of merit from a Nashville Song Contest: "I decided to give it a go and submitted the song to see what happened.
It was, in fact, the first triple album ever released".
Dave has quite an extensive catalogue of his own compositions, some dating back to the early seventies.
Most times he played all the instruments himself, but sometimes enlisted the help of fellow musicians with the backings.
He was once asked to write songs for a local professional singer: "I took my guitar to a local park and wrote a song called "written just for you"; went home and recorded a demo tape and was quite pleased with it, but it never did get to the singer. It was nice to be asked though, and it gave me a reason to write.
The trust and self-assurance, that lead to happiness, they're the very things - we kill I guess.
This led to spells in several local bands, after which he moved into composing, and recording demo's.
In addition to The Beatles -both as a band and subsequently solo artists, other influential bands and musicians over the years have been Yes, Bread, David Gates, Elton John, Home, Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, The Eagles and Don Henley.
is one of Dave's favourite: "I don't believe Elton's songs would never have been the same without his contributions.
To be able to create such great music and lyrics is something Dave envies: "all these people have an incredible gift.
They create such beautiful music and find the perfect words.