The first time I saw Drew Danburry play was in the Office. Not the TV show, but the circa 2003 former office turned house/indie music venue in Provo, Utah. He stood on stage singing his guts out and playing a little red plastic keyboard. I could tell from his sheer love of music and performing that he wasn’t just some flash in the pan. In the 6 years since then, Drew has played hundreds of shows all over the US and Europe. His songs range from catchy and upbeat to slow and melancholic, but they are always heartfelt.
I was on vacation at my brothers house with nothing to do in the daytime when my nephews were at school and his wife had a guitar. I picked up a how to play guitar book and learned how to form a couple chords. I took a poem I had recently written and put it to melody. Then kept doing it. It’s evolved and is a little different nowadays. But it generally is a simple action of documenting an idea.
I have no idea. I actually was just talking to my wife about this, because I never sit down to “write” a song. I just wait till an idea strikes me or a melody hits me or something has to kind of jar me out of my complacent slumber. It’s gotten less frequent, and to be honest I get more and more tired of the continual effort and struggle for survival as a musician. But the songs that I have written most recently are the best songs I’ve ever written…so I’m in the process of figuring out what my direction as a human being is. Is the newer material worth investing in? Or is it going to keep feeling like I’m running on a treadmill? My wife deserves to be taken care of, and I care more about my wife than music or any unseen desire for whatever it is I create.
I’ve started a band under a different name. It’s barely getting off the ground, we’re just starting to practice. But in my mind it’s the best thing ever. I just want to take my time to realize it and make it happen. There’s actually a whole LOT going on right now.
I wouldn’t presume to know what is interesting about me. In fact, I’m always a bit surprised if anyone does find me interesting. More often than not I feel rather inconsequential and unimportant than anything. I feel if anything my work ethic has been the biggest catalyst to my survival in my pursuit of the arts. But thank you for being so kind to consider me and ask me questions.
You can hear his songs for free here.
Drew’s website: www.drewdanburry.com