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MP3 D.B.Morris - Past / Present

An eclectic mix of hard rock and acoustic blues. If you dig Dylan, Waits or Lou Reed, you''ll find several tracks to dig on this.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (63:54) !
Related styles: ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, BLUES: Blues-Rock

People who are interested in Bob Dylan Tom Waits Lou Reed should consider this download.

Derek Savage
Reviewing the Arts

Review of D.B. Morris’ “Past/Present”

It isn’t rare to see an artist of any kind change medias mid life and produce something that wouldn’t be considered the norm. The same can be held true for D.B. Morris and his debut rock album “Past/Present”. David Burton Morris, the name he directs under, is an acclaimed film director and writer of both television and film and has taken the transition from one medium to another to a whole new level with the creation of “Past/Present”.

D.B. Morris was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent most of his adolescent and teenage years in the streets of St. Paul, where his gritty and grimy teenage years influenced his artistic vision and drive in both music and cinema. Winning multiple awards for his cinematic vision behind the scenes, he shot up through the ranks of Hollywood’s “Who’s Who”, his television work garnering twenty five nominations, including seven Emmy nominations and a DGA award. His first commercially released film, ‘Purple Haze’, won the Grand Prize at Sundance. His follow up, ‘Patti Rocks’, won the Coup De Couer at the Deauville International Film Festival, Critic’s Week at the Venice International Film Festival, and was also nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.

D.B.’s recording style is unconventional in the sense that he didn''t use a proper recording studio. Transforming his carriage house/ office into a Mac based makeshift studio, he created an album that not only speaks his language, but also speaks to himself and the people that know him.

His low, smoke filled voice just oozes through the speakers and hits you square in the nuts, and follows with an uppercut to the jaw when his screaming electric or acoustic guitar fills the air. With help from a few friends, Charlie Pett, Mike Nayman, Andrew DeLisi and Jim Marazzo, and with the influences of Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, he transforms your audio system to a temple of rock worship where you would be a fool to disobey the gods.

In a song like “Pole Driver” which, at its core, is about forcing one’s self on a woman for the simple act of getting off, makes you feel evil and exhilarated in the same moment. His “Bad Grammar” and “Made in the USA” tracks speak to both the old and new rhythms of life. His fast, almost rap like lyrics cruise over the track in a somewhat comical way, but the message is clear “They’re all talkin’ bad grammar; Thinkin’ that’ll set ‘em free; But they’re all wasting their breath; As far as I can see.”

With such angry lyrics, it’s a surprise to find ballads such as “Busted and Broken” and “Don’t You Cry” on the same album. This holds true to the title of the album “Past/Present”. He has both sides of his life in a balance. This evil, twisted, and angry side that meshes and blends beautifully with the sweet and simplistic side of the man. Both sides of the album make it attractive to either sex. Though not many women can relate to “Pole Driver”, it can be assumed that at times we all have wanted to force ourselves onto anything just to feel some sort of exhilaration.

Then there are songs like “Endangered Species” and “Billy in the Lowlands”. With upbeat tracks and smooth, strong lyrics, he creates a comfortable setting for you to view your own execution. As it is throughout the album, the lyrics are for the most place dark and violent, and the guitar riffs and beats challenge you to take as much noise violence as you can before submitting.

He’s powerful and dangerous, and proves it in his tracks such as “Big Dog” and “West Coast”. Here, he explores and exploits the magic and funk a harmonica can bring to any song. And with a surgeon’s precision, he dissects his way into your top play list with instant gratification and admiration. His ear for the perfect rock tone is on display, and one would be a fool to deny him entry into your aural senses.

If you’re looking for a love-induced album about the wonders of the world and a perfect life of boy meeting girl, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for an album that will make you beg for mercy, yet want more, this is the album for your tastes. The instrumental and vocal balance is powerful throughout, and brings to the table a new and distinct style of rock and roll. So put on your nut cup and make sure your mom’s not listening, because this album is guaranteed to rock your socks off.


Hi again,

I was listening to Past and Present again today. And again I really enjoyed it. Busted and Broken and Hurt so Bad are both so moving. They are really honest and gut turning songs. A whole record of that would be just too much too take, in that they are so strong they just leave you wanting something a little ''lighter'', so that''s where the other songs balance it out well. I really enjoyed West Coast, Billy in the Lowlands, Don''t you Cry, and Endangered Species.

I hope you''re proud of that record. If I had made that record, I''d be proud of it.


Hi David,

so much for sending
us your record. My measure
of whether I really
like a record
is if I can put it on when I''m cleaning
the house
or doing
other thing around
the house,
and it radiates
a good energy
into the
and makes
me feel good. And your record
that. Some
have started off trying to sing
like Dylan
or Jagger,
and have come
up with their own unique
sound (the list is endless,
but Mark
Tom Petty, T Bone
Burnett come to mind right away);
and that is
what you have done. Of course,
the Dylan
and Jagger
are all over
the place,
but there is definitely
a David Burton
vibe that comes
and that is another
of good music. You should
be proud
of it; I
don''t think of it as a vanity project (especially
I''ve spent a lot
of time doing similar
I think of it as a different art form.
Just because
you probably
won''t make
any money
from it doesn''t mean
it isn''t
art. And you have clearly
put a lot of your soul into it, because
a good ''soul'' feeling,
if you know what I mean.
I like a bunch
of the songs;
I''m more partial
to the slower
you let your vulnerable
side show more on those songs,
and that side of you
is very endearing
is a lot of fun; sort
of like your version
of Queen''s
long song, or Stairway
to Heaven:
rock opera;
it moves
a lot in an interesting
way. I like WHAT''CHA GONNA DO
for the same
lots of interesting
stuff. POLE DRIVER has a very nice groove and is fun to bop along to.
is like a really
good Stones
ballad. I like all of those. But there are two
that really
grab me: HURT SO BAD
and my favorite BUSTED AND BROKEN;
both have
a ton of feeling
(love that line
about a ''ton of emotional
in Hurt so bad); they also both remind
me, in feel, of one of my favorite
of all time, which is the Pat Garrett Dylan
that record has a
and deep feel to it, and those two songs have a very
feel. To me, HURT SO BAD and
are as
good as anything
has done in recent years,
and that is praise
I like all of Dylan''s
last three records;
I suppose
in feel they fit
most with the TIME OUT OF MIND
they have
that sweet
feel to them. Anyway,
I really
like both of those songs. Could
you e-mail
me the lyrics
I can''t quite get all the
words (my rock and roll hearing),
and I''d love to sing that song myself.
You have captured
the DB Morris
feel very well on this record, I think,
and that is really
cool. I hope you feel good about it.
a great Christmas,
and say hi to Victoria for me.


Jeez, man,

I almost tossed that thing. I''m in the media
btz so I get a lot of crap and I was, who is DB Morris?
Then I figured it out and listened to it right away.
David, I have to tell you, it gave me such
heart. I love the thought of you up there in Minnesota
still singing and writing and recording and just generally
making art.

And I love the pissed off grungy dirty rock sound of so much of it - and the
thought that your angry fire is completely
undimmed. Like I said, it gave me heart. Especially in these grim fucking
times with a government that makes Nixon look like Gandhi.
But the song that knocked me out was the sixth one (l think), the ballad
where you talk about saying everything''s ok and you hope your friends
will see through it and "christ, they don''t even ask." That sent a shiver up
my spine - and sends it up again as I type this.

I immediately came home and tried to play it for Kathy and her friends who were at the house, but they were talking and I took it off because I wanted them to really listen. Then we had a party and the thing got lost in a
stack and l just found it again. So it''s on my desk, and I''m going
to listen to it some more, but I wanted to write to you now when I have
the chance - because the way my life goes, l''ll be deep in some
deadline soon and I might forget.

Anyway, thanks, David. You and Vicky are the only people from "Hollywood" that I ever really became friends with, and hearing this makes me think that it made sense then and makes sense now.

Love to Vicky too. And rock on!

ps. I''m still playing too, still getting better, and my band is due
here in about an hour.

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