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David Franklin Uplifts with New Soundscapes on PASSINGS, featuring Michael Manring on Bass and Owl Licks on Guitar

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Oakland, CA (Feb. 18, 2022)

When the world brings us to our knees, and words are hard to find, the creation of music is there for those fortunate enough to know how to create it. Multi-instrumentalist composer, David Franklin, is a fully self-taught artist who embraces musical expression as a way to navigate life. He guides others in this holistic pursuit as a licensed MFT and psychotherapist practicing in and around Oakland, California. Today, he releases his newest CD, Passings, a 15-song collection of soundscapes composed and performed on acoustic guitar and piano. The album also features his son Alex Franklin (aka Owl Licks) and the renowned fretless bass master, Michael Manring.

Franklin shares, “These are 15 songs written about the many transitions and endings which have happened in my life over the past few years: the death of both my parents, my children leaving home, changes related to the pandemic, and other profound endings which I won’t mention here.  These soundscapes have given me a sense of peace somehow and my hope is that they may offer something to others…”

Surprisingly light and uplifting, Passings is on point for fans of Franklin’s previous albums and will appeal to new fans who follow pianists Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnolds or innovative guitarists like Will Ackerman and Michael Hedges. A review in Ello notes, “The sonic range of the album is evidenced by ‘A Musical Essay’ (1:32), an experimental episode in the very different territory while keeping the overall smooth mood, played on a programmable, hand-cranked music box; the track ‘Carousel’ (3:47) is a joyful dream between Manring’s ethereal bass and Franklin’s guitar strings. The song takes a moment then heads out whirling, soon followed by ‘Laughing in Whispers’ (3:05), a solo piano number, lilting dancing flickering that builds, ‘Another Perspective’ (4:39) takes us back into a high-velocity duet, two guitars, with fancy picking and power chords, featuring son Alex (aka the artist Owl Licks) on guitar.”

The first track on the album, “I’ll Never Hear My Father’s Stories Again” is especially poignant, composed following the death of Franklin’s father in 2021. “In this song, I’m just noting the temporary nature of our existence, and honoring the briefness of the connections we have in our lifetimes,” he says. The track was released as a single on January 28, 2022.

A lifelong musician, Franklin has spent more than 45 years exploring musical genres and experimenting in sound, evolving as a musician through rock, folk-pop, avant-garde, and ultimately to contemplative and instrumental music. Franklin believes that music is one of humanity’s most powerful tools for healing.

Far from melancholy, Passings is a vibrant expression of these challenging years, a strong follow-up to Franklin’s ZMR Top 10-charting albums Songs of Potential Embrace (2017) and Dancing with Shadows (2015).

Passings is Franklin’s 10th album, mixed and mastered by Warren Kahn at Banquet Studios in Medford, Oregon.  It is available on February 18th for streaming worldwide and as a physical CD on Bandcamp and Amazon. Pre-order is available at

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash 

Stacey Nabutse
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