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Written and performed by Pennsylvania-based, multi-instrumentalist David Bradford, “Elemental Evolution” is a track that any rock fan will be delighted to add to their collection. Not only does it have the driving beat and insistent guitar riffs that demand you dance round your living room (or tap your feet if you are on a train or anywhere else where dancing isn’t quite the done thing), it also tells a story that is worth a listen if you like your rock music inspirational too.

The origins of the song are a little spooky. David told me, “The song came about as though it was from outside of myself and just needed someone with a hand to write it down”. I’d just recently come across Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, including her theory that ideas are floating around the world looking for someone to take care of them. Perhaps David’s experience that kind of moment. As he shared, “In the twilight hours of one particular night, I awoke suddenly. The first line of the song, ‘Insomniacs reaching for the stars’, shoved its way to the forefront of my mind and the rest followed”.

David explained a bit more about his writing process and the inspiration for the lyrics:

“It was the fastest I had ever written a song. It was around the time that travel to Mars was a big story in the news and I guess, subconsciously, the thought of how we’ve treated this planet – and each other – and imagined what it would be like if we really did move humans to a new planet. Would we continue our trend or would we change for the better, treat each other better, not be violent – basically, a utopian existence?”

“Elemental Evolution” was released early in January 2016 and is the title track of David’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for sometime in the spring. David sets out the concept for the album:

“I started dreaming up this story of our civilization being able to achieve peace and start over again, and the concept of the album was born. Without giving too much away, it is a story based on events in my life and examines what really matters in life and asks, ‘What can we do to truly achieve peace and evolve into a better civilization of human beings?’ The lyrics go deep, but also appeals to the casual listener.”

As well as being a talented musician, David is a noteworthy artist who has created artwork for his single and album. He describes it as “an extension of the music, of myself, and the stories within the songs. The same goes for videos I create, which are abstract in nature, as I have an affinity for surrealism.”

David’s influence comes from many bands, but he describes Coheed and Cambia as his one true muse. I am sure that David has a lot more to say, creatively, through his music and his art. I feel privileged to have heard the stories of struggle from his early years in the music business. The insight he has gained, for himself and those who take this journey with him, is powerful.

Want to find out more about David? Here are the all-important links
You can download a free copy of Elemental Evolution here.
Check out the David Bradford Website.
Give David a like on Facebook.
Follow David on Twitter.
View his videos on YouTube.
And support his art by purchasing from his store.

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