Memory Project

Please help me remember!

Since just before I turned 50 I’ve been working on a memoir about those first 50 years. Exercising those particular brain muscles and remembering is a fascinating endeavor. It’s fraught, though — my memory is very imperfect and very spotty. It’s like peaks poking up above the clouds. I’d like to remember more of what’s in the fog.

So, as strange a request as this may be, would you tell me something about me…? I’m neither looking for praise nor criticism, though either is welcome. I just want memories, stories, even just fragments or mental pictures. Whether it’s a sentence or a 10-page reminiscence or anything in between, written or as an MP3, any format.

Stories specifically about me are welcome, but reminiscences where I’m just a tangential figure but you remember I was there are just as welcome. Of particular interest would be your best effort to recall the date, as closely as possible, related to your memory(s) — even if it’s just the year.

If it’s something as simple as “I remember seeing you on a stage at a protest in Pittsburgh sometime in 2009, and I couldn’t hear your guitar,” or “I think we talked about politics around a campfire in Utah sometime in the Nineties,” this kind of thing would be great. But the more detail the better, even if the details don’t involve me. “I remember seeing you on May 1st, 2002 in Copenhagen” followed by a description of what was going on around you that day would be wonderful. If you’re more comfortable expressing yourself in a language other than English, feel free.

If you don’t mind being public, use the comment field below. If you’d rather be private for any reason, or if you have attachments to send me, please email me at david@davidrovics.com.

I'm a singer, songwriter, podcaster and blogger based in Portland, Oregon.

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8 comments on “Memory Project
  1. kelly green says:

    Hi David, cool idea.
    I remember meeting you in Toronto,2004.
    You came and entertained at the International Citizens Inqyiry into 9/11. I did all the bookings and organized the video documentation. Thanks for coming out, and for all your work and play everywhere.

  2. Joakim Karlsson says:

    I remember the antiNATO rallies in Östersund and Åre in summer of 2005.
    A big protest was held at Åre, basically a ski resort, that had now turned into a leftist camp. Somewhat surreal settings with lots of red and black flags with ski lifts and slopes as a backdrop.

    Me and the group I was traveling with was blown away by your performance, honestly. My girlfriend at the time cried at They’re Building a Wall, secretly so did I.
    Although this was before Spotify and Facebook I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of this guy before.
    I also remember the round of applause and praise that followed when you finished.

    Later that summer there was an auction held by the political group I was involved in, and a burnt CD with your songs sold for like 50 dollars.

  3. Martin Hunter says:

    Hi David,

    I’ve been following your work for almost 20 years, since the lead up to the war in Afghanistan. Love what you do, hope you keep finding ways of doing that.

    Here’s a short telling of key moments over time when I either heard you, heard about you, saw you in concert and/or met you in person.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MQJ98rmBcmpJoEeuMrE6rKPdsNxqHRZQ/view

    “I’m not above you, I’m not below you –
    I’ve got your back, you’ve got my back.” – Wampanoag greeting

    Martin Hunter
    Somerville, MA

  4. Rolf Ebbesen says:

    Hi David,
    I remember you visiting our Boarding School in SKALs near Viborg, Denmark in 2011. We were working on a Nordplus project: SKALs Global Climate Statement. We had hired you in for a concert for our students, and a song writing workshop the day after. You slept at our school. You and your strong commitment to the political scene made a strong impression on me and our students!
    Great to see you back in DK this April!
    All the best and Meery Christmas from Denmark 😉

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