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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11 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 😉

  5. Orin Blomberg says:

    Hi David,

    I first saw you perform on Labor Day weekend playing at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City at the remembrance of Joe Hill’s execution. I instantly loved your music, and of course “I’m a Better Anarchist than You” made me laugh out loud. I followed you on Twitter that day from the park and tweeted about your great performance. You liked the tweet as you were talking to the Wizard of Sugar House sitting on his throne near the stage in all his regalia.

    After I returned home, I joined your CSA and have been able to see you at house concerts (FW Marilyn in Tacoma) with Gary Kantor, and I even had the chance to meet up with you two before the concert. I still remember when I told you my son Kyle was smitten with Lovissa Samuelsson (Joe Hill’s great grand niece who played the concert in SLC) you merely replied “Duh.”

    I am lucky to have been able to see your concerts in Olympia, Seattle, and even a recording session in Corbett. Even more, I am very fortunate to have had the chance to stop and visit you in Portland as I am coming or going to see my uncle in Eugene. I still love the fact that he, a 70-year old curmudgeon logger, is walking around Eugene in one of your “Better Anarchist” sweatshirts.

    I continue to belong to the CSA, listen to your podcasts, and generally try to follow what you are up to (not on FB so it is hard sometimes) because I find your music not only musically great, but the lyrics are a much-needed take on modern issues and historical events that more of us working class need to know about.

    In Solidarity,

    FW Blomberg

  6. elizabeth says:

    David, I want to write more but for now…my favorite memory of you is when you & dear Brad Will played (I think) “Love on the barricades”, Miami FTAA meetings, Nov. 2003. then we raged it at the witches & anarchists masquerade ball!! it was a magical & most memorable evening!! so much gratitude for all you do.

  7. Lawrence Jones says:

    It’s a recent memory, but one that will stay with me a long time. I found a song you wrote about the Eureaka Stockade,having spent my first five years there, it’s a song that has deep meaning to me. I couldn’t find written versions of the song until you gave it to me. They’re in my songbook now.

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