about "Shake it up"
In anticipation of his forthcoming EP "Under The Bushel 20" (a commemoration of his 1998 album "Under The Bushel") David gathered the talents of multi-octave vocalist Sabrina Clery, hip-hop cultural ambassador Toni Blackman and his Soulfolk Experience partner V. Jeffrey Smith on horns to collaborate on his new release, "Shake It Up".
He describes "Shake It Up" as "a romantic protest song", saying that he wished to write something that would address the current historical moment, but not get caught up in the shrill shouting evident everywhere, both on social media and the traditional media. What better than love to address these turbulent times?
Once that decision was made the song wrote itself. "It doesn't have the acoustic guitar as the central rhythmic element, as many of my songs do. The beat and the bass drove this one, not out of any conscious decision but out of a deeper need to dance to something right now, cuz we need it. The lyric always had an ambiguous turn that allowed me to speak to both a love relationship and wider issues as well."
"Shake It Up" is available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.