Love your music - Oh it makes me so happy - so much life & passion - Thank you.
-Marina E.

Soothing and relaxing yet intriguing as well. Very nice! "Butterflies" is my favorite so far.
-Doug R.

As I was listening to your musical poetry I could feel myself drifting off to another certainly have a gift of awakening ones senses and transcending them to another place and time.....I love it and can't wait to hear more. Please let me know when you are playing next. I'm actually looking forward to my commute home tonight.....
-Karen L.

Your music soothes the soul!
-Juliana & Alan B.

It's quite good, very nice tone poems if I can say that, blending well varied techniques and color and figures ... I think you'd have enjoyed hanging around the piano with Debussy too! going over ideas.
-Rocky N.

I have enjoyed listening to your pieces, and especially like your neo-impressionist leanings. There is a reassuring calmness about your music.
-Durwynne H.

We put it on Sunday morning, and it was so pleasant to wake up to... gentle, cascading...
-Dick K.

Thanks for the link to pineshadow.  I liked the site and spend some time listening to Dave's samples.  I ordered his first album and have been listening to it when driving home from work.  The Steinway on this recording has a bright, brilliant tone which really has a penetrating quality that carries a bell like clarity.  My favorite is the 3rd piece, Field of Flowers, it has an emotional tone and overall structure I can best relate to. The description on the album back cover says it all: Evocative contemporary classical music, vivid and thoughtful, romantic with impressionistic textures. Evocative and impressionistic are the descriptions I would certainly use. Please communicate my kudos to David for sharing his vision.
-Michael K.

As I sit here working away I'm absorbed into your wonderful music. What a magnificent talent you have. Your CD photos really captured your essence.
- Ileana D.

Perfect to listen to and feel inspired by, while working.
-Mercy G.

I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed your very beautiful compositions as well as the very beautiful piano playing. Playing a musical instrument at such a high level is quite a gift. To be able to compose such beautiful music in addition is quite awesome.
-Marlene & Ike B.

The music is beautiful.
-Mary T.

I think this CD is absolutely fabulous. What a talent!
-- Susan Hall, pianist

Just wanted to let you know that I've re-discovered your piano cd "Expressions"; my husband and I thoroughly enjoy listening to it. You probably don't remember me, but I thought it was important to let you know that your music is a wonderful and joyous contribution to the world.
-Gina C.

Your music is awesome, remarkable, out of this world. God bless you Piano Man.
-- Miguel A. C., Cadiz, Spain


Reviews of Sierra Passage (Released 2008 on CD, released 1986 on tape cassette)

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"This dramatic music evokes a lot of imagery in the listener. Some of the best original music I have heard in quite a while. I will be playing it often on the show. The composition and instrumentation are excellent and the mixing and production also are top quality. Great program guide, very impressive."
--Ben Kettlewell, WOMR radio producer

"Pianist Erskine really works the keyboard, calling on nearly every note lurking there for his portrait of the mountains he loves. His impressive technique raises this tape miles above the pretty city-piano of Windham Hill, scaling the heights with rope and pitons and no safety net. This is athletic edge-of-endurance music for solo grand piano from someone who obviously loves challenges."
--Electronic Musician magazine March 1987


I'm so excited, I love the Sierra Passage. I just opened it up, got it out of the mail, oh my gosh it's awesome! Bravo bravo bravo, we've got to get together to celebrate this beautiful work of art. It's incredible. ..... Congratulations on that beautiful body of work that you've done. Oh my gosh, that's just amazing, absolutely amazing.
-Kristi C.


I stayed in tonight from Tango dancing, wanting to just relax, and listened instead to your piano creations as I read your poems and examined your sketches.  Having been in the Sierras many times myself, I was brought back to those experiences via your sounds, sights, and words.

I especially enjoyed the music and the words for “Sequoia Cathedral” – I’ve seen those trees, and you well captured their awesome significance, both in size and age.  The triumphal passages in “The Summit” were great, evoking that great feeling of physically being on top of such grandeur while beholding the amazing landscapes stretching below in all directions.

Sierra Passage is a great piece of work!  I was impressed with your creative expression in so many mediums – they blended together to create a deep experience.
-Jeff K.


We are in awe of this beautiful and very moving tribute you have created to the magnificent Sierras. Your poetry was very descriptive and moving and your drawings are great-- not exactly Renour but perfect with your poems. We read and enjoyed the poems and your descriptions of the music before we played the CD so it was much more meaningful. You constantly amaze us Dave. You always seem to be such a normal person, but with such extra ordinary gifts and talent. Your tribute to theSierras touched us very deeply.
-- Marlene and Ike B.


Before responding, I have listened to the album many times to familiarize myself with the pieces.  My favorite is the first one; its got such a dramatic feeling!   I can appreciate and relate to that energy, and as always, your playing is excellent!  The poems and drawings add a real personal view of what it is you see in beauty.
-Michael K.


I am very glad to have this new version of the drawings, poems and of course the CD. I played it that very night that it came in the mail. I've been enjoying looking again at your drawings. In some ways they are very familiar, from an older copy I had of the Sierra Passage. But the print in this new booklet seems sharper, and anyway due to my efforts at artistic expression in recent years I seem to have more appreciation for the details you convey so well in your pictures. I really love the one of the foothills, it captures their look so accurately. And for some reason, the cross-country skiing one also really strikes me, how rich you've managed to make it, without it being over-worked.
-Amy D.


I really enjoyed your concert the other night.  You play so beautifully, and I loved the way you introduced each piece.  There were a couple of pieces where it sounded like you were strumming a harp; I loved it!

What I tried to tell you in the email that didn't go through, was how much I enjoyed listening to Sierra Passage.  What a great package!  It was a cloudy day when I listened to the cd.  While the music was playing, I was reading the poem for each piece and looking at the accompanying illustration.  It all fit together so perfectly.  I felt as if I could hear the words of the poem coming through the music.  It was so beautiful.  And I loved it so much, that I repeated the process a few minutes after I finished playing the cd the first time. Thank you for your music, words, and art!  You are a man of many talents!
 -Rosemarie D. 3/27/10


Reviews of Janus - Herald and Introspection, for Trumpet and Piano

(Available at 5/14/10)

I just love the trumpet and piano combination and your compositions and arrangements...well, you've got something grand and special in creativity....

-- Connie T


I listened to your tracks while I was in Japan and again when I got back today. It is a rare privilege to hear such wonderful music and to know the composer / artist. I played it for some friends today and they were also thrilled. I think the Janus track in particular evokes an emotion of pastoral calm that truly engages. And it is impossible to believe that you are self taught!!!

--Robert E.


I listened to it this morning.  It's beautiful! your step-brother is really good!  It really should be on a cd.  You and Rick sound great together!

--Rosemarie D.
Oakland, California

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For some reason, and I can't explain why, I was randomly searching iTunes. Then I found you. I decided to click on your name, and listen to Expressions. I was suddenly intrigued with the beauty of it, and purchased your album a couple of weeks ago. I sit here now listening to it, like I do every night before I go to sleep, staring into space with some sort of wonderment. I love Field Of Flowers, the true beauty of this piece, and others is quite astounding.
I hope you keep making music like this, it is dazzling.

-Tom B., Age 16, Sufflolk, England