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A CD Baby favorite, David M. Bailey presents this 2-CD anthology of the best of his work from the past 8 years. Writing from his life experiences of having overcome a terminal condition, the spirit of determination and hope is at the root of his songs. His insight into life weaves through his lines, buoying his messages upon his vocals. And his voice- tattered and strained on the surface and yet extending deeper beneath a heart of knowing and believing- carries a unique, wistful warmth. This is some of the best adult male folk pop you will find within and beyond our little indie world.
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david is a walking songwriting singing miracle. After being told he had a brain tumor and would be dead in several months, he quit his corporate career and returned to his love of music. ...That was an 8 years ago.

He spent those years recording 9 albums of original material in support of what has become a full-time nationwide touring schedule (39 states and counting). He's won numerous songwriting awards (including the prestigious Kerrville NewFolk) and his story has been featured on national TV (48 hours, 60 Minutes).

Hope, the Anthology, is a triumphant compilation of his most inspiring and uplifting songs from his current recordings. This 2-disc set also features 4 new songs, including "Life Goes On!" This project is a melodic masterpiece of endurance and grace, showcasing the very best of what it means to keep on keeping on.
His grandfather was Scottish, his grandmother English, his father a Presbyterian missionary who ended up in Beirut, Lebanon. David grew up there, but when the civil war broke out, he continued his studies in Germany. At n early age he learned to play classical guitar, in college he formed an acoustic duet and tried out his music on the streets. Later on he moved to America where, at a moment of his life, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Now he lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia. This all has made that the singer-composer is what he is today, a driven folksinger who brings messages of love, hope of peace and happiness throughout his songs. The diagnosis of his illness made that he focused on his Music and started to write with passion. In the following 12 years he brought out around 18 albums, gave concerts and participated to conferences and seminars. His story made the newspapers and radio, which did not prevent David from continuing his way as he thought
was best. He set a goal for himself to –beside his family- let the music prime in his life. This still leaves him enough time to try and change the world as an activist, or, as a “prophet with guitar”. All this comes out through his new CD of 17 songs, in which different themes are evoked in an accusing, sad and reflective way. Remarkable is the longing for safety, a home, guardian angels along the road. Violins, harmonica, piano, orchestral accompaniment, Eddie Dickerson’s violin and especially his own acoustic guitar give this mist of melancholy to the songs. Thus float ‘Summer Lullaby’, ‘I Am Looking’ and ‘The Letter’ as lonely clouds through the atmosphere of feelings. Sometimes his voice reminds of those of Ralph McTell!
calling the desolate of the ‘Streets of London’. In ‘Miracle In Manhattan’, evoking the time after 9/11, is it as if Bruce Springsteen himself wanders through the streets. All songs are wrapped up in beautiful arrangements, in which David honours the principal ‘Less is More’ , a title which he gives also to one of his songs. Others are more joyful, like ‘You Come Home’ and ‘If I Tell You’. ‘The Recruit’ is clearly turned against the war.
David doesn’t lack inspiration. Fed by his life impulse and driven by the notion that ‘bread feeds the body, but flowers feed the soul’, as is written in the Koran.
Because David is also a religious poet, who believes in a God and in a future as long as he will keep following his music and his dreams. Marcie"
Marcie - Dutch Music Review on Home CD (Oct 17, 2008)
What would you do if, in the prime of your life, you were diagnosed with terminal brain cancer? Probably very few of us would have the serenity, courage, and willfulness to utilize our remaining time committed to efforts at improving the world. Tilting at windmills, or seeking especially to reach the hearts but also the minds of others, would generally not rank high on the list of what to accomplish before life's end. david m. bailey is face-to-face with such a medical prognosis and he has chosen to re-commit himself to his music and heartfelt messages, with the release of "Love the Time."
A collection of 13 introspective songs offering quiet, sensitive, sometimes mantra-like lyrics, bailey never climbs on a soapbox and lectures. His message is, as expected, life is precious. He advocates that life's focus should be on drawing the most from the simple things--family, faith, friends, nature, love, and those often singular precious moments always occurring around us that we miss because we're either focusing elsewhere or not focusing at all.
In the title song, bailey says:
"Way beyond the now, into the not yet, it's easier to wonder than it is to forget
If hope knows no boundaries, and faith no borderline, we can only learn to love the time..."
"I'm Thankful," with bailey accompanying himself on guitar, is a simple offer of gratitude. He sings:
"...I'm thankful for the way my son reaches for my fingers
I'm thankful for my daughter's smile too, I'm thankful for the time that brought us all together
but most of all I'm thankful for you."
Combining social commentary with a beseechingly humble plea in the hymn-like "Pray for Peace," he offers:
"...In the school hall, another needle passed, In the back seat, she says 'you move too fast'
On the highway, the road begins to blur, At the funeral, nobody comforts her...
...On the TV, another scandal learned, In the front yeard, another cross is burned
On the weekend, he gets the kids again, At the front door, the child wonders when..."
His first chorus implores:
"Pray for Jerusalem, the turn your hearts to the west and to the east
Pray for the faith of your foe, Then bow your heads and pray for peace..."
He substitutes 'America' for 'Jerusalem' and 'lost' for 'foe' in the second chorus.
On "Most to Give," he eloquently presents the missive of an universal homogeneity of those in pain, wherever they may be:
"...And night after night I keep trying to understand this life I live
I keep coming back to the same old track, Those who suffer most have the most to give...
There's a heart that's bleeding in the heartland, and another that is broken in the east
Somewhere far across the ocean , there's a heart just searching for peace...
Prisoners of Hope, Love's last refugees
If we cannot suffer together, Then our pain don't mean a thing..."

His last track, "Rome," is a gentle tale advising the listener to keep on patching the daily cracks that appear in the mortar binding our hopes and wishes together. He takes us through three acquaintances who are worn down from hitting the proverbial brick wall in their personal quests and advises all to keep on "cause Rome wasn't built in a day". He closes with:
"...I suppose I should practice what I preach, But patience has never been my way
It's not the same thing as an empire, But your dreams should be rebuilt every day."

Most cuts are simply acoustic guitar and vocals, but bailey does mix in keyboards, drums, bass, and a wee bit of electric guitar through his backup players. His voice is ample--strong when need be, but also gentle in the more peaceful cuts. This is a delicate benediction that provides thought-provoking music---grist for the mill for those so inclined. A man of the Christian faith, his writing embraces a spiritual transcendence and can also be enjoyed on a straight musical level.
Kevin Mcarthy - celtic-folk On Love the Time CD (Jan 17, 1999)
David M. Bailey has produced a wonderfully thoughtful and sensitive piece of work here. The majority of the songs are just him with his guitar (and he's a fantastic guitar player, I might add) along with a few nicely placed harmonies. It's a beautiful construction, really. Technically, it's produced very well. He has a warm and rich voice that reminds me of a somewhat happier Gordon Lightfoot and the production enhances that - gives it the space it needs to shine. The lyrics of these songs are worth listening to. Worth learning, in fact. Much of it cleverly philosophizes but in the quiet way of a man who's lived an interesting life and would like to tell you something about it. No preaching here. His latest CD is called One More Day (his web page is
Jodi Krangle - Muses Muse - One More Day CD (Dec 17, 1999)
The process of writing a song can be a soul satisfying, sometimes cathartic experience. For David Bailey, however, that is something of an understatement. David wrote the lyrics to his song, "No Time For Tears" while sitting in his car, minutes after he was diagnosed with brain cancer and informed that he had just months to live.
"We've got time for making music time for making love Time to think about all the things you're dreaming of Time for mending fences with friends both far and near But baby, this time around we got no time for tears"
Such devastating news could easily paralyze one emotionally, but to David this realization of his own mortality was a clarion call to take control of his life and his art, and capitalize on the time he still had. David quit his job as a computer analyst and rediscovered the music that had sustained him during his college years. He became a whirling dervish of a songwriter, writing dozens of songs, most of which carried his simple but resonant message: Value your time. Live each day to its limit. He took his music on the road with his musical partner, Doug Ebert, and their duo, "Not by Chance", quickly became a full time venture taking them from coast to coast performing at folk festivals, churches and cancer treatment centers.
It has been three years since David's diagnosis, and while he still lives with the daily specter of the diseases potential return, he has been enjoying relatively good health and, ironically, feels that his life has never been more complete. He remains a remarkably prolific writer and his constant creative output has yielded 5 CD's in this short time.
David says that the sense of urgency that drove him early on has diminished a bit and has given way to a new dynamic. From being "the guy with brain cancer who writes songs about it", David has emerged as simply a songwriter. While many of his newer tunes are still imbued with the same message of his earlier songs, David has been focusing on more general literary aspects of song craft rather than having his songs just serve as a vehicle for a single minded theme. His more recent work definitely bears this out.
"One More Day", David's newest album, is his most sophisticated effort yet. The songs come alive with believable characters, varied and interesting themes and melodies, and the production is gorgeous. David's classically influenced guitar style and gentle, sincere voice take a central place in his arrangements with electric guitar, drums, keyboards and violin tastefully incorporated into the mix creating a radio friendly, even danceable soundscape. Production credits go to Donny Holcomb of Sacred Ground Studios, where David has recorded all of his work.
David Bailey is an unassuming, modest man, but to many he is something of a hero. He stands as an inspiration to hundreds of cancer victims and others who find themselves burdened by the inertia of a crippling disease. He corresponds with many cancer patients around the country and continues to perform solo at cancer clinics nationwide. He has been profiled by CBS's 48 Hours, honored with a Spirit Foundation Award, featured at the Kerrville Folk Festival and personally complimented by Jordan's Queen Noor. He has been hailed as a "wonderful songwriter' by Peter Yarrow and has a distribution deal with ISG Records.
David will continue to do outreach work for cancer patients, but he is also on a mission to share his music with the rest of the world. With five CD's and over 500 performances logged, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of fine original songs, David has definitely earned the title of journeyman and now is at the mercy of the fickle winds of the music industry. Treat yourself to his new CD. You just might feel a whole lot better after you hear it. You can purchase David's music and get his itinerary at www.notbychance.com.
Peter Mealy - Fredricksburg's Front porch on One More Day CD (Jun 17, 1999)
The process of writing a song can be a soul satisfying, sometimes cathartic experience. For David Bailey, however, that is something of an understatement. David wrote the lyrics to his song, "No Time For Tears" while sitting in his car, minutes after he was diagnosed with brain cancer and informed that he had just months to live.
"We've got time for making music time for making love Time to think about all the things you're dreaming of Time for mending fences with friends both far and near But baby, this time around we got no time for tears"
Such devastating news could easily paralyze one emotionally, but to David this realization of his own mortality was a clarion call to take control of his life and his art, and capitalize on the time he still had. David quit his job as a computer analyst and rediscovered the music that had sustained him during his college years. He became a whirling dervish of a songwriter, writing dozens of songs, most of which carried his simple but resonant message: Value your time. Live each day to its limit. He took his music on the road with his musical partner, Doug Ebert, and their duo, "Not by Chance", quickly became a full time venture taking them from coast to coast performing at folk festivals, churches and cancer treatment centers.
It has been three years since David's diagnosis, and while he still lives with the daily specter of the diseases potential return, he has been enjoying relatively good health and, ironically, feels that his life has never been more complete. He remains a remarkably prolific writer and his constant creative output has yielded 5 CD's in this short time.
David says that the sense of urgency that drove him early on has diminished a bit and has given way to a new dynamic. From being "the guy with brain cancer who writes songs about it", David has emerged as simply a songwriter. While many of his newer tunes are still imbued with the same message of his earlier songs, David has been focusing on more general literary aspects of song craft rather than having his songs just serve as a vehicle for a single minded theme. His more recent work definitely bears this out.
"One More Day", David's newest album, is his most sophisticated effort yet. The songs come alive with believable characters, varied and interesting themes and melodies, and the production is gorgeous. David's classically influenced guitar style and gentle, sincere voice take a central place in his arrangements with electric guitar, drums, keyboards and violin tastefully incorporated into the mix creating a radio friendly, even danceable soundscape. Production credits go to Donny Holcomb of Sacred Ground Studios, where David has recorded all of his work.
David Bailey is an unassuming, modest man, but to many he is something of a hero. He stands as an inspiration to hundreds of cancer victims and others who find themselves burdened by the inertia of a crippling disease. He corresponds with many cancer patients around the country and continues to perform solo at cancer clinics nationwide. He has been profiled by CBS's 48 Hours, honored with a Spirit Foundation Award, featured at the Kerrville Folk Festival and personally complimented by Jordan's Queen Noor. He has been hailed as a "wonderful songwriter' by Peter Yarrow and has a distribution deal with ISG Records.
David will continue to do outreach work for cancer patients, but he is also on a mission to share his music with the rest of the world. With five CD's and over 500 performances logged, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of fine original songs, David has definitely earned the title of journeyman and now is at the mercy of the fickle winds of the music industry. Treat yourself to his new CD. You just might feel a whole lot better after you hear it. You can purchase David's music and get his itinerary at www.notbychance.com.
Richard Duckett - Worcester Telegram on Ltt CD (Jun 8, 2000)
In an era of vast filters, when I hear a song like 'It Took So Long', I
just wanna jump for joy. The voice and the guitars are bare-assed. Nothing
between the raw sounds and what you hear. Nothing. Makes it a respected,
natural tune you're proud to play out on the back porch without fear of
noise pollution. In fact, your neighbors may thank you for it.

'Another Song' pops us into another mind frame, one of Island wishes and
dreams of improbabilities. 'but by the time I do half the things I want to
/ I'll have another list that's twice as long'. I know what he means. Only
I never hear fun percussion like this while I'm dreaming.

And 'Most To Give' takes us back to the intensely gentle side of a man who
reminds me more of James Taylor than folk. It's agreeable, expressive,
accessible, and I'm grateful for the listen.
Ben Ohmart - the Musiczone on Ltt CD (May 17, 2001)
A CD Baby favorite, David M. Bailey presents this 2-CD anthology of the best of his work from the past 8 years. Writing from his life experiences of having overcome a terminal condition, the spirit of determination and hope is at the root of his songs. His insight into life weaves through his lines, buoying his messages upon his vocals. And his voice- tattered and strained on the surface and yet extending deeper beneath a heart of knowing and believing- carries a unique, wistful warmth. This is some of the best adult male folk pop you will find within and beyond our little indie world.
CD Baby on hope (Sep 23, 2002)
With a voice like hot buttered rum, Bailey once again delivers a folk album worthy of any prime collection. The album really should be packaged with a flannel blanket for aiding those inevitable goosebumps and to underscore the pervasive snuggly, thoughtful, warm, buzzing vibe his songs emote. With the melodic grace and ease of James Taylor and the modern, guy-next-door approach of David Wilcox, it's clear that Bailey is inseparable from his songs- that there is just as much of him in his songs as there is songs within him.
Tamara Turner - CD Baby on Silent Conversation CD (Oct 17, 2006)
david m bailey is a singer/songwriter with a spiritual core that runs throughout his music. Since being diagnosed with a brain tumor, david has discovered the subtle irony of the simultaneous fragility and strength of life. He takes this lesson and turns it into a gift that he shares with anyone who will take a moment to hear. If you are a person at the top of your game, you meet a companion who knows how much work and how many dreams it took you to get there. If you are one who is dealing with a time when your “heart gets rearranged,” you meet a friend who offers words of courage, insight and hope.

In his new album, Lost and Found, david bailey presents the wisdom that comes with time while maintaining the vision that comes after life gets turned upside down. As always, david is prophetic and pastoral without being preachy or assuming. The songs are about life’s journey. Our trek to find what is lost sometimes leads us to something fresh, like the values of friendship, the beauty of a new day and the secret of life found in caring for people around us. Lost and Found includes some classic bailey themes: time, dreams and gratitude. It also tackles more challenging subjects like reawakening love, exposing prejudice, and church politics (which are not unlike other institutional politics). The melodies dovetail into the lyrics in a way that seem effortless and natural. david’s music stirs the soul, his words make us think, his humor makes us smile and his message helps us not miss the gift of each new day. david, thank you.
Susan Goins-Eplee - UVA Cancer Ctr on Lost & Found CD (Oct 17, 2003)
This Virginia singer/songwriter offers up 15 spiritually-tinged tunes on this, his 6th recording. The disc starts off with the engaging "Lost & Found" in which Bailey suggests "First you must believe, then you'll understand, Like a dream that's waiting in the lost & found." Bailey is spiritual yet not preachy throughout this disc. He simply suggests through his storytelling, and the result is a rich, deep soundscape of wonderful tales. The disc follows through familiar singer/songwriter territory; very calm, contemplative, pleasing and never over-the-top or even, if you will, loud. Elements of pop, rock and folk permeate the sound. Bailey sings the following on "Thank You", a fine, simple ballad "Thank you for all that you have given, Because of what you've given I am here." Nicely put.

It's obvious in listening, that Bailey is so very comfortable. Comfortable with what he can do on a record, with some fine guitar playing, writing and a soothing voice. One real fine Dave Matthew's type song is "Love Again" which has a positive beat accompanying "Remember how you felt when you knew it was alive." This being Bailey's 6th recording, I find myself curious as to the style and direction of his previous releases, one having been a live album. That's the great thing about enjoying a writer, and then discovering their other works. His press notes encourage listeners "to recognize glimpses of God in the ordinary moments of our lives." I can't think of a better time than now to enjoy Mr. Bailey's fine album. Congratulations sir.
Elliot Popkin - Muse's Muse - Lost & Found CD (Feb 21, 2002)
Not enough stars to give.
author: Margaret Moloney
David Bailey's songs came to me at crucial time in my life. This CD along with his Silent Conversation CD really spoke to the state of my heart when I needed it most. Particularly touching songs from this CD for me: Flip Side, Anyway, Anymore, It's OK, Nothing, Great Place. I'm glad that I came across this because "things" could have gone differently for me without this perspective at this particular time. The lyrics left me humbled, awestruck, peaceful and refreshed. His voice and music are the perfect delivery for the message. There are not enough stars to rate this CD. I appreciate this CD very much.

amazing--- as a cancer patient david brings hope and a renewed strength with hi
author: Patti Pasda
Everyone should play David in their lives hope does indeed connect us and david's music is the link the connection to heaven here on earth thank you David

Wise & relaxing; I want to hear a lot
author: randy9115
Coffee w/ the angels seems very wise & relaxing, I love it. I don't like drums, exept marching drums. I'd like for David M. Bailey to visit near Flint, MI, & play & sing, as soon as he can.

One of the best yet, awesome
author: Barbara
This is one of the best...a footprint has been made on my heart.

Lyrics speak of an authentic faith walk.
author: Julie Wegryn
I found that this CD resonated with my own experience. It is uplifting and yet profound. David is speaking out of his own experience....so very well.

Uplifting
author: Sri
This music is like magic medicine. I love it.

Fantastic!
author: Cathy
The music is wonderful and the songs touch my heart. Thank you!!!

"I See The Light!!"
author: DAWN
"I Am Proud of you,David...Just the right music that I Enjoy.Makes me Feel Fine!!I simply adore "Only Place To Start"Warm..Tender.Great Message...The other song that I Love is "Keep On Walking"very cooool song...Upbeat..Makes Me want to get up and Dance!!..Peace."

author: Nancy Thomas
I've ordered 4 of David Bailey's CD's because I love them and have ordered several more to give as gifts; he brings to life a peaceful tranquility and compassion which is wonderful!

author: Nancy Thomas
I've ordered 4 of David Bailey's CD's because I love them and have ordered several more to give as gifts; he brings to life a peaceful tranquility and compassion which is wonderful!

author: Bobby
I really enjoy this CD. The more you listen to it the more you like it.

Gentle, but insistent; evocative without being maudlin; Bailey nails Life.
author: Andrew Stevenson
Coffee With The Angels is a long-lasting collection of songs from the heart -- the artist's heart, to be sure, but also God's heart. The words and music work together in every song. The thoughts expressed should resonate with anyone facing their own mortality, the loss of a loved one, and the bittersweet essence of Life. Be prepared to weep, smile, and love all the more!

great songwriting
author: Jeffery
if you like powerful songwriting that moves you and makes you think, this is a must have. with writing like pierce pettis or michael jarrett this guy offers a spirtual view without being trite. check it out.

Inside the Rain made me cry with joy of acceptance of self. It is beautiful lyr
author: Kathy
The entire CD rings with downhome love and hope. The artistry in producing this CD was fine. The lyrics superb and of course David's soothing voice very welcome in my life.

Great acoustic cd! Great lyrics and music. Highly recommend it.
author: Deborah C issna
This is a great acoustic cd. It has great lyrics as well as music and ministers peace and hope to my spirit. A refreshing cd.

some of the best lyrics ever written!!!!!!!! love this CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
author: Paulette Lawrence
well, I've expressed this before, but.......this is truly some of the best music I have ever heard...I experience a sense of peace when listening to this CD!!! Everyone should have a copy of this....it is SO inspiring, especially for those who are suffering (and aren't we all!????) LOVE IT!!!

ALLELUIA.....Praise The Lord
author: Dawn
I Love Listening To Your Precious music...."Your voice,your being..sooooo..Breath Taking Beautiful!".I could listen to this all day and all night..I feel very fine when I listen..Peace Be With You,David..

author: kimberly Rusnack
I have several of Davis's CD's and love them all. I can't explain how touched I am by his music. Not to mention, an EXCELLENT song writer. When I am feeling low, I pop in one of the CD's, and I am reminded of what life is REALLY about. I dont know how many times I have listened to this CD already. It is in my car just playing over and over. I love the Christmas song and the girl who passed that is now playing on the rainbow between blue and yellow. Excellent song writing. David is truly an asset to society making major contributions.

I have several of your CD's. This is my favorite.
author: Bette Damron
I grew up in the 60's so anything that resembles folk music is high on my list. My 28 year old son died suddenly in his sleep last month. He was a musician (acoustic and bass guitar), and before I even know he was gone, the song Good to Have a Friend kept running through my mind, so I had it played as a tribute and message to his many friends that had gathered for the prayer service at the funeral home. Thank you David for your songs from the heart---I'll be at your April Rocky River concert. Would love to hear it in person.

I have several of your CD's. This is my favorite.
author: Bette Damron
I grew up in the 60's so anything that resembles folk music is high on my list. My 28 year old son died suddenly in his sleep last month. He was a musician (acoustic and bass guitar), and before I even know he was gone, the song Good to Have a Friend kept running through my mind, so I had it played as a tribute and message to his many friends that had gathered for the prayer service at the funeral home. Thank you David for your songs from the heart---I'll be at your April Rocky River concert. Would love to hear it in person.

Wonderful cd with great lyrics!
author: Denise
We love this cd and bought 9 to share!

Hooked on Hope!
author: Florence Schweitzer
Thank you CD Baby for the prompt delivery of my copies of david's "Coffee With Angels"! I just can't get enough of his music! I'm spreading the wealth for Christmas... multiple family members will be adding to their dmb collections as they listen to these awesome tunes well into the new year! Thanks, david, for the inspiration to "live hope" while "loving the time"!

Can't stop listening to his music!
author: Stephanie
Saw David M. Baily in concert in Topeka, Kansas and picked up both his Live and Coffee with Angels CDs. Just had to share them with others and found Coffee with Angels as a good way to introduce him to friends and family (X-mas gifts). His music is so personal, fun and just great music!

Awesome
author: Barbara Kleinrock
The CD is awesome. I love the way you tell the story of your life and experiences.

A real gem - I hear the angels!
author: Peter Kessler
It's great music in many ways. Wonderful, healing lyrics, yet stirring and pleasing at the same time. And the songs all have a meaning - what a happy contrast to today's pop song culture. Tucson stands out.

"Keep On Singing and Sharing your thoughts. We love it
author: Patricia Falcone
We love Keep on Walking. My mom is fighting breast cancer for the third time, she loves the cd, I love the cd it pertains to everything in life not just a disease. My fourteen year old daughter is constantly playing keep on walking

view of life through your lyrics really hits home, especially the coffee songs,t
author: Denny Herkal
My mom loved the CD
author: Deana Hewston
My mom was very pleased with the CD. Of course she is David Bailey's number one fan! Anyway, she loved it, especially the Tucson song, because that is where she grew up and my sisters and I were born. Great CD. Keep up the good work!

Nothing better than a cup of coffee in the early morning
author: AG
I get the impression that David enjoys coffee. Imagine coffee with the Angels. The first morning I had the CD's I sat on the sofa with my fiance drinking coffee and just listened to this music. It was a wonderful day...no rush, no hurry, no deadlines to meet...just the simple pleasure of reflecting on life.

david bailey's new cd Coffee
author: Ed Mori
This is the 1st time I have heard david with a full band for an entire cd & it rocks. He mixes up the styles well & the words. What can I say about the words except they are fantastic. To david, the words matter and that comes through on each song.

Giving Up On Nothing!
author: Matthew Fullerton
david's music takes much more of a spiritual influence than his past cd's. Always rich with the influence of talented "back-up artists," amongst the 18 songs on coffee…, he is accompanied by 8 back-up vocalists, 4 guitar players, and 3 bass players, even a bagpiper! With all of these performers, some of david's intricate string work seems to get lost. For some this will be a reasonable trade-off, compensated by the rich influence of the accompanying artists. A diverse artist, bailey hams it up in his witty Java Junkie--an anthem to his / society's obsession with coffee. Even tea toddlers will enjoy this comical chord. And you will absolutely flip over the bagpipes in Great Peace. Inside the Rain, aptly titled will bring tears to your eyes. Don't scramble to your liner notes, the wonderful back-up singer on Anyway, may sound like Aretha Franklin, but trust me it is not. Unlike earlier cd's, there is no preaching to doctors to be found, which makes coffee... more mainstreamed for the general listener who will enjoy the wisdom to be found in the gentle reminders bailey's music provides. A few examples: "A Moment is Forever, If You Choose To Carry On;" "Keep On Walking, We're Only Here For a Short While;" "Giving Up On Nothing;" "God Can Use You Anyway;" "Everybody Needs a Second Chance;" "It's Good to Have a Friend; & "Great Peace." bailey's message is certain to the touch the listener's soul, much like talking with an old friend-a friend with a rich, weathered, baritone spirit. This cd will not gather much dust in your collection. Hallelujah!

A fantastic collection of new spiritual and fun songs!
author: Terry Lederer
This CD is truly awesome and my favorite of David's to date! I love the range of styles. Coffee With The Angels is inspiring and uplifting (in true Bailey fashion), and you'll find yourself smiling, singing along and tapping your toes to these new wonderful, spiritual songs. A must have for any music collection!

His best yet!
author: John McAllistor
WOW! david's albums just keep getting better! His newest release (#7) is truly a masterpiece, delivering 18 killer tunes that go from folk to gospel to pop to grunge. His use of 2 producers really gives the collection depth and breadth and definite freshness -- old and new fans will be delighted -- I was! Way to go david!
multiple quotes - - Coffee with the Angels CD (Oct 17, 2001)