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Kirkpatrick is My Name Love Grows Naturally
Our Love is Headed South Raise the Roof

Library Songs

Carnegie, East Liberty From Haydn to Hip Hop
The Music Library Blues


Kirkpatrick is My Name

Words and Music by David Michael King ©2009

I have always been strangely fascinated by our Kirkpatrick family motto, “I Mak Siccar (I’ll make sure).” It is attributed to our most famous ancestor, Roger Kirkpatrick, who fought alongside Robert the Bruce. In 1306, Bruce met his rival, Red John Comyn, in a church in Dumfries, Scotland. The two men argued, pulled swords, and Comyn was injured. As Bruce fled the church, he told Roger Kirkpatrick that he did not believe he had killed Comyn. Legend has it that Kirkpatrick replied, “I Mak Siccar (I’ll Make Sure),” and went back into the church to finish off Comyn. I use “I Mak Siccar,” and the story surrounding it, as the starting point for this family history of my great-great-grandparents, Austin and Sarah Kirkpatrick.

David (guitar and vocals). Additional vocals by the Kirkpatrick Family Singers (aka Kathy, Kent, Haven, Joshua and Emily King-Nobles). Recorded September 2009 in Decatur, IL.

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Love Grows Naturally

Words and music by David M. King (c)2008

I wrote this for the wedding of two good friends who moved to the Wisconsin woods to get back to nature.

Appears on Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, Vol. IV.

pgh songwriters Vol. IV

David (guitar and vocals)–Joyce Von Vreckin (vocals)–Gil Bigenho, Jr. (violin)–Keith Swan (bass)–John Pruszynski (drums)–Recorded at Wilkin Audio

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Our Love is Headed South

Words and music by David M. King (c)2007

The story of a truck driver who lost his sense of direction.

Appears on Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle 2007.

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David (guitar and vocals)–Gil Bigenho, Jr. (violin)–Carlos Pena (bass)–Tim Williams (drums)–Recorded at Wilkin Audio

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Raise the Roof

Words and music by David M. King (c)2008

Written for the first annual “Sleep in for the Homeless” (2008), held on the steps of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building. The event was organized by Community Human Services Corp. We have since performed the song at the 2009 and 2010 Sleep-Ins.

David (guitar and vocals)–Gil Bigenho, Jr. (violin and vocals)–Keith Swan (bass)–Recorded at Wilkin Audio

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Library Songs


Carnegie, East Liberty

To the tune of “Lida Rose” by Meredith Willson

New words by David Michael King ©2010

When the East Liberty branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh reopened after renovations, a local barbershop quartet, Tones of Fun, offered to sing at the celebration. I was asked to write new words to a song in their repertoire, “Lida Rose” from “The Music Man.” Tones of Fun first performed this parody at a champagne luncheon, and then the next day at the public opening of the library. The video was filmed in front of the library at the public opening (August 28, 2010).

Tones of Fun Pittsburgh, PA August 28, 2010

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From Haydn to Hip Hop: Music at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Written and directed by David M. King

It’s not a song, but it does have a lot of music in it. I made this video as a, hopefully, funny and informative introduction to the Music Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Narrated by Jim Cunningham of WQED radio, it includes cameos by a number of Pittsburgh musicians: Daphne Alderson, Gil Bigenho, Jr., Mike Bolam, Douglas Levine, Michael Lipman, Tom Wagner, Raquel Winnica and Lenny Young.

Premiered February 13, 2009


The Music Library Blues

To the tune of “Hoochie Coochie Man,” by Muddy Waters.

New words by David Michael King ©2006

This parody of a music librarian’s troubles won the Blues Song Contest at the 2006 Music Library Association Annual Meeting in Memphis. In a parody, you can get more laughs by using the specialized vocabulary of your audience, but you may leave outsiders scratching their heads. In case you’re scratching your head, a “BWV” is catalog number for the music of Bach, “truncation” is a way to find alternate endings in a catalog, “RILM” is a database for music scholarship and an “OPAC” is a library’s Online Public Access Catalog.

Performed by Michelle Hammond and the MLA Big Band.

Memphis, TN February 2006

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Mount Washington September 2009

  1. Great website – looking forward to the CD!

    Comment by Jim — December 13, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
  2. Great songs Dave!

    Comment by Brad — January 7, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

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