Wednesday, I had a chance to sneak into the Ice House for a quick
peek on a legendary event. I was only able to stay for one song
(dang over-commitment habit), but I saw enough to be in awe of
event was a benefit concert for one of Bethlehem’s most amazing
musicians and great human being; Dave Fry. Lots of folks from
the arts community were there – almost just about everyone. I
saw so many familiar faces, and a ton of folks I know were there
because of their love of the man of the night. You see, Dave Fry
needs help. He’s got some ridiculous medical bills and some of
his closest friends decided it was time to help the guy who helps
was an incredible evening of love. The music was great. Dave’s
stories were funny (even new). And we got to hear some amazing
music from John Gorka, David Bromberg, Ansel Barnum and Dave.
I was collecting thoughts for this post, just reading Dave’s Facebook
Page is like a great big hug; not gushy, over the top narcissism.
Dave works his butt off, plays his heart out, and never has a
bad word to say about anyone. He gives his all no matter if he’s
playing to a crowd of grown ups, or hundreds of kids in a school
you’ve seen a school assembly, you know how hard it can be to
keep 200+ grade schoolers engaged. You want to know tough audiences?
Kids can be brutal. But never with Dave. Why? Because he loves
them. He knows they love his music.
kids know he loves them, too. It’s pretty obvious just by watching
them dance to his music. I’m proud to say we have both of his
kids’ CDs, “I Like Peanut Butter” (1998) and “Shake It” (2001).
True story; for my kids’ 4th birthday, we hired Dave to play a
little concert at the Lehigh University Child Care. I just couldn’t
take another hour at Chuck E Cheese (Can you say Dante’s Inferno?).
It was so cool to have the kids wiggling around, dancing, singing,
being silly (*gratuitous historical image at the bottom of post).
When it was over, we packed up and went to our favorite pizza
parlor. Singing Dave’s
songs all the way to our hot and cheesy pie.
do I burden the reader with a tale of family? Because Dave became
part of ours at that birthday party. My kids now go to Holy Infancy
School, just down the street from Godfrey Daniels. Dave goes to
this school often. We might even hear some stuff from the school
on his next album – which, BTW, was funded by Linney Fowler before
she died. How cool is it that she saw enough community good in
Dave’s work, that she helped him cover the studio recording and
production costs. Putting together an album of music is a leap
of faith. Linney had faith in Dave Fry. And I have faith that
this community will come through for Dave, too.
health is “doing fine,” (his words) but there’s still those nagging
medical bills. If you have a little bit to give, here’s how you
can help out the guy who is nothing but pure joy in this community.
Here is how you can make a still make a donation.
your check (payable to Dave Fry) to Godfrey’s address, 7 E Fourth
St, Bethlehem 18015. Or
If you have a PayPal account, send contributions directly to Dave’s
PayPal account, via his email address DaveFryMusic@juno.com.
you need a little motivation to pull out your wallet, or check
your bank account, enjoy this video of John Gorka’s song (see
above this article) , composed just for the occasion.
Historical Image March 21, 2007
photo by S White
here for Dave Fry his website