TESTIMONIALES

Ale, my dear...Please excuse my being late returning your call... I have asked Poor Albert to download your music for me to hear as I have had difficulty accessing it from my laptop... I send you my love & I thank you for your patience...DC.

8/1/2005 7:45:08 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...once again you have me somewhat confused... I thought you were going to email Poor Albert with your questions in Portugese so we could translate it...I hope what I'm going to say will answer you some way...Suprisingly, I record very early in the day...sometimes 7am... ( in ealrier times I would only record after midnight, for some bizarre reason )... Before that I do 20 minutes of vocal exercises to open my chest, sinus & throat & prepare my vocal cords for the forthcoming onslaught...( if it's a hard rocker...)...The exercises also help create my tone... I have room temp bottled water...& a cup of warm Yorkshire tea nearby... ( extreme temperatures are not good for the cords )...The water to stay hydrated, the tea...well... because I'm British & I like it...I work with my friend & assistant of many years, Michael McIntyre, who also acts as my producer & Pro-Tools engineer...Normally I will sing the complete song 6 times... then I either move on to another song, or I bugger off & let Mikey compile what he feels is the best performance... Some time later I will review it, & if necessary change anything I don't care for...or... I will sing it again with a different approach if I feel it would help the song breathe better... ( one of the bonuses of writing your own songs is that you know what you want from yourself in the performance...)... But, I am always respectful to Mikey's opinion...& if he asks me to try it differently I will... I usually have MUCHO fun singing...much more now than in earlier days...then it was bloody hard work!... ( I usually made it that way myself )...I dig deep emotionally...& reach for notes that only dogs can hear if the song needs it...I hope this answers your questions in some way...Cheers & Good Luck!!!...David C.

4/23/2006 4:54:38PM
"David Coverdale"

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ALE...You did a terrific job with the song... I'm delighted you're having fun with the bonus tracks on the early CD reissues... that was the whole point of making the backing tracks to some of the songs available to you guys... "SONGALONGAWHITESNAKE!!!"...Let the Choirs Begin!!!...YEAH, BABY!!!

12/11/2006 5:11:35 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...I have always regarded my voice as an instrument & approached different songs tonally... I love singing soft...& I love singing hard...( screaming? )...& I love singing mid range... It depends on what I’m feeling for the particular song...I have never been one for being the best... ( how can I be when there singers like Pavarotti?...Otis??? )...I can only DO my best... I also never compare myself now to other times in my life...as it simply isn't relevent to me... I subscribe to the expression 'it is what it is'...For instance on the new song 'If You Want Me'... I took most of the bottom end out of my vocal on the mix to distort it more than usual...why?... because I just felt that it was how I felt the song should sound...'distressed'...Some may disagree... that is not my problem...I can only do my best at any given time...sometimes it’s enough for some...& sometimes it ain’t... Recently, I was making a lot of interviews & I was asked repeatedly how I compare this chapter of WS to others... I said that’s easy...I don’t!...It is what it is...comparisons are unnecessary for me...Just do your best... then you can look at yourself in the mirror when you shave!...Twirls...”Tieing In The Rain!!!...Luv, DC

12/11/2006 5:07:09 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...Please...go ahead & record your arrangement... I'm sure it will be wonderful...I wish you every success & I look forward to hearing your interpretation of it... I am very busy in my life, my friend...

11/3/2005 11:15:41 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...I started preparing sometime ago, with vocal exercises, steam, swimming under water to improve lung capacity, cardio, etc... & last week we took out our rather excellent full band rehearsal recordings on Pro Tools that I sing to to start the muscle memory kicking in & to remind my vocal cords they are in for a good thrashing...We start rehearsals proper in early May in LA... We’re all excited to get back together & lick some Snake arse...

4/28/2009 7:02:10 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... Funny you should ask... I was watching several video takes of me singing ‘Stay With Me Baby’ a few days ago... The song & the theme just promote the effort, to be honest... & I’ve totally loved & adored the original by Lorraine Ellison. I’m off to the surprisingly well stocked Coverdale Bar for some refreshing beverages... See you there!!!... Love & LIGHT... DC

8/7/2012 5:56:11 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Oh, better be quick about wishing ALE & Chums a great gig & launch of their new album... I haven’t received it yet, but, I know it will be worth the wait...

6/8/2007 1:53:34 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...Nathan introduced me to vocal exercises that I still use to this day, tho’ I enjoy working on my own to suit the styles of singing I utilise... No, we never actually practised WS ongs during our sessions, just scales & animal noises!... The exercises have proved & continue to prove invaluable.

2/9/2010 10:50:12 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... Not sure your translator is working... Ritchie & I wrote ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ & the band were not not ‘warm’ to it when we played it to them... So, Ritchie & I made a demo to show them how we were hearing it... That helped ‘sell’ the song to them... Of course, everyone contributed to the final song as only they can... It was somewhat of a departure from the usual Purple approach, but, Ritchie was open to takingthe identity of Purple further... & I wholeheartedly supported that... There are only so many laurels one can rest their collective arses on, for so long... Change has always been necessary for me to inspire new, fresh approaches, exploring the same elements, but, reassessing, redecorating, repainting..& with that... tis the gym, por moi, before my fab hairdresser stops by with her ever so sharp instruments of follicle torture ( WTF???)... So, I bed The All a fine &fulfilling day, Boys & Girls... I’m off to Chamber Of Cardio!... XX... ps... Crikey... ´tis a novel!!!

4/10/2012 9:14:40 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... Of course... Stonehenge & Avebury are beautiful to visit... I honor & treasure my country... Not all of it’s history, of course, but, we all have skeletons in the closet ( us more than most, perhaps... )... But, I love being a Yorkshireman..

5/11/2012 12:45:42 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...You have to work with what you have in a band... The early Snakes had a strong, organic blend with Bernie, Micky & myself... then Mel Galley & I achieved a good two part harmony, as did John Sykes & I... The 87 touring band were my ‘Drunken Sailors’, so, I had to bring in session singers for the albums... Timothy & Reb are really strong singers, & are supported in the lower registers by Doug & Uriah to make the biggest ‘choir’ we’ve had, so far...When we do ‘Lay Down Your Love’ in concert, it gives me chills to hear them...

12/11/2009 9:54:20 AM
"David Coverdale"

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ALE...I have enough trouble singing in bloody English, Mate!... I'm actually listening to tango, as I type...& I love Carlos Gardel... If I was blessed with a facility for such an exotic language as Spanish, perhaps I would chance it!... I never have a fixed plan for the sonic approach until I start mixing... then I utilise whatever I feel enhances the overall effect...& with that... I'm off to retrieve my credit cards from Jaz...Please excuse me, Gang...Luv, dC.

8/13/2007 3:02:10 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... Ahh... one of the simply questions again!... We usually rehearse in LA... in the San Fernando Valley at a place we´ve used for many years... Decades, in fact... It´s well out of the way, so, we can get on with the job at hand without too much distraction... We use a large enough room to use an amost full backilne of equipment... which, thanks to in-ears monitors, doesn´t become too loud to be uncomfortable... I sing into a front of house mixing desk, as we rarely use stage monitors any more... so, it´s just voice & whatever ´complimentary´ sounds my guy can add to my in-ear mix... Nothing ususal, Ale... pretty much the same for most bands

5/15/2012 11:46:35 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...After I has sinus surgery in 1986, I was very fortunate to work with a vocal coach to help me re-build my voice, slowly, but, surely... His name is Nathan Lam...at that time he was the premier Kantor at the Stephen S Weiss Temple in LA... I still use the exercises today...

"David Coverdale"

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Ale... I’ve always been involved, Ale... It’s impossible for me not to... Everyone brought something to the party... & I feel I have learned something, on some level, from everyone I have ever been involved with... I must say it gives me the greatest pleasure in working with Doug & Mikey in the studio... We’re all on the same page... The ol’ Los Bros Brutalos are a blessing & most welcome in my life.

"David Coverdale"

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Ale... Yes... Yerba Mate... Love it... You mean I should read this book before a show?... Ha Ha!!

5/21/2012 4:26:28 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... We were jamming on the groove... & it manifested, as things do when you jam... We also didn´t have enough original songs to fill an album!!!... We were given 10 days to record & mix the entire ´Trouble´ record.

2/29/2012 11:22:09 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...When you rehearse, it is important you NOT blow your voice by overdoing it... You’re singing to an empty room, usually, & the kind of monitor systems rehearsal facilities provide are less than perfect, so, we take our own digital monitor system & our in-ear monitors, which is far more pleasing... The important thing is to build ‘stamina’...meaning, get your voice strong & prepared for the forthcoming tour... It is like any other aspect of ‘work-out’... try to do your warm up exercises before you start thrashing your poor ol’ vocal cords...Also, it makes sense to do the exercise AFTER you’ve been singing... ( that’s a bugger for me, as I’m usually out of the rehearsal room quick as a flash & back to the bar at the hotel! )... That’s right, Lads & Lassies...I do not like rehearsing... To be honest, in recent years I have been doing much more preparation at home before I even leave for LA... Michael Mac sets up the Domestic Bliss Studios downstairs & I sing along to ‘backing tracks’ from other songs to start building up stamina...We have been using this process about a month before the start of rehearsals... & it works well for me.

12/29/2009 1:56:43 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...Birchy was a great mate & a great engineer... I loved working with him... Not sure what your second question is...but, a most important element in sonic architecture is ‘balance’... the ability to hear everything comfortably... For too many years I would mix my voice too low in overall picture to make sure it sounded like a ‘band’... I regret some of those decision now...but, there you go... it is what it is...& with that... it was back to the gym for this boy...Ciao

12/29/2009 9:42:34 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...Abbey Road was a blast...obviously, I’m a huge Beatles fan & there were certain places in the studio complex that have not been changed... I love every minute I was there... Jimmy & I & a Canadian artist, Hugh Syme, with whom I’d worked on the 87 & Slip covers.

11/29/2009 9:02:20 AM
"David Coverdale"

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ALE...Originally mid 50's & early 60's British & American singers...( whom I still enjoy )... I have no idea why I was drawn to certain vocalists & their stylings as I was so young...( perhaps my Angels were moving me in a certain direction )...It was when I tried to emulate the great Soul & Blues singers...& Rock singers like Little Richard & Elvis...&, Boys & Girls...I have been told I'm late for an appointment...Must dash!!!...luv, DC...ps...can you say MR!!!

11/10/2005 9:55:14 AM
"David Coverdale"

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ALE...Not so much when I am home...I like to give my cords a break...But, everyday when I am on tour... My speaking voice drops almost an octave after I have been working for about a week... then I turn into Barry-WHITEsnake!!!

11/7/2005 3:27:41 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... I am waiting for Poor Al to deliver your CD to me & I would be only too happy to contribute to the liner notes on your album ...so...please RELAX!...I wish You & Yours a grand ol’ weekend...Be safe...be happy...&...don’t let anybody make You afraid...Love & LIGHT...DC

"David Coverdale"

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Ale...No...I don’t miss anything from the 70’s, or the 80’s...or, indeed, the 90’s...I am happy to be where I am, at this very moment...& hopefully, I will feel the same tomorrow... Ian Paice asked to join the band... it was a dream opportunity, as Paicey is one of my favourite drummers of all time... & I felt then, as I do now, that it was the actual ‘beginning’ of the band... the start of the sonic identity I was hoping for... The veritable icing on the WS cake... The original drummer, Mr Dowle, did a wonderful job, but, both of us felt that WS wasn’t the best style of music for his very considerable talent to shine... I am still very grateful for the time I had to play alongside him... A nice man & a very fine musician.

12/28/2009 2:07:51 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... When we were writing songs for the CTTB album, Tommy Bolin introduced me to some of the music for what became the song ´Lady Luck´... I loved the idea & grabbed it by the short & curlies & proceeded to finish it off... It was after the album was finished & I was putting the writing credits together for the artwork & the publishers & Tommy saw Bolin /Coverdale on it & said Oh... that´s not my song!!!... After picking my jaw off the floor he told me the music he´d played me was written by a friend of his called Jeff Cook, whom I´d never met... So, we were all a bit shocked, but, we wanted the song on the album, & Jeff was most agreeable, so, on it went... Funny, thinking back on it... When I was with Purple we were surrounded with ´big guy´ security, so, I rarely met any fans, unfortunately... so, when I started Whitesnake, we were initially playing smaller venues & I invited people to come back stage after the show to do my ´homework´ & to finally ´meet´ my audience & find out what they liked & what they didn´t like... As we became more successful, the backstage antics became crazier & crazier & took too long for us to get out of the gigs... so, the crew couldn´t pack the gear up for hours after the show... so, we had to stop that... but, I learned invaluable lessons from the experience that I still use today.

2/28/2012 9:41:23 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...Yes...as I have said on numerous occasions I swear by meditation... For me it is the ultimate practical accessory to my life & for my Spirituality...Blessings on a daily basis...to stop that... but, I learned invaluable lessons from the experience that I still use today.

6/25/2009 1:04:12 PM
"David Coverdale"

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Happy B-Day, Ale!... Have a great day...& then Christmas!...Not too

12/23/2009 9:24:11 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale... Thank you!... We recorded it in a small chapel at Tittenhurst Park... formerly the home of John Lennon & at the time we recorded there, it was Ringo’s house... It was during the ‘Come & Get It’ sessions & it originally featured only Jon Lord & myself... Some of the band felt it should be a ‘band’ version & I never felt it that way... so, it was left until we reviewed it on the ‘Slide It In’ sessions... I think we included it as a bonus track on the cassette version... Later on, my producer, Keith Olsen, said we should use it & added more instrumentation, but, I always preferred the very original with the dusty ol’ chapel organ... both of us wheezing our way thro’... Jon, of course, plays it beautifully...

12/23/2009 9:24:11 AM
"David Coverdale"

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Ale...as always, our timing is never the best!!!... I LOVED recording at Tittenhurst Park...It was, as you know, the former home of John Lennon... & where he recorded much of his solo material...particularly the 'Imagine' album...In fact, if you see the video's from that record you will see a lot of the house & it's extraordinary gardens... 80 landscaped acres!!!...Ringo Starr actually owned the house when I worked there on 'Come & Get It'... I had a modest 'run in' with Ringo's son, Zak, when he was a very young teen...I was rudely woken up... after a VERY, VERY late, indulgent night...to the irritating, angry BUZZ of a small motorcycle outside my window... I climbed out on the window sill...stark, bollock naked...& screamed bloody murder at him... telling him to knock it off, in no uncertain terms...He was roaring around the garden...ripping up the lawn... & that was a little too much for me...( altho' I think my being woken up was a trifle more disturbing, I must selfishly report )...I am delighted to say he complied immediately...We met later & connected very well... He was a nice kid, simply looking for attention...& man, did he turn into a great drummer... He now plays drums for the Who...YEAH, BABY!!!... My other immediate memory I can share is that my suite of rooms were the bedrooms John & Yoko shared when they lived there... In fact the reading light switches on each side of the bed still had their names on...Rather special, I thought, being a HUGE Lennon fan...As you can imagine...( ahem )...there were many memorable episodes from that experience... some I recalled in the 'Early Years' notes, to be found somewhere on this very site...& some I wouldn't dare repeat here!!!... I hope that will suffice for the time, Ale...& I wish you well, as always...DC.

12/21/2005 9:04:44 AM
"David Coverdale"

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