Shortly before he died of brain cancer on Oct. 2, Presbyterian singer/songwriter david m. bailey recorded five new songs for what was to be his 22nd album.
Some friends of david's — led by the Rev. Bob Langston, pastor of Onondaga Hill (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church — are seeking to produce a memorial CD "to keep david's legacy alive and to help out Leslie, Cameron and Kelcey (david's wife and children) at the same time."
The planned 14-track disc will include david’s five last songs. Proceeds from sales of the CD will be put in and education fund for the kids.
"I'm excited about the possibilities that even in the midst of our painful loss, there is still…and indeed, always will be hope," Langston wrote in an email to friends, "and even joy that many others can learn from david and love his music and message … and above all … 'the time!'" — a reference to one of david's better-known lyrics.
Those interested in helping "produce" the CD may send contributions payable to Onondaga Hill Presbyterian Church 4797 Makyes Rd., Syracuse, NY 13215. The memo line should read: "dmb memorial CD." All gifts are tax-deductible.
Though production won't begin until enough contributions are received, Langson said he hopes the disc will be released by the end of January 2011.