Often pondered is the question ‘what is success’… is it defined by being the latest ‘thing’ on the cover of a magazine, a top 20 hit, the balance of your bank account? Or is it feeling truly happy and fulfilled at the end of a long day, knowing that what you do makes a difference to those around you. As life carries us forward we realize that success and happiness go hand in hand – doing what you love and loving what you do. That is exactly what Welsh born singer, songwriter Dave Cheetham does, writing from his own life experiences and proving that we can all do small things with great love. Never underestimate the power of good energy for it carries with it the ability to light up the world.
Where are you writing this:
In my kitchen. My favourite room in the house. My favourite room in any house (and at any party).
Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours…
I live in a sleepy corner of North Wales by the sea and under the shadow of the mountains, with my partner, girlfriend, lover and guardian angel Tracey. We jostle for space with our three teenage children, who are revelling in the irresponsible privilege of youth.
The kids are great really, they put up with me strumming and warbling away all day long. They just turn up the TV and carry on. Seems like they don’t even notice the noise any more.
My family have been amazingly supportive about my songwriting. Without their encouragement I wouldn’t have posted any of my songs on YouTube or eventually started recording them and releasing them on iTunes.
When I nervously announced I’d written a few songs, I expected them to laugh or roll their eyes in embarrassment. But they had quite the opposite reaction. Todays generation of young people are so much more accepting and positive than they were when I was a kid. It’s the age of user generated content so they are used to it, in fact they expect it.