Big D and the Old Dogs recently released a new song titled 'Old Dogs, New Tricks'
We had the pleasure of speaking with David Walenga "Big D" founding member of The Sixth Generation band, drummer and singer. Now 68 Big D, a member of the Michigan Rock and Rolll Legend hall of fame, has a new band and original song just released called "Old Dogs New Tricks".
Here's what David had to say:
Hey David! Can you tell us a bit about your new song 'Old Dogs, New Tricks' and the writing style behind it?
Hello! I’m excited you love the song – just been out a few days and young and old are loving the song. Side note I was doing a remote interview on a UK station and the DJ’ said I loved the music and so did the two fellows sitting next to me? To my surprise it was one of the founding members of Freddie and the Dreamers and the Hollies!!! OMG and they gave me a thumbs up
Being a drummer my style of song writing is different but it works for me. I’m always write down the one line thoughts that come to me and I’m constantly listen to music. There comes a time that one line becomes a hook or verse - match it to a rhythm, beat and I’ve got the start of a song. Having a talented co-writer who puts the meat on the bones and friends to fill in the rest is a lot of fun.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
They say to write what you know about and I’m an old Dog! So Old Dogs was born out of the line “I’m 400 dog years no longer nip or bark”!! The song is written from the old dog’s perspective. Definition of an old dog: Not bound by age, gender or style of music liked - if you think you’re an Old Dog then you are!! The song is a fun loving look at life that should put a smile on your face and a tap into your toes “Sleeping in the shade don’t chase cars no-mo”!!
What are thee things you would love your fans to know about you?
1. I am laser focused, hardworking and very serious about song writing, playing the drums and singing. However if I’m doing my job correctly “Big D” on stage hopefully make it look easy and the fact is I’m having a fantastic time.
2. Love the history of rock music and its roots. I listen to a wide variety of music from the 1940’s to present day. However I’m grounded in the great music of my youth, 1960’s.
3. Appreciate and value this opportunity to make music. Not many can say they have been making music since the 60’s. I appreciate our loyal fan base. Many have been with us since the 60’s and are still rocking today. To my mom and dad for believing in me musically, purchasing my first drum set. Last but not least my Jr and Sr High and college music teachers for their patience and knowledge. Keep the music alive in our schools.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Not in the near future remember I’m 400 dog years old. Today you will find me writing more songs and getting ready to go back into the studio. No plans to perform live again however if the opportunity arises I would certainly consider getting my friends together to spread our love of music.