Scottish singer-songwriter Dave Bremner is a husband, father, poet, martial arts instructor, Reiki and meditation practitioner. Married to his wife of 20 years, Julie, they have one son, Ryan. A former corporate director, Dave left the “rat race” years ago, to teach martial arts to kids and adults.
In addition to writing songs, Dave is writing a novel, and a kid’s book for future release. During May this year Dave Bremner released his brand new single “Gentle Healing” (Shine On Records) which is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major music retailers, in more than 100 countries, worldwide, including territories in Asia and Australia.
“Gentle Healing” is perfectly crafted in simplicity. Dave Bremner’s successfulness in analyzing love, relationships and social issues while maintaining a conversational tone without any of the arrogance that tragically inhabits many pretentious songwriters’ works is remarkable.
There is no call for grandiose verbalism when speaking commonly of common matters. The beauty of the track comes from descriptive lines such as “Found myself down a dead-end street. Had no golden cobbles laid beneath my feet. I had no riches, no property, just the open sky and all the stars for you to see.”
The gentleness and affection with which Dave Bremner approaches human weakness and strengths is quite moving, as is his skill expressing it. This is a mature and finely crafted track. In the best way possible he shows off a fine sense of humor, depth of insight, sincerity of sound and delivery, as well as a wonderfully crafted story.
As with most singer-songwriters, first and foremost, Dave comes off sounding like a poet. The words to this song could stand very well on their own without music, however even though the words are sufficient unto themselves as poetry, his unique voice certainly adds an extra welcome dimension to them.
And don’t be fooled; he may sound as though he is just casually breezing through the song, but behind that façade is a fantastic musician who knows exactly what he wants from his songs in terms of shading, dynamics and all the rest. Much of it is folk music, some of it rocks, and all of it has a pinch of country.