his style. He talks about music as if it’s a texture. And Dave plays everything. He has a passion for traditional music that rubbed off on me,” he recalls. Freshly inspired by the possibilities he discovered in Telluride, Pale forged ahead, gathering gigs and fellow musicians and working as much at night as he did at his day job at the music store. And, along the way, he married and became a father. Though now amicably separated from his wife, he takes as much joy in his son, Ethan, as he does in his music career.
“It’s more than fun. It’s what I do. Nothing makes me happier.”
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Pale’s local star shone even more brightly last summer when he joined forces with longtime Telluride resident Amy Taylor, the daughter of music business heavyweight Skip Taylor. The pair played seemingly everywhere— the “Tour of Telluride,” as they laughingly refer to their jam-packed summer of 2009—and recorded a collection of their favorite songs. The dusky-voiced Taylor was more than an enchanting addition to Pale’s vast repertoire: She was also unafraid to offer him honest feedback for his original songs. “Music is Amy’s life,” Pale says. “She is a perfect complement to my playing, and she always tells it straight.” The fruitful collaboration not only taught Taylor about the art of harmonizing, but it also afforded her an insight into Pale’s commitment to music. “He’s all about being true to the song,” she says. “What he brings to the song augments it and takes it to another level.” Pale’s versatility has made him a fixture in Telluride’s live music scene, providing a vast array of musical opportunities to him that have stretched his boundaries and honed his chops. Taylor uses words such as “integrity” when speaking of Pale and his approach to music. But it is that very honesty that, unbeknownst to the casual listener, engages not just the ear but also the soul. “His heart shines through,” says Taylor. “It’s powerful.” g
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