David Sansing ... Enhanced Profile

David Sansing was born in 1952 in Monterey, Mexico. His parents, Ruthann, and Bill who was working as an advertising executive in Mexico, then returned to Dallas where David spent his early youth. As Bill's career advanced in the marketing/advertising world, the family moved to New Canaan, CT; Cleveland, OH; back to New Canaan; and then on to Chicago, where David, now in his early teens, discovered his voice and was soon the soloist for the Winnetka Presbyterian Church choir.

While attending New Trier East High School, he was asked by Dr. Peterman, the school's music director, to play the lead role in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie." David felt that playing Conrad Birdie was inappropriate for him, having only one hand, so he turned the part down. Being the height of the 1960s, David was completely immersed in Rock 'n' Roll. Not being able to play an instrument; undeterred, David turned his considerable vocal talent to singing and began song writing. It wasn't long before he and close friend, John Slater, formed a group called the Tories. They played at many diverse events, including opening for the late great Phil Ochs at a Democratic party fund raiser for Senator Eugene McCarthy. During Junior year the Tories broke up. David was then quickly approached by another friend, the bassist for the Chancellors, who had the original hit version of "Little Latin Lupe Lu." The Chancellors were reforming and they wanted David to be their lead singer. United Artists Records had a contract for the band in hand, but David's parents decided that education had to come first. Joining the Chancellors would have meant dropping out of High School. David's dream of recording an album faded away. In 1970, David's parents then returned to their native Texas, while David opted to remain in the Chicago area to pursue his music, and his life, on his own. Times got tough.

In 1971, David began singing with Michael Hanley and Gary Minkler, both acoustic guitarists. The Group, alternately known as Blue Northern or H.M.S., sang at the Earl of Old Town, Mothers, Alice's Revisited, Amazing Grace, and many other Chicago clubs and bars. Influenced by the "British invasion" bands, most notably the Beatles, and American bands such as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, the trio performed excellent covers of other bands' material. David's considerable vocal range and his ability to imitate Neil Young never failed to bring down the house. However, David grew increasingly frustrated with performing covers, wanting to work on original material. Michael and Gary just didn't share his dream and the trio separated after several years.

Through a mutual friend, David met his future wife, Carrie Polales, in 1971. She became a strong support and stabilizing influence in his life. Her common refrain was "Don't quit your day job yet--but keep on crooning!" That's just what he did. In 1973, David changed jobs and joined the U. S. Postal Service. He continues his work there today. Life required income and music just wasn't putting enough bread on the table. David and Carrie dated or many years and eventually married in 1985. Their son, Dean, was born in 1991. The joys and demands of marriage, fatherhood, and work put David's voice on hold during these years but his dream of recording an album never died.

Gordon Searls, an old musician friend from the '60s & '70s, approached David in 1995. Gordon was forming a Christian rock band and he wanted David to sing. Not wanting to return to the days of doing covers, David declined. But Gordon, ever persistent, finally badgered David into doing some backing vocals on the Moonlighters CD, released in 1997. Although Gordon's heart stopped suddenly one night, his shared love of music, energy, and friendship had pushed all the right buttons. David started to sing and write again.

Picking up a pen and sitting down at the dining room table in the summer of 1997, David unbottled the songs stored in his head. Six months later, 36 songs were finished. Lifelong friend, John Slater, was then living with his wife and two children in Indiana. Being only a three-hour drive from Chicago, the two families spent many weekends together while David and John produced a demo tape of 14 of the newly created songs.

Sitting with family and friends one evening, David finally played the completed tape he and John Slater had created. The reactions were terrific. One of the listeners, father-in-law John Polales, really liked what he'd just heard. It was only a matter of days before Polales called upon his old friend, Paul Gallis.

Paul, a well known and highly regarded professional music promoter listened to the tape. He, too, liked what he heard. Both he and John agreed to take on the project: getting David's music recorded and "out". David's dream was becoming a reality.

New activities followed: meetings, song selections, recording sessions, copyrights, and a myriad of details. These were some of the most exciting times in David's life as well as the most humbling until finally, the album was completed.

The dream David had carried since his teens became a reality in November of 1999 when his CD, "A Dream Deferred, "was released on Phonograph Records.

A Dream Deferred
David Sansing
Ten unique songs, by David Sansing, each with a character, sound and feel of its own. Thought provoking, moving and sometimes humorous.