“Davey O. crafts intimate, folk-and country-based slices of a life examined. With a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation, Davey O. finds the universal in the particular, turning day-to-day minutiae into dusty paeans to the indomitability of the human spirit.” -Jeff Miers, Buffalo News music
Davey O. is a working man’s singer-songwriter and that is evident in listening to Testing For Rust. Track 5, Ev’ry Single Day is a catchy tune that many can certainly relate to as well as a tribute to his Dad.
Here is Davey’s story behind the song:
“I actually came up with the title for “Ev’ry Single Day” at my day job, which is as a customer service rep for a small appliance company located in Buffalo, NY. Part of my job duties is order entry, and and the end of my work day, I walk over to the file cabinet and put a stack of order confirmation sheets into that day’s file folder. Over time I began to say to myself “every single day the work gets done”, because no matter how much work is on my plate, I make sure that I get all my tasks done for any given day – it’s just the way I’m wired. I make a list and tackle it and at my day job, I have found ways to segment my day so that it has a flow and all the things I’m supposed to get done are done by the time I leave at 5:00 PM
But, I got this work ethic from my parents, most notably my Dad. My Dad who was raised as one of ten children to Polish immigrants on an onion farm in tiny Elba, NY during the Great Depression, served in the Navy in WWII and spent 25 years of his life supporting a wife and 4 children by working as a janitor in a bakery and often taking on side jobs for extra money in his learned trade of bricklaying . Not exactly a glamorous job.
After he passed away in 2010, as I was writing my eulogy for his funeral, one of the things I clearly remembered about him was that I never saw him miss a day of work. He never called in sick, if his car broke down, he’d call a co-worker for a ride or he’d walk. Yes, walk – what was probably at least 5 miles through sections of the city that were questionable to say the least. But he did it because he saw the bigger picture and did so selflessly and never complained about having this job, the type of work it was and was never ashamed of it or his upbringing. It taught me a lot about how if you wanted anything in life, it was up to you to put in the hard work and if you didn’t succeed, the only person to blame was looking back at you from the mirror.
Some time after my Dad’s passing, I took all of these absorbed memories and coupled with my “end of day” slogan, wrote this song as a tribute to my Dad and the many men and women like him who set aside any personal dreams or goals went to work every day regardless of the type of work. Because it was the right thing to do. I wrote the storyline based on a that of a worker at Bethlehem Steel, which is an major aspect of Buffalo’s proud history, and I did manage to squeeze the name of my Dad’s favorite Friday night hangout – Trio’s Bar – into the bridge of the song.” – Davey O.