David Mindel

Barely educated to O’ Level standard, Mindel was invited to leave school at 16 and therefore, despite no formal training, became an unemployed musician. Soon however, he teamed up with an old school friend, David Seys, forming a singing duo, spookily enough called ‘David and David’. Acquiring a publisher, manager, agent and Elton John’s producer, (the late, great) Gus Dudgeon, the duo recorded two spectacularly unsuccessful, self-penned singles for EMI Records before splitting up due to financial differences. Mindel went solo before once again splitting up to semi-retire on his £25 advance from Essex Music Publishers.

Down and very nearly out, little was Mindel to know that a more successful career in song-writing was to follow with hits by Olivia-Newton John, Barry Manilow, The Shadows, Barrington Levy, John Travolta, Stacy Lattisaw, Mud, Musical Youth, The Delfonics and many more totaling over 150. On the verge of making a reasonable living from this new calling, and by pure bad luck, Mindel received a call from David Seys, his erstwhile partner who, having little creative talent had joined an advertising agency. It happened that the agency, on the verge of losing the Carnation Milk account, required, by the end of the day (a Saturday with no qualified writers available), a jingle. A new career beckoned. Soon Mindel and Seys joined forces once more in a company they inelegantly named Mingles Music. 

Over the years Mindel has written and recorded some four thousand TV and radio commercials, charging exorbitant fees and winning every major award worldwide.

Mindel has likewise written themes for scores (sic) of TV programmes (very modest fees) from ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ which ran for twenty years to the current themes for The National Lottery and Euromillions plus ‘Food And Drink’ and ‘Open House’, ‘Harty’, ‘Challenge Anneka’, ‘Boom’, ‘The Hot Shoe Show’, ‘Passport’, ‘Get Your Act Together’, ‘House Hunters’, ‘District Nurse’, ‘Rory Bremner, Who Else?’, ‘Give A Pet A Home’ etc. etc.

Mindel has also composed movie scores, on the whole, for very poor movies, for award-winning documentaries, for the theatre, a Musical, Soul Searchers, the music from which is broadcast all over the world; has given master classes for the commercial music course at the Royal College of Music and has completed commissions for Royal Ballet stars Wayne Eagling and Wayne Sleep. He has received two ASCAP awards and an Ivor Novello nomination, three New York Clio awards, an ILR statuette, one from the Dublin Film festival and dozens more that he can neither remember nor find. His latest project, ‘Issues’ is a labour of love, an album featuring some of the best female singers on Earth. He lives for most of the year in southern France on the proceeds of this checkered career, surrounded by vineyards, his Californian wife, Darcie, a small dog and three cats. 

 

Title Track Length Description Composers Controls
The Next Best Thing To Happy 3:41

A perky mid tempo country song with a twist. With female vocal. A philosophical tale of being contentedly married and having everything a girl could want - except the love of her love. 86bpm

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Make The Most Of It 3:43

A picking country song with a message to get on with life. Male vocal. Life has its ups and downs but the bottom line is that you get out of it what you put in. 100bpm

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Be 3:17

Tender country power ballad about a love affair that ended. Male vocal. Looking back fondly over the years of a good marriage to a great wife, that ultimately didn't work out. 78bpm

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A Woman's Work 3:38

A spirited country song about marriage with a sassy female vocal. An exasperated woman's view of her endless daily chores and the patronising attitude of her husband. 126bpm

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My Son 3:45

Plaintive power ballad about a son who's on the wrong track. Female vocal. The pain of a mother who stands by her son despite discovering his involvement in drugs. 82bpm

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Staying Home 3:56

Lively paean to a good life past and to come with a bright male vocal. A touring country musician is about to hang up his guitar for a comfortable happy future at home. 165bpm

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She Loves Him 2:57

Male vocal song about true love and devotion. Country tearjerker. The tender tale of  a couple who adore each other no matter how different they might be. 82bpm

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A Great Life 3:44

Driving upbeat country rock song full of joy and positivity. Male vocal. Extolling the virtues of living the dream in the good ol' USA. A beautiful wife and a great job in a rocking band. 164bpm

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Little Children 2:58

Easygoing country song with steel guitar and fiddle. Sad male vocal. Loneliness and sorrow thinking about his little girl who lives thousands of miles away. 84bpm

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Daughter And Mother 3:37

Gentle picking country song about modern life. Female vocal. A moral tale with a mother relating bringing up a daughter to her own upbringing by her mother. 81bpm

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If Only You'd Left Me 3:05

Wistful country ballad with a humourous male vocal. A guy berates his girl for leaving him because he is getting older - with an increasingly funny list of reasons. 100bpm

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Talk To The Pilot 4:01

Country rock song with female lead vocal. Urgent groove. A girl is stuck on a plane desperately wanting to return to the man she regrets having left back home. 116bpm

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Don't Get Much Better Than This 3:21

Happy fun country song with a male vocal singing about his new girl. A guy can't believe his luck in getting a date with a girl who is too good to be true from a man's point of view! 142bpm

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Brothers And Sisters 3:36

Serious country ballad expressing concern for the world. Male vocal. Watching the stories on the TV news and feeling sorrow for the suffering of families everywhere. 125bpm

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As Soon As It Rains 3:10

Joyful male vocal with a summery country rock feel. A guy is working away for the summer but is happily looking forward to returning home at the end of the season. 142bpm

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The Next Best Thing To Happy (instrumental) 3:41

Backing track mix. Easygoing banjo led country tune. Hanging out with the guys having a few drinks and playing some instruments in the back room. 86bpm

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Make The Most Of It (instrumental) 3:43

Backing track mix. A bright upbeat country tune with banjo and harmonica interjections. Rolling on down the highway with a smile on your face and the wind in your hair. 100bpm

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Be (instrumental) 3:17

Backing track mix. Thoughtful country rock ballad that builds from a gentle beginning. Quietly reminiscing with some sadness and resolving to get on with life. 78bpm

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A Woman's Work (instrumental) 3:38

Backing track mix. Steady good time driving rock with a touch of country. She will make heads turn walking down the street but you don't mess with this girl. 126bpm

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My Son (instrumental) 3:45

Backing track mix. Gentle piano and acoustic country tinged rock with powerful choruses. A conversation from concerned and questioning to frustrated and angry. 82bpm

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Staying Home (instrumental) 3:56

Backing track mix. A fast moving country shuffle back on the road again. Happily heading on back home as quickly as possible with a hint of the summertime blues. 165bpm

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She Loves Him (instrumental) 2:57

Backing track mix. Pretty, delicate acoustic track with mandolin and fiddle. A happy family life with a dog and cats in the yard and an idyllic country setting. 82bpm

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A Great Life (instrumental) 3:44

Backing track mix. Driving upbeat country rock song full of enthusiasm and positivity. Work hard, play hard, taking a few risks and living life to the full. 164bpm

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Little Children (instrumental) 2:57

Backing track mix. Assorted country instruments join a carefree acoustic guitar. A gentle 'singalong' gradually builds up with everyone coming over and joining in. 84bpm

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Daughter And Mother (instrumental) 3:37

Backing track mix. Gently picking country guitars, banjo and mandolin. Living the outdoor life of a trapper and trader in the backwoods of America. 81bpm

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If Only You'd Left Me (instrumental) 3:05

Backing track mix. Easygoing power ballad with key change after the middle. Panning back from the main character walking down the road to an aerial shot of the wider view. 100bpm

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Talk To The Pilot (instrumental) 4:01

Backing track mix. Strutting country rock work out with a driving groove. Shedding some pounds in the gym with a good workout to a pumping track. 116bpm

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Don't Get Much Better Than This (instrumental) 3:21

Backing track mix. Energetic and exciting driving rock groove with cowbell breaks. Full of ambition and drive. pushing to the limits because life is there for the living. 142bpm

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Brothers And Sisters (instrumental) 3:36

Backing track mix. Plaintive acoustic instrumental. Thoughtful country folk. Reflecting on a hard situation but knowing that any day now there will be some relief. 125bpm

David Mindel
As Soon As It Rains (instrumental) 3:10

Backing track mix. Joyful and upbeat with a summery country rock feel. A guy is working away for the summer but is looking forward to returning home at the end of the season. 142bpm

David Mindel