Awakening began as a collection of pieces that David composed for live performances in New York City in 2019. During the 2020 pandemic, which caused a lockdown throughout the city, David began learning cello and recording simple melodies that maintained the contemplative feel of the live pieces. The cello added greater depth of expression and reflected the season of lament he experienced during the pandemic. David also began working with analog synthesizers, which he then combined with recordings of cello and piano to help create an emotive and consoling sonic landscape.
Listeners will find Awakening to be a warm companion during times of anxiety, sorrow, and uncertainty, transporting them to new places of hope and restoration.