A Legacy Remembered and Never Forgotten…

My grandfather grew up in a rural farm town in Wright County, Minnesota. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s he fought with the Navy in the Korean war serving on the destroyer ship USS O’Brien DD-725SS. While he was in the military, he married my grandmother, and started raising a family with five boys. With hard work, determination (and a lot of ingenuity) he ended up launched his own electrical contracting business in 1959, which later became ‘Olson & Son’s Electric.’ After six decades, the business in still around and being lead today by my brother and dad in Monticello, Minnesota.

My grandpa came from an era where he was expected to work for everything he had. He worked tirelessly to build his business to provide for his family. His journey was filled with a number of exciting adventures and unexpected tragedies that he was forced to overcome along the way. He lived a full life and accomplished more in 79 years than most people have in several lifetimes. Grandpa was always a fighter and towards the end of his life when he was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, one of the thoughtful things he did during this difficult time was gather and archive all the old letters and photographs that had collected from his past. With hundreds of old projector slides and 8mm films, he recorded new videos of the ‘good old days’ sharing stories with additional insights on the special moments he shared with family and friends.

These priceless treasures of family history and life lessons would’ve been lost if he hadn’t taken the time to document and share the memories with us through his newly narrated videos. It was a massive project that was bitter-sweet and full of a wide range of emotions reflecting on what he had experienced over almost eight decades of his life.

Sometimes when I look back on my life, it seems its moving so fast that everything is just blur. In what can seem like a blink of an eye, years (even decades) have flown by.

Like my grandfather, I want to remember the ‘good old days.’ I want to share the memories and experiences that helped shaped me into who I am with the people that I love the most. I want to be intentional about leaving a legacy that truly make a difference in the lives of other people.

Today, especially in this stage of life where I have young children at home, life can be exhilorating, terrifying, and exhausting. Some days seem VERY long, but looking back over time, the years seem unbelievably short. I want to remember and archive the precious memories of this time in my life. With the limited time we all have here on earth, I believe life is a gift from God and truly a ‘sacred journey.’ Instead of waiting until the end of my life to reflect and document what I’ve experienced like my grandfather did, I’m doing this now, right here on my website. Essentially, that’s what this whole thing is about; archieving the sacred moments that have shaped me into who I am and hopefully inspire others to live a better life along the way.

From one traveler to another on this journey, I invite you to join me in the adventures or exploring what I believe it means to truly ‘live a great life!’

-David Olson

Welcome to DavidOlsonMusic.com, where music meets inspiration!

When I was a kid, I’ll admit I wasn’t always thrilled about music. My parents made me take lessons starting at three and half and it felt like more or a chore at first. But as I grew older, I realized the value of practice and spent hours upon hours mastering different instruments and styles. I played in bands from middle school all the way to getting a degree in it at college and later touring all over the world by using it.

Fast forward to now, as a dad, I’m passing on my love of music to my own kiddos. Seeing their faces light up as they strum their first chords or hit the right notes on the piano brings me so much joy. And let’s be real, it’s pretty cute watching them sing their hearts out. Teaching my kids music has brought back memories of my own childhood, of the frustration of not getting a song right the first time and the thrill of finally nailing a difficult piece. But it’s also reminded me that music is more than just notes on a page or chords on an instrument. It’s a way of expressing ourselves, connecting with others, and bringing beauty into the world.

That’s why I’m so excited to share my collection of songs inspired from different seasons Ane experiences in my life. From folk to rock, pop to instrumental, I’m hoping there’s something for everyone on my website. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, I want to provide you with unique insights and perspectives on how music can influence us in this crazy journey we call life. So come join me on this adventure and let’s discover more of the power of music together! 

Stay in tune and keep on grooving, David Olson

ps. All my music is here

Ever since I was three and a half, my parents forced me to take music lessons. First it was the violin where they had me play at nursing homes, church recitals, and school events. Before I went through puberty, I played the trumpet in the local marching band and participated  in the Twin Cities Youth Symphony (GTCYS). Looking back, I’m not sure if my parents were trying to help me foster a love for music or just prevent me from having a social life.  Luckily in high school it all changed once I bought a guitar at a garage sale, and I was hooked. I was a guitarist in a variety of bands, church groups, and eventually went to the University of Northwestern St. Paul to study guitar.  It was never meant to be a career, just something I loved and was passionate about learning.  After college I started my own band and worked in a local church as a music director for around five years. I recorded and released two albums titled ‘Beloved’ in 2007 and a sophomore album titled ‘Change’ in 2008. After being a worship director at a large church in Eden Prairie and finishing my master degree at Bethel University, I somehow found myself in a talented group from the East Coast called ‘Sacred Road.’ At the time, it was an incredible experience performing, recording, & traveling with other amazing professional musicians through a record label. It opened a whole new world for me of songwriting, producing, and storytelling.
Once I was married and had kids life changed, and so did the priority of creating and performing music. Through a series of random events (and a lot of hard work), I found myself working for the last 15+ years in a flourishing career with my wife as a realtor/broker in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida. And more importantly, raising three beautiful daughters. It’s been a wonderful, wild, and all consuming experience that I could have never dreamed of and wouldn’t trade for anything. Now that my beautiful kiddos are past the ‘infant baby’ stage, I’m ready to dive into some new music ventures again and share some of the experiences and music I’ve been holding onto for the last couple years. Thanks for your patience and joining me in this next chapter of life. I hope to add a lot more original content, experiences, and songs in the future that will inspire and lift you up, no matter where you’re at in life! -David Olson

About me

After taking a break from writing and performing music for a couple years, I’m official back! Not because I’m trying to be cool, sell stuff, or impress anyone (I’m too old for that kind of thing and honesty, just don’t care). Instead, I’m just one of those creative ‘artsy’ people who loves writing, performing great music, and sharing good stories. It’s in my blood, it’s like medicine for my soul, and like an escape from some of the chaos of life. I write about what inspires and matters to me most. I create all this nerd music/video stuff from my home studio in my basement. I’m a husband and father of three beautiful kiddos. My day job is being a realtor here in Minnesota and I love it!
If you’re interested in having this 40+ year old dad guitarist guy named David perform at your next event? Reach out at DavidOlsonMusic@gmail.com.