To call it a biography is actually to conceal
the brilliance of what Teems has achieved.
—Leland Ryken, Wheaton College
[Review of TYNDALE]
"Ray, brother, you are and will remain beautiful in me." Recorded only months before his brother's death.
If I have ever done anything right, if I have done anything of real worth it may be this recording I did for my brother, Ray, who was suffering stage 4 lung cancer at the time. He listened to this often before he died. The message is simple. A challenge for most of us, it encourages you and me to say what needs to be said while there is time to say it. Eulogies are fine. Staring down at a gravesite and saying a few words is medication to us, but does little for the one who is absent. If you love someone, tell them while there is time, when words matter. —David
"Speak what we feel," the poet said, "not what we ought to say"
—William Shakespeare, King Lear
David Teems is, first, a writer, a best-selling author. His love of the English language and its possibilities is immense, out front of everything he does. Reading the novels of Thomas Wolfe sometime in the early 80s, he was altered. The transition from music to books was as inevitable as the romance that has blossomed between them. David is a dreamer, no doubt, but a dreamer with a constant, a love of the well-informed, well-executed line, where charm has its best chance for survival and effect. Among his saints is John Keats (1795-1820), who wrote: "Beauty is truth; truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know" (John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn)