David Newman doesn't like to talk about himself in the third person. But he does like to sing, and he likes teaching, both of which he gets to do for a living. And he has been writing songs since childhood, a talent which he kept under wraps for many years as he nurtured his career as a classical singer.
He began writing again after he met his wife, who had grown up in the thick of the San Francisco rock scene, and life events kept providing new inspiration for creative outlet. The blessing of a house. The birth of a child. The death of a student.
But the biggest inspiration of all turned out to be a simple request from his daughter. "Daddy, will you help me study for this test?" It seemed the best way to remember the material would be to enshrine it in a song, and so he did. And he shared it with his friends, and they liked it. So he wrote another one, and another, posting them on YouTube and garnering thousands of views. Since then, he has been amassing a catalog of educational songs, addressing subjects ranging from elementary science and math to advanced chemistry and music theory.