David Glover

RedBox

San Francisco
CA

David Glover grew up singing gospel at his church in Philadelphia, and since then his talents have flourished into what he is known for best today: performing his self-written plays for audiences all across the country. His most recent play is titled “Old Happens,” and recounts the story of a man who is able to alter his whole perspective on the process of aging by examining the positive aspects of his life and health. The play seeks to encourage the audience to embrace the aging experience and use it to reflect on the good in their lives. David says the play was inspired by his own feelings and emotions as he adapts to the changes that aging has presented. “It is so easy to think of the negative things associated with aging, but what about turning it all around? Aging is something everyone experiences, so that’s when I thought of the name Old Happens.”

The play begins with the main character suddenly noticing that he has become the old man that he always dreaded he would be. However, he learns to change his attitude about the transformation when he begins to embrace his wisdom and show gratitude for what life has given him. This revelation leads the character to conclude that he has earned this life through dignity and honor. The moral of the play is to welcome aging as a new experience, rather than use it as an excuse to be passive and lifeless.

David’s ability to remain active in the arts has always been prevalent in his life. After recognizing his vocal talents during his childhood, he moved to Chicago where he began studying music and songwriting. He performed on street corners during the 1960s and was best known for singing doo-wop. He eventually used these experiences to write a play about the life of a street singer and the quest to achieve fame. David decided to pursue music further when he earned a degree in music while living in the San Francisco area. He became a skilled songwriter and also traveled the country performing with different bands. As David grows older, his passion for entertaining has not diminished. He continues to perform with church choirs and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Oakland’s Paramount Theater.

David believes that anyone with a talent for the arts has been given a gift from God that should never be wasted. Writing, singing, or any other talent should be shared to provide joy for the individual as well as for an audience. His plays, especially “Old Happens,” have created a unique opportunity for David to reinforce his own self-worth while simultaneously encouraging his audience to do the same. “I want to help those who feel that they are stuck in the negative. I want to help them reconnect to their true identities and remind them how to love themselves once again. I want to lift their spirits and eliminate the idea that they are nearing the end. If I can set a positive example for them, that’s when I feel most rewarded.”

David believes the messages in his play can apply to older adults in any situation. Whether they are standing or bed-ridden, there is always something to be thankful for. If they allow themselves to be inspired by the play, it will ease the pain in some way. One of the most celebrated songs featured in “Old Happens” is an anthem to seniors everywhere titled “You are a classic.” The lyrics help remind older adults that they are appreciated for their contributions to this world and that they are still as fantastic as they always were. David’s performances truly demonstrate his confidence in empowerment among the older community. He hopes that his positivity will spread and create optimistic attitudes for adults struggling to accept the changes of aging. “I may appear old, but I have accepted that. I know that I’ve earned my time here, so I embrace my age and am always ready for the next exciting chapter of life.”

 

Written By: Robyn Casper