Mu­sic in the Back­ground

Sani­bel gui­tarist en­hances the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

RSWLiving - - Entertainment - WRIT­TEN BY LIBBY BOREN MCMIL­LAN

Reg­u­lar pa­trons of Sweet Melissa’s Cafe on Sani­bel rel­ish the sooth­ing tunes that ac­com­pany din­ner. This am­bi­ent mu­sic, pro­vided by acous­tic gui­tarist Michael David, is com­pletely by de­sign. It is def­i­nitely pos­si­ble to

PEO­PLE REG­U­LARLY ASK WHAT I CALL MY STYLE... IT’S BACK­GROUND MU­SIC TAI­LORED FOR FINE DIN­ING.”

rec­og­nize songs from David’s calm, in­stru­men­tal reper­toire, but only if re­called in their orig­i­nal form, which typ­i­cally in­cluded lyrics. One part of David’s suc­cess in cre­at­ing a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment is never com­pet­ing with con­ver­sa­tion— no vo­cals, no loud mu­sic. “My job,” he says, “is to keep ev­ery­body’s heart rate low.”

“Peo­ple reg­u­larly ask what I call my style,” says David with a smile. “It’s back­ground mu­sic tai­lored for fine din­ing.” Lis­ten­ers will hear a care­fully crafted col­lec­tion that is com­prised of mel­low pop, coun­try, rock, jazz, and Latin tunes.

“Mike adds a great en­ergy to the restau­rant,” says Sweet Melissa’s owner/ chef, Melissa Tal­mage. “He re­ally con­trib­utes to the am­bi­ence, and guests love him. We feel re­ally for­tu­nate to have him here.”

Michael David, whose real name is Michael McMil­lan, has been strum­ming on- is­land for sev­eral years, while re­fin­ing his plea­sure- in­duc­ing act. He tries out new tunes on his wife, Eve, and kit­ten, Noah, while cred­it­ing a highly ner­vous cat named Gina with teach­ing him to soothe mu­si­cally. “Her tail twitched with ev­ery loud note,” he laughs.

“I do think I’ve found a unique fit for my mu­sic in the sup­port­ing role to Melissa’s food and her staff,” says David. “My job is to sup­port all of them. It’s such a unique restau­rant, and I feel priv­i­leged and de­lighted to be part of it.”

Michael David plays from Wed­nes­day through Satur­day through­out the year at Sweet Melissa’s Cafe on Sani­bel and one night per month at Pine Is­land’s Tar­pon Lodge.

IF YOU GO Sweet Melissa’s Cafe Your taste buds will be chal­lenged to ex­plore a cre­ative menu with a wide ar­ray of dif­fer­ent tastes, tex­tures, and eclec­tic ingredients. 239- 472- 1956, sweet­melis­sas­cafe. com

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