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Deborah Meyer Davis - Owner/artist

DD Sounds - Artist/Manager

Deborah Meyer Davis was born in Tennessee to a very musically inclined family where father played the bass and mother occasionally played the piano.  The weekly trip to Sunday school and church included singing Lutheran hymns and singing "Jesus Loves Me" along with two sisters and brother Ernie. all born within four years. Brother Ken came along a few years later and brother Alex was the caboose.  The farm house overlooked a pasture and dairy cattle could be seen from the "huge" picture window in the dining room, a serene and inspiring sight.  In the "huge" living room stood her grandmother's piano, who had passed away before her birth.  The piano was "huge' at four years of age but so intriguing. 


At five years of age Deborah and her family moved away from the farm and into a larger house.  There were woods to explore, hills to tumble down and snowy slopes to descend in the Winter.  The apple, fig and persimmon trees provided delicious nourishment during playful afternoons leaving awesome, inspirational experiences and an appreciation of God's amazing, glorious world.  Piano lessons also began at five years of age by Aunt Dot who was pretty, patient, petite and pleasant and had a propensity for purpose........practicing was placid and peaceful and in third grade Deborah was asked to play the piano for the Lutheran hymns in religion class while classmates sang. Shortly afterward she was playing for the Sunday school weekly. 


So. she moved to the "prayed-for" new house with much more space in 1968.  Piano lessons were on hold but musical experiences with First Lutheran church continued by singing in the choir. High school times also included babysitting for families such as the Wamps, Pfitzers, Sinors, Matthews, Rucks and the Canons. Making clothes to wear to school occupied much time as well as studying.  The part-time job at a fabric shop sparked the creativity for one-of-kind clothing. She was flattered to sew a wedding gown for a customer and only charged $10.00.  Whew!  Times have changed. Dates with local high school guys was a high-light. There was Tom, Steve, Lee, Sam and especially Don, the son of the previous high school coach. We were chauffeured by him to a school dance in his new blue LTD, given to him by the city. What a proud feeling! Even though it was his family directed relationship, it became a life-long cherished, inspirational and nurturing memory.  Being elected "Miss East Ridge" was definitely a confidence  booster.

Indecision, confusion and non-communication seemed to describe the next phase. What to do? Mother encouraged her to continue in Lutheran studies by attending the Lutheran college up North and study nursing and that was the direction that she was tending to follow but after 8 years of Lutheran elementary school and church, her "gut" feeling was to change that course of direction to branch out to new ideas but stay closer to home because she did not feel ready for the new world so far away. After clearing head the Summer after high school she was accepted to Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing in Chattanooga.  The added bonus of being in her own dorm room was just such a relief after sharing a room her whole life. Moving into the dorm the Fall of 1972 was an exciting time and new friends and experiences began.  Without a car, it was difficult but she managed. Transportation was provided by the school to the courses required at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The first year went great! She had all As and Bs and took such courses as "psychology," sociology," "biology" and "physiology."  It all seemed so energizing to learn new and complex information related to life experiences.  The Summer after the first year probably changed her in a way where life would totally be a struggle, fugue, and mind-boggling time-frame where she was affected by the "me, too" culture in a very serious way.  The ability to focus almost became non-existent, nothing made sense and at times, the dorm piano was a respite.  Finishing almost seemed as if it could not be done but finally after the third year, empathy from instructors and friends, managed to complete the nursing program and was able to pass the state boards! Whew!  There is a whole lot more to this story! Hopefully, the book will be written soon.  


Onward! The only option seemed to be to do as expected, so a job on third shift in med-surg. was the offered position and she took it. It seemed appropriate to pay dues to the nursing profession by accepting the least sought -after job and go from there.  After a few months the second shift position was taken. Along with that came working holidays and  week-ends and one of the most stressful professions there was.  Guess what her first major purchase was? After the car and furniture, yes, a brand new Baldwin upright piano!!!  


After the two year introductory to nursing positions, Deborah felt she needed to make a new life transition and move away to a new environment, new people and new experiences. She worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital on the orthopedic floor. Not too long after that, she met her future husband, Steve, who was doing a pharmacy residency. They married 6 months later.  Beverly was the first and came almost a year later. She was beautiful with dark brown hair and dark features and was just perfect. Shortly afterward, Steve decided to accept a position as a retail pharmacist in Florence, on they went.  Robert was born a few months later. He was healthy and strong.  After being in retail pharmacy, Steve accepted a commission in the Air Force to go to Andrews Air Force Base. Wow! That was an exciting time and there Jon was born. A cute blonde!  She continued with her nursing work as she had done in Florence and one position entailed working at Bethesda Naval Hospital. The piano traveled wherever the Air Force sent the family.  Jennifer was born after moving to Waldorf, Maryland. She evened out the family numbers. There were now 2 boys and 2 girls. Singing with the Air Force Skylarks and performing for bases and other experiences kept the music spark alive! The powers of the Air Force then sent Steve to San Antonio, Texas and that lasted 5 years. 

Texas was a busy time while Deborah worked week-ends as a registered nurse and Steve continued at Lackland Air Force Base.  The children participated in soccer and other experiences.  She was in the San Antonio area for 5 years and then Steve was sent to Montgomery, Alabama to be in charge of the pharmacy at Maxwell Air Force Base. Deborah had limited but memorable experiences while serving as an officer's wife with piano but played for the church, for the Newcomer's Club and a few other places.  Steve retired from the Air Force and they stayed in Montgomery while the children finished school.  The children all received their college degrees and married shortly afterward. She is so proud of her children!!!