This is the website for author Seth David Branitz & Songwriter/singer Seth Davis.
Seth David Branitz spent years recalling, writing and rewriting the stories that make up his book,
The Trouble With Kim: On Transcending Despair & Approaching Joy (Intersection Press).
Here are some early reviews!
Beautifully written, this gem of a collection is full of vulnerability, heart, and hope. Painfully honest in the best way. These are the stories that need to be told, especially now. - Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, host of The Moth, author of Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy
The Trouble with Kim: On Transcending Despair and Approaching Joy is a poignant collection of true stories about growing up poor in a troubled family, and struggling to heal past childhood wounds toward wholeness and manhood. A gifted storyteller, Seth David Branitz manages to move and entertain as he explores even the most difficult of themes. It's impossible not to be touched as he deftly tackles mental illness, addiction and recovery, sexual awakening, the limits of familial obligation, death, grief, emotional maturity, creative self-fulfillment, and finding love, all with great compassion and compelling attention to detail. - Sari Botton, author of And You May Find Yourself... and editor of the anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving NY.
In his collection of personal essays Seth Branitz gives us something very, very hard to find—real stories from a guy born and bred in a NYC housing project, written with ease, authenticity, humor and a helluva lot of heart. - Tara Clancy, host of NPR's The Moth, and author of The Clancys of Queens
Like a shot to the gut, Seth Davis' stories will leave you breathless and bloody. You'll soon forget that the characters he so clearly sketches are his friends and family— and not yours. A remarkable debut. - Martha Frankel/ author of Hats and Eyeglasses and Director, Woodstock Bookfest
Jubilation! This memoir is not only a deeply heartfelt work, lyrical at times when only suffocating pain is expected, but it’s an eloquent exorcism of past demons. -Jay Blotcher, longtime journalist, anthology essayist and editor.
Readers swarm around the memoir because, no matter the painful revelations, it acts as a fire around which we can circle and share tales, find comfort and shared experiences. Seth Branitz has written a memoir that manages to tell a tale honestly and elegantly, while also revealing so much about the resilience of us all to survive, to move, to tell the tale around the fire all of us seek. There is no fat on this book: it is all bones and sleek skin, a book I recommend you read straight through, one long night in the dark. When dawn arrives, I think you’ll realize how special a book THE TROUBLE WITH KIM is. -James Grissom is the author of FOLLIES OF GOD: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS AND THE WOMEN OF THE FOG (Knopf/Vintage), and is now completing THE LAKE OF THE MIND: BRANDO IN THE NIGHT.
Now available wherever you order books.
In store readings and other events will commence in Spring 2021, Covid-willing.
Here is some press for my last record, Life Is Long.
Review by Jason Broome in Chronogram-February, 2016
The lyrics, music, performers and production on Seth Davis' fourth album are all top-notch. But, beyond that, it is easily accessible by young and old, square and hip, the blissfuly ignorant mainstream and the manically well-informed depressive. Davis is an old-soul troubadour in a 21st-century landscape. A Dylanesque mingling of Jakob's easy-on-the-ears-and-brain voicings and lyrics with Bob's personal and societal demons lurk insightfully lurking about. Instantly memorable songs like "Love Part 2" have an indie-folk pop feel reminiscent of the Wallflowers, whereas others waltz into familiar shades of The Band. And, like much of the art borne in the shadow of the Gunks, the mountain jags and whisper-winds dig their meat hooks into the blood and sinew of Life is Long. From the catchy singalongs to the clap-hands stomps, age-old themes and melodies are steeped and rebirthed with glorious sediment and a garnish of gritty polish. Familiar names like Rhett Miller (Old 97's) and Simon Felice make appearances, but it is the lesser knowns that star and sprinkle fairy dust about like glitter at a rave. Sufjan Stevens would be most approving of Jim White's production which includes trombone, cello, pedal steel, dobro, trumpet, flute, and violin. Marlon Patton's drums and bass drive us home. Guitarist John Burdick's (Sweet Clementines) tasty licks and grab-you tones are appropriately irreverant standouts and the guest vocals of Marianne Tasick, Jason Sarubbi, and others lay the beautiful and final complement of dichotomy to Davis's heart-torn highway registers. SethDavis.com."
Another cool review here.
It was produced by Jim White and features performances by Rhett Miller (Old 97's), Simone Felice (The Duke and the King, The Felice Brothers), and many more I
Review of Morning Songs in the April '13 issue of the Chronogram
"Jules Shear. Immediately. Not quite exact, but shimmeringly close. There's a flavor in the voice. And it's the first thing you think of when Seth Davis begins to sing. Jules Shear. As Davis's third and latest disc, Morning Songs, unfurls, you being to think even more of Shear. How could that be a bad thing? It's not just the voice. It's the casual precision, the arc of melody, the weight of lyric. None of this means that Davis is an imitator, a monkey on Shear's stick. I don't even know that he's heard of Shear. But there is a shared economy, and it's a delightful place to start."
"A Softer Place to Land" opens the disc with a folk rock lilt and perhaps the album's weakest set of lyrics. But the forced hook doesn't prevent you from hitting repeat. Others, better, follow- the haunting waltz "Flannel and Blue (Laura's Song)," the relentlessly groovy "Kim," and the remarkable "Whole Life Crisis"- amplifying Davis's simple qualities. He has a keen way with both story and telling. Aimee Mann's "Mr. Harris," for example, is sung from a new point of view, not just male, but two steps to the side. Sonically, it's less baroque and little less catchy. But there's an earthiness that's worth the trade. A Queen's native, Davis's roots stretch back to the East Village anti-folk haunts of the early 90's, and that conflict- between writing, rocking, and respecting roots- is still playing out in the metaphorical grooves of Morning Songs.
Chronogram magazine, April 2013
For the holiday season, here is a live performance of my original single 'I Believe'.
This is an updated version. Ramblings on a confusing Jewish upbringing
and decades of formulating values the hard way.
Director/Editor: Beth Cramer
“Seth Davis establishes himself as a poet of notable talent..” Creations
“Seth Davis is a passionate creative force and a passionate performer...his music screams passion even in the quietest of interludes...” John Blenn Long Island Entertainment