Local songwriter dedicating work to saving animals

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- David "Eli" Grimes owns his own electrical engineering business in St. Augustine.

His days are spent keeping the power on around various St. Johns and Duval County businesses and homes, and his days are long.

"Yes sir, been really busy," he reassured.

His head is certainly in his electrical work, but his heart is in his music.

Every free moment he has is spent with pen and paper, or guitar, in hand.

He's been writing music since he was 12-years-old.

"I really pour my heart into the words and into the music," he said.

But, this electrician doesn't only write his music dreaming of seeing his name in lights. His songs each have a special purpose for him. In fact, we've done several stories with Eli in the past.

We first met him in 2011, when he wrote a song after a stint as a contractor in Iraq.

The song was all about the troops he met while there, and he wrote it to raise money for them.

Then, we visited with him again when he helped record a Christmas album.

All the proceeds went to getting gifts to children in need.

And now Eli has dedicated his non-electrical time to writing a song about his latest cause: orphaned animals.

"My goal is that at least one animal will be adopted because of this song," he said.

He wrote "Orphaned Hound Dog Puppy" and recorded it in Surfside Studios in Vilano Beach with owner and musician Crawford Boyd.

"He believes in what he writes," Boyd said. "That's why I wanted to be a part of this, he's such a wonderful person."

Eli, who has two adopted cats, his third just passed away after 10 years, writes from the heart.

"I walk into a shelter and I just feel for them," he said. "There's just not enough we can do for them."

So, he's uploading his song to iTunes and he hopes it sells. He's going to donate half of the money to animal charities around the First Coast, the rest he'll use to pay for production costs, he says.

"No, not doing this to get rich," he said laughing.

To listen to the song, you can click here to go to his YouTube page.

To donate to Eli and his cause, you can email him directly at eligrimes@comcast.net.


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