A few years ago, though, God brought a set of circumstances into Danâ€™s life that awakened in him a real passion for learning to play the guitar. First, his doctor told Dan that he needed a hobby to help relieve work-related stress; Dr. Casanova suggested the guitar. At the time, Dan didnâ€™t know his doctor was quite a good classical guitarist. Second, a new pastor, Mark Clarke, was called to Danâ€™s church, and he came playing a guitar.
And third, well, weâ€™ll let Dan tell this last one. â€œWith guitar thoughts already planted by Dr. Casanova and Pastor Mark, I realized that, at 77 years of age, Dad was teaching himself to play piano. After working his way through some â€œteach-yourself-to-playâ€ books for about a year, Dad was playing some pretty nice songs. So I decided that if Dad could still learn to play piano, I could still learn to play guitar! I bought a used Yamaha six-string the same week Mom and Dad called from Ohio to tell us that Dad had 3 cancerous tumors in his brain. Before he died a few months later, though, and me being a HUGE Statler Brothers fan, I learned to play well enough to strum and sing a rough version of â€œMore Like My Daddy Than Meâ€ to my Daddy. Dad's last inspiration to me was one of his best!â€
Dan has been playing and singing ever since. In addition to playing his gospel favorites at local churches in and around Charlotte County, Fl., Dan has performed at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center Theater, Peace River Center for Writers, local dinner theater, flea markets, mobile home parks, and assisted living facilities. His self-proclaimed â€œmeager talentsâ€ are always enjoyed with his mix of wholesome country, cowboy western, old standard sing-a-longs, and always closing his shows with the gospel message in a few songs.
The Spirit of God has even given Dan to write some songs of his own, and heâ€™s been adding them into his play list. Folks at Danâ€™s shows really get a kick out of â€œWhy? Why? Why?â€, a true story about his courtship of his, now wife, Kizzy Mary. â€œThe Charlotte County 2004 Hurricane Season Experienceâ€ is an encouraging song to the locals after Hurricane Charley devastated Dan's area of Florida, but the sentiments of the song surely apply to all those who have been hit so very hard along the Gulf Coast the last couple of years. Eight more of Danâ€™s own songs, and his Dadâ€™s favorite hymn â€“ â€œIn the Gardenâ€, are on his new CD, including the title cut, â€œBelieving is Seeingâ€.
Hereâ€™s hoping that you check out Danâ€™s new CD and become acquainted with both him and his music. Just click on the "Add To Cart" button beside Dan's picture, above. Enjoy!
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1. Why? Why? Why?
2. More in Love
3. The Charlotte County 2004 Hurricane Season Experience
4. The Port Charlotte Carrier Annex Blues
5. A Few Things Momma Taught Us
6. The Long White Train (Tribute to Elvis)
7. Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree
8. In The Garden
9. The Boulevard of Brotherly Love
10. The Hall of Faith
11. Believing is Seeing