Dan Daniels wrote his first song at 25 years of age. Of course like most young songwriters it was about his last lost love [“A Lover’s Goodbye”]. But he brought a unique perspective of his own to this obvious situation. Many years later he “re-wrote” the song from a more mature perspective on love and loss [“In My Arms Again”]. As the years went by, as a husband and father to two children, and then a husband again and father to one more son, there wasn’t much time for song writing, but a few slipped through the cracks of time and made an occasional appearance, such as “Do It While We Can” and some that have been lost in space and time.
In 2002, at the age of 57, something clicked on as a torrent of songs burst forth, when along with the forming of a new band “Your No Good Buddies”, he received the gift of time. His dear wife Julie was called on to help take care of her aging mother and moved there to temporarily oversee her care, taking along their 9 year old son. With time on his hands and a new band as inspiration, he began writing songs as never before. This lead to the recording of his first ever CD released In 2004, Guts and Gravel, with the title track and featuring songs like his most locally popular “What Would Jesus Drive ”, the two Cajun-flavored songs, ”Pierre, Bobby and Marie” and the politically charged “You Gotta Face the Music”, the Willie inspired “Willie’s Dream”, his tribute to the music of his lifetime “Rock-n-Roll”, and the international hit and song of love to “my favorite root vegetable”, “(I Been Eatin’) Onions”. Packed full of good songs with real stories behind them, this was a good start for his recording career.
But, that deluge of songs left quite a few still not recorded and along with some new songs, he was ready in 2006, to start a new recording project. By trading a car for studio time he was able to finance CD #2, originally to be entitled Nobody’s Fool, after a country song he had written years ago in his previous country band “Back East” and had specially arranged with his lead guitarist Dan Margolis, who came along with him from that band to the now retitled band “Dan Daniels & Your No Good Buddies”. He put his name in front as the CD and his booking prowess made it obvious this was more and ,more his band, an expression of his artistic vision.
In 2005, as he listened to the radio one day he heard a young DJ lamenting the fact that so many old rock and roll groups were touring the USA, ( “The Rolling Stones”) that it was like “geezer rock out there”. Well, having just turned 60 he felt that he was well on his way to “Geerzerhood” and sure enough he still liked to rock, and the song “Geezer Rock” was born and took over from the previous song and title. Featuring the title song, an anthem to the Baby Boom Generation, the very personal and painful “Phantom Woman”, the folky, old-time sound of “The Flood of ‘55”, the rocking” “Flapper and the Devil”, and the story of a night of drinking and debauchery at ”The Rendezvous” and many others, it garnered him a coveted “LiveWire Award from Springfield Republican Music critic Donnie Morehouse, as among the best local Cd’s for 2007.
In between albums, he put out a few singles, starting with the previously mentioned, “:Flood of ‘55” in 2005 to commemorate the 50 years since that great flood, and then in 2006, the very angry political song “Get Back Home” to protest the bad direction the Bush administration had taken the country.
In 2010, with his new producer, Jayce DisSantis of Northampton , he put out his final “No Good Buddies” CD, now using that previous title (Nobody’s Fool) and song, and received his second LiveWire Award. It was a more acoustic, country, with shades of Bluegrass, album, with his tribute to his “Sister” Ellen, the powerful and all too true “Nashville Dreams;, the loving “On My Knees”, to a song for two friends “Long, Long Time”, to the end of having to play “That Song” anymore if I so choose not to, and the sardonic “Coming Due”, it was a fine end to that part of his musical career.
Since then he has continued to write songs, albeit at a slower pace, and no longer having a steady band to work with, the writing is more in a folky vein, with the notable exception of 2011’s “We Are the 99”, a strong statement about the very rich and the rest of us and a rocking blues song. His next project, should it come to fruition, would be a “folk” album much more simply arranged. His songs are inspired by the many changes he has gone through in this life and more and more begin to reflect the view point of the passage of time and what is left for us to be and do. (“The Gravedigger’s Waltz” and “Pain”) But he’s not “Ready to Go”