All to You
After getting good response from two songs written and sung in his local church ('All To You' and 'Rest In God Alone'), Dan chose 8 other songs written in the past year and began recording his first solo CD, 'All To You' in summer 2003. With fresh words and evocative arrangements, these songs are intended to let the listener dig deeper into their realtionship with God. Dan has been writing instrumental music and songs for over 15 years. With a degree in music composition from the University of Iowa as well as 10 years of experience with his band 'just wiliam', Dan has honed his songwriting craft with an intellectual edge and a taste for more than the ordinary verse-chorus formulas. You can find him almost every week on stage at Parkview Church in Iowa City playing, piano, keyboards or organ, as well as working with ministry teams to enhance worship through the arts. Dan is also a photographer, graphic designer and painter, and did all of the photography, design and layout for his CD as well as the 'just william' CD 'Blue Goodbye'. INTERVIEW Please Tell Us About Yourself... 'As I say in my bio I've just fulfilled a year-long desire to give back to my local church with the release of my CD 'All To You'. I've been involved almost every Sunday with worship for the past 6 years. I've also been involved with my band 'Just William' for almost 10 years.' How Did You Get Started In Music?... 'I've been involved with music ever since those 3rd grade piano lessons. I've always been creating music at one level or another since then.' What Inspired You To Produce A CD?... 'I've had the privilege of having 2 of the songs on the CD used in worship at my church. Response was so good that I decided to record them so people could listen to them whenever they wanted, and to see if there was interest in the other songs I had done.' Did You Write The Songs Yourself?... 'Yes, all words and music except for the closing cut, which is a Fanny Crosby hymn.' What Was The Process In Making Your Project?... 'First, to gather the songs together around the two I knew I wanted on the disc. I've discovered that 'trying' to write worshipful songs is difficult. If they don't come about sincerely, then they fall flat. I basically wanted to write where I felt I was spiritually at the time. Hopefully, other people can identify with them. I think one of the main gifts of an artist is trying to be the words for what other people are thinking as well.' What Are Your Goals And Visions For Your Music?... 'Without some sort of eternal value all of our work is circumspect, especially when you are creating something. I would like to be able to remain open to where God is going with me, allowing myself to be used. I think stewardship is a key part of making decisions about where to go next. Am I serving myself more than God?' What Do You Think About The Christian Music Industry... 'Well, it is an industry, and with that necessarily come business factors that weigh into every decision. Those artists that are able to balance artistic and spiritual integrity with making a living and hold the business factors with a loose hand are the ones I admire most. Not everyone needs to live in Nashville. I think there is plenty for 'local' artists to do in their own church and community.' What Would You Like To Be Doing 5 Years From Now... 'Wow, the 5-year plan. I think I did one of those when I was a Senior in High School. I'd like to still be involved with music creation, still involved with worship and arts at my church. Just being faithful with the gifts I have.' Any Other Comments?... 'Just to say thanks for taking the time to read through this. Check out the music!'