Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com and Bookpleasures.com
is delighted to have as our guest, Dan Goldman, Guitarist, Song
Writer, Poet, Arranger and a musician of many other talents.
is here to discuss his world of music and travels.
did your passion for music begin? What keeps you going?
quite remember when my passion began. It seems to have been an inborn
appreciation. My earliest memories are of listening to old records
and 8-track recordings that my parents had kicking around the house
- anything from Kenny Rogers to Neil Diamond sparked my interest
at the time.
father played piano, and I always loved listening to his romantic,
albeit, slightly schmaltzy touch. I’d press my ear against the soundboard
to get the most out of the vibrations.
were the musicians that influenced you?
are too many to mention; but if I had to narrow it down, I’d say,
in order of appearance: The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin,
my uncle Issac, Classical guitar repertoire including Bach and most
of the Spanish composers, Joni Mitchell, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell
and on and on.I’m currently into Wilco, Joanna Newsom, Lisa Germano,
to name a few.
on tour, do you notice any differences in audiences from one city
to the next, and if so, would you say that this may due to their
geographical location. For example, how would you compare audiences
in Vancouver to those in Toronto or Montreal insofar as your music
I’d say the main difference lies in how saturated the market is.
In Calgary, for instance, where there isn’t as much traffic in terms
of touring bands, I tend to get a warmer and more appreciative reception
than in Toronto, where, although I play plenty of great gigs, the
audiences are somewhat numbed by the sheer volume of musicians around.
Then again, performances are always different and anything I think
is the rule is always put into question as soon as I play an unexpectedly
great gig in the least likely situation.
challenges or obstacles do you encounter while traveling and performing?
How did you overcome these challenges?
nervous a lot. I’m fine when I’m actually performing, but I generally
get stressed a couple of hours before the show. It’s really important
for me to eat and rest appropriately so that the stress doesn’t
take a toll on my performances. I generally try to put aside a certain
amount of time every day that I’m on tour to warming up or to my
sitting (meditation) practice.
is your favorite city to perform in? Why?
say that I have one. Anywhere where the people are receptive and
supportive becomes the best city.
do you get the inspiration for your song and music writing?
music. It’s not hard to get inspired, what’s hard is following through
and staying consistent with my writing practice. I find that the
only way to get to where I want to be expression-wise is to spend
the time it takes; and you never know how long that’s going to be,
so you just keep
was the first piece of music you ever wrote? What was the reaction?
remember. It was probably something in the classical guitar idiom.
I’ve always made sure to ask people who I knew would be supportive
- a stacked deck, if you will, in my favor.
you set yourself daily, weekly, yearly goals? If so, what are some
of your goals?
I definitely have to set daily goals, otherwise a whole day passes
me buy, and I feel like I’ve done nothing. These goals are rewarding
because I can say, for example, I’m going to work on words for an
hour, and then at the end of the hour I’ve done it - it might all
be shit, but at least I’ve stayed with it, and it’ll likely turn
into something good at some point. In contrast, saying that I want
to tour the world by the time I’m 33 is a bit more difficult to
materialize. Ultimately, I know that if I keep writing and touring,
I will get led to greater accomplishments in my craft as well as
a greater fan base with more touring opportunities.
are a guitarist, song writer, poet, and arranger.
Which of the above do you prefer and why?
this point, I’m a singer-songwriter. It’s what I practice on a daily
basis, and it’s how I’m starting to become known.
that in Canada there are Music Festival Travel Grants as well as
other travel grants that assist professional Canadian musicians
to perform at festivals outside their province or territory of residence.
these grants are given to introduce experience artists to new audiences
at an early stage of their career to a wider public. Have you ever
received this assistance and if so, could you tell our audience
how beneficial have they been from the point of view of furthering
I’ve received some assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts
and it has been extremely helpful. I got a tour grant last year,
for instance, which allowed me to tour across the country. Although
the tour wasn’t as well organized as I’d hoped for, it did provide
me with a new network of people across the country who have since
become very supportive, including my current manager, Candace Elder.
you think there is some kind of a connection between music and travel?
Traveling, whether physical or emotional, provides a new perspective,
or a new backdrop, if you will, to your old script. It makes your
story seem a little more vibrant, and therefore, worthy of being
documented, which of course, is one of the main purposes of art.
is next for Dan Goldman and is there anything you wish to add that
we have not covered?
a tour beginning in August that I hope will bring me from coast
to coast. I’m also working on some new songs and am really excited
to record them in the new year.
Dan and good luck with all of your future endeavors. Thanks Norm
can read more about Dan and listen to a sampling of his music on
About the Author:
Goldman is a travel writer and book reviewer. He is the editor of
the travel site, www.sketchandtravel.com
and the book reviewing site www.bookpleasures.com
Norm and his artist wife meld words with art focusing on romantic
and wedding destinations.
more articles by: Norm
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