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1  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Bad Omens? on: January 04, 2010, 11:42:13 AM
     14 or 15 more years?  i don't quite get your math, but that doesn't sound so terribly bad.  i did just hang out with Daniel in Waller the Saturday before Christmas, and i can report that he actually seems a bit healthier physically (he is completely off sugar) and sharper mentally.  i'm sure a lot of it is his diet, and he seems to be getting pretty damn good care from his family, especially his brother Dick, who looks after his financial affairs, and his sister Margy, who has done an AMAZING job of organizing Daniel's massive quantities of toys, comic books, DVDs, records  and, especially, VHS tapes.   i was very impressed with what she's done and i was compelled to take about 25 pictures with my phone.  next time i'm bringing a camera!  the way she organized his toys, on every shelf in the kitchen, and in fact all over the house, shows that Daniel is not the only artist in that family. 

      it was great to see him again and hang out.  in fact, we had all met in Houston the night before--Daniel, at least 15  members of his family, his bandmates in The Nightmares, Kathy McCarty and David Thornberry, and I all converged at Diverseworks to see Jason Nodler's latest Daniel-inspired play, Life is Happy and Sad,  which was absolutely great, by the way.  afterwards there was a Q&A and Daniel, Kathy, Dave, Jason and I, and the cast of the play answered questions.  Daniel would often interject hilariously.  i think he was at ease because he sat behind all of us, at the piano, and most of the questions were not directed at him, so he could kind of just riff.   it was great fun, and went on  for quite a while, because people kept asking questions, but finally during a pause Daniel asked, of everyone, "Does anyone want to go to Denny's?"

     i should take a moment to say that non-actor (before this) Matt Brownlie was really really great as a young Daniel, sitting at the piano in a University of Texas practice room in 1984, composing a tape letter to his good friend Dave Thornberry.  it's hard to imagine anyone doing a better job.  i am also including a link explaining my involvement with the play.

     anyway, i just wanted to report that Daniel is alive and well!

http://w3.catastrophictheatre.com/forums/forum-topic/39
2  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Life is Happy and Sad on: December 08, 2009, 05:09:04 PM
check out this link to read about this bizarre funny coincidence:

http://w3.catastrophictheatre.com/forums/forum-topic/39
3  General Discussion / Yip! Share / Re: How to upload? on: October 21, 2009, 04:39:01 PM
my name is bill anderson and i'd like to share some old Daniel stuff i have from the mid-80s, but i'm having a hard time downloading the stuff.  what's the easiest way?
4  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: I would like to talk about the song "Go" on: January 08, 2009, 04:40:50 PM
as someone who knows daniel, i can tell you that he absolutely is a huge beatles freak, he has all the records and a bunch of rare stuff, memorabilia and such.  he's been listening to the beatles his WHOLE LIFE, and i guarantee they are the biggest influence on him by far.  as you go along and hear more of his older stuff, you'll hear it more and more clearly.

as for "Go,"  i've always really loved that song.  when we did the rock opera "Speeding Motorcyle" last spring we worked up a pretty elaborate and beautiful arrangement of that song and playing that one was always a high point for me.
5  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Paul McCartney similarities on: November 25, 2008, 02:38:01 PM
holy ****!  at first i thought it WAS daniel, mislabeled.  uncanny.
6  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Daniel Johnston movie deal finalized? on: October 29, 2008, 08:47:58 AM
terrified.  they'll probably get it all wrong.   i guess there is an outside chance that someone would make a good movie out of daniel's life, but don't count on it happening.    though after seeing how sean penn approached "into the wild," i'm not ruling out the possibility of a dramatized movie about daniel that could stand as art on its own.  it has to be about music though, not just mental illness and drama...
7  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Dan's art to be broadcast into space! on: October 10, 2008, 08:55:06 AM
awesome!  his fame is finally going galactic like he always thought...
8  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Terrible news - Cary Winscott has passed away on: September 24, 2008, 09:09:14 AM
it's really sad.  he was a talented guy to work with and a great person to know.  i can still hear him playing "peek-a-boo."  he revealed one night that it was the only song he knew how to play on piano, that he had taught himself that one song to be able to do it in the show.  we'll all miss him dearly.
9  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: oxford american magazine on: September 11, 2008, 09:18:04 AM
music first.  definitely.
10  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: 10 Daniel Johnston songs I LOVE with a passion! on: August 08, 2008, 01:39:50 PM
mother mom said
don't be scared
more dead than alive
dairy queen
golly gee
true grief
rock this town
the great tune
don't let the sun go down on your greviance
museum of love

it's really really hard to pick 10.  these could be completely different in a week, they could have been completely different a week ago...
11  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: dumb question about his instrument/instruments on: August 08, 2008, 01:33:35 PM
yeah, you're hearing that a chord organ, which is basically a toy, but it sounds great, especially in daniel's hands.  i've been calling him the "master of the chord organ,"  since i first heard his tapes, back in '84.  i wish he would use them in his live shows more, but he doesn't think they're "cool" enough.  he thinks guitars are way cooler,  which i would have to disagree with, even though i'm a guitar player...
12  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Nightmares co-founder dead at age 33 on: July 25, 2008, 08:48:44 AM
 it was very sad news til i found out it was fake.  not really very funny.
13  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: A collected Memory of Daniel Johnston on: July 03, 2008, 10:12:24 AM
wow, i like it!  your love for daniel and his music shows through.  i'm honored to be part of the exhibit.  wish i could see it in person!  and i'd like to hear the tape you made of edited conversation.  maybe you should take this show on the road someday?
14  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: The Bottom Line...... on: June 26, 2008, 11:30:50 AM
Sonney, you don't know Daniel, you don't know his life, and you flatter yourself when you claim to have so much in common with him.    I hope you can get your life on track and be happier. 

He doesn't hate women.
He loves people.  He lives at home not by choice but because he's incapable of taking care of himself in the world.  He loves and respects his family and is grateful that they are watching over him.
He has worked in his life, at tedious and difficult jobs.  He did not get a job at McDonald's to "network,"  he did it to eke out a living while making his art.  It was near the place he lived (on his own), and it was a job he could get.
He IS an artist, as much of an artist or more, than anyone I've ever known. 
The only part I agree with is how the Austin scene embraced him, but then again, why wouldn't we?  He is a super-talented songwriter and a hell of a fun guy to be around.  There are any number of cities that would have recognized Daniel's talent and celebrated it.  Daniel was determined to find such a place and he did. 
It was not all luck!

15  General Discussion / Website Forum / Re: The Cutting Edge on: April 28, 2008, 05:01:51 PM
i think i may have that entire cutting edge episode on DVD.  my band at the time, Poison 13, was one of the Austin bands featured.  in fact, it was the bass player and i that were responsible for the producers finding out about Daniel.  when we did the interview on the roof of the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, they asked us if there was anyone else they needed to film while they were in town and the both of us blurted out Daniel's name.

i have kind of a funny story about the night they first showed that episode on MTV, but i should probably save it for Jeff's book.

if i can find someone to copy the DVD (providing i can dig up the DVD first), i'll send you one.  i'll look for it tonight.
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