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FEATURED FAN MAIL - updated 2006-January
I have to tell you how much I like your music. I first heard Yo La
Tengo covering "Speeding Motorcycle" quite a few years ago. When I
heard it, I was immediately taken by the perceptiveness and emotion
of your lyrics and the beauty of the melody. It is truly one of the
great love songs (poems) and compares well to some of the great love
poetry in the English language. Since hearing that song, I have
gotten my hands on both your drawings and music as much as I can. My
friends and family have come to like and appreciate your work as
well. I like to think that it is due to my unrelenting evangelizing
about your work, but I know it is because you are good. I am a true
fan and wish you well.
Daniel hi how are you,
love your music, some of the most honest songs I've heard. A friend
of mine just turned me on to you last year, and I immediately ran
out and purchased your songs of pain and more songs of pain CD. I
Vancouver and I hope you could make it up here to
soon, I'm sure there are many others that share that same wish. I am
also a musician, and your life has proved to me that you don't have
to sound like everyone else to be successful, you just have to be
honest and driven.
thank you so much for your great music, Dave
I live in Nashville, TN and have been a fan for years. I give
thanks to Kurt Cobain for introducing your heartfelt music to me.
The past year has been full of struggles such as a divorce, mother
in bad health, and my own personal demons. Your music has helped me
make it through hard times. Thank You! It's amazing how relating to
someone's pain whom you don't know can make a difference in your own
pain. I hope your life is better now, I'm working on mine and feel
that I'll be ok......
Thanks for your time and music.
Dear Daniel J
My friend gave me one of your CD's a year or
so ago and it has been one of my favorites ever since. I am a
songwriter too and I have been playing shows around my hometown for
a while now. I have so much respect for you because you have
been doing what you love for so many years and making a living off
it and have been so successful with it, and this gives me hope that
maybe I will be able to do this for the rest of my life too.
Have a SPECTACULAR LIFE!!!,
Sincerely, Nick B.
Your music has made me feel a thousand
different feelings, from anxiety and agony, to very ecstasy.
You have filled my life with joy and for that I wish you a very
You are a genius. Hope you have a great
i listend to youre stuff in my studio a few
years ago when my only freinds were my records. lately i have
found myself in the same lonely posion again. and 'more songs of
pain' has been a great companion.
I'm writing from England-London to be
precise. I was recently introduced to your music via a personal
friend called Graham. I was becoming bored with my velvet
underground and david bowie records and so he lent me some new ones-
they included jeffrey lewis and yourself. i then bought the new one
'fear yourself' and thought it amazing, beautiful, honest, all those
familiar adjectives. you have inspired my songwriting in that i want
to make it more honest without feeling embarrassed or awkward about
I've been listening to your music since the
I think I own every one of the white
cassette tapes that you released back then. I still think there the
most amazing stuff you done.
I remember the first time I saw you was at
CBGB's before a Butthole Surfer's show. You were actually playing
your guitar in the audience while a warm up band was howling
away. Then, to my great surprise you got up on stage and played two
The place went wild and I've been hooked
Oddly, I bumped into you the very next day
on Canal street and we chatted a bit.
Please let me know if the music from the
white tapes era is available on CD.
Thanks for the great body of work
I just wanted to tell you thanks for the
great music. I recently started listening to your music, my friend
got me the Songs of Pain for Christmas and I love them. I had
"Come See Me Tonight" on My So-Called Life
and I liked it so much. I am an English major and trying to figure
out what the hell I want to do with my life, and your music has
really helped me. I identify so closely with your honesty and am so
happy that someone like you exists. it gives me much hope.
Caught in all the swirling madness of the
world, i began searching for the path. Your music helps me remember
that i am already walking it; i've always been. There are few souls
like yours and mine, and i should like to meet you some time, if you
were ever in San Bernardino, CA.
yours in light,
hi DANIEL.... i cant speak english..but i'll
try... when i see BEFORE SUNRISE.... i think that is the moust
beautifull movie.....and the last song.... LIVING LIFE..... is
simple an artistic and humanistic perfection..... i cant to find
the tabs or the words in NET...... since 1998 when i saw the
movie id liked play your song......... i cant find KATHY
McCARTHY........ help me please......... an sorry about my English
wrong. i needed try
I'm just writing to tell you that you write really beautiful
songs. There is an emotional element in your music that
captures brilliant honesty and thought. You and John Lennon
are the only people, in my view, to truly attain that emotional
Your unknown friend,
I'm a 27-year-old graduate student who happens to have a
disability, a spinal cord injury to be specific. I honestly find
your songs to be a source of comfort when i get pained by things
related to life in a wheelchair. Whenever my life gets to be sad,
complicated and overwhelming, i can listen to your music and know
that it's ok, because other people like you feel the same sometimes.
you know things i know, i think--things i wish everybody understood
too. keep on truckin, Daniel. oh, and come to Iowa City sometime to
play at Gabe's Oasis or The Green Room, the people here need it.
just wanted to thank you for coming
all the way to Japan & putting on a great show. you're my favorite
songwriter. You are peerless. please come back.
As a teenager, I sat by myself all day with my tape recorder making
songs that I thought were worthless and weird. But Now I
make tapes and let people hear them. Sometimes they get it.
It's a good feeling. Thank you Music and your friend Daniel.
Unfortunately I only had the chance to know
your music in the latest album "Fear Yourself". And let me say,
that I'm going to do all efforts in my disposal to get all the old
records of you.
This record it's simply fantastic. I loved it.
I am one of your newer fans. I heard your new album and it made
me feel awesome. Please keep making great music. I also love your
I hope you end up reading this. Peace to you.
I am a professional artist and have followed your writing and
life for several years. I find your writing wonderfully visual. One
verse that particularly sticks in my head is from an old cassette of
yours that I have. the line is ...."The sun is shining brightly, and
the birds are singing pretty. What's the matter with
me?"....brilliant. That is perhaps one of the most honest and
enlightened sentences I have ever heard. Anyway, I will not pine on
about you, as JD Salinger said, "Don't tell me I am a good writer."
Dear Dan and Jad,
You two are my favorites and this is true
Your songs are lovely and sometimes blue
They are full of joy
They are full of sad
They make me feel better
When I feel bad
They make me believe
I can do what I want
Is a bubbling font
So thank you again
You've really changed my life
Your songs are true love
A celebration of life