Fashion Ad
Online Magazine for Girls 6-16!FlowersGirlZlikeme-Logo





girlzlikeme

Sign up for our GirlZlikeme.com Email List


Finally, a magazine with your picture inside!
Just for Fun A Servant's Heart Shop Best Friend Forever Art and Travel Fashion Asl Allie Pets girlZlikeme Home Page Girl of the Week

My Blog

 

Pianist Daniel Clarke!
16 May 2009 07:35pm
Hi girls! I want to introduce you to an amazing musician,Daniel Clark. My piano teacher taught him when he was younger. He truly is one of the nicest people and I know you will find him encouraging and just plain fun to listen to. As a treat, he made up a song on the spot and called it “Taylor.” I placed a video clip of it at the end of the interview. You will see how much talent he has! In fact, he will be appearing on Leno this Wednesday night (May 20th) playing for Mandy Moore
.

Taylor

P.S. Thanks again Daniel... You rock!



Taylor: How long have you been playing piano?

Daniel: I have been playing the piano my whole life, but I’m 29 now and I started playing at about age five or six.

 

Taylor: Besides piano lessons, did you go to college to study music?

Daniel: I did take piano lessons all through elementary, middle, and high school and then went to Virginia Commonwealth University.  They happened to have a really great jazz program and I studied with a terrific Jazz piano teacher there.




Taylor: Would you call yourself a jazz musician?

Daniel: Yes, but I use that term loosely. I’m an improvising musician, so I can play any type of music. I practice classical, jazz, folk, and pop music. I know lots of great classical musicians who don’t really know what they are playing. They could read anything on a page, but they have no idea what it means and why it works. However, a jazz musician does know what it all means and why it all works. I can go into a recording session and having never heard the song before, hear it one time and then record on it.




Daniel’s circa 1800’s pump organ.

Taylor: How did you get to play for famous people? How were you discovered?

Daniel: I started playing with Mandy Moore because I knew the drummer and bass player that were playing on her record. They knew her producer. He was working on Mandy’s record and they didn’t have a piano player. I was at the right place at the right time.  If I wasn’t a good musician and a good person, they wouldn’t have said “this is the guy.” Mandy and I hit it off, so when it came time for her to tour she said that she would love to have me come and play. There are a million guys she could have chosen in L.A., but she called on me because I was a good person. You spend 95% of your time not playing music and my dad’s always said, “You could be the best musician in the world, but if you aren't a good person, nobody is going to want to work with you.”

 

Taylor: Who all have you played for?

Daniel: Mandy Moore, Katy Lang, Rachel Yamagata, and I soon hope to work with Ryan Adams the country artist. Just the other day, I played with Katy Lang at the Kennedy Center for President Obama. We were on the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra. It was exciting.



Getting a few jazz interpretation lessons from Daniel.

Taylor: Where have you traveled while playing?

Daniel: I have been to Australia, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, and all over the United States.

 

Taylor: Is there a really fun experience you can share?

Daniel: I went to Russia for the first time 5 years ago and since jazz is America’s music, they will send groups over to places that don’t have much western influence. We become like family with the people, so one time we went to this thing called a bunya which is like a sauna. They took us to these mountains and there was snow on the ground. We were in the sauna and supposed to take a cold plunge in this frozen lake. We are saying, “I don’t know man, I don’t know about this (Laughs)!” The sauna does get super hot so I went ahead and jumped in the lake. It’s the craziest thing I think I've ever done! I had this mole on my back and the next day it was kind of painful and it was turning black.  I’m thinking “That’s not good!” I looked back the day after that and it was completely gone! (Lots of laughs!)

 


Taylor: What is the hardest thing you have ever had to play?

Daniel: In high pressure situations, I’ve been able to shine and for some reason, I’m able to focus. Doug Richards was the director of the jazz program at VCU when I was in high school in an all Richmond jazz band. He had come into the rehearsal and was standing over my back. We were sight reading a song and all the music was written out, so I couldn’t just improvise my way through it. He was watching me sight read this piece and I was sweating and super nervous. I sight read that thing perfectly!! I’ve never sight read anything that good in my life!

 

Taylor: If someone asked you to play your favorite piece right now, what would you play?

Daniel: That would really change from this hour to the next.  Instead, I’d probably sit down and make something up! If you asked me that earlier today, I’d probably play a jazz song or one of Mandy’s songs.

 



Click to play "Taylor's Song" by Daniel Clarke




Blog Links

First Blog-05 Oct 08

 

My New Blog-05Apr10

Spring Time-31Mar10

Ski Trip-27Feb10

A Cool Walk-25Feb10

Snow Fun-07Feb10

Hello-22Jan10

Nico's CBS Interview -16Jan10

Rose Parade-31Dec09

Real Snow-22Dec09

Snow-17Dec09

New Piano-05Dec09

Taylor's 14th-04Dec09

Thanksgiving 2009-28Nov09

Concert-18Nov09

GZLM News-11Nov09

GZLM News-06Nov09

Fall Retreat-02Nov09

Melissa Manchester-30Oct09

Sailing Week 1-26Oct09

Hi from Taylor & Allie -22Oct09

Sailing Around the World -20Oct09

Mom's Birthday-16Oct09

Carter Mountain-14Oct09

Book Review-13Oct09

GZLM News-10Oct09

GZLM News-09Oct09

The Pet Hunter-06Oct09

Author Jessica Burkhart -03Oct09

Music Festival-02Oct09

GZLM News-29Sep09

GZLM News-24Sep09

GZLM News-23Sep09

GZLM News-22Sep09

GZLM News-17Sep09

The Tennessean News Article- 15Sep09

GZLM News-14Sep09

Back to School-12Sep09

GZLM News-11Sep09

GZLM News-10Sep09

GZLM News Idol Judge-05Sep09

Family Campfire-03Sep09

GZLM News Carrie's CD Cover- 01Sep09

GZLM News Miley's New CD- 30Aug09

Our New Cat, Lilly-26Aug09

Allie is Girl of the Week & Girl of the Month- 22Aug09

Jackie Gingrich Cushman- 17Aug09

I Met Drew-11Aug09

Y-Press Interview-09Aug09

Bank Senior VP for the Music Industry- 08Aug09

Tennessee State Senator- 05Aug09

The Tennessean News Interview- 04Aug09

Tennessee Correspondent- 03Aug09

America’s Character Coach- 29Jul09

Rivah Trip-26Jul09

Capitol Hill Correspondent- 24Jul09

Summer Camp-19Jul09

CBS 6 Interview-13Jul09

Class and Trash-10Jul09

Beach Trip-05Jul09

VBS Week-28Jun09

Allie's 11th Birthday-23Jun09

BombSquad-22Jun09

CYT's Willy Wonka-18Jun09

Microbiologist-12May09

Magazine Publisher-08Jun09

GZLM's Emily-01Jun09

Adventures #2-29May09

Sophie the Cat-26May09

Tonight Show-24May09

USAF Brigadier General- 18May09

Pianist Daniel Clarke-16May09

Ballerina-10May09

Raceway Medical Staff- 06May09

One Year of Girlzlikeme- 02May09

Richmond Int'l Raceway- 01May09

General Corley-29Apr09

USAF Thunderbirds-27Apr09

Rue 21-22Apr09

Navy Admiral-21Apr09

Helicopter Pilot-18Apr09

16 Under 16-15Apr09

H. Montana Movie-10Apr09

CBS Richmond-09Apr09

ABC Richmond-01Apr09

First Video Blog-24Mar09

Youth Band-18Mar09

CYT's Narnia-14Mar09

Nico's Birthday-11Mar09

Photographer-05Mar09

You Call This Spring-04Mar09

Real Snow-02Mar09

Dolphin Trainer-27Feb09

We Got Snow-22Feb09

Come Fly With Us-20Feb09

First Lady of VA-18Feb09

Interview Prep-14Feb09

My New Bangs-08Feb09

Cactus Cuties-06Feb09

WRVA News Radio-27Jan09

Lite 98 Radio-23Jan09

PR Meeting-16Jan09

House Fire-16Jan09

New Best Friend-12Jan09

Youth Leader Party-07Jan09

Our New Bedrooms-03Jan 09

Happy New Year-01 Jan 09

Fashions-28 Dec 08

Christmas Day-26 Dec 08

Merry Christmas-24 Dec 08

I See You-21 Dec 08

New Shirts-17 Dec 08

Me & My Piano-14 Dec 08

Fashion Blooper-12 Dec 08

Santa's Coming-05 Dec 08

Capital Rally-03 Dec 08

She's Moving-02 Dec 08

Thanksgiving-27 Nov 08

13th. Birthday-22 Nov 08

Vacation View-15 Nov 08

Aquarium Trip-14 Nov 08

Amish Country-13 Nov 08

Hershey, PA-12 Nov 08

HSM3-04 Nov 08

Watching NBC-03 Nov 08

Work of Art-31 Oct 08

CBS Roanoke-24 Oct 08

Big Idea-20 Oct 08

Apple Picking-18 Oct 08

Mom's B-Day-17 Oct 08

Fashion Shoot-14 Oct 08

Pumpkin Patch-11 Oct 08

CBS News-08 Oct 08

Pepper-06 Oct 08

My Brother-05 Oct 08

My Sister-05 Oct 08

 

 

 
 
About UsAdvertiseArchivesPrivacyUser SubmissionsFAQ
© 2008 girlZlikeme All Rights Reserved

SEND THIS WEBSITE TO A FRIEND

Parent's Page My Blog Media Room Graphic T's Ad GirlZlikeme Banner Contact Us Fashion Banner Play Video Clip!