"Today, I remember the unimaginable attacks that took place 14 years ago. I remember the flames and smoke shooting out of the Twin Towers. I remember the brave New York Firefighters and Police Officers running into the Towers, as people were fleeing for their very lives.
I remember watching the television in horror as people were making the conscience decision to leap from windows high above the city, rather than burn to death.
I remember the days and weeks of the pile of rubble at Ground Zero, smoking and smoldering and the ever present determination of the rescuers to locate and extract any victim that might still be alive. I remember when a fallen Firefighter or Police Officer was discovered and all rescue operations briefly suspended as they paid a silent tribute to their fallen comrade.
I remember the known and unknown signing up to be United States military members, to go hunt down the ones responsible for that day. America's warriors were sent to not only fight for the victims of the attack but to protect the living and ensure our way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
But in the midst of the pain and the agony and the anguish, I remember the pride I felt as America became a truly united nation. The sight of American Flags were everywhere and even in our deepest, darkest hour, our light and spirit shined brightly.
Today, I remember all of this.
But more than simply remembering, I choose to honor the dead and their families by continuing to live my life with NO fear, love with purpose, and carry on steadfastly.
God bless America."
Daniel recently composed and recorded a song entitled, "Love Done Right" for his parents' 50th wedding anniversary.
Here's a video of the tune.
Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day.
It's hard to believe it's been TEN years since "Thank You (Tribute to the American Soldier)" was released into the world.
Over the years we've receive thousands of emails and messages letting us know how the song has impacted people's lives, especially those serving in the military.
We've been honored to share the message and hope it continues to let our heroes know how much we love, honor, and admire them for their selfless acts.
Wishing everyone a wonderful and prosperous 2015!
In the past few weeks we've had a number of folks looking for a karaoke version of "Thank You" for people and groups to perform at upcoming Veteran's Day functions.
While we don't have a true karaoke version (complete with the lyrics and compatible with karaoke software), we do have a 'tracks' version (music only) that we are making available as an MP3 download. Click HERE to get it.
All we ask in return is that at the function Daniel is credited as the songwriter and if you'd like to provide the website, we'd appreciate it.
Wishing y'all a safe and peaceful Memorial Day, Remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
Daniel recently injured his foot, tearing some ligaments, and was forced to stay off of it for several weeks. But he's doing well now and work continues on Daniel's forthcoming album.
Some song samples will be available here very soon. Stay tuned!
We'd like to wish y'all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures
Our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
Have a safe and peaceful Veteran's Day
Daniel is currently working on writing new material and hopes to have it ready for the fans soon.
"You can't rush the creative process", said the singer, "I'll noodle and tinker with a song until I feel it's ready for the world to hear it. It's not that I'm a perfectionist, it's just you only get one chance to make a first impression".
Daniel hasn't decided if it will be a full album or another EP.
Here's a recently found demo of a song Daniel wrote a while back called "The Corner Of My Mind". Nice tune and really cool steel guitar part.
Our favorite guitarist, CJ, has a solo album available, "Lands & Grooves".
Check it out at www.cjsummerfield.com/News.html
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL!
Here's wishing everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas season!
On this Veteran's Day we think it can be said best how we feel with the following lines from "Thank You":
I WANNA OFFER MY THANKS TO THOSE MEN
INSIDE THAT V.F.W. TONIGHT
CAUSE THEY WERE WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TOOK
INCLUDING LAYING DOWN THEIR LIVES
ON LAND, ON SEA, AND IN THE AIR
A TOUGH JOB DAY IN AND DAY OUT
BUT THATS WHAT BEING AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
IS ALL ABOUT
God bless America's military veterans!
Daniel has been hard at work lately, not creating music, but renovating his home. One item he built from the ground up was a California King bed using two pocket doors from his parent's approximately 1927 home as the headboard.
He added period correct trim around the doors, then stained it and put on three coats of spar urethane. The foot board, rails and legs are all made from oak, which were also stained and urethaned.
Not to worry, though, he assures us he's not forgotten about creating new music, just being creative in another medium!
Wow! It's hard to believe it's been 11 years. It was certainly a day of unmitigated tragedy, yet the days that followed reaffirmed America's resiliency. God bless the victims, the survivors and the heroes and God bless the United States.
Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful July Fourth!
Thanks to everyone at radio and the fans for continuing to support "Sometimes Love"!
"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored".- Daniel Webster
Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend.
Daniel will be making multiple appearances at this year's Fan Fair. We'll have details soon!
"I've always liked this guy in the past. This new ballad is about the sad side of love that you discover when a loved one passes away. He aches in all the right places."
Music Row Review - Robert K. Oermann
Robert K. Oermann is a longtime contributor to Music Row Magazine. He is a respected music critic, author and historian.
Roughstock.com Review - “Sometimes Love”
This singer/songwriter remains an unknown to most fans of big market radio but in the regions that have played past singles like “Man Like Me” and “Until I Close My Eyes For Good,” they know what a strong singer and writer he is.
If the music charts were purely based on talent, Daniel would be a household name right up there with Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney. It’s an unforgiving industry and while many would’ve given up, Daniel’s persevered and with “Sometimes Love” he once again proves that he’s ready to have his songs played on mainstream radio of all market sizes.
Even if “Sometimes Love” doesn’t become a household hit for Daniel as a singer, the top tier artists would do well to think about covering the tune on their own albums.
It’s that good.
Click HERE to check out Daniel's on-air interview with WAXM's Brad Winebarger.
Daniel Smith Hits the Emotional Bullseye Again With His Stirring Ballad “Sometimes Love”
As regularly as spring rolls around, Daniel Smith emerges from his winter labors to deliver another mood-setting song to his expanding circle of fans. This spring the song is “Sometimes Love,” a melodic but sobering observation about our common emotional vulnerabilities:
Sometimes love can mean the bitter with the sweet,
There'll be times when you'll find it knocks you off your feet.
Sometime love reminds what’s been lost and left behind,
The heart can ache and sometimes break unexpectedly
Sometimes love can bring you to your knees.
The 6-foot-5 Kentucky troubadour is well-known for his always-on-target lyrics, whether it’s the sun-and-sand perfection of “Livin’ The Good Life,” the loud-and-liquid uproar of “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour” or the tenderly passionate “Until I Close My Eyes For Good.”
“Sometimes Love,” which Smith both wrote and produced, has just been delivered to radio via CDX Vol. 540 and PlayMPE and is now available to fans through most digital music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.com.
The new song, "Sometimes Love", is now available on iTunes.
Check it out! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sometimes-love-single/id501098548
The long wait is finally over for some new music!
Daniel is preparing to release his first new song of 2012 to radio later this month.
The first new studio song since 2009's, "The EP", the emotionally charged "Sometimes Love" will touch your heart.