Wednesday, September 28, 2022

RIP Sonia Handelman Meyer

Being around Sonia Handelman Meyer was always special. Stories of the old New York that gave her such a beautiful canvas. The photos she took of children, of subways and street corners, and life. She had taken the first ever professional photos of Pete Seeger and the Weavers, and had been the only full-time employee of the influential Photo League. The world finally began to pay attention to Sonia at the age of 87. Recognition does not always arrive in one's life span, but Sonia thankfully had more than a lifetime on this earth, and she embraced it when the honors finally arrived.


A few years, I was honored to scan and digitize her work with the Weavers. Contact sheets and negatives that document a moment in music history, and world history. Sonia's photos from that day are amazing, and I look forward to when you all can see more of those photos. They, like Sonia, will live forever.

I loved spending time with Sonia. I loved documenting her, and her newest exhibits. I loved the way she scolded me for "taking too many photos" of her, knowing that she also loved the attention that she and her work were now receiving. It was a conversation that I never wanted to end. At 102 and a half years old, I had hoped for more time with her. Perhaps that the greatest thing you can say about anyone.

Farewell, Sonia. You will always be a friend, an inspiration, and a New Yorker. A neverending window to possibilities, and a voice that will remain as familiar as my own.

Until the next adventure, see you in the stars.

-Daniel
September 28, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Box Out This Week

Busy the last several days, and I'll be really busy this week. I did want to take a moment to celebrate the work of Cheryl Pawelski, Wilco and everyone else involved with this Friday's release of the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot boxset. The collection features much of my photos of the band in 2002, from shows in Nashville and Philadelphia. Those were remarkable adventures, and I hope to post the story of those days sometime this week.

Here's to everyone that tries to create something good, and those that receive it, no matter when the message arrives. See you in the clouds, and see you on the road.

-Daniel
September 25, 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Announcing The New Cyrkle Album, Center Of The World

  I'm proud to announce that the first studio album from the Cyrkle since 1967 is at last ready to be heard.

"Center Of The World" is the result of work spanning the last three years, as original members Don Dannemann and Mike Losekamp lead the current Cyrkle lineup through thirteen songs to brighten your eyes and ears.

"Center Of The World" features several new songs from Dannemann, Losekamp and current bandmember Pat McLoughlin. The album also features the late Tom Dawes on two songs, again reuniting his harmonies with Dannemann's. The legendary Charlie Calello, who produced the Cyrkle's final recordings in 1967, also returns to mix "Dance With Me Tonight", which has already emerged as a fan favorite.

Along with "The 59th Street Bridge Song", the song that the Cyrkle turned down in 1966, this album also features new recordings of "Red Rubber Ball", "Turn Down Day" and "The Visit", to tell the story of the band's path to now. "Center Of The World" feels like a Cyrkle album in every way.

While the band is currently considering how best to release the album in the coming weeks, you can be among the first to pick up a copy of the album at the Super Megafest in Westford, MA at the end of September. The band will have copies printed just for this show, so please say "Hello", and pick up a copy signed by the band.

Stay tuned for news in the coming days about this album, and stop by the www.thecyrkle.com for more info and new tour dates. The world needs more sunshine, and the Cyrkle is ready to bring us back to the "Center Of The World".

-Daniel
September 15, 2022

New Article In ESQ Magazine

Hello all-

The new issue of Endless Summer Quarterly Magazine features my photos and review of Brian Wilson's show in Charlotte on July 1st. Check it out.

www.esquarterly.com

-Daniel

September 15, 2022




Friday, September 9, 2022

Events Last Weekend

Last weekend, photos of all three days of the Earl Scruggs Festival in Tryon, NC, two JazzArts events in Charlotte, one photo shoot in Shelby, NC, and closed out my Avett Brothers photo exhibition. Stay tuned on where the show will go next.

Tuesday, finished work on the Cyrkle's first new studio album in 55 years, and one interview with WSGE in Gastonia, NC. More news on both soon, as well.
Lots to do this week. See you there, and see you on the road.

-Daniel
September 5, 2022

Show Opening Tonight (September 9th)

One show closes, another opens. I have nine photos in this new show that opens tonight. My thanks to Tom and Amelia for inviting me to be part of this part. I will be there tonight, sometime in the 6pm hour. See you there, and see you on the road.