Dan Reiser is Asheville, NC’s greatest liar. (This bio can’t be trusted, but it’s the only bio the artist would approve.)
His debut, Fallen Angels, includes songs about buried treasure, Mayan rain gods, Van Gogh, aliens, and Africa. And two songs about love.
Yes, he’s lied about them all. Songwriter Dan Reiser has no actual experience in any of these subjects except love, and his wife says he has no experience in that. To say one thing in his defense, in the two love songs he doesn’t think he used the word “baby” once. Listen to see if he’s lying.
Reiser thinks he probably is Asheville’s greatest thief also. “My rhythms are stolen from world music, the harmonies are from the doo-wop era, and many of the melodies are reminiscent of 50s and 60s music,” he claims. (He doesn’t want you to know it, but he has been involved in Asheville’s music scene longer than most of that storied scene’s scenesters.)
Dan Reiser thinks you should buy these tunes, if you don’t mind a little thieving and lying. He’d also like you to buy his sculpture (web site in progress so come back to follow LINKS on side menu).
”I’m either a musician working as a sculptor or a sculptor working as a musician,” Reiser says. Apparently he is not only a thief and a liar, but a multitalented schizophrenic too.
A Few of the Lies:
“I’m a lonely writer at my table in the night and I’ve watched my dreams just drowning in this little pool of light.” – 12. Back to Asheville
“One day I know the sun will fall and land like a bird in my hand and then I’ll paint with its rays these lavender days twisting the light in my own way.” – 10. Van Gogh
“I’m holding your water in my hands but it runs through my fingers and falls in the sand.” – 11. Blue Angel
“Well, the radio taught me everything I need and the radio taught me dreamers succeed.” – 1. My Radio
“All the disciples better learn to smile ‘cause I found my religion on that radio dial.” – 1. My Radio
“All my plans just turned to schemes, all my big ideas just turned to dreams.” – 3. Pirates
“The road of life has crosses by the roadside and holy men just shake their heads and drive by.” – 7. Crosses by the Roadside