Greetings Fellow Earthlings

I hope you are enjoying a joyous and prosperous summer.  Here in the Northeast corner of the Midwestern part of the bottom Country of the Northern Continent of the Western Hemisphere it’s been hot and cool and sunny and rainy and windy and calm.  Sound a lot like they way your life has been going?  Yeah, mine too.

Lots of interesting happenings have occurred here in the Hazlett household.  The biggest event has been the graduation of my daughter Grace from high school.  Her very successful academic career will now lead her to EmersonHonorsCollege in Boston where she will pursue film studies.  As you can tell, I’m a mighty proud Dad.

I’ve had many wonderful opportunities to perform and also staff songwriting seminars.  In April I headed up the Madison Songwriters Guild Retreat in DodgevilleWI and we had a marvelous weekend.

My latest CD, “The Corner of My Eye has been receiving some very nice reviews and generating some good airplay on both traditional and internet stations.

check out the reviews on my reviews page. 

I wrote an article on songwriting that was published on the CD Baby DIY webpage found here: 

CD Baby’s The DIY Musician

I had the good fortune to be interviewed on a music and cooking radio show and podcast to share some favorite family recipes which can be heard here:

The Backstage Gourmet
The show aired on June 3rd.

I had the pleasure of being a featured showcase artist for the Michigan Presenters Annual Conference in Traverse City. 

In July I will once again be a member of Dick Siegel’s staff for the Singer/Songwriter Summer Camp Program for theInterlochenArtsAcademy.  This time I’ll be on staff for two sessions and so will spend a glorious four weeks at Interlochen instructing some of the most talented young songwriters in the country.  It’s a real blessing to have the opportunity to work with these students and to be included in a group of such distinguished fellow staff members, Dick SiegelErin Zindle, Natalia Zuckerman and Anne Heaton.

 

In September I am staffing a songwriting unit at The Alcona Arts Retreat.  It will be a weekend of intense but beautiful songwriting activities at a gorgeous location in Alcona County Michigan.  There will only be twelve participants in this program but there are still some available slots.

I extend my gratitude to each of you for your kindness and support over the years.  May you all be richly blessed in every space of your lives.

 With Great Fondness,



Oh my dear Compatriots, Companions, Cominglers,

 

I hope you’re enjoying the new year and have been happily living up to all those dreaded new years resolutions.

Here are some of mine:

 

To grow younger

Since I have reached such an advanced age I thought it would be prudent to resolve to begin growing younger.  However, this may prove a difficult task since, according to my family, I am already guilty of acting pretty childish.  But if I can take this regression thing far enough I’m hoping to end up as a gleam in someone’s eye.  Nice way to go out.

 

Have some work done

I’ve also been thinking it would be a good idea for me to have a personality transplant since, according to expert sources, mine seems to be malfunctioning.  The hard part will be finding someone who won’t mind donating theirs.  Maybe someone like Donald Trump or Larry King since they don’t seem to be using theirs much anyway.

 

Consider a surgical remedy

A third resolution is, I might get a smartalec-ectomy.  Just have all my foolhardy actions removed.  If you can, imagine me as someone who never makes all those rash statements before engaging my brain.  Hard to visualize, eh?

 

Anyway, these are some of my current goals.  I hope yours are more useful

 

2012

 

Looking back, it’s been a year of exciting events, big blessings, and some heartbreaking losses, but all in all I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.

 

  • In October we celebrated the release of my latest CD, “The Corner of My Eye” with a CD release party at Stonehouse Concerts.  The CD is being very well received and can be purchased directly from my website here:  http://danhazlett.com/?page_id=6

Here’s what some folks have said about the CD

 

“The cd is chalk full of happy surprises.  Like all cd’s I have my favorites (Alchemy of Fish in particular) but mostly I’m content to say that from cover to cover, this is the work of someone who continues to reach, continues to grow, continues to tell the truth as he sees it, in ways that continue to delight.”

 

David Barrett, Composer/Songwriter – “One Shining Moment”

 

“Armed with unbounded imagination and charm to match, Dan Hazlett’s songs are unforgettable adventures into the secret lives of his characters.  Dan’s unique and brilliant fingerstyle guitar frames his songs perfectly, while his warm, textured voice caresses each note.  A songwriter’s songwriter, Dan Hazlett shares his experience and knowledge of human nature through his lively and heartfelt music.”  

 

Maggie Ferguson, Folk DJ on The Old Front Porch Radio Show, WXOU – Auburn Hills and Concert Series Presenter

 

“Really enjoyed listening to your CD all last week.  Excellent work!  You’ve made an entertaining album experience from first track to the last. 

 

John D. Lamb – Director Springfed Arts / Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters

 

  • I continued to perform as a sideman in Joel Palmer’s blustery little group “Dr. Swing”  and that has been a really joyful experience in which I’ve gotten to swing with some of my favorite musicians including Annie and Rod Capps, Jeff Royer and Ron Ellman.  http://joelpalmermusic.com/ 

 

  • My play, “TumbledownTown” enjoyed a couple of performances in very beautiful venues for quite appreciative audiences.

 

  • In June I traveled to Dodgeville, WIwhere I staffed the annual Madison Songwriters Guild Songwriters Retreat.  I’ll be returning on staff this spring in April to this gorgeous location for a weekend Retreat.  http://madisonsongwriters.com/?page_id=5

 

  • In July and August I was an instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy  Summer Camp as part of Dick Siegel’s Singer/Songwriter Camp program along with the amazing Erin Zindle and Whit Hill.  I’ve been asked to join Dick again this summer, this time for two consecutive camp sessions, which means I’ll be gone for four weeks.  http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/singer-songwriter

 

  • I had some fine tour dates in Illinoisand Wisconsinthroughout the summer and fall that included a one hour performance for the excellent podcast called Mad Toast Live hosted by Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines.  The show is videod and posted as a podcast and can be viewed in it’s entirety here: http://www.madtoastlive.com/latest/2012/9/18/episode-258-dan-hazlett.html

 

  • The very sad news is that we lost a dear friend and musical partner, Rick Shelley at the end of August.  Rick was an astoundingly talented singer/songwriter, a gifted history teacher and a truly beautiful soul.  His band-mate and former student, Sameer Barua organized a massive memorial concert at Rick’s High School and the video can be seen here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSaUC7ym0Mo                                                                                                                    One of the last things Rick recorded were some amazing vocal tracks for my latest CD.  I could not have known it would be the last time we’d make music together.  I will always be grateful for that moment of grace.

 

 



 

My Dear and Fondest Friends,
 
It’s been a brief but distant time since I’ve shared the long and short of things with you.  Time has dragged on and flown by like a sparrow with a wheelbarrow.  Many great and tiny events have happened, are happening or, presumably, will happen in the past near future in and around my current and projected surroundings or elsewhere as the case may be.
It’s now 2012 and some say that augurs the end of the world, while others point to it as an election year.  Some might venture the opinion that it’s pretty much a six pack of one and a half dozen lagers of the other.  In any case or two I have many things for which I am entirely and humbly thankful for.  And for each of you I and grateful every day.
 
As you know, I had the incredible honor of serving on the staff at Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters this past November and it was an enormously satisfying and thrilling experience being surrounded by astounding songwriters.
 
My play, Tumbledown Town has continued to thrive, recently performing in Northwest Ohio and up in the Thumb of good old Michigan. 
 
I’ve had the joyful experience of being a sideman trumpet player in Joel Palmer’s Doctor Swing band on several occasions with more in the works.  It’s a revolving group of musicians including the talented Annie Capps, the lovely Rod Capps, and the charming Jeff Royer.
 
A song I wrote was a semi-finalist in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, which puts it in the top 6% of entries for this year. 
 
I finalized a recording project which I produced for Tom Saunders called “Moonlight Becomes You”, which was his 20th anniversary gift to his lovely wife Terry.
 
I’m currently producing recording projects for Judy Insley, John Rinn and Joel Palmer.
 
I’ve assembled an incredible line-up of fantastic musicians who add their beautiful talents to my own upcoming CD.  It will mark my 9th full length release.  Although some people seem to think I am constantly releasing CDs, the truth is this will be my first fully produced studio CD since 2004.  That’s a long time between projects but I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait.  I’m convinced this is by far the best thing I’ve done and I’m going to be proud of it after we’re done with the spit and polish.  The gifted guests are doing the polishing.  I’ll be featured on the spitting. So keep your ears open and you’ll be hearing the final project soon, I promise you.
 
In June I’ll be traveling to Dodgeville, Wisconsin (near Madison)  to staff the Madison Songwriters Guild Retreat for Songwriters.  It’s a weekend Retreat at the beautiful BETHEL HORIZONS RETREAT CENTER
and all attention will be focused on the moment of grace we call songwriting.  For anyone with an interest in writing songs at any level, I intend to offer an inspiring and interactive program that includes time to perform, write, share and intimately experience each others work.  Significant discounts are currently available.  To register you may contact me directly or contact Rich Bauman at 608-241-2615 or rich@richbaumann.com
 
In late July and early August I’ll be teaming up with the incredibly talented writers Whit Hill and Erin Zindle under the direction of Dick Siegel to teach songwriting to a select group of talented High School students at
the INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY .  I am so honored to be asked to be a part of this program and my intention is to help provide a great learning moment in the lives of these very talented young people.
 
I’ll also be headed back to Madison Wisconsin in September to perform at the Brink Lounge for the Mad Toast Live concert series.  The show is recorded and posted as a full hour video podcast so please tune in for that.  It’s a moment to which I am forward looking with anticipation joyful.  Am I why backwards talking?


Woohoo! check this out. I got a facelift….! The ‘anonymous’ web designer I’ve been working with has finally gotten around to building me a site that works and can grow with each project. Ain’t we just stylin now! I can tell you who it is, but it’ll cost you.



To all my friends and fans who have been so supportive I wish an inspiring and meaningful Holiday Season.
If we could imagine that you are the collective shareholders in my little musical endeavors that would make this our end of the year progress report. Or if we imagine that you are the teachers who give me the benefit of your insight and wisdom, this might be the year end report card. Or if you were the IRS this would be your disappointing tax return. Or if you were the outgoing administration . . . sorry, going too far.

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