Daniel Ahearn - "Separate Ways"
February 2, 2010
It was a sunny Tuesday morning when Allen and I met up with Daniel at his quaint Silver Lake residence. The week of solid rain had finally passed, and it was starting to feel like Los Angeles again. The house had new baby written all over it -- photography coffee table books stacked aside to make room for colorfully plastic Fischer Price toys. Daniel and musical cohort Mindy were in the living room, his son Wyeth on his lap. He was in the middle of explaining the virtues of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening," which he'd caught in syndication the night before.
Taste in movies aside, Daniel feels like the kind of person you should listen to. So completely genuine and enthusiastic. His music dances that line between richly personal and autobiographical yet totally universal. Forthright lyrics poetically weave coming of age tales, that youthful uncertainty and naiveté that's both comforting and unfortunate.
We drank some semi-luke-warm coffee, and as we started setting up, a couple surprise friends trickled in -- Carlos and David J. from CMG and We Are the Night. They sat in on the session, and even played a song at the end. Daniel had tried putting the baby down for a nap, but he was wide awake by the end of the first take. With Wyeth sitting on Mindy's lap as the group went into "Spending Midnights," staring up at his father strumming the guitar, there was a strange sense of fatherly advice that seemed to carry under the youthfully exuberant and rebellious anthem, and a naked disbelief of how quickly we all grew up.
Find out more about Daniel Ahearn @ myspace.com/danielahearn
Find out more about CMG @ myspace.com/cmglovesyou
Camera: Elliot Glass & Allen Kelley
Sound: Elliot Glass
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