June 22, 2008
Dan Wilson Hits the PUSH Stage
Another beautiful thing about PUSH is that the event weaves in amazing, eclectic performers throughout the sessions. These artists have so much soul, you lose yourself as they find their way in between 'brain food' panels and individual talks about serious global issues.
The emotion of music allows you to process what you just heard in a different way and Cecily's selection of these artists are a powerful part of the conference.
Dan won a 2007 Song of the Year Grammy Award with the Dixie Chicks for 'Not Ready to Make Nice.' Additional recognition includes the 2007 Album of the Year (Dixie Chicks, 'Taking the Long Way'), for which he co-wrote an additional 5 songs, and a nomination for Best Rock Song for 'Closing Time,' on which he was primary singer and songwriter with the band Semisonic.
On-stage, he tells us a story a heartwarming story about the birth of his first child, the inspiration behind Closing Time, which most people think is about the closing time of a bar. We break into laughter as we learn that he hid meaning in his lyrics so people, particularly his band wouldn't know. It was more than touching - Dan has that rare ability to ever so softly engage an audience in a way that keeps them wanting more stories and more music.
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