Believing Is Seeing
Dan Crabtree is a singer/songwriter in Florida, and recently retired Letter Carrier dubbed "The Singing Mailman" by those who have known him the last 7 years. That's how long he has been playing guitar and singing, which he started doing in church like so many other artists. Seemingly always a late bloomer, Dan explains, "We always had a guitar around the house. Dad could really sing and play, and he tried to teach me. I remember learning C, F, and G7 chords to "Home on the Range", but I was sure I was going to be the next Mickey Mantle or Lew Burdette and just didn't have time to be bothered with music as a kid." A few years ago, though, God brought a set of circumstances into Dan's life that awakened in him a real passion for learning to play the guitar. First, his doctor told Dan that he needed a hobby to help relieve work-related stress; Dr. Casanova suggested the guitar. At the time, Dan didn't know his doctor was quite a good classical guitarist. Second, a new pastor, Mark Clarke, was called to Dan's church, and he came playing a guitar. And third, well, we'll let Dan tell this last one. "With guitar thoughts already planted by Dr. Casanova and Pastor Mark, I realized that, at 77 years of age, Dad was teaching himself to play piano. After working his way through some "teach-yourself-to-play" books for about a year, Dad was playing some pretty nice songs. So I decided that if Dad could still learn to play piano, I could still learn to play guitar! I bought a used Yamaha six-string the same week Mom and Dad called from Ohio to tell us that Dad had 3 cancerous tumors in his brain. Before he died a few months later, though, and me being a HUGE Statler Brothers fan, I learned to play well enough to strum and sing a rough version of "More Like My Daddy Than Me" to my Daddy. Dad's last inspiration to me was one of his best!" Dan has been playing and singing ever since. In addition to playing his gospel favorites at local churches in and around Charlotte County, Fl., Dan has performed at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center Theater, Peace River Center for Writers, local dinner theater, flea markets, mobile home parks, and assisted living facilities. His self-proclaimed "meager talents" are always enjoyed with his mix of wholesome country, cowboy western, old standard sing-a-longs, and always closing his shows with the gospel message in a few songs. The Spirit of God has even given Dan to write some songs of his own, and he's been adding them into his play list. Folks at Dan's shows really get a kick out of "Why? Why? Why?", a true story about his courtship of his, now wife, Kizzy Mary. "The Charlotte County 2004 Hurricane Season Experience" is an encouraging song to the locals after Hurricane Charley devastated Dan's area of Florida, but the sentiments of the song surely apply to all those who have been hit so very hard along the Gulf Coast the last couple of years. Eight more of Dan's own songs, and his Dad's favorite hymn - "In the Garden", are on his new CD, including the title cut, "Believing is Seeing". Here's hoping that you check out Dan's new CD and become acquainted with both him and his music. Just click on the 'Add To Cart' button beside Dan's picture, above. Enjoy!