What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
I know immediately what that would be. In college, in '92, a friend and I took a pilgrimage to Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, and it completely changed my life. The drive down [to Summerville, Georgia] was amazing. Personally, I was in a very selfish place at the time, but going to Paradise Garden knocked all that out of me. There, I found a true and original artist who was speaking things about a spirit that I have known.
Daniel Smith's band, Danielson, plays the Ottobar Wednesday night with Ben & Vesper and Ortolan. Doors open at 8 pm, and it's an all ages show. It figures to be a lot of fun, and you can expect to smile a lot. If you aren't familiar with the group, check out Danielson: a Family Movie, which can be watched instantly on Netflix. You'll thank me later.
[Paradise Garden Bottle House photo by John Lewis]