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Q and A Garrett Daniel takes love of classical music to Hutchins Street Square

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Garrett Daniel

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 9:34 am

Garrett Daniel, of Lodi, has been invited to sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with the Central Valley Youth Symphony as it celebrates its 45th anniversary as an organization. Daniel, 17, is a junior who is homeschooled through Connecting Waters Charter School. Daniel talks about singing, his hobbies and what he plans to do after college.

Q: How would you describe your style of singing?

A: I perform a lot of Broadway ’50s-style music and Christian music. 

Q: Who are some of your favorite singers?

A: Jason Mraz, and then probably Michael Buble. For favorite play, I’d say “Les Miserables.”

Q: What will you sing this weekend?

A: I will sing just one song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Q: What is your favorite musical scene in a movie? 

A: “Les Miserables,” the scene in which they sing “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.”

Q: Why don’t more young people appreciate classical music? What do you love about it? 

A: I think classical music is my favorite to sing. A lot of classical music has a story behind it, a lot more morals than most songs do.

Young people probably don’t like it because, as generations progressed, classical started to be associated with things that are old ... It wasn’t cool.

Q: What would be your perfect weekend?

A: I would probably say going to a karate tournament, singing “The National Anthem” there, coming home and chilling with family and my girlfriend, Raquel Kirn.

Q: What is your favorite song?

A: My favorite song would probably be “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” Other favorites would be “Bring Him Home” and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. I also like, “This is the Moment” from “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Q: What do you want to do professionally?

A: Right now I’m looking at a couple of different things. I am going to go to the Air Force Academy to become a pilot.

Q: Where else have you performed?

A: My voice teacher is the director of the Lodi Youth Chorale. I just sang for Lodi Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. I’ve sung at the Loel Center, for Rotary, at the Boys and Girls Club.

Q: What’s something people don’t know about classical music?

A: Sometimes it’s a lot harder to sing than people might realize.

Q: What’s your routine before you perform?

A: I go through vocal warm-ups, sing through my songs a couple of times, walk through the motions. The key to doing well is you can’t let your nerves get the best of you.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby?

A: My favorite hobby would most definitely be martial arts. I (practice) goju style Okinawan karate.  

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