Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Bellingham Resident -- David Lanz

Bellingham has, over the years, had our share of well-known residents. The oscar winning actress Hilary Swank learned drama here at Sehome High School. Going way back, Edward R. Murrow was raised in this area and he was often seen visiting his parents who lived in Bellingham in those years after WWII.

Probably a dozen years ago, Ryan Stiles, a star on the Drew Carey show and the improv comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway" moved to Bellingham. He still appears in movies and on TV but, around here, he is known for his small improv theater -- The Upfront. Every year or so, he personally makes appearances.

Another of our best known Bellingham residents, who only moved here five years ago, is David Lanz.

David is an international recording star and had one of the biggest hits ever in the field of "new age" music. Remember that genre back in the late 80's and early 1990's? David composed, and had a top hit, 27 weeks at #1 on the adult alternative/new age charts, with Cristofori's Dream. The song sold platinum and even now, years later, it is still one of the most downloaded songs at I-tunes.

David is very involved in the local community, helping out worthy causes and he is, if you are paying attention, often seen around town. He might be mailing CD's to anywhere in the world or he or his wife might be walking down the street or out at a local restaurant. A few times a year, in between concerts elsewhere, David plays at local venues in Bellingham. He does workshops with students at some of the local colleges and he does intimate, and highly enjoyable, concerts.

My wife and I saw him just last night at the Amadeus Project concert hall on Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham. Next week he plays Jazz Alley, a famous nightclub, in Seattle. Last night we were front row in this small 150 seat venue. It was warm on a cold night and we saw some neighbors whom we had not seen in years. As always, David did a great show and his good character, sense of humor, professionalism and dedication shine through.

Last night, David introduced his new CD, Liverpool, Re-imagining the Beatles, which is his homage to the Beatles music, an influence that he says transformed his life.  David is of such an age to have been involved with pop music in the 1960's and beyond. In fact, he played the distinctive keyboard track on Terry Jack's monster hit "Seasons In The Sun."

David's Christmas concerts are always fun and a favorite in the community. He mixes his own hits and many of the Christmas standards. He has rollicking fun with "Nutcracker." The music begins in the typical dramatic fashion and then he goes wild and takes you from a smoke filled jazz nightclub to the keyboard antics of a Jerry Lee Lewis. David Lanz is a nice addition to our city. He gets involved in the community and works to make it a better place for all and that is much appreciated by those of us who have lived here forever.

Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 2 commentsSteven L. Smith • December 20 2009 02:24PM


David Lanz is one of my favorite pianists!  We have many of his CD's.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago


You ought to come out here when he does one of the local and intimate shows. His playing is amazing. Something about the whole style is so grand. It transports you to another place.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago