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This song will be stuck in my head for the foreseeable future. The video? Brought a huge smile to my face! I hope it does the same for you.


“Baby monkey! Baby monkey! Riding on a pig, baby monkey! Baby monkey! Baby monkey! Going backwards on a pig, baby monkey.”

– Daniel


Jesse Barrera is a fantastic musician and has produced for a few of my favorite indie artists (AJ Rafael and Tori Kelly to name a few). His first record Love in Technicolor was steller. Through the Kickstarter platform, Jesse is in the process of completing his sophomore studio album From The Ground Up. Through the darkest and happiest of times, the record is about turning it all around and being 100%  true to be who you are. I’m proud to have been a part of funding this project and look forward to hearing the finished product! 


11 songs that explain the last 5 years of my life. The darkest of times and the happiest. This is as honest as I can ever be. This record is truly about finding the light in the darkest point of your life. It’s about knowing that we’ll all fall to the floor at some point, but knowing there’s nowhere else to go but up. This is why I called it “From The Ground Up.” – Jesse Barrera

You can pre-order “From The Ground Up” NOW –

– Daniel

Dante Basco – a true Asian American icon. Famous for his iconic roles as Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys, in Steven Spielberg’s Hook and Prince Zuko in Nickelodean’s Avatar The Last Airbender, Dante is much more than a talented actor. He’s a poet, visionary, voice of positivity, and role model.

– Daniel

I started listening to Missy Higgins’ music back in 2010, but unfortunately lost track of her tunes as my itunes library began to expand. However, at a recent board game night, Adam, a buddy of mine, played her latest record. My ears were quickly reacquainted  with this truly talented musician.

Perhaps I’ll make more frequent music posts…I think this is the first one I’ve done since the start of this blog.

– Daniel

Artists Against have banded together once again to speak out against another global issue – bullying. Covering Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”, Simple Plan, Hedley, Lights, Fefe Dobson, Kardinla Offishall, Alyssa Reid, and Walk Off The Earth have reached out using music to put a spotlight on bullying. Bullying is something that I’ve experienced myself. I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school. It sucks. It’s simple as that. Luckily, I had a loving and supportive family, and friends I could count on. But some people aren’t as lucky.

“Think of seven people you know. Just seven. At least one of them had been bullied, or is a bully. The problem of bullying and cyber bullying has reached an epidemic level amongst students around the world. Now, some of Canada’s biggest stars have decided to take a stand and make a difference. Download the song “True Colors” from iTunes, and 100% of the proceeds go to Kids Help Phone.”

Download the song on iTunes – All proceeds to Kids Help Phone:

“Strong people don’t put others down…they lift them up” – Michael P. Watson

– Daniel

“Treefall” from Jason Reeve’s The Nervous Mind of Love. Fantastic music. Beautiful day. Wonderful company!

– Daniel

Stacy Clark. Fantastic musician. Moving lyrics.

– Daniel

we are the lovesick. the fearless ones. the never giving up.
the hearts undone. sick with the desire to love. to live so far
beyond the boundaries given to us. we are the fence-hopping
fools who never stopped to read the signs. the ones that left
the world behind. like dreams we’ve drawn in neon light. just
moments in the sea of time. we are the lost ones wandering.
the soon to be smoldering. last to be found.  the first to fall and
fail to fly then shatter on the ground. we are the rebels running
wild through a darkness that can swallow us. but we’ve set fire
to our souls. burning brilliant blinding gold. the flames that illuminate
our lonely road. our futures holding fates untold. we are the
ever-refusing to fold. to fade away or worse to lose. the few that
bend and break apart the cages of our rules. born desperate for the
promise of the mystery unknown. we are the lovesick. and just like
the sun we will always rise. hope still shining in our eyes..

– Jason Reeves

The video speaks for itself.

– Daniel

I’ve had a rough couple of days. It’s been tough, but music has really helped. In addition to listening to a lot of Jason Reeves I started doing something that I haven’t done since high school. I started writing songs again. For those of you who don’t know, I play guitar and ukulele. I was originally inspired by a longtime friend Kiron to write my first songs. We even made a 5 track record together back in my final high school years. Those songs will probably never resurface, but I’ve found that putting my emotions onto the pages of my notebook incredibly therapeutic for heartache. Although I’ve written lyrics before, translating them into a song has never crossed my mind. Until now.

– Daniel