Standard Deviation

Black & Blue 

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Black & Blue was written the last week in June and released on July 4th, in the tradition of Frederick Douglass' Independence Day speech of 1852, trying to celebrate our country by holding it up to our highest ideals. We've been working on racial equality for a long time. We've been reminded all too frequently, by episodes of police brutality, that we're not there yet.

Please watch the video. The imagery from the protests and memorials is quite a powerful juxtapositino with the song:

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A Prayer For The Sane - cover 

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A Prayer For The Sane was written in mid-March and recorded the next day in my home studio. The first half of the song is about the emotional fatigue of the last three years. The second half of the song is a call to action to reclaim the world for decency and honesty this November.

I'm offering this song for free (or pay what you want) on Bandcamp, but it's also available through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and all the other big online music outlets.

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Thank you to Welcome To Night Vale for giving the song A Prayer For The Sane its world premier on Episode #166 of their podcast. That's the perfect send off, I'd say.

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Standard Deviation is my most recent full release. This is my tenth record, and I'll be honest, I'm more proud of this album than any I've made previously, and I'm thrilled that I'm finally able to share it with you all. You may preview (and hopefully purchase) the new record through any of these fine outlets:

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The songbook has been updated to include Danny's most reecent albums. The 4th Edition is now available to purchase . . . now in print and in electronic formats!

The book includes the chords, lyrics, technical notes, stories, and commentary for every song that Danny has ever recorded and released.

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Click here to check out the songbook


If you're new to Danny's music, and if Standard Deviation is your first window into his tunes, here's some other songs you might enjoy that have a similar depth, complexity, and humanity to them. Enjoy!


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Danny is extremely proud to play a Martin Guitar with Martin Silk & Phosphor Strings. And extremely appreciative of the generous support that Martin has lent him, and many other independent musicians.

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Danny also wants to make it prefectly clear that Martin has never asked him (much less obligated him) to give any sort of public endorsement of their products. He's doing so because he feels strongly about supporting businesses and organizations that do exceptional work, and exist in the world as good citizens, with good conscience.

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A Prayer For The Sane - cover 

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2020 Vision was written in mid-April and recorded in quarantine in our home studio. The song is just a series of reflections on life in the age of the coronavirus. These are uniquely challenging times, but interestingly, even in isolation, the pandemic has created a shared experience between us all.

I'm offering this song for free (or pay what you want) on Bandcamp, but it's also available through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and all the other big online music outlets.

More Cool Stuff


This Too Shall Pass - poster
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A gorgeous lyric poster designed by paper-cut artist Andrew Benincasa. Screen printed by hand on 80lb art paper, these are works of art illustrating the themes from Danny's song, This Too Shall Pass.

NOTE 4/26/20: For the initial printing of this beautiful new poster, I'll be donating $5 of every purchase to MusiCares. They're on the front lines of helping out the most vulnerable musicians who are without income during the coronavirus shutdown. Thank you for your contribution to their fund through your purchase of this poster.  Click here to learn more about MusiCares, or to make an additional contribution.

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This is just a simple lyric video, so you can follow along with the song. Please share it around to anyone you think would enjoy it.

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Here's a video we recorded for the song We Need A Better Word. It was shot live in Fischer Hall, where Carrie and I were married.

And if you're interested, I hope you'll read this essay I wrote about the song. It expands upon Carrie and my experiences with fertility and miscarriage, and the insights that stemmed from those experiences.

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Please explore the site . . . listen to some of the free songs posted here, watch a couple of the live performance videos, peruse the lyric library. And get to know Danny's music better. Thanks for visiting.