“Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.”
This is one of my favorite quotes from Plato’s The Republic. The gathering of people for the sole purpose of sharing songs and stories is an important part of human tradition, and the interaction was (and is) not only entertaining, but educational. I think Plato is saying in the quote above that a storyteller or songwriter has an opportunity to help lead the listener to greatness. Or perhaps he is saying the listeners are already great just because they have the desire to listen to the story. I’m not sure. I’m probably not as smart as Plato. I do, however, love songs and stories!
Singing songs and telling stories is a form of communication that pre-dates the written word. Before people started writing their stories down on paper (or rather chiseling them in stone) and before songs were easily recorded and readily available for download and streaming, the only way to share these songs and stories was in person. There is something fundamentally human about communicating in this manner.
Dan Parr (usually known simply as Dano or DJ Dano) is a multiple award-winning singer, songwriter and DJ from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Dano is an eclectic singer and songwriter whose original songs are a blend of folk, jazz, rock and roll, dance and electronic music. His lyrics are at times fun, silly and quirky and at times thoughtful and thought provoking. Some of his most popular songs include The Animal Cliche’ Song, The Lost City of Atlantis, Lonesome George of the Galapagos, Jetpack Superhero, Groovy Spacemen, Some of My Favorite Words and Ugly Toes.
Dano likes to add an educational element to his concerts by telling short stories about the songs and why he wrote them. He also likes to involve his audience by asking questions that pertain to the songs he is singing, and he usually follows every concert with a question and answer section.
Dano is also hired often as a DJ. His specialty is “family friendly” or “all-age” music. Sometimes he is asked to do a combination show where he sings and DJs.
For more information about Dano, to listen to his music or for free downloads of his music, please visit www.DanoRecords.com