Jacob Royal

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Some Albums for Daniel

I'm sitting here, forcing myself to come up with words that I don't immediately abhor off the bat - and it's tough. I feel a strong desire to articulate, openly and effectively, what the passing of Daniel Davis has meant to me. But that train of thought implies that there is such a way to impart such confusing and blurry thoughts to you, the reader. Transcribing the blunt impact loss of a friend into words seems, at least to me, as difficult a task as recalling the face of a person met only once - the memories are there, but the details have yet to be fully formed. I do aim to try my best here, though, for I really do feel Daniel deserves this memoir of sorts. And please, if any of you have particularly fond memories with Daniel (also known as paradox1216 around these parts,) then please do share with us in the comments section if you would like to. Lots of us have memories with him, and those memories are worth celebrating.
1Protest the Hero

After all, a lot of us knew Daniel in some way. Some of us were lucky enough to interact with him quite a bit on this website, on which he loved contributing. I still remember the day I messaged him when he'd been promoted to Contributor, the sheer joy he had expressed at that point in time. It really did mean the world to him that he could have a way to talk about his favorite music with others across the globe. He really did see the beauty in Sputnik, always the optimist whenever I felt down about having writer's block, or even about other things. Even though Daniel was always fighting his own battle, impressively and methodically, he always made it a point to check on me. My thoughts and feelings mattered to him so much that he'd go out of his way to make sure I was alright. Lots of times I wasn't, but he never got frustrated with me or compared our situations. He probably felt that would be unfair, even though I would've totally understood if that had ever happened.

I met Daniel at an Animals As Leaders show a year and a half ago, at which I'd actually interviewed CHON for this very website. Seeing some of your favorite bands with friends who share the same musical proclivities with you- I'm not sure how many more delightful things there are in this world. We basked in the night, and I know that later on, Daniel became quite the fan of CHON- it was one of those groups we really connected over, and those connections can be so meaningful when thinking of those you admire. I know I've admired Daniel for a long time, for his ability to maintain the firmest grasp on optimism throughout all kinds of adversity in his personal life.
3A Lot Like Birds
No Place

One of the last ways I heard from Daniel was in a Facebook message, sent about a month ago. He'd messaged me to tell me he couldn't decide what album he wanted to review next; all the options, of course, were artists we'd both really gotten into at some point, like The Dear Hunter and Tesseract. After this, he'd passed along that he'd gotten into music reviewing just because of my review of The Migration by Scale the Summit, and my heart dropped. I personally don't find a ton of value in that review anymore, but the fact that my words were able to have such an impact on somebody? It was such a gracious thing for Daniel to do, to pass those words along. I've been thinking about that a lot lately, wondering certain questions. I wonder how much Daniel knew about his medical status, how well he understood how much time he had left. Part of me wishes I had responded more thoughtfully, even though I'd done my best at the time.
4The Fall of Troy

I suppose there's not much sense in us faulting ourselves for something so clearly out of our control, but it's more about that instinctual feeling friends experience for each other. We want to always help and be a positive source of energy for those close to us, and I know I couldn't always be that for Daniel. But it has warmed my heart to continue to see Daniel's family sharing their beautiful stories about him on Facebook. I think the main thing we can do is to be there for them, in this period of time which must be unfathomably difficult. If any of you are able to contribute financially to Daniel's family, for the events that will be preceding his funeral, then I am sure they would be grateful for any amount of assistance. I'll try and leave a relevant link in the comments.
5Scale the Summit
The Migration

In short, I guess I want to thank all of y'all for making this place what it is, for fostering the kind of community that was able to bring such joy to Daniel. It's easy for all of us to rag on Sputnik, and yet easier to forget what it is capable of helping others through. I have been amazed by the amount of positive energy around here in regards to him, and it brings so much joy to me, that we have such an understanding community on his behalf. Please continue to be embracing and kind for him, and thank you for taking enough time out of your day to read these thoughts of mine.
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