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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.
|1||Protest 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.
|3||A Lot Like Birds|
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.
|4||The 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.
|5||Scale the Summit|
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.
|nice write up Jacob.|
|Donations are possible at the following link, in the "Honor Daniel" portion of the page:|
|Did not know him well but thanks for writing this in his honor. Obviously worth featuring. |
I like the last section you wrote. Sometimes it's easy to miss the big picture when we're belittling each other on this site. This is a really cool place with people who share your passion for music, enjoy it.
|Yeah, the last paragraph makes a good point. |
|thank you y'all|
|Lovely and fitting write up, I never had ties to the man but my heart goes out to his family and friends.|
|Beautiful write up Jacob. He was such a nice guy and genuinely cared about making my work better when he read my stuff it was just heartwarming to see that. I've been seeing a lot of negative energy lately on this site. He saw so much joy and greatness in this community so we should continue to honor that and keep it a wonderful welcoming place, for all types of people and musical tastes :) RIP.|
|Yes where's the posi vibes gone? :[|
|Can't help but think of Elton John's "Daniel."|
|Nice write up JR. Last paragraph is a timely reminder too.|
|RIP Daniel. Thanks Jacob for doing this. It's also a great reminder that we here are a community not just random visitors on a music reviewing website.|
|beautiful RIP to a brave young man |
|thoughtful list royal, today i shall think u are slightly less lame than usual |
|Beautiful list, RIP Daniel|
|Good on you for writing this, Jacob. He'll be remembered.|
|you goddamn beautiful man jacob|
|I personally don't recall having been involved in any conversation with Daniel, but I remember him being around. My thoughts go out to his family, and may he find rest. Good list Jacob. Good to see people actually caring for this community and its members. I wasn't around too much myself lately, but be sure that I would mourn some of you wholeheartedly, at any given moment. This is still one of the greatest places in the internet for me, and some of you are truly wonderful dudes.|
|i don't know Daniel but you have a beautiful heart Jacob |
love will conquer these feelings, yeah
|Thoughts and prayers for his family. I didn't know him well but he sounds like a great guy. Thanks for the memorial, Omaha.|
|you goddamn beautiful man jacob |
RIP daniel 
|Beautiful write up omaha|
|Finally got around to reading this. Very nice words, Omaha. RIP hard.|
|Excellent write up. Didn't interact with him much but its still incredibly sad news. |
|don't think I ever interacted w/ this dude but this sux, RIP|
|Nice, man. Good on you.|
|never met Daniel before, but he seemed like a really great person. R.I.P|
|rest in peace Daniel|