The Dan Parr Interview

Dan Parr (usually known as Dano or DJ Dano) is a singer, songwriter and DJ from Dallas who writes and performs music for both adults and kids.

Dano is an eclectic songwriter with a soulful voice. He blends electronic music with folk/pop and incorporates elements of jazz, soul, rock and dance music into his original compositions. His lyrics are at times funny, silly and quirky and at times thoughtful and personal.

After spending many years as a teacher by day and musician by night, Dano’s students asked him to write some songs just for them. This led to shows at schools, libraries and other events throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

For school and library shows, Dano likes to add an educational element by telling short stories about the songs and why he wrote them. 

Some of his most popular songs include Groovy Spacemen, Hello Sunshine, A Colorful World, The Animal Cliche’ Song, The Lost City of Atlantis, Lonesome George of the Galapagos, Jetpack Superhero, Big Daddio, Some of My Favorite Words and Ugly Toes.

The questions below are based on the famous Proust Interview popularized by Vanity Fair magazine.

What is your greatest extravagance? I have a big sweet tooth, so anything with chocolate.
Which living person do you most admire? My mom, my brother, my wife and my daughter
What is your greatest fear? Something happening to me where I wouldn’t be able to see my daughter grow up.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Humor! Just joking. I love funny stuff.
What is the quality you most like in another person? Humor and kindness
What is your current state of mind? Happy, but hungry. I guess that would be state of mind and state of belly.
On what occasion do you lie? The only time I ever lie is when people ask me on what occasion do I lie.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I probably say “cool” too much, and the word cool probably isn’t really cool anymore.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My wife and my daughter
When and where were you happiest? When I’m physically active, when I’m doing something with music and when I’m hanging out with my family.
Which talent would you most like to have? The talent to be a magician!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would have pursued certain dreams earlier in life.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I try really hard to be a great dad.
Where would you most like to live? Somewhere with sunshine and water.
What is your greatest regret? Losing my father before he could meet my wife and daughter.
What is your most treasured possession? The songs I’ve written for family and friends.
What is your motto? Everything in balance.

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