People Are Awesome

So I've been watching a lot of YouTube lately, ok not just lately... Anyhow, YouTube is a window into so many worlds and experiences; as a result, it serves as a great tool for inspiration.

Now you've received some well rounded context to my procrastination, I can get on with this blog post...

I, like many, got onto a YouTube journey, where I went from music covers, to THIS- 'People Are Awesome' Don't ask how it happened, it just, did.

In these times where we are being pushed to believe that a large proportion of the world wants to bomb 'us' and alarms must be raised if you a man with children; it's refreshing to see such a positive, inspiring title. 

Watching these videos, I felt like I was binging on dreams and ambitions. I understand that there are limitations to carrying these out; my proficiency in Parkour may not allow me to do a spinning backflip between skyscrapers AND LIVE. But just think, if we all just took a tiny portion of these videos and implemented them into our lives? 

Instead of downhill biking off the Grand Canyon, maybe just dust off your bike and cycle through your nearest park, or forest. Taking a class in something OUT THERE, learning a skill; however random, that pushes your own boundaries will do the trick. What I've realised, especially living in the French Alps, is that just standing in nature, appreciating it's vastness can make you feel some of the freedom and exhilaration these 'awesome' people feel, while taking it to the extreme. 

So, what am I going to do with this piece of enlightenment? I'm going to practice what I preach, I'm going to push my boundaries, I'm going to aim to be an Awesome Person! Extreme Sports, news skills, more nature, just more awesomeness! 

Let's see how this works out......


Oh ok, one more video: There is some stomach-churning stuff on this one. (Hanging from a crane with one hand above a city with no safety straps, or net. At this point i should emphasise that this is all real-life stuff, no computer effects.  

I'm back!!

Sorry I've been away from this blog. 

I'm going to make a better effort to update this blog more often, to show my musings. 

As some of you  may already know, I've started a vlog which was originally put on youtube, then migrated to my Facebook page @DanBlaax, which gives you a glimpse into the weekly life of ME, the musical vagabond.

To Cannes or not to Cannes?

So after a great summer living and performing in the South of France, I’m seriously considering staying for a while longer. 

When I decided to pursue my music career full-time, I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would journey along this path, motivated mostly by experiences. Once upon a time, I lived in a claustrophobic city, running in the rat-race and hating every minute of it. 

I now find myself in a place where, though I may never call it ‘home,’ where I can be at peace. Yes it helps that I’ve only seen rain during about 3days out of the last 3months here. Seriously though, to all of you who are stuck in the mundane, when you step out of that world, you somehow ended up in; you find yourself exploring. This geographic exploration, mirrors the mental and spiritual journey I’m on. 

Even if I don’t stay in Cannes, I look forward to finding out where this story of mine will take me.

Live music is not dead!!

Technology is great, it's allowed us to move production from the untouchable skyscrapers, to student bedrooms and the quality of sounds from physical instruments, to emotive sounds, that past generations couldn't have imagined.

Even with these advances I'm still seeing a great demand for live music. In my opinion, nothing beats that organic performance component. Guys like Jay Z use live music at it's best, in the realm of pop culture. This live element can quite easily be just the cream on top of a DJ's set in a nightclub. Yes I'm talking about me playing sax in nightclubs.

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Iskar Norseman

I make no secret that I want some new fitness goals. Since I quit playing rugby (can’t risk chipping a tooth, damaging my lips, or breaking a finger), I’ve been looking for some new fitness challenges

I watch crazy races like this Iskar Norseman and it gets my juices going!

You feel most alive when you push yourself to that end. That wonder, if you can survive a challenge.

I’m definitely going incorporate crazy stuff like this into my life.