I am not lost…

March 21, 2016

Follow Your Dreams, pt. 2

So last week we looked at Ninja Brian, the YouTube comedy rock dude who has a PhD in theoretical physics and would rather play the piano along to dick jokes than teach. (Go Brian!) But I also promised that this week we’d look at Dan Avidan/Danny Sexbang, the other half of the band.

Now, I have absolutely zero doubt that Dan’s made amazing amount of sacrifice to get where he is. The difference is that Dan’s goal has been music the whole time, at least as far as we really have the story. He didn’t start out somewhere else and then turn to music–this is what Dan wants to do. He’s had more “serious” music projects that never quite panned out. He’s lived all over the place. Arin (from Game Grumps) and Brian have both said that when Dan came into their worlds, he was a broke-as-hell dude really hoping his lucky break would find him. Dan’s persistence in all of this–culminating thus far in a fantastic music career (I may use that term a bit lightly, but hey, he’s paying the bills with it) along with his work with Arin and the others on Game Grumps. But it’s not that piece of him I’d like to talk about for this post.

It’s something he said in an episode of Grumps I was watching the other day.



March 14, 2016

Follow Your Dreams Pt. 1

(Author’s note: I’ve just come to the realization that today is actually Dan Avidan’s birthday – someone who I’m going to mention throughout the course of this post, and then address again next week.  So happy birthday to you, Dan! Thank you for the inspiration, the laughs, and the sweet sweet NSP dreams. Best wishes to you for the coming year.)

If you know me in person, you’ve probably heard me talking about my latest fascination: the band known as Ninja Sex Party, comprised of Ninja Brian and Danny Sexbang. (Oh yes, it’s just as glorious as that makes it sound.) It’s comedy music and heaps of silly, and it’s been bringing a great deal of joy to me ever since I found it. (For anyone wondering how I came across such a thing, Danny is also part of the Let’s Play channel Game Grumps, which is where I saw him first. Yay gaming nerddom!)

“But Rion,” you may ask. “Why are you talking about some random music/gaming/comedy band on your writing blog? Do they write things outside of their music?” No, not that I know of. I bring them up because I want to take a look at something I recently found out about Ninja Brian and his involvement with the band.


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