Daniel and The Blonde: The Story

Hi! We are Daniel and the Blonde. We are partners in music, life, love and in living with purpose. We strive to make a difference, to connect and to change for the better, but mostly we try to be happy. We have a strong belief in real music -  the kind that you can’t autotune to perfection. We are, as humans, imperfect perfections and that is what our music reflects: reality and purity. We have a message and would like you to hear it. After years of traveling and playing anywhere and everywhere, we are making our first album together and we are thankful to have you be a part of it!

Rumeysa (The Blonde)

When I was a child, my Turkish mother and aunts would occasionally get together to help each other through emotional hardships. They would drink, listen to music and cry. They would repeat the same songs over and over again, repeating the lines that resonated most with them for this particular situation. They would hug, kiss and cry some more. Although I didn’t always understand the depth of the situation, I felt it. I hugged too. I cried also. I obsessed and lingered over the message in the songs. I continue this tradition to this day - with loved ones, or alone. Music is my lifestyle, as it lives through me and as I live through it.

I never once sang or performed in front of a crowd until I met Daniel. I sang in the shower a lot. I sang at the top of my lungs in the car with my sister on long road trips. And often, I sang to myself. Personality tests through high school and college always said the same thing: performer. But I never thought of myself as a performer until this man entered my life with a whirlwind of ferocity so strong it made me reevaluate my entire take on life. I had been a contradiction of sorts, overwhelmingly outgoing and spontaneous yet scared of life in a way. I sought adventure, but played it safe. By riding the wave of music, I overcame fear and learned to live.

From the perspective of a military child, I have no sense of home, or belonging, or affiliation. I was taken all over Europe, Turkey, the USA. From dinners with four star generals to hanging in the slums of local life, I connected with whatever environment was provided to me. I learned to be at home anywhere and everywhere and to connect with people on any level of common ground however small or large.

So, Daniel tells me I have a nice voice and great rhythm. I find myself letting go of fear. I had been primed for conventional success, and yet despised everything about normalcy, but held on because I knew nothing else. I quit my job that had been plaguing my well being for two years and started living my life the way I wanted to live it. I started playing at farmer markets, open mics and busking on the side of the road. I lived in a van for two months and found faith in human goodness that I had almost lost amidst personal struggle. I sang and I played and I connected with people in a way I never thought imaginable. And I found my purpose.

We have been playing together for nearly five years now. We have played farmers markets, street corners, coffee shops, bars, theaters, basements, bedrooms, living rooms, campfires and happily spent months on the road. 

The songs are created from observation, speculation and pondering on life while traveling through different places and meeting new people as the road less followed continues to unfold...

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