Don’t be scared!

Let me ask you a question: WHO LIKES THIS COMMERCIAL????

Well, I DO!

I’m such an odd person that I really love this commercial for the song, not Apple or Mac. The song behind this commercial came from Story of an Artist by Daniel Johnston from the album Don’t be scared.

Update comment from John Fair:

I knew Danny growing up. This song is his Mom talking to him. Danny would go around drawing Dead dogs eyeballs every where. His Mom would be embarrassed and tell him to stop. She was very religious and would always try to get him to be what she wanted him to be. She meant well. I remember the piano you hear him playing on. I remember sitting next to him. I am very proud of my friend. Through his mental struggles he had the courage to do what he wanted. How many of us can say that? We go to work and spend our lives doing things we don’t want to do to earn a pay check. Danny’s not crazy we are. The truth is and I don’t think Danny ever realized it he never had to be so insecure in believing in himself. Where we grew up people put you down if you didn’t have money and walk the so called normal path. Peoples Dads worked in Weirton Steel. Our generation had nothing. I left and joined the Air Force to get out of there. Danny probably felt alone as his friends moved on and then he moved to Austin. I know when I left there I was scared. I had never been any where but WV. Later in life I found his CDs in a record store . I couldn’t believe it. All the songs he played in his basement were there. it had been years since I heard them. My childhood was for sale in his Music. He was such a great artist, he could draw anything. I always thought he would become another famous graphic artist and the music would be second. As I got older I realized his pain and the meaning of his songs. I could relate to him. He would draw apple cores with a leg. We thought it was great. I hope to see him again. Enjoy his music. Some people want to think it is simplistic, but the truth is it is very deep.

As for the lyrics, as simple as it is, that the best thing in life is truly free.

Listen up and I’ll tell a story
About an artist growing old
Some would try for fame and glory
Others aren’t so bold

Everyone, and friends and family
Saying, “Hey! Get a job!”
“Why do you only do that only?
Why are you so odd?
We don’t really like what you do.
We don’t think anyone ever will.
It’s a problem that you have,
And this problem’s made you ill.”

Listen up and I’ll tell a story
About an artist growing old
Some would try for fame and glory
Others aren’t so bold

The artist walks alone
Someone says behind his back,
“He’s got his gall to call himself that!
He doesn’t even know where he’s at!”

The artist walks among the flowers
Appreciating the sun
He does this all his waking hours
But is it really so wrong?

They sit in front of their TV
Saying, “Hey! This is fun!”
And they laugh at the artist
Saying, “He doesn’t know how to have fun.”

The best things in life are truly free
Singing birds and laughing bees
“You’ve got me wrong”, says he.
“The sun don’t shine in your TV”

Listen up and I’ll tell a story
About an artist growing old
Some would try for fame and glory
Others aren’t so bold

Everyone, and friends and family
Saying, “Hey! Get a job!”
“Why do you only do that only?
Why are you so odd?
We don’t really like what you do.
We don’t think anyone ever will.
It’s a problem that you have,
And this problem’s made you ill.”

Listen up and I’ll tell a story
About an artist growing old.
Some would try for fame and glory
Others just like to watch the world.

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