Dan Tappan writes vivid, lyrical songs steeped from snippets of life, seasoned with dashes of humor and whimsy, a dusting of philosophy, and an occasional pinch of pathos. 

After many years as a software engineer, Dan tired of working for corporations and decided to look for other outlets for creativity. With a lifelong love of folk music, he decided to get serious about playing and started participating in the local open mike scene. Eventually Dan discovered that crafting lyrics and melodies tickled the same creative brain as designing software and he began writing his own songs.

Dan’s songs are generally not autobiographical. However, he has been known to write about himself in the third person, and sometimes wonders how many people actually read all the way through web site bios.


Dan’s song Thought I Knew received an Honorable Mention in the March/April 2019 American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest

Dan’s song Only Autumn Knows received an Honorable Mention in the May/June 2014 American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest.


“What does a music coach do with a guy that, some years ago, shows up as a student and now sports the warmest of voices and songs you want to cover? You tell others to put him on your stage. Well? What are you waiting for?” – Vance Gilbert

“Eloquent and incisive, Dan’s lyrics and folk melodies will guide you through tales, real and imagined, to places deep inside your own thoughts you didn’t know were there.  It’s a journey worth taking….”  – Raymond Gonzalez

“Your lyrics are most indelible and bear repeated listening.” – Steve Rapson



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