FAQ

Here are many questions, which have been asked frequently of us…

So who exactly are Paul and Storm?

Which one is Paul, and which one is Storm?

Wait—whose left, yours or mine?

Where are you from?

I’ve never heard of you guys before, and there’s too many songs to choose from. Where should I start to get a good introduction to you two?

What’s your live show like?

Is "Storm" really his name? If it’s a nickname, how did he get it?

Where can I get your CDs, because I’m scared of iPods and the InterWebs?

What’s this whole “Creative Commons” thing you talk about on your Songs page?

So I can use a song in my student film/podcast/awesome dance remix?

Next you’ll tell me that I can send a copy of a song to my friend for free, too…

What’s the catch?

I love that [Song X] you wrote; where can I find the lyrics?

Can I get the tabs/sheet music for your songs? How about for Da Vinci’s Notebook songs?

Does Paul ever actually play that guitar he holds on stage?

Were you those two guys in that Applebee’s commercial?

So when is Da Vinci’s Notebook getting back together?

So who exactly are Paul and Storm?

Paul and Storm are a comedy music duo, and they have been performing as a duo since 2004. Before that, they were one half of a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook for about 12 years. Back to top

Which one is Paul, and which one is Storm?

Paul is on the left, Storm is on the right. Back to top

Wait—whose left, yours or mine?

Your left. Sorry. Back to top

Where are you from?

The short answer is the Washington, DC area. The real answer is that Storm lives in Northern VA (outside of DC), and Paul used to live in Burtonsville, MD, but moved several years ago to a town north of Philadelphia. This is why we generally stick to the short answer. Back to top

I’ve never heard of you guys before, and there’s too many songs to choose from. Where should I start to get a good introduction to you two?

This post should help. Welcome. Back to top

What’s your live show like?

A Paul and Storm show is part music concert and part standup/improv comedy–just enough of both to fit neatly in neither category. They like to engage the audience, and are known to award snack cakes and/or other prizes for good (and sometimes bad) behavior. Their show would be PERFECT as a cable special, and would make lots of money for whichever brave channel decides to air them first.

Is "Storm" really his name? If it’s a nickname, how did he get it?

It’s not his given name, but he’s been going by “Storm” since he was fifteen. The reason for the nickname isn’t nearly as interesting as what you can imagine for yourself, so we’re not gonna spoil that for you by telling you the truth. Back to top

Where can I get your CDs, because I’m scared of iPods and the NetterWebs?

Being independent musicians, our CDs aren’t available in stores—besides, music retail has about 7-8 more months before it goes the way of the blacksmith. If you want to purchase a real-life CD of ours, you can either buy it at one of our live performances, or you can order it online from several places: Bulletproof, Amazon.com, and from the Bob & Tom Store. Of the three, we prefer you use Bulletproof, as we make the most money per CD sold there, and we love to make Patty (the order fulfillment person there) do as much work as possible. Back to top

What’s this whole “Creative Commons” thing you talk about on your Songs page?

Our good pal Jonathan Coulton turned us on to this wonderful new concept, and we’ve embraced it wholeheartedly and half-spleenedly. Basically, all Paul and Storm music is released under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license that allows any kind of non-commercial re-use, provided you: 1) credit us and link to this site, 2) don’t use it to make money and 3) release the new work under the same creative commons license (this does not apply to songs with material that we don’t own, i.e., covers). Really, no need to ask permission, just go make that thing. If you want to know more about how Creative Commons works, check out the site. Back to top

So I can use a song in my student film/podcast/awesome dance remix?

Yep. Have at it. Back to top

Next you’ll tell me that I can send a copy of a song to my friend?

Yep yep, that too; it’s covered under that same license. Back to top

What’s the catch?

No catch; we figure the extra exposure in other media makes up for any potential income loss, and it all works out in the end. Back to top

I love that [Song X] you wrote; where can I find the lyrics?

Here. (Assuming we actually wrote [Song X], and you don’t have us confused with some other comedy music duo) (or trio) Back to top

Can I get the tabs/sheet music for your songs? How about for Da Vinci’s Notebook songs?

Unfortunately, we do not have any tabs or sheet music (yet). And Da Vinci’s Notebook arrangements were all done by ear, so no luck there either. However, we know that numerous transcriptions exist, so if you ask around on the a cappella newsgroup and related sites, I bet you can track one down. Anyone is welcome to perform any of our songs for non-commercial purposes; we merely ask that you give proper authorial attribution where applicable, and that you let us know how it went once it’s all over. Back to top

Does Paul ever actually play that guitar he holds on stage?

Maybe. For the right price. Back to top

Were you those two guys in that Applebee’s commercial? Or State Farm?

No. (We’ve never actually been asked that, but we’d like to start that rumor) Back to top

So when is Da Vinci’s Notebook getting back together?

Yeah, we get asked this one a lot. Here’s the story: Da Vinci’s Notebook no longer tours or records together; we’re all still friends, we do get together every so often to do really-high-paying corporate shows (we are, after all, money-grubbing bastards), and never rule out the possibility of the occasional reunion show. But we wouldn’t hold out hope for a new CD, an extensive tour or anything like that. Da Vinci’s Notebook was a wonderful part of all of our lives, we had an incredible time and are truly grateful to all our fans and supporters for making it all possible in the first place. Back to top