Darrell Arnold: Philosopher and Musician

In addition to being a professor of philosophy, Darrell Arnold, my oldest and dearest friend, is an accomplished musician. I don’t know any other musician in the world today who combines the depth of thought of a professional philosopher with such musical gifts. His profound music and lyrics remind me of artists from the 1970s like Dan Fogelberg, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.

His most recent CD, “Changing World,” is available through Amazon. Just click on one of the links above to purchase. Here is a sample song from the CD that Darrell wrote and performed for the funeral of a friend who had died of cancer. It is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.

About Dr. Arnold – Originally from Nebraska, Darrell now lives in Surfside, Florida and regularly plays in the Miami area. His compositions are soulful folk-rock, with a twist of country blues. Darrell has recorded five studio CDs.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Darrell lived in Germany and worked into the club scene in Germany and Holland. There he played and arranged music with Darrell Arnold and the Dead Buffaloes and Darrell Arnold and the Buffalo Fish. He opened for two tours with the Yardbirds and played festivals with Canned Heat, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Alvin Lee, and Joe Cocker. Darrell produced four CDs while in Germany. For Everyday Stories (2002), Darrell Arnold and the Dead Buffaloes won a national prize for CD production of the Year with the German Pop and Rock Music Association.

In the Miami area, over the past couple of years, Darrell has played regular shows with some excellent South Florida musicians, as they have arranged his songs and developed their live showcase. Changing World, the fruition of this work, is Darrell’s fifth studio CD.

Finally, here is Darrell performing another song from the CD live without his band at WLRN Folk Music Radio. Just a singer/songwriter armed with his guitar, voice, and most of all, his deep and probing mind. How fortunate I’ve been to have been a friend of this talented man for more than 30 years.

2 thoughts on “Darrell Arnold: Philosopher and Musician

  1. That is extraordinarily kind of you, John. You forgot to mention I’m also a fan of your blog. I assign readings from it to my students every semester. Thanks for all that you do. My own life would have been poorer without you in it. Cheers, mate!

  2. Worthy two songs. Keep it up.

    “Darrell Arnold and the Buffalo Fish”

    ‘Buffalo Fish’:
    Buffalo Springfield + Country Joe and The Fish.

    “His profound music and lyrics remind me of artists from the 1970s like Dan Fogelberg, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.”

    What was good about the early ’70s was you had everything from Mahavishnu Orchestra for jazz; to the artists above for folk-crossover. Especially like James Taylor’s first album– every song is a gem fitting the album together into a whole.

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