A Vampire Diaries Star's Tender Video Turn

I just came across talented newcomer Dan Zweben's "You Don't Have to Love Me" on YouTube, but only after hearing back from him did I see that there was more to this tender love track than straight-up syrupy romance.

As the singer-songwriter says of the song and video (which happens to feature The Vampire Diaries star and my fellow NYU alum Michaela McManus): "My inspiration for writing and performing music comes from my background growing up in the Midwest and having no other outlet but music to turn to through my life. I write and sing songs because I must in order to survive as an independent artist."

Wow: Deep Thoughts! Watch above and download the track here.

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