September 18, 2008

Cogswell Polytechnical College Student Recognized in International Competition

Out of thousands of entries, Digital Audio Technology senior at Cogswell College (, Daniel Codella, was selected as one of three finalists in the Electronic category in Session 1 of the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

His entry, Something to Exist For - a harmonic and haunting exploration of how a relationship can change from love to indifference and the inherent anguish the process creates - is the title track to the newest album from his band, Polare.

Daniel and a childhood friend formed the band when he was 16. Since then they signed with a small Las Vegas label and released an album on iTunes called Lovestage. Polare ( draws crowds whenever it plays throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

"I was going for something dramatic, epic and tragic," said Daniel. "I wanted the song to feel almost like a movie soundtrack. Hopefully listeners will be able to relate to it in some way and attach their own story to it. My goal is to compose music for film."

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest ( is an international contest that began in 1997 and is open to amateur and professional songwriters. Entries are judged on originality, melody, composition and lyrics. The Executive Committee of Judges included D12, Bob Weir, Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers, The Veronicas and John Legend.

About Cogswell Polytechnical College

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cogswell is an accredited, private college featuring a curriculum that fuses the digital arts and engineering. The college's tradition of flexibility and connection to industry is evident in its dynamic curriculum. With a distinguished 121-year history in California, Cogswell offers a BA degree in Digital Art and Animation with concentrations in Animation, Game Development and Modeling and a BS degree in Digital Audio Technology, Digital Arts Engineering, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering.