When I spoke by phone with Vasquez, a onetime professional cage fighter who now breeds dogs and is planning a self-sustaining community (“People call me Paul, but my friends call me Bear,” he told me), he said of the hundreds of inquiries he received about collaborations or response videos based on “Double Rainbow,” the request from the Gregory Brothers was just the second to reach him. He gave permission and, by allowing “Double Rainbow Song” to be sold on iTunes, Vasquez — who splits the profits 50-50 with the Gregory Brothers — now estimates he has earned more than $25,000 from the song so far.

“This whole thing came because it’s a spiritual mission that I’m on,” Vasquez told me. “If there’s something that’s going to help it, I’m supposed to let it happen.”



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