Tuesday, July 28, 2009

music Tuesdays - Danny Michel

Danny Michel - Welcome Home

I first became acquainted with Danny Michel's music when I was in high school and he was in a band called The Rhinos. They eventually broke up and I lost track of him. In December 2007, Steve and I went to a live Vinyl Cafe show and Danny Michel was one of the musical guests. He played a few tunes acoustically and I remembered why I was such a big fan. He is a story teller, as much through his music as through his lyrics. His voice is unique. He can manipulate it perfectly to suit the subject matter of his songs. Welcome Home is a collection of previously recorded material all performed acoustically. Just Danny and his guitar. It's thoughtful and introspective. The kind of album you throw on when you just want to sit back and concentrate on the music.

I couldn't find a good video to use from this album, so here's the title track from his most recent release. You'll get the idea.


Mary Lynn said...

I like the song, but the video hurt my eyes.

So...there's this song from circa 1994 that I've had in my mind lately called What a Fantastic Place to Be. I used to have it on a mixed cassette, but I can't find it any more. I've been wracking my brain try to think of the band who did the song, but no luck...until seeing this post. I'm almost positive it was The Rhinos that sang it. Do you recall if they had a song called that? It had really great quirky lyrics.

vivian said...

Yes, that was The Rhinos! If I remember correctly, it was the last track on their CD. Sadly, I no longer have the CD as it was stolen out of Steve's car a number of years ago. The song had a quirky video too. I recall the saxophonist, Rob Carli, in a yellow rain slicker and hat, playing a curved soprano sax in a garbage dump. Man, I would love to get my hands on another copy of that album.

Mary Lynn said...

I'll keep an eye out for the CD...if I spot it, I'll definitely let you know!