Daniel Coates

Daniel Coates

BandFolkAcoustic

"Ben Harper meets Jason Mraz on a trip around the world"

Biography

Biography
Genre: Conscious indie rock/pop
Origin: Sydney
Official Band Websites:
www.connectalbum.com www.danielcoatesmusic.com
My Space site: www.myspace.com/danielcoates

Sounding a bit like “Ben Harper meets Jason Mraz on a trip around the world” Daniel Coates’ mission with his music is to transmit love and positivity and make people feel good. This mission is accomplished through positive lyrics and upbeat grooves that transport the listener out of their day to day concerns into a positive space where anything is possible.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Daniel has spent the last 12 years travelling the world and searching for meaning. This period of travel and searching culminated in the recording of his debut album “Connect” in 2009. “Connect” is a diverse collection of songs that together take the listener on a journey. From the traditional folk rock of “A Higher Place to Be” to the upbeat reggae groove of “the Universe Gets High” to the Spanish/Celtic dreaminess of the title track “Connect” to the all-out-Afro-Brazilian “Sleeping Shamen” back to the stillness of “One way home”. A general feeling of positivity and hope is maintained throughout the journey as it is delivered through the diverse styles.
Daniel recently decided to hang up the travel boots for now and returned to Sydney, Australia where he now resides and can be found playing songs from “Connect” and new songs from his forthcoming album “Mantransformation” at venues around town.

Lyrics

A Higher Place to Be

Written By: Daniel Coates

The whole sun
not the lightning
the bloodstream
and not the injection
the deep breath
not the smoke
the constant smile
not the joke.
The deepest love
not the quickest
the lofty trees
not the autumn leaves
the question
for you and me
is can we give it up?
for a higher place to be?
The building up
not the tearing down
the kindest words
not the stolen dreams
when the suns first ray
touches me
can I give it up
for a higher place to be?
The strongest hug
not the longest grudge
the passion
not the obsession
the belief
not the doubt
the courage to let it all out
Can we give it up for a higher place?
Can we give it up for a higher place to be?

Connect

Written By: Daniel Coates

Connect with you
connect with me
connect within
you are vibration god singing
connect with her
connect with him
oh! we’re all one
connect with love
connect with trust
oh! this time we must

You are vibration, God singing

Connect with the universal mind
connect with all of space and time
connect with the birds and the trees
connect with the earth
connect with peace
connect with everything
connect with everyone
connect with your life
connect with your parents and your children
oh connect with your wife

You are vibration, God singing.

God Singing, doodly doot doot doo doodly doot doot doo
doodly doot doot do do doo

Om, Om, Om

the Universe Gets High

Written By: Daniel Coates

The Universe gets high
on giving you more than you ask
it lives for the surprise
when you get something better than you ask
There is great joy
there’s incredible joy
oh whoa
in letting yourself fall into the void

So let go, let go, let go
coz the Universe is your best friend
just ask for what you want
and hold on for he ride
there is great joy
there’s incredible joy
oh whoa
in letting yourself be carried

So why would you do for a day
anything you don’t want to?
It takes courage to change
but it’s never too late
you can live free
and realise your dreams
just follow your bliss,
follow your bliss,
FOLLOW YOUR BLISS!!!

Coz the Universe gets high
on giving you more than you ask for
it lives for the surprise
when you get something better than you ask
and I know I know I know,
I know I know I know
oh the Universe is
my best friend I said
oh whoa the Universe is
my. best. friend.

One Way Home

Written By: Daniel Coates

There is one extreme
and just one dream
and one way home
with different faces

there is one benign
and one on time
there is one too many times
that you can fake it

there is one hello
that can melt the snow
and one glass that breaks
for the life-long friends

and there is one way to see
over the fallen trees and
one way to make them
a forest again.

There is just one lie
that can turn the tide
and just one truth
to leave you drowning
and there is just one saint
that can ease your pain
and just one to blame
if you don’t make it

if you don’t make it
if you don’t make it home
and there’s just one way
just one way
one way home
one way home
la la la la, la la la la, la la la la, la laaaaa

Hummingbird

Written By: Daniel Coates

Silence,
waking from lucidity
to the hum
of your breakfast flight
the subtlest moon
holding hands with venus
rising just before the sun
and in that moment
I know we are one.

A desert of sound
awaits you
before dawn
you just appear
blurring with my dream
at the point between sleep and the illusion
where time slows
and I can count the beats
of your wings

Sunrise
delayed by the mountain
your frequency and octave higher
I can feel your excitement
resonating with mine
it’s good to be alive today
yeah it’s good to be alive today
yeah it’s good to be alive today yeah

You need the flowers
I don’t need much more
but to release my fear
and accept what is to come
You need the trees
I don’t need much more
but to release my fear
and accept what is to come

Hummingbird, Hummingbird
it’s good to be alive today
yeah it's goof to be alive today
hey yeah
it's good to be alive today.

Discography

Connect (LP, 2009)

Set List

This is a sample setlist from September 4th at "Donovan Irish Pub in Florianopolis. Bars here demand 3-4 hour shows of 45 minute sets.

Hara Ram (hindu mantra done rock style)
Hummingbird - Original
Cannonball - Cover Damien Rice
One Way Home - Original
True Colours - Cover Cyndi Lauper

Gurubelly - Original
Waiting in Vain - Cover Bob Marley
Wonderwall - Cover Oasis
Under the Horizon - Original
Sittin' Wishin' Waitin' - Cover Jack Johnson

Sede Campalete - Original
Connect - Original
Own Two Hands - Cover Ben Harper
Sleeping Shamen - Original
3 Little Birds - Cover Bob Marley
Universe Gets High - Original
One - Cover - U2
Higher Place to Be - Original
I'm Yours - Cover Jason Mraz
Circle Dance - Original
Together - Original

The Wall - Pink Floyd
Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
Gurubelly - Original
Flake - Jack Johnson
Fall - Original
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Crazy - Seal
Are you who I scar - Original
Turquoise - Original
Shiva Shambo - Hindu Mantra