Daniel M. P. Shaw

Daniel M. P. Shaw

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

People don't really write songs - situations do. I hope you like my situations...and their songs.

Biography

Daniel was born in Bermuda, grew up in England and Switzerland and has since lived in Japan and Italy, before returning to Switzerland where he is currently based.

Music, writing and the creative process have been essential parts of his life for as long as he can remember.

As a singer/songwriter based in Geneva, Switzerland, his focus, aside from his solo work, is working with the acoustic trio, 'Tiger the Lion' comprising himself, Lucy Shaw and David Cotting (www.tigerthelion.com), for which he is the principal songwriter and singer.

Daniel's solo performances feature his thoughtful and catchy songs stripped down to their most essential parts - showcasing their catchy melodies and often driving rhythms. His lyrics betray a love of nature and explorations of self and society often focusing on rediscovery and rebirth.

Mainly performing on guitar, he sometimes accompanies his songs with double bass, banjo, violin, mandolin and sitar.

Use of moderate effects and loops can create the impression sometimes that there is more than just one person on stage!

In Daniel's music his wide ranges of influences - from anglo-american folk and blues, through pop, rock and electro, to various world musics - is gradually revealed as each distinct song is performed.

Lyrics

WMD

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

I could pin you to the window,
and turn you from a spider to a smudge –
or pull your legs off one by one –
and you’d love me, love me not,
love me, love me not,
love me, love me not,
love me, you’d love me not.

But then I’d be using my weapons of mass destruction.
I'm already using my weapons of mass destruction,
Or I could just let you be, and we could coexist peacefully.

You could crush my heart with a whisper
And turn me from someone to noone at all -
Or play with me like a daisy –
and you’d love me, love me not,
love me, love me not,
love me, love me not,
love me, you’d love me not.

But then you’d be using your weapons of mass destruction.
You're already using your weapons of mass destruction,
Or you could just fall in love with me, and we could coexist peacefully.

You could pin me to a crater,
And turn me from skin and bone to dust –
Or turn my freedom to a must –
And I’d love you, (love you not)
love you, (love you not)
love you (love you not)
love you, (I’d love you not).

But then you’d be using your weapons of mass destruction.
You're already using your weapons of mass destruction,
Or you could just let me be, and we could coexist peacefully…

Why do you use it?

Why?

Throw Yourself Wide Open

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

I think things I cannot speak,
but I can explore their hand holds and their footholds
and, in tactile understanding,
find a grip and throw them out to the world.

Come on. Come on, now.

How on Earth can you expect to be free,
unless you throw yourself wide open?
How on Earth can you expect to be me,
unless you throw yourself wide open.
Trickle in like a mandolin,
and throw yourself wide open.
Be like the sun, mingled with the sea,
and throw yourself wide open.

You're no more complicated than me,
you just noticed the shadow you cast in the sun
and, banishing night, hold it ransom
until it claims its rightful place in the world.

Come on. Come on, now.

How on Earth can you expect to be free,
unless you throw yourself wide open?
How on Earth can you expect to be me,
unless you throw yourself wide open.
Trickle in like a mandolin,
and throw yourself wide open.
Be like the sun, mingled with the sea,
and throw yourself wide open.

I'll learn my thoughts, locate their words,
and hence secure them, moor them meticulously
and spread them as warpaint,
then wearing nothing but a drumbeat, I will conquer the world.

Come on. Come on, now.

How on Earth can you expect to be free,
unless you throw yourself wide open?
How on Earth can you expect to be me,
unless you throw yourself wide open.
Trickle in like a mandolin,
and throw yourself wide open.
Be like the sun, mingled with the sea,
and throw yourself wide open.

Dark Matter/Pathosphere

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Dark matter – theoretically possible – absorbing light.
Dark matter – almost invisible – ignoring light.
La – la – la – light.

9/10 of the mass of the universe – keeps it all from caving in.
Is this really what keeps the universe – keeps it all – from collapsing?
La – la – la – light.

This music is pungent, perfume to the ears.
Incensing incense – in a sense – to the senses that hear.

I am a wall between two halves of the whole.
I am a thin, translucent wall between two halves of the whole.

Dark matter, thrown into the crucible,
Alloyed with sunlight to obfuscate midnight.
Dark matter. Friendship is malleable.
Sucking and sapping the sparkle from every eye.
La – la – la – light.

9/10 of the mass of my universe.
What stops me from caving in?
Is this really what I need in my universe –
What I need to keep expanding?
La – la – la – light.

The beauty of some is too deep to ignore.
Dark matter, I’m throwing you off. I don’t want you, I don’t want you anymore.

Dark matter, I’m smelting you out, and throwing you to the night.
Dark matter, I’m smelting you out and bringing in, bringing in the light.
La – la – la – light.

And all this time,

I never realised

the difference between

being your air supply

and being the air supply

to your pathosphere.

Discography

Albums:

2002: 'Kazuma's Guitar' (Blue)
2002: 'Kazuma's Guitar' (orange)
2003: 'Healing Songs' (As part of Tiger the Lion)
2005: One Day
2005: When you're in there www.cdbaby.com/tigerthelion2

Set List

I play a selection of the following original songs in order to satisfy the time requirements of the particular venue. I sometimes play covers of a similar style depending on the occasion.

A heart and tears a-plenty
A Song Without Drums
Catch A Wave
Croon/Slip Away
Dark Matter/Pathosphere
Escape From Your Head In The Morning
Driftwood
Firemountain/Kazan
Flinch of Recognition
Glint
Healing Song
Islands of Time And Space
(Island Hopping)
Look at Me!
On Your Way To Once-Upon-A-Time
Our Yet-To-Be
Muriel and Jimmy
Perfect Little Day
Piers Die on Beaches
Pins and Needles
Reflections off Windows
Sidelong Loving Glance
Something About Nothing
Sorry
Step Outside
Tabloid
The Last Song?
The Most Breakable Shadow
There's Something Out There
The secret ballad of Judas Iscariot
The Serial Killer
Throw Yourself Wide Open
Touch a Life
Tree Music
When you're in there
Why? Why? Why?
WMD
Woman Will Save The World
Your Weakness is a Great Strength