Danny Django

Danny Django

 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

I see myself as Woody Guthrie with digital capabilities. The band is about Peace, Love and Understanding. Our live Acoustic Shows reflect this sentiment with strong acoustic guitar stylings, smooth piano and a colorful vocals and harmonies. The shows are always entertaining,engaging and fun.

Biography

He’s quite dry, and quite sardonic. Perhaps even a little tough to know; not because he’s closed, but just understated. Singer/Songwriter Danny Django is one of those genuinely humble, genuinely interesting guys with guitars who has something worthwhile to say, and is taking the time to say it. With a gritty Americana Blues Rock sound placing him in league with Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, Danny Django is the voice of a generation ago set in modern times. Basically, Woody Guthrie with a band and digital audio gear. The message of these greats is imbued in Django’s work as well, with the quest for peace, love, and the common good setting the course for his songs and stories.

It’s not surprising, and very likely not coincidence, that the name Django is derived from the European Gypsy vernacular meaning “I awake.” Django’s bent in songwriting is towards songs that explore how to live life rather than merely endure it, while expressing a benevolent concern for humanity. “It may sound like corny hippiedom, I know, but beyond the darkness of our condition nipping at us most of the time it seems so positive to think about us all getting along, solving our problems constructively, listening to each other and being quick to forgive.” This outlook permeated his music from the start, along with that fierce self-reliance of the American man.

Just prior to the beginning of his recording career however, his body and the world around it chose to press its limits upon him in a most terrifying and malicious way. Django spent 2003 fighting Thyroid Cancer; fighting, and beating it, and has been in full remission for 8 years with no relapse. While his person is not defined by cancer, the impact it had on him is undeniable. “It changed my priorities. I was beginning to wake up and focus on what will last before my diagnosis, but fighting and beating cancer definitely fast-tracked it. It galvanized my need to make music, and to use it to pursue peace and understanding in the world.” From his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Django began single-handedly performing all duties on his albums Soul Traces (2003), Cosmic Wheel (2005), and Touch the Sky (2007), including songwriting, performing all instruments and vocals, engineering, and even propelling the single “Jennifer” from Cosmic Wheel to become a high-selling track on iTunes.

Now almost 10 years into his career as a songwriter and recording artist, Django has created Child Indigo, his fourth full-length studio album. Some things have remained the same, like signature songs riddled with signature hooks, his signature jangle guitar-based sound, and his signature philosophy on life and death. “Dealing with life and death are usually sub-plots in my music,” he states plainly, and the songs of Child Indigo plainly reflect. Some things have changed, however. Most notable among them are the inclusion of fellow musicians for the first time on any of his albums. Adding to Django’s performances on Vocals, Guitar, Bass, and Harmonica are Sophia Tucker on Vocals and Keyboards and Alexandre Lira on Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Bass, and Vocals.

Fittingly, Child Indigo explores and celebrates the unique ability to change and heal the struggles of life that is held by those who have been pressed up against death. Django’s dry insight and frank optimism are laid out in “Eternally,” “What Life’s About,” “I Blame You,” and “A Survivor.” Making this record met both emotional and creative needs for Django. “I had a real need to make this record. After years of success as a songwriter and producer confined by the needs of the market, I needed the freedom to be creative and make the music I needed to make.” And that’s just what he did.

Danny Django is that rare human with a weathervane in his heart, always sensing the shifts in the winds of the world and telegraphing it out to those who will listen. The songs of Child Indigo and all the others that came before them are simply the honest thoughts of a good man with a guitar and a record button. Regardless of the venue, he will be serving those around by singing his songs, and taking it one step at a time. “I want to reach as many people with my music as I possibly can. Millions. Billions? The rest will take care of itself when that happens.”

Lyrics

A Survivor

Written By: Danny Django

The wind is tired
And leaning on the branches
The sky is blue
But I'm feeling happy
Hey there little yellow sun
Why you always on the run?
The grass is green
But it's still growing

Can you show me
Something
That I've never seen
Can you take me
Someplace
That I've never been
Can you tell me
What it all really means to be
A survivor

The cloud is white
Just before it's gettin' angry
The sea is deep
But doesn't show it
Hey there little butterfly
What's that thing you're always out there churnin'?
The air so thick
But it's still learnin'

Can you show me
Something
That I've never seen
Can you take me
Someplace
That I've never been
Can you tell me
What it all really means to be
A survivor

Only time can break you down
Only the loneliness can make you feel alone
Only people can frown
Only the sinners can cast stones

Things are bad
Only when you think about them
Times are tough but they don't last
Hey there little bad disease
Why you like to drive me to my knees?
When it hurts
You won't know it - no

Can you show me
Something
That I've never seen
Can you take me
Someplace
That I've never been
Can you tell me
What it all really means to be
A survivor
A survivor

You Go On

Written By: Danny Django

On and on and on it goes
Where it stops
No one knows
Round and round the round-about
Seasons fading in and out

All and all
It all will all be alright
Don't ask me
Why you claw and scratch and fight
To show some might
And you go on
And on and on and on
You go on

Up and up You're going down
You want your feet
Back near the ground
Run and run
You run your way
To find a place where you can stay

You say no
You know that no one
Really knows you
Don't tell me
How to find
Your piece of mind
Without a sign
Still you go on
And on and on and on
You Go On

You realize you're hypnotized
With a mindless drive
Toward something
And in the end
You give and bend
More than you intend
But you go on
And on and on and on
You go on

On and on and on it goes
Why it stops
No one knows
Round and round the burning sun
Till the seasons come undone

All in all it all
Will all be alright
Don't ask me
How to claw and scratch and fight
To show some might
You go on
And on and on and on
You go on

I Blame You

Written By: Danny Django

I want to live my life
As bright as the stars
I see in the night
Wake up to a sunny day
Where everything's easy
And going my way

I can't do it
So I blame you for it all
I can't have it
So I blame you for it all
I can't find it
So I blame you for everything
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame

I've got these nervous dreams
Run fast on caffeine
And hard nicotine
Flowing off in a crazy wind
Blowing all over
This world full of sin

I can't take it
So I blame you for it all
I can't catch it
So I blame you for it all
I can't save it
So I blame you for everything
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame

It's really no my fault
Live life with a chunk of salt
I fake it, I fake it, I fake it
Look for the silver sun
Run toward all the wrong ones
I miss it, I miss it. I miss it

I can't believe it
So I blame you for it all
I can't face it
So I blame you for it all
I can't change it
So I blame you for everything
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame

Wanna find a new place to go
Where everyone's smiling
The living is so slow
The sunsets are so beautiful
Sit on my front porch swing
And watch it get so low

I can't find it
So I blame you for it all
I can't see it
So I blame you for it all
I can't get it
So I blame you for everything
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame
Oh Yeah
Ain't it a shame
Yeah
Ain't it a shame

Discography

CD - "Soul Traces" released April 2003- Radio Airplay in Wyoming, many College Campuses, Colorado, Belgium and Germany as well as on the internet.
CD - "Cosmic Wheel" released April 2005 - Radio Airplay on XM Satellite, Radio in Germany and Belgium and Serbia, as well as on the internet and in Wyoming in Colorado, USA. The song "Jennifer" has become a digital phenomena.
CD - "Touch The Sky" released May 2007 - Radio & Internet Airplay in the United States, Canada , Australia and Europe.
CD - "Child Indigo" release April 2011 - Has already been featured on several internet radio Podcasts like 365Live.com, The Bugcast in SouthYorkshire, UK, etc.
It also has received several favorable reviews in on-line publications.

Set List

I play alot of gigs that are 4 hours long. I usually play half covers, and half my own material. People love my rendition of Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold", Green Days' "Good Riddance" and Pink Floyds' "Wish You Were Here" all with unique harmonica and guitar solo's. The big crowd pleaser's, aside from banter with the audience and funny stories, are some of my originals like The Corporation Song, New York City, Sand and Water and You Saved the World to name a few.