Tales From The Invisible Man

by Danny Michel

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Danny Michel, environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast, returns with Matadora, his newest and most deeply humanist album to date. As a whole, the ten- song collection explores themes of individual and collective agency, and wills us to and hope in grief, tolerance in violence, and love in hate.

After the musical village approach involved in making an album in Belize, Matadora’s origin is a different sort of island, self-produced, recorded and mixed all by Michel in his home studio in Waterloo, Ontario. Matadora tempers the tropical escapism of the Juno-nominated Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me with a dose of harsher realities – breaking news, loneliness, laundry – all delivered tenderly with Michel’s signature empathy.

In place of Black Birds’ balmy clime, the warmth of Matadora comes from within, as materially present as breath that condenses on a window. This body-generated steaminess is front and centre on “Get Lost,” a knee- weakening soliloquy with a slow jam beat.

Matadora has two types of love letters, those meant just for one and those addressed to all. The song “Click Click” is one part dream sequence, one part political platform – as passionate as “Get Lost” but on a much larger scale. “Click Click” shows Michel’s mastery of exploring big questions in small details; with his signature earnestness he confronts tragedy and violence with delicacy and grace.

There are also a handful of songs that taste of ocean and carry forward the vibe and instrumentation from Black Birds in breezy fashion. Title track “Matadora,” “Paris Las Vegas,” and “Good Old Days” provide a bridge from Michel’s previous release, one that consumed two years from recording to the final sold out stop on the North American tour he did with The Garifuna Collective. On Matadora, Michel’s red flag waves as an open-ended question posed in the title track: Are we all the bull on beaten days, or are we the matadora in many ways?

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BIO -
With nominations for three JUNO Awards, The Polaris Prize, The CBC’s "Heart Of Gold" AND a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. “An adventurous & fearless artist”. “A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over”.

Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say" without coming off preachy. His environmental song “Feather, Fur & Fin" landed on both CBC’s “Global Goals Playlist” & David Suzuki’s “Playlist For The Planet”. Other songs ask big questions like "If Gods' on your side, then who's on mine" and “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right or did you live it wrong?”

In 2011 Danny relocated to Belize and founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund” to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he's raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can.

Later he tracked down one of his favorite bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them to make an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboards Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the “World Music” category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.

At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure”


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Track Name: Perfect
Perfect

I got halfway to the canyon,
And all the stars were shining bright.
Your polaroid on the dashboard,
It kept me going through the night.
So don't wait up, just rest your eyes.
'Cause I can't rush this beautiful ride.

Nobody move, this is perfect.
It's just like you.

I saw the sun c-c-crash in the ocean.
And all the vampires on their way.
All the pretty girls spill tanning lotion,
And they scatter in the rain.

And my walkman sang my favorite song.
In this perfect light I can't go wrong.

Nobody move, this is perfect.
Nobody move, this is perfect.
Nobody move, this is perfect.
It's just like you.
I'm counting the drop that ran down the window.
I'm counting the girls on the transport flap.
I saw the curve of the earth devour,
As you fell asleep in my lap.
Track Name: In Your Arms
In Your Arms

Golden locks on suffragettes
The pretty girls smoke cigarettes
Cutting class and sneaking out at night
And the macho boys break billiard balls
But they never catch you when you fall
But I will be there and I will do you right

'Cause I'm alright wrapped up in your arms
I'm quite the sight wrapped up in your arms

Your brother stole an old Corvette
We ditched it down on Lafayette
And watched the cops towing it away
And the summer up and came and went
And all my summer savings spent
I wish that I could pitch a tent and stay

'Cause I'm alright wrapped up in your arms
I'm quite the sight wrapped up in your arms
So squeeze me tight
And wrap me in your arms

'Cause I'm alright wrapped up in your arms
And legs and golden sun rays
Night swims on lazy Sundays
I'm gonna wear your ring
Till I return next spring

So come on baby what you say
You put all those big tears away
I'll be back when everything turns green
I'm gonna call you every second day
Time will fly I'll never stray
And every night
I'll dream the same old dream

That I'm alright wrapped up in your arms
I'm quite the sight wrapped up in your arms
So squeeze me tight
And wrap me in your arms
'Cause I'm alright wrapped up in your arms
Track Name: We All Fall Down
We All Fall Down

I'm hanging out the side of Alejandro's ride
I'm trying not to bleed on the car seats
Colours fill the streets
They're running down your cheeks
And cop cars lay white sheets over teenagers

But they'll never stop us now
They'll never stop us now
Hush hush hush we all fall down

Sing that little song that mama used to sing
I'm trying to hang on but I feel me slipping
You wrap it in a towel and prayer a secret prayer
While Jesus combs his hair in the rear view

But they'll never stop us now
They'll never stop us now
Hush hush hush we all fall down

Spotlights on car alarms
Bullets lodged in frightened arms
That fight that tears and grind the gears
And circle round

Where the helicopters hover low
On teenage boys bound for death row
Where mother's tears run down the road
Into manholes

But they'll never stop us now
They'll never stop us now
They'll never stop us now
But they'll never stop us now
But they'll never stop us now
Track Name: Two Hearts
Two Hearts

I grew up on the 8-track
And any day now the comeback
I'm tangled up on the floor
In the headphones cord
Way back when DJ meant DJ
And roller disco on Sundays
The hiss and crackle n' skip
The woofers flutter and clip

Let's go back
When two hearts two hearts they never hurt no one
When two hearts two hearts they added up to one
That heart could never come undone
Hey DJ play that track somebody take me back

I got no beepers no pagers
Just Farrah Fawcett-Lee-Majors
The sunset drive-in at dark
We cruise in gently and park
I'm making out on the shag rug
With Mary Anne and some soft drugs
Places I'd never seen except in magazines

Let's go back
When two hearts two hearts they never hurt no one
When two hearts two hearts they added up to one
That heart could never come undone
Hey DJ play that track somebody take me back

45's and skirts Bowie on my shirt
Set your phasers on stun
Leave all the kids out in the sun
And Atari and Pong they've never been strong
Someone take me back

When two hearts two hearts they never hurt no one
When two hearts two hearts they added up to one
That heart it never weighed a ton
Hey DJ play that track somebody take me back

When two hearts two hearts they never hurt no one
When two hearts two hearts they added up to one
That heart could never come undone
Hey DJ spin that track somebody take me back

Hey play it all night long
Oh oh oh yeah come on
Hey DJ hit that track somebody take me back
Track Name: Beautiful
Beautiful

Sitting in a rainy tent in an 'I love NY' hat.
She said I was beautiful and I'd never heard that.
From someone like you.
C'mon, this can't be true.
You make me feel all new and...

Beautiful.

She held me on the telephone,
but it's just not the same.
So we go double-dutch,
and she climbed in a plane.
Now I'm sleeping in till noon,
and the little things don't hurt.
Now I'm wearing out her name,
and she's wearing my shirts.

I wanna shoot the moon,
spend all my cash on you.
Do everything to you...
'Cause you're...

Beautiful.
You'll be #1 and I'll be #2,
You're a modern girl and I'm an old fashioned fool.

She sparkles in the pouring rain,
and keeps me water tight.
I don't know what all this means,
but man it sure feels right.
I haven't felt this good,
I didn't know you could.
I never thought I should be...
Track Name: The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man

If I stop combing my hair,
If I stop shaving my face.
Would you notice or care,
Would it just be a waste ?
If I stop changing my clothes,
If I stop watching my weight.
Yeah, how far do I got to go ?
Just what do I got to say ?

I’m the invisible man…
Everybody shakes my hand but you,
I’m the invisible man…
But the only body I want is you.

I walk in slowly with grace,
I hit a couple home runs.
I stand right up in your face,
Still I don't block out the sun.
So I go out on a limb,
I get all true blue and sincere,
But I don't show up on film.
I can't be seen in a mirror.

I’m the invisible man…
Everybody shakes my hand but you,
I’m the invisible man…
But the only body I want is you.

Some would sneak into ladies locker rooms,
Or armoured trucks chuck full of jewels.
But I keep my hands where you can see them,
Oh any fool can see them,
Why can't you see them?
I know when I’m beat.
I know when to stay down.
You put floppy shoes on my feet,
In a big happy frown.

I’m the invisible man…
Try and catch me, If you can.
I’m the invisible man…
I’m right behind you, Here I am.
My friend
I’m the invisible man…
Everybody shakes my hand but you,
I’m the invisible man…
But the only body I want is you.
Track Name: In Full Effect
In Full Effect

You can pull over now anywhere here's fine
I don't want to jinx or waste me no more time
I'm just gonna go I don't want no more
There's no more you +1 at the door

I had to get out get me out' a me that town
'Cause nothing ever adds up
Everybody just stands round
Soo I set out in the night for Saratoga Springs
I flopped around until I learnt to work these wings

'Cause I've been gone too long
What's your name again?
Who's the president?
'Cause I've been gone so long
Everybody hit the deck
'Cause I'm back in full effect

They sat me down to check if me OK
I told them I'm fine it's just the digital display
But I rode it out I killed Mr Blue
Now I'm at the wheel of this pleasure cruise

'Cause I've been gone too long
What's your name again?
Who's the president?
'Cause I've been gone so long
Everybody hit the deck
'Cause I'm back in full effect
Track Name: The Luckiest Man In The World
The Luckiest Man In The World

All the way across the crowded room
Can you feel it? I know you do...
You arrive like a mortorcade
And your better half rolls in like a hand granade

When our eyes collide I'm lost in the tide
And the worst part is he don't even know
He's the luckiest man in the world

You hold me close and the music plays
The disco ball spins in the milky way
And I'm watching all the words you say
Go supernova right in front of me

If I could stop time and make you all mine
And the worst part is he don't even know
He's the luckiest man in the world

He stumbles off to find his keys
You say goodnight and I can't breathe
Track Name: Thunder In The Mountain
Thunder In The Mountain

I was ninety-five feet under and twenty years of age
Working in the copper mines for less than living rage
With my uncle father brother and our grandfather too
Everybody pulled their weight 'cause that's the right thing to do
But oh my legs are tired and my face is filthy black
Won't someone bring me water and pour it down my back

It was early in the morning and I just got off the line
My father and brothers were punching in at nine
"Go home and sleep my son" my daddy said to me
Tell your sister that you love her kiss your mama on the cheek
Oh my legs are tired someone take me to my bed
Mama bring me water and pour it on my head

Mama dropped the gravy I never seen her look so scared
The telephone was dangling as she reached out to the air
She didn't have to say a thing I knew what was said
There was thunder in the mountain and there's nintey men dead
Oh my mama's shaking she's gonna fall apart
Someone bring her whiskey and pour it on her heart

But oh my legs are tired and my face is filthy black
There's thunder in the mountain and their never coming back
Track Name: When I Get Out
When I Get Out

When I get out I'm running straight to you
And taking you out like I used to do
I've been counting the days I've been stitching up plans
And apparently now I'm a better man
So let's ride till the sky turns blue
There's just thirteen days to you

Well they taught me a trade and the ways of the Lord
So I built a guitar and I learnt 4 chords
'Cause that's all I need to sing to you

When I get out I'm heading straight for you
I've got some things I've been dying to do
Show me the house where you were born
And I'll kiss your face until my lips are worn
And we'll sleep until the sun turns blue
There's just thirteen days to you
I'm gonna grow my hair I'm gonna run a bath
I wanna just sit here and watch you laugh
I'm gonna wash the car I'm gonna cut the grass

When I get out I'm gonna drop some bucks
Gas up the caddie come and pick me up
I feel the blood flowing through my luck
We're gonna drop the needle gonna raise a cup
We're going wild till the sky turns blue
There's just thirteen days to you

There's a few more lines on your pretty face
And there's a few more pounds 'round this old waist
But that don't change you and me a bit

But when I got out there was no one there
No red caddie and no golden hair
I got no cigarettes and no taxi fare
Just a slaughterhouse stench filling up the air
I just cried say it ain't true
Now there's a hundred days of blue
There's a hundred days of blue
Track Name: Would You But A Frame?
Would You Buy A Frame ?

Here she comes my big reward
Hear her strum the biggest chord in my chest
See her tame the mighty shores with one caress

What if I write your name on the club marquee
Would you buy a frame and fill it with me?

She rifles through the lost and found
She lays on my chest in the rain when I'm down
She makes the best soup in town
And the sweetest little sounds

What if I carve your name in the chestnut tree?
Would you buy a frame and fill it with me?

She told me she had no sisters or brothers
And no recollection of dads and mothers
Just and empty hole where no-good lovers once lived
You-will-love-again

Here she comes my big reward
Hear her strum the biggest chord in my chest
If I could somehow tape or record her sweet caress
Track Name: Oh Francisco
Oh Francisco

There's something about you, the look in your eyes
The wind in your sails, the clouds in your skies
The trail of bread crumbs that ends at your door
I'll will be waiting - waiting for more
Alone in the sunrise, I'll swallow the moon

Oh Francisco baby, I will love you until I die
Oh Francisco maybe, maybe I can stay tonight

Up over the rooftops, we're drunk on red wine
El Camino feathers, oh how they fly
I can't wait to see you, to hold you again
To sleep in your harbour, to bathe in your sin
I need some romancing, I'm fresh out of jail

Oh Francisco baby, I will love you until I die
Oh Francisco maybe, maybe I can stay tonight

Convertible lovers cruising the heights
Los Embarcadero; all the pretty lights
This ride is held together by one little pin
But still I wanna go faster
I hope this never ends

Oh Francisco baby, I will love you until I die
Oh Francisco maybe, I could hold you while you cry...
Track Name: Danny Michel & Karly Warkentin - Perfect feat. Karly Warkentin (Digital bonus track)
Perfect

I got halfway to the canyon,
And all the stars were shining bright.
Your polaroid on the dashboard,
It kept me going through the night.
So don't wait up, just rest your eyes.
'Cause I can't rush this beautiful ride.

Nobody move, this is perfect.
It's just like you.

I saw the sun c-c-crash in the ocean.
And all the vampires on their way.
All the pretty girls spill tanning lotion,
And they scatter in the rain.

And my walkman sang my favorite song.
In this perfect light I can't go wrong.

Nobody move, this is perfect.
Nobody move, this is perfect.
Nobody move, this is perfect.
It's just like you.
I'm counting the drop that ran down the window.
I'm counting the girls on the transport flap.
I saw the curve of the earth devour,
As you fell asleep in my lap.