Volume 95, Issue 13

Friday, September 21, 2001
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Michel's sad and beautiful word


Michel's sad and beautiful word

By Andrea Chiu
Gazette Staff

Danny Michel is strongly against the random shuffle mode on CD players.

"I'll spend a month trying to decide what order to put the songs in and that's kind of important in a sense that it effects the flow of the record. I think it's a shame the world doesn't have the attention span to sit and listen for one hour anymore," Michel explains. "If you rearranged the order [of songs], the greatest records in the world would stink.

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"They're great because the artist has created a flow in a certain order that creates a mood – that takes you on a little emotional trip. I think it's a shame how people don't sit down and listen to whole records anymore," he laments.

Since his early days with the band Starling, there has always been something about Danny Michel that makes him seem as innocent as a little boy. Having Michel discuss the importance of his music and the cohesiveness of great records, gives off the impression both are of genuine concern to him.

"[People] don't just turn everything off and sit on the couch and listen to a record. That's my favourite thing to do. I have a little music room that has a couch that's in front of two speakers.

"I just started doing it last year, like remembering that when I was a kid, I would sit on the floor and listen to the whole record while I would hold the record [sleeve] in my hand and look at it. I'm trying to learn how to do that again. I wish everyone would do that again."

Michel's latest album, In the Belly of the Whale, is the latest collection of pop-rock to examine both the sadness and joys of love and life.

"I have some sad songs – everyone always dwells on those, but I have equally as many good, positive songs," Michel says. "The first song on the record, the chorus is: 'I'm on the road to happiness;' it's a really positive tune.

"You gotta always keep your head up and keep going. I always like the Ying-Yang of life, the opposites, the good, the bad. I like that it's a sad and beautiful world," he admits.

With last week's terrorist attacks in the United States in mind, Michel agrees the world is both a tragic and a beautiful place simultaneously.

"It certainly put the world into perspective. I don't know anyone who didn't suddenly feel like all of their problems weren't that important," Michel reflects.

"I mean, good can come out of that because people can re-evaluate what's important. Maybe people can slow down a bit, and people who are working too hard can start spending more time with their kids.

"So that's what I mean about the Ying and the Yang. Something horrible can happen and then some great things can come out of it."

With a number of his friends living and working very close to New York's World Trade Centre, Michel still isn't taking the events lightly.

For tonight's show at The Whippet Lounge, Michel promises that despite the glum nature of current events, the show will be rocking.

"I'll just be playing alone, so it won't be loud, but it will still be entertaining. It won't be mellow, so you don't have to worry about that. I don't sit on a stool and play acoustic guitar. I play an electric guitar and it's pretty aggressive."

Danny Michel pulls into the Whippet Lounge tonight.

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