"There are those rare musicians that are also poets and storytellers, who can bend time and space and language so it penetrates into the deepest places of the human soul. Danny Ellis is one, and his music has shattered and embraced me with the severe grace."
William Paul Young, NY Times bestselling author of “The Shack.”
YOUWhen I first started writing songs I often wondered why so many songs were addressed to the second person; “YOU”. It was too simple, maybe even cynical, to say it was merely an idealization of a person. So what's going on there? Over the years the answer slowly revealed itself to me. It all came home when, about ten years ago I came across the following quote from Rumi;
What is the heart?
It is not human and it is not imaginary.
I call it you. Rumi
I make the question a little wider and ask;
What is that
Which is everything I admire, love and aspire to?
I call it YOU.
Somehow when I write about YOU I am evoking my relationship with EVERYTHING. The ineffable, the sublte ideas and insights which are impossible to come to grips with in ordinary language, seem to express themselves effortlessly in the poetry of YOU. The Universal can burst through in the guise of the particular and magic abounds.
God gives these melodies to us
It's almost like he dresses up
Puts on a suit we'll understand
So we can have Music for a Friend
My writing covers a wide range of subjects but maybe my favorite songs are about YOU. So if you find yourself in one of my songs then maybe I’m singing about you too.
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