Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Check Out Z's New Single "Running" At Soundcloud!

Now that I see it
Can I beat this?
I started running 2 the stage
I thought we turned another page
But it wasn't that
It was just another day
When will I feel it?
Will my mind admit it?
I started running 2 the stage
I thought we turned another page
But it wasn't that
It was just another day
Now that I'm kneeling
I've got a feeling
I started running 2 the stage
I thought we turned another page
But it wasn't that it was just another day
By Dan Zweben
Shorewood Songs (BMI)

Monday, December 03, 2018

Z's "Empathize" At Soundcloud!


I had a dream you had long hair
I had a morning I'd rather forget
I cannot take you with that long glare
But the day was better than you expect

I empathize
You hypnotize
I had your back
You ain't got that

But the day is better than you'd expect

I empathize
You hypnotize
I had your back
You ain't got that

Whatever happens

I empathize
You hypnotize
I had your back
You ain't got that

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Z's new single "Chill" At Soundcloud!

On a path that so few take
Pay no mind to what is fake
Trying to chill and not miss a beat
Put that song on on on repeat
I want 2 know
I want 2 go there with u
I want 2 show u what's true
On a run under endless sky
Humans weren't meant to stay inside
Feel the sand beneath your feet
Put that on on on repeat
I want 2 go there with u
I want 2 show u what's true
I want 2 show u what's true
I want 2 go there with u
I want 2 show u what's true
Go there with u
Go there with u
By Dan Zweben
Shorewood Songs (BMI)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What You’re Missing When You Walk With Your Phone

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for awhile. When you walk and text or read an article on FB or look at at cat video on’re missing life. Because life is what is happening in front of you and I can’t tell you how many great experiences I’ve had through random occurrences that wouldn’t have happened had I been glued to my screen.  Like in the 90’s when I ran into Adam Yauch, MCA! from Beastie Boys on his skateboard going into the music store on my block to check out pedals...I met him bc I wasn’t glued to a phone....bc we didn’t have phones...And this post isn’t about name dropping it’s about what is lost when our whole world is obsessed with a thing that distracts us from those around us...the stars, the nature...the animals...the universe...we need physical contact to relate to each other better...So after this post...I will take a walk...In a beautiful cold thanksgiving day...I listen to the birds who have not fled south.  And listen to the sound of the boats and quiet conversations...And I will look at the sun. And will be grateful.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Energy & I'm A Minimalist

I like to run.  I like to record and write music and play at the park with my daughters and play music for people and friends and relax and be with the people I love.  I also like to write and share music and words and ideas and those expressions come out at night.  Because artists are dreamers and we dream when we sleep.  But we wait till it's late and everyone is asleep then our minds wander and search and ponder and read and write and create something new for no other reason but to do it....Because it feels right.  It feels good.  It feels like we are connecting to something big.  Because we are looking for more than a news feed to connect us.  We want real communication.  Without distraction.  True contentment is never reached when your checking your phone.  But I see more folks ditching the screens and diving into books of literature.  Anything to change our current mood.  

(I'm a minimalist but I do use a Macbook to produce my lo fi records which I don't use a mic for, I record directly into the computer....But I don't take up any extra parking spaces and I have no budget so I don't spend money on my recordings anymore....It's like when you hear about those films that gross a million dollars but we're made for next to nothing....My records are made for nothing.....For reals.....

Here's a song I wrote not really related to all that but who cares:

You have the power
To try to change
Turn your energy
A new way
Cause every hour
Your thoughts consume
Remove negativity
From the room
Your feelings are bringing you down
Are you really in control
Feels like something went wrong
Turn your energy into a song
Turn that energy into a song

Friday, November 16, 2018

Z's "Friend" at Soundcloud!

(Art by Harper Zweben, 6)

This song came to me after I had to clear out my friend's list and take stock in who remained on it.  And I'm not talking about social media.  I'm talking about real friends.  Because sometimes, you have to look around and see how the people around you are and how they treat you and if they treat you as an equal and if they appreciate you....Well, sometimes, you got to clean slate.  Because life is too short...To not be surrounded by people who want to spend time with you regardless of what your going through or what you need.  That is a true friend.  And here's my new song....Friend:

Friends will come and friends will go
No one cares if you make it home
Don't get too attached to a crew
They'll end up talking smack about you
They're saying, he's dark, he's vain
He's on a different plane
He's sad he's deep
He must be incomplete
I've been looking for some people
With a different view
Maybe it will happen tonight
Maybe it is you
Words and music by Dan Zweben
Shorewood Songs (BMI)
Art by Harper Zweben

Monday, November 12, 2018

An Open Letter

The money has gone to his head
It’s made him forget about what he said
About who we are and what this means
But the money doesn’t make him free..

But I am free........

To be who I am and to be a man
But in this day and age of plans
There’s no room for mistakes
Where are the places to escape to?
Where are the hills where one can be?
Without another hidden fee?
Where is the truth that we seek?
Is it on this mountain peak?
It’s a relief to let go
Of someone you used to know

Monday, October 29, 2018

Z - I See You At SoundCloud

I’m trying to live minimally...As a minimalist...And music doesn’t need to be so’s just a’s just a journey...all things will you might as well enjoy the ride...Harrison...Garcia...My heroes are mostly gone...But I live on...Onward..And here’s a new song:

Monday, September 24, 2018


I find the process of writing and making music enjoyable.  It's a very personal experience for me.  Through the music, I'm looking to express myself in ways that I just can't in regular life.  Small talk is not meant to inspire deeper and more real thoughts and feelings. It's about not making the other person uncomfortable....And there's not a lot you can talk about these days before people's opinions and close-minded minds get in the way of the conversation and you have to just move on...Because a lot people today believe exactly what they believe...And they're not looking to explore new worlds.  They just want their TV and their meal and their job and I'm not judging that....I'm just saying....There must be something else.....I was watching a documentary on Daniel Johnston last night and I asked my daughter to draw something for the cover of this new song I wrote and recorded under the name "Z" (See link above)....

This is what she came up with: