Hi, I'm Dan-O and I post my original music as free MP3 downloads here on DanoSongs.com. You can listen to the songs online or download the tracks.
It's also legal to use the music royalty free in your video, game, film, presentation, slideshow or website.
You have my permission to use the songs for personal or commercial use. I use a simple creative commons license that allows you to use the tracks legally.
If you are adding the music in your project and you want to use it royalty free, these are the terms:
1. Free with credit to: Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com. See the License
FAQ for credit options.
2. Without credit donate at least $10 US per track or buy the package: Donating is an easy way to use one of my tracks by giving you more freedom when sharing your project. For donation options click here. The package offers the most publishing flexibility and access to 77+ mp3s on your hard drive. If you have questions see the License
Please donate so I can spend more time making free music for you!
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are my original pop, rock, acoustic and techno songs. I put my
own music up as free MP3 music downloads that are legal, safe and
virus-free to listen, burn, stream, podcast or use in your personal or
commercial multimedia projects. You are allowed to use the music for
You have my permission to use these tracks as music video sites, in photo galleries, as free background music on
in student film projects, or whatever else you can think of. You can
use the MP3s as a game soundtrack, to record vocals over as a song or
to play them on your podcast as complete finished tracks. It's up to
you - have fun!
The songs are available under the creative commons license which means
you can use them for free if you link back to my site. If you just want
to download and listen, that's great and you don't need to link back.
You do not have to regisiter in order to download the music.
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Ways You Can Use My Free Music Royalty Free
If you are looking for a free original music source online, then you
can download my MP3 collections and use them royalty free as
instrumental background music. I just ask that you link back to the
site as described in the license above. I have put together a
list of cool ways you can include music from this library. You may need
to purchase software for some of these but you can usually get an
inexpensive or free open source program.
Video: Free mp3 background music for videos
that you make with Windows
iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Vegas, Premiere, Camtasia, or Cam Studio. Check
my blog for great examples of using the music for video production and
Films Scores: Use as an alternative to production
documentary, animation, action, dramatic, art film or part of the score
for any genre. Allot of film students also use my tracks with vocals as
a nice compliment to school projects with no dialog. Some of my light
instrumental stock can be used to provide an ambient audio soundtrack.
Podcasts: Put them on your play list as complete
Good to use as intro, outro or background sounds in news, corporate or
Songs: If you are an artist or singer you can use as
instrumentals as a background music track on a demo or album. There are
plenty of tracks with acoustic guitar, electric guitar and piano that
could be used for pop, love ballads or other types of songs.
Backing Tracks: Free to download and use as MP3
for playing along with guitar solos, vocals or other instruments.
People also use the songs as rap background music. Many
of the rock tracks are in basic easy keys and have a full band with
Listen to the Songs for Free: Download the MP3s and
import them into your
PSP, Xbox, Windows Media Player on your computer or use for CD burning.
You can also share the files as torrents on P2P networks. All these
songs are already on the mininova peer to peer BitTorrent search
engine. Completely safe as music for studying or partying since this is
legal music for college students to download.
Exercising: Try listening to the upbeat techno dance
workout, sports, spinning, running and jogging or acoustic sounds for
unwinding with meditation or yoga.
Free Presentation Music : Great to add to PowerPoint
ppt files, Flash,
Open Office Impress or Apple Keynote files.
Commercials: Use as free commerical music on TV
radio, jingles, background music or edit for music
beds. Check out my free
corporate music collection for complete information.
Apple Players: Import the MP3 files into iTunes and
sync up with iPhone or iPod Touch, Nano or Shuffle.
Meditation: Use the tracks as meditation
stock music for DVDs and videos you sell for hypnosis, or
Broadcasting: You can play the music for listeners
AM, FM and online radio playlists or in retail stores, restaurants and
elevators as complete tracks or clips for any purpose.
Free On Hold Music and
Make them into cell ringtones or use for your phone system as free on
hold music. I already have many of these on MyxerTones as free ring
Free Background Music for Websites and Blogs: Embed
the songs in html in the
page background or in a slide show. Can also be added as music for
Remix: If you are a DJ or like to mix loops then you
can add sound effects, samples and beats to the songs or make mixtapes.
Social Profiles and Applications: Include in your Facebook
or MySpace page or use in any social multimedia widgets and application
you are developing for the Web.
Education: Music for the classroom, training,
other educational purposes. Plus, if you want someone to lecture on
songwriting, music technology or the online music business I may be
available. I also teach guitar since that is my primary instrument. For
my educational background check me out on LinkedIn or contact me.
Free Slideshow Music: Use in slide-shows of your
events like a wedding, graduation or birthday. For weddings check out
love mp3 collection. Or if you are an artist
or author the MP3s can be used to compliment a trailer for your work.
Use for your business media created in Polaroid My Memories,
ProShow, PhotoStory, Media Show, SlideShow Builder, inAlbum or
another video game design program as background music.
Commercial synchronization is acceptable too and record labels are
welcome to release the songs on CD compilations - be sure to read my license FAQ. If you need
professional contracts and production quality sound files then you can
contact me. You can
also follow me on Twitter or Facebook and I send out my best high
quality clips as MP3 files at no cost every week before I add them to
the catalog here.
"Finding danosongs was
like discovering a new type of pygmy monkey that shares its food
in the forest outside a city run by gangs of gorillas in fancy
- Atticus de Frangipani
Poet, Painter & Photographer
Isle of Man
Creative Commons Song Lyrics and Chords You Can Use
Here are 32 lyrics with chords that you can use to write songs with,
use in school projects, change as you want for poetry, or do whatever
else you want with. You can use them as is or any lines you like. I get
asked allot to write lyrics and I just don't have the time so I thought
of doing this. Many have songs that go with them that you can download
below. Many do not have music yet. Either way you are free to use them
as long as you list "Dan-O at DanoSongs.com" as the co-writer in any
printed versions, videos or Websites where you use them. Stay in touch,
I'd love to hear to hear anything you do with the lyrics!
More Details About Using the Music Royalty Free
This is a stock music production library under Creative Commons
licensing for the general public. You can license the tunes royalty
free if you provide a link back or credit to "Free Music by
DanoSongs.com". People also do leave donations. You may download, copy
listen to the tracks without a link. There is no cost for downloading
or buyout fee for creative commons licensing of these MP3s. Check out
the creative commons license page for details. The files are compatible
with iPod, Zune,
Windows Media Player any other player. They can also be used in
everyday life for PowerPoint, photo album slide shows and presentations
for business, education and kids projects.
The songs can be included in podcasting so they are podsafe. Other uses
for the clips might be for background instrumental beds in film, tv,
video, games, websites, songs and even your social network page. For
instance on your myspace or facebook profile. The files are Mac or PC
compatible. In addition to
downloading you can stream samples from the CD. If you just want a copy
of the actual CD release with 15 of these songs sent to you, then you
can order the album "Guitar, Lyrics and Cut-ups".
Let me know if you need custom made music for a project. Depending on
the use, my available time and the style of music, I may be able to
come up with something customized for you. The cost can be anywhere
from free for creative commons licensing to a negotiable fee for a
work-for-hire license where you buy the complete copyright to the song.
I can also do some video editing and customizing of the existing tracks
for ringtones, advertising, commercials and on hold music if you need
that. I work with photographers, producers, college students,
educators, non profits, artists and other musicians from all over the
world and I'm open to ideas. I am in the New York City area if you want
to meet in person to discuss a project.
What is the Style of My Music Like?
People ask me "What kind of music do you do?" all the time. That's hard
to say because I have a very diverse influence. Overall people say my
songs remind them most of David Bowie.
In particular my alternative
rock songs sound like the bands I have been influenced by like Led
Zepplin, Coldplay, The Fray, U2, Iron and Wine, The Rolling Stones and
The more indie rock songs have been compared to Kings of
Leon, Elliot Smith and Ben Folds. My acoustic songs are music like Jack
Johnson, James Blunt, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper and Jeff
My loop-based electronic tracks have a sound like Moby,
Massive Attack and Frou Frou since they are my favorite artists in that
genre. Some people have said my instrumental tracks sound like The
Beatles and Oasis.
As a singer I am have been most influenced by Teddy Thompson, Damien
Rice and Nat King Cole. As a songwriter my ideals lay in the simplistic
rock of Tom Petty and Neil Young. As a lyricist I tend to be a bit
intellectual and esoteric like Sting, Seal and Bono.
As an artist in
general I love the diverse pop art mentality of David Bowie and David
Byrne - both artists, musicians and actors which is awesome. After you
listen to my music and you have an opinion about what the songs sound
like, please let me know. I would really appreciate it so I can list
any additional artists and bands here.
How I Write New Songs
I get asked allot about how I write songs and the tracks on the site:
1. First I decide what style of song I am going to write. Usually it
will be solo acoustic, but I also use various loop-based software to
create electronica tracks. If I write on acoustic I also keep in mind
that I will be playing the tune with a band in a rock setting at open
2. Then I decide on the theme of a song, for instance if I am going to
write a love song, Christmas carol or something about America.
Sometimes I am inspired by a new album and I want to write in the style
of a band like U2, the Beatles or Coldplay.
3. After that I write the lyrics. I have a system to find the best
ideas and words that rhyme easily and naturally. These words need to
have imagery that brings out the meaning of the theme in a very
colorful way. I usually pick the title at this point.
4. Next I find some chords that fit with the style of the theme. I am
kind of scientific about how I choose them, I don't just make them up
off the top of my head. If I'm writing electronic music I don't write
chords, I just create the tracks with whatever awesome loops I can
find. I usually use a free
online music maker to create techno music.
In either case I always, always stick to the one song structure
that I find works best. At this point if I am really
loops, I may feel like digging out some world music samples and try out
hindi instruments like tabla and sitar.
5. Only after all that do I try to sing the melody. I have a technique
for just listening to the chords and music and coming up with something
that is effortless for me. Then I decide if I like what I have created
and if it could be a top radio song and if it has some kind of pop
appeal. If I don't really feel like it is great then I spend a little
time trying to fix it. To be honest though, it is usually easier for me
to forget about a bad song, and move on to the next.
What is most important is that if I think the tune could stand the test
of time as a traditional folk song, even if I do rock, pop and techno
versions - the song has to have a hook. There is more about what I'm
after in my article on hybrid songs.
6. Then I practice the song until I get the strumming and vocals down
for every beat and phrase of the tune. Finally I take the tune and
record it somehow. Could be solo, or with a band, or with a friend.
After a while I gather up the songs I have and make an album out of it.
I don't set out to make an album, it just happens over time.
This might seem like a complicated way to make a song, and even
backwards to some people. However, in the end I wind up with simple
songs that people say they love and they last as fun tunes that I play
for years and years. I have taken tons of music lessons, attended
songwriting workshops and I have a college education in music, but I
never learned this process from a book or classes.
Providing the Songs as Free MP3 Downloads
After I write and record a songs I upload it to my Website and offer it
for free. Of course, I still own the copyright to the music but I give
everyone permission to copy, distribute and alter the songs for
anything they want to use it for. This is not public domain music, you
can check out this list of copyright
free music for songs that no longer have copyrights. Many
people think that providing MP3s
for nothing is not a good idea. However, the huge amount of traffic I
get at this site shows that offering a free license is the best easy
promotion I could possibly ask for!
I choose the Creative Commons Licenses attribution license which
requires that you put a link or credit for DanoSongs.com. That sure
gets the word out. You can also use other open licenses like GPL, GFDL,
EFF Open Audio License, the Free Art license or the LinuxTag's Open
Music License. My music Its allot like providing open source software,
make money on services other than selling the code itself.
The other advantage to offering my tracks for free is instant easy
collaboration, which is just plain fun. For instance I get emails all
the time from people who use my instrumental tracks as background music
for a new song. So now there is a whole piece of music in the world,
that I played a part in, and yet took absolutely no effort on my part.
This also goes for the many super cool video projects that people put
my songs in. Some are for charity, documentaries, schools and projects
for children and I am very happy to be involved!
Licensing My Songs Royalty Free
I know that it can be very expensive to license music bed clips for
videos, film, television and other productions. Plus, there is an
increasing use of music in podcasting, videos and Flash which
is a whole new market for song use. Lots of regular folks need free
background music for home movies and photography montages on windows
movie maker too. That's
why I set up my MP3s as a royalty-free production stock
music library as an alternative to licensing tracks from a music
publisher. At the same time I also offer most of these songs through a
publishing agency called Music Dealers for music professionals who need
Usually you pay once up front for royalty-free music and when you have
an arrangement like this with the copyright holder of the music, it is
known as paying for a license. When you license the music this way it
is a big advantage not to have to pay a royalty for every use of the
song. For example, no matter how many times a film or television show
is viewed, no additional payment is due to the owner of the music,
unless you are required to pay performing rights organization licenses.
Also if you are wondering, this is an international music library so
you have no restrictions anywhere in the world when you download free
MP3 songs from my site.
I don't put any limit on the amount of sync uses of the music as long
as you link to my site. For example some companies limit the number of
views of video trailers or hits on Websites which contain the track.
Most royalty free licenses also typically offer free sound recording
duplication rights, but not free broadcasting rights. The creative commons license waives my right to collect PRO (Performing Rights Organization) royalties. If you are using
my music in a situation that requires reporting to ASCAP or BMI, then
you will not need to add my tracks to the paperwork. You can air my
tunes on radio or podcasts as many times as you want.