DAN MANGAN – ” Fool For Waiting “

Posted: April 18, 2018 in MUSIC
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Over the course of 10 years, Dan Mangan has gone from a bearded 20-something troubadour playing coffee shop open mics to earning top ten radio hits, scoring Hollywood films, and winning multiple JUNO Awards. Today, the acclaimed songwriter returns to the rich, earnest, sentimental songwriting that he started with as a bright-eyed singer/songwriter in Vancouver.

A new video for Fool For Waiting. You can watch me croon under the spotlight like they do on teevee. Big thanks to Aaron A for directing and putting this together.

From my perspective, this video isn’t meant to be revolutionary or shocking. It’s meant to subtlely convey how far we’ve come as a society in the last several decades. When I was fifteen, my mom took me out for dinner and informed me that our good family friend Liz would be moving in. I was raised in a very open-minded household and had never for a moment considered myself homophobic, but I completely freaked out. I was terrified of being the kid in high school with the “gay mom”. I stopped inviting people over. It took ages to tell my closest friends – to which (of course) they responded, “Obviously, we figured it out. Who cares?”. My mom’s partner, whom she has since married and is still with, has become such a crucial part of my life that it’s pretty much impossible to imagine our family without her. Love is love, and sexuality is not binary. World goings-on are currently worrisome, and we have a long way to go, but we are moving forward. This video celebrates these steps forward amidst the chaos. It’s about celebrating the normalization of a more diverse understanding of love.

If there’s anybody in your life that this message might resonate with, please do share this with them.

“Fool For Waiting” is about “finding someone who makes you feel less crazy, or at least someone who finds your craziness endearing because it’s real and honest,” says Mangan. “And that real, imperfect love is not always as fantastical or magical as a wild romance, but that it’s worth waiting for.”

Produced by Simone Felice (Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) and engineered/mixed by Ryan Hewitt (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the song’s vocals, piano, and drums were recorded live off the floor as a duo with Mangan and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent). “The take feels a bit imperfect in a nice way,” says Mangan. “There’s a moment at the end where I chuckled on the line ‘Oh, and they tell me’. Simone liked it because he couldn’t tell if I was laughing or crying. And ain’t that just life…

Music video by Dan Mangan performing Fool For Waiting. © 2018 Dan Mangan Music under exclusive license to Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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  1. I’ve loved Dan’s music since “Nice, Nice, Very Nice”, but I never knew his story. Thanks for posting!

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