From Dave: ‘The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing... to find the place where all the beauty came from...’ (CS Lewis, ‘Till We Have Faces’) Mike Mangione’s song, ‘The Promised Land’ and the imagery that I created to accompany it seems to me to be a reaching out for that echo of beauty through the din and emptiness of everyday suffering and loss; seeking beauty and love through the ‘retched soil’ and ‘rusted nail.’ Resurrection through death. All while holding fast to that vision of beauty and truth. ‘Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing?’
Mike teamed up with filmmaker, Damien Blue, to create this beautiful piece which premiered on Country Fancast in January.
“We wanted imagery that played with freedom vs. being bound…so we tied me up and set that kid off on a journey. Truth is, we are always somewhere between those two places and this song/video is meant to add imagery to that reality,”
Over the last few months Mike and a few friends spent some time in the studio. The idea behind the Three Days EP was to create something live, genuine and different from the studio release due in the fall. So Mike recorded 4 songs, 3 of which are on the upcoming full length record and one cover, all of them a shade different from their original versions. What made this session so unique was that there was only one microphone used! The musicians gathered around and mixed the song by proximity to the mic. The result is a warm and authentic collection of songs that sounds like you are standing in the room with them. As if that wasn't cool enough ... the entire thing was recorded and each song will have its own video release. This is just the beginning of what will be a great 2017!
Video 1 of 4 for the new Three Days EP Song: Three Days
Video 2 of 4 for the new Three Days EP Song: Don't Give Up (Peter Gabriel Cover) with Peter Mulvey