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Oct 7, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

I've never seen you struggle to hit a note even when singing a cappella. Do you have perfect pitch?

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Mar 27Liked by Dan Mangan

Hi Dan,

Very random question, and not even sure I should put it here.

(Great start I know)

My partner absolutely loves your music, we actually came to see you a few weeks ago on your last night in London at Omeara.

(You were fantastic by the way)

My question is, since I know how much my partner and I love you & your music ... and I'm trying to think outside of the box with this,

would you help me propose to him?

From a photo of you holding a sign / a short recording, or anything you would be willing to do to help :-)

I mean, how could he say no to that... right :-)

His names Vincent, mines Chloe :-)

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Jan 28Liked by Dan Mangan

Dan,

As an American who loves your music and your beautiful country:

-Who are the Canadian artists you grew up listening to and/or influenced you?

-Any travel advice for visiting Canada? Do you get to see much when you tour, or are the days spent “on the job”?

Thanks for all the concert feeds. I’ve listened to more than I ever could have attended in person, and love it all.

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Thanks for such a detailed response! If I can ever pay you back- like if you need a list of math books for some reason- I owe you!

For anyone scrolling by, here’s a Spotify playlist of Dan’s answers (minus the ones YouTube has locked me out for in the US):

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5NPPCzLHWpp8RNeZkMlMXX?si=GB9h0JyURFajzhjm-l4Y2A&pi=u-I47YN8pFRd2J

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Sep 17, 2023Liked by Dan Mangan

Not quite an AMA question but I think this is the only place to ask it. I bought 2 front row center tickets for Winnipeg Oct 5. The friend I thought might join me is going to a wedding out of town. I don't totally mind eating it and going by myself but if there's somebody else single who wants that ticket we could make arrangements, at cost of course, I'm a true Dan fan.

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Jul 20, 2023Liked by Dan Mangan

This may be an odd question but I've read somewhere online that you are friends with Nickelback's Ryan Peake. Is this true? And have you met a celebrity which you have always wanted to meet?

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Feb 16, 2023Liked by Dan Mangan

Will there be a video of the magical sets you did at high park in Toronto?!

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Feb 5, 2023Liked by Dan Mangan

Hey Dan, just saw you at the Fox in Vancouver, loved the show! I was struck by your guitar work and how great you are solo. Really beautiful, round chords and interesting voicings. How has your playing evolved over time? Cheers

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Nov 18, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

Hi Dan! In your show you spoke about pushing your child on a swing during the pandemic and feeling absent. I recognize this feeling. It’s hard to be a parent to these amazing young people sometimes when it feels like the world around you is changing rapidly and you know the world they will know, and their children will know, will be massively different. I struggle myself with trying to not be consumed by the news sometimes. How do you stay present as a parent and how are you able to stay joyful and playful for your kids?

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Nov 13, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

Hi Dan! Saw you play a church in Glasgow yesterday and, as always, it was a treat - moving and joyful and intimate. I wanted to ask about the "intimate" part, which can sometimes be used euphemistically! As far as I can tell, you sell out big theatres in Canada regularly, but it still feels like you're a well-kept secret in the UK. At the risk of making a case against us, what keeps you coming back? (PLEASE keep coming back!) I know not everything comes down to the bottom line, but touring abroad to smaller rooms than at home, while having to remain away from home and family... Is it worth it? Are we really that great!?

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Nov 2, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

Hey Dan! As a non-native speaker of English I would really like to read the lyrics while listening to your new album. I guess they can be found in the cd booklet, but would you be able to post them somewhere online as well? I will buy the album at your concert in the Netherlands, but I like to come prepared! :-) Thanks!

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Thanks Marijke! Rather than putting them in the "AMA" section, I've put them over in the "Song Stuff" section.. have a look! https://danmangan.substack.com/p/being-somewhere-lyrics

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Thank you!!

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Nov 1, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

Hi Dan! As I have been listening to your new beautiful record on repeat, one lyric for some reason always pops out at me and has me curious. What do you mean when you sing, "Feeling like a brick in Brooklyn?" My brain went to the Stonewall Riots, but I was so curious to know what made you write that lyric.

Cheers to your new incredible music!

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Oct 12, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

Hey Dan,

As a massive Frighted Rabbit fan, i wondered if there was anything else you could share about your relationship with FR/Scott's music and your process of writing 'In Your Corner'. I too loved the corner concept from 'the Woodpile', I suspect it is something that most who follow you and/or Frightened Rabbit can relate to.

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Sep 27, 2022Liked by Dan Mangan

Hi Dan! I’m digging this Reality Shield site. Lots of stuff on here which is great.

I was wondering as a songwriter, do you find you write your best songs when you have no deadline or when you do have a deadline? Have you experienced both and prefer one over the other?

Cheers!

Ryan

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Hi Dan,

I’m getting married next year and my fiancé and I are making chill playlists with all our favorite music about love/optimism/etc. What songs of yours would you say are best for a wedding?

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I saw the musical/play (Are We Cool Now?) based on your music, and I was wondering if you knew if there was any chance of someone bringing it back ? I would love to see it again. Did you see it at the time, and if so what were your thoughts on using your songs in that way ? thanks.

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Hi Dan. Watching your Lumineers cover got me curious about your home studio setup. What gear do you use? Software? Go-to plugins? Do any tracks you record at home make it on to the records?

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