Ship In The Sand

music, fandom and photography

Dan Mangan


image & text © 2012 Aline Giordano

I ask Dan Mangan if he would kindly sign my copy of ‘Nice, Nice, Very Nice’ and ‘Oh Fortune’. Asking for an autograph is a habit that I have developed of late. I never used to. I had always considered an autograph to be rather futile and false. With the arrogance of youth, I thought I was above it and far too cool to lower myself to ask for a scribble. Being nearly twice the age now than I was when I interviewed my first celebrity I’ve had time to reflect on my own arrogance. I guess this is part of growing old. But this is an entirely different story in itself. Today, I don’t find the autograph so pointless. On the contrary, it has a purpose: it compliments the interviewing process. Dan Mangan writes on the CD sleeve: ‘Thanks for the thoughtful chat Aline!’. We then exchange a few words of appreciation of each other’s work. Earlier in the evening, I had conducted an interview with Mangan. As soon as we started chatting, it became apparent that we shared similar views and opinions about certain things that are close to our hearts. We start talking about ‘How Darwinian’. I tell Mangan how much I love the song. If the ceremonial feel brought about by the trumpet introduction, the distorted guitar layers and the gentleness of the vocal delivery could betray Mangan’s sense of acceptance of our societal fate, at least, the title of the song is a clear statement on his position. Read more

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