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This is my 3rd album and for me represents a deepening and maturing phase of my work as a songwriter a singer and a collaborator. This is especially true as my work with my longtime friend and musical collaborator S. Henry McCoy has taken on a really magical realization.

I have also collaborated with some other amazing artists you can read about in the credits, as well as crowd sourced many of the producer decisions along the way.

My intention in putting this out into the world is to be inspiring, thought provoking and communicating messages that really touch hearts and minds.

credits

released January 1, 2014

MUSICIANS:
Daniel Mandel Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
S.Henry McCoy Harmonies and Vocal Arrangements
Dan Feiszli Bass, Recording & Mixing Engineer (What's for Lunch studio)
Dave Phillips Pedal Steel
Matthew Charles Heulitt Electric Guitars
Greg Sankovich Keyboards
Sheldon Brown Clarinet & Soprano Sax
Alan Hall Drums
Anthony Salvo Violin
Maj Vestergaard Vocals on Surrender Dorothy (captured by Tom Frederiksen)
Moorea Dickason Vocals on Candle Girl

©® 2013 All Rights Reserved
Music and Lyrics written by Daniel Mandel (exceptions noted*)
* Maria Barnet wrote the lyrics for Lovely Empty Strong and Brave
* Neyire Ashworth cowrote the lyrics and music for Candle Girl
* Maj Vestergaard cowrote the lyrics and music for Surrender Dorothy
* Mark Mandel cowrote the lyrics for The Train Knows Where To Go

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Enlightened Madness Oakland

Enlightened Madness is the result of the long standing collaboration between Daniel Mandel's songwriting and S. Henry McCoy's vocal harmonies and vocal arrangements. Daniel and Henry have recently teamed up with Steve La Porta on drums and percussion as well as other Bay Area musicians. Daniel has also cowritten with some wonderful lyricists in the US and Internationally. ... more

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Track Name: The Train Knows Where To Go
THE TRAIN KNOWS WHERE TO GO

OK so we’re all on this train
and we are all alone
The Train Knows where to Go
The Train Knows where to go

OK, so we’re all on this train
and we are safe and warm
The Train Knows where to Go
The Train Knows where to go

OK, so we’re all watching scenes
change as time goes by
The Train Knows where to Go
The Train Knows where to go

We collect our souvenirs
Good memories & Pain
The Train Knows where to Go
The Train Knows where to go

The Direction of the tracks
are following the rails
They hold us on this path
mechanical and steel

OK, so we are looking out
We just soak it in
The Train Knows where to Go
The Train Knows where to go

We are ghosts on trains
traveling in skins
The Train Knows where to Go
The Train Knows where to go

Somehow what we feel doesn’t match the iron & Steel
We’re sensing what we lack from the click clack of the track

The heat from all these hearts beating in the dark
The truth of who we are carries us this far

The Direction of the tracks
are following the rails
They hold us on this path
mechanical and steel
Track Name: Candle Girl
CANDLE GIRL

Desperate flickering
She is smoldering
Candles sputtering
Disembodying

Shadows, Shadows on the wall
melting shadows, shadows on the wall of my heart

Closing windows now
She is running round
holding terror down
No more candles found

Shadows, Shadows on the wall
melting shadows, shadows on the wall of my heart

There’s a tear that fell
Near the flame oh Hell!
Mustn’t shame or quell
the only light that’s in this spell

If this light should fail
How would true love hail
This she cried and wailed
No mere fairy tale

Her true love lost his way
needed dawn to show the day
needed night to kneel and pray
prayed his love would kill the flame

He is music to her
Bringing joy to her world
He can’t show this to her
as a frantic candle girl
Track Name: Hide
HIDE

I hide from you
inside a conversation
these words I use
avoid a confrontation

I’m in plain view
but in this situation
my slight of tongue
just like a magician

If I act as Shame
If I think as Fear
If I live as doubt
would you still be here?
If I Live as love
If I act as Love?
If I am as love


I don’t reveal
my truthful aspect
because if you knew
then I might be suspect

I hide from you
behind a witty comment
I dodge your glance with a smile
to conceal me in this moment

If I act as Shame
If I think as Fear
If I live as doubt
would you still be here?
If I Live as love
If I act as Love?
If I am as love
Track Name: One Dark Night
ONE DARK NIGHT

One dark night you glanced at me
Just after I had spoke
I felt you'd seen something inside of me
and deep down it made you choke
I know you see me as a monster
with your queen trapped in my cage
but in this story no one ends up saved

No mirrors, no liars
I'm the one in charge here
No Joy, No sweet melody
I'm the one that stays here

Biting bitter from this whole affair
like the first taste of bad wine
Your the ones should be ashamed
for leaving her behind
There's nothing you can be say to me
To vex my ear the more
You can't reach this monster any more

No joy, no crown, it's been thrown down
No joy, no crown, it's been thrown down

No mirrors, no liars
I'm the one in charge here
No Joy, No sweet melody
I'm the one that stays here
Track Name: Lovely Empty Strong and Brave
LOVELY EMPTY STRONG and BRAVE

I am lovely, empty, strong and brave.
Like a nun before an open grave,
I could fall into the emptiness,
Break my bones, and tear my dress;
But for a while I would remain
Lovely, empty, strong and sane.

Strength declines and beauty fades
God forgives, and Jesus saves;
Yet no matter my tomb bare or filled,
My emptiness could not be killed
I would lay there in the crypt
As empty as before I slipped

I do not lack for prayer or pain,
Yet lovely, empty I'd remain,
For hunger born of solitude
Cannot be fed by heaven's food;
And tragedy cannot restore
A fullness never there before.

But if my time on earth permits,
I would relent and beg your kiss;
And humbly stretch my arm to you,
Allow your hands to make me new,
Renounce the foolish pride of mine
That sealed my lips and steeled my spine.

No God, no loss, no length of time;
But burning fingers (yours and mine),
And terrifying sweet release
Will shatter all the empty peace.
Then lovely empty strong and proud.
Is fragile, ugly, weeping, loud,

Full and finally full and open-lipped,
Broken open, shorn and stripped.
For when you finally pierce my pride;
There will be joy and terror side by side;
But please, no soft words for my fears,
lovely empty bowls to catch my tears
Track Name: Possessed In Poses
POSSESSED IN POSES

These shapes that Ana makes
the care that her attentions place
the Poses she articulates
the beautiful of her body’s grace
is Evident upon her face

some semblance of symmetry
of line and look she models me
Asana of geometry
She sculpts herself so I can see

And what has she achieved
abstraction in relief
an Idea in 3D
She holds a mirror up to me
Allowing me to see me
Track Name: Slow Blue
SLOW BLUE

Slow blue, Don’t you
want to know me

So true, Do you
feel you see me

Pull in Pull in so small and thin
Come and come and come again
Bring down bring down the sun

You can turn him around
Feel your feet on the ground
Touch your hand on the top of his head
and his voice it will make such a sound

Is it part of the game
Or is it always in reach
Never knowing which way it will go
or let go and release

Slow blue Don’t you
Don’t you want to know me
feel you see me true
Track Name: Surrender Dorothy
SURRENDER DOROTHY

Look up a scream!
black smoke carving out surrender in the sky
The witches broom, impending doom
I’m as terrified as a young girl asking why

It's a matter of survival

It's a matter of the questions she hasn't even asked
Without a home she's all alone

But Dorothy isn't giving up so fast

surrounded by courage heart & mind
If Dorothy falls, so do we all
She has to try and see what she can find

Given the same

Would I be brave as Dorothy

How do I survive in my own life

No wizard or balloon into the atmosphere

surrounded by courage heart & mind
She's got to try, she's got to try
surrounded by courage heart & mind
If Dorothy falls, so do we all
Something has to change this time

Darkness falls

I'm not so scared of what it brings
Track Name: Beggar Burglar Bastard Buffoon
BEGGAR BURGLAR BASTARD BUFFOON

You anchored me
In my turbulent sea
You kept me tethered And safe from harm
 
Tossed like a rag doll
My beggar intact
I'm watching you with my burglar relaxed
 
But I don't need to sell you my analogies
I would risk you Just To be so deeply seen as me
 
My steady diet of misogyny and beans
left my blood full of sugar
And my spirit mean
 
My fury boils over
my bastard reacts
Just in time my buffoon drops his pants
 
Our connection is much deeper than it seems
we blossom open or collapse from all  these dreams, these dreams
 
Pretending protection
Where panic will swim
I grab for you as I reach the deep end
 
But we are not swimming
There is no pool
Just one of the fears as seen by my fool
 
Our connection is much deeper than it seems
we blossom open or collapse from all  our dreams, our dreams
 
You anchored me
In my turbulent sea
You kept me tethered And safe from harm
Track Name: Find Me A Lover
FIND ME A LOVER

I want to find me a lover
Who can look into my eyes
Someone to take me over
And take me by surprise

I want to find me a lover

I want to find me a lover
who can grow into my shell
someone who can break it wide open
and pour it all over himself

I want to find me a lover

Chorus:
I don’t want a partner
I don’t want a friend
I don’t want a companion
Who’ll just pretend
I don’t want to tell him
It’s gonna end
I don’t want to
I don’t want to
I want to find me a lover

I want to find me a lover
who is tender and warm
Someone who can protect me
and keep me from harm

I want to find me a lover

I want to find me a lover
Who can scream into my ears
Who can writhe and toss his head back
and shed angel tears

I want to find me a lover