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  1. Happy for Now

From The Recordings Html

Basic tracks recorded at Sparta Sound by Rich Mattson - Additional recording at It's a Secret in Minneapolis by David J. Russ - Mixed at Sparta Sound by Rich Mattson - Mastered by Tom Garneau

THE BAND:

Dan Israel - acoustic and electric rhythm guitars (and a few leads), vocals, some rudimentary piano

David J. Russ - drums, vocals, and percussion - and orchestration on "How Do I?"

Mike Lane - bass,, vocals, keys on the bridge to "Take Off Again"

Steve Brantseg - lead and rhythm electric guitars

THE GUESTS:

Rich Mattson - various and sundry guitar/bass/keys/percussion contributions, harmonica on "I'm in New York"

Peter J. Sands - organ and piano

John Eller - piano on "Happy for Now"

Katie Gearty - harmony vocals on "Set Each Other Free"

Colleen Martin-Oake - harmony vocals on "Taking the Fall"

"The Hang of It" - Recorded/mixed/produced by Jon Herchert at Suburban Serenade, a Deck production - Dan Israel - rhythm guitar and vocals - Jon Herchert - lead guitars, bass, and harmony vocals - Ashleigh Still - harmony vocals - John Fields - drums

Cover art by Laura Bennett - Design by Jon Hunt - Photo by Steven Cohen - Special thanks and love to Eden Mollow - www.danisraelmusic.com

Lyrics

1. HAPPY FOR NOW

(verse)

Yes, I could beat myself up, today,

Think of the reasons that I don't make, the grade,

Yes, I could find some kind of failing, in everything that I do,



I know so well just how to bring myself, down,

I know the thoughts that change a smile to, a frown,

You know I tend to take the long way around, instead of just through



(chorus)

I'm gonna try to be happy, for now,

Even if I really don't, know how,

I'm gonna try to let the weight of, it all,

Not break me in two



(verse)

I am no stranger to the sad side, of things,

It don't take much to take the brightness, from my strings,

Most of the time I don't know if I should fight, or if I should flee



I know you're telling me the glass is, half-full,

But I don't know if I should push or, should pull,

I keep forgetting what I did to become, what I want to be



(chorus)

I'm gonna try to be happy, for now,

Even if I really never, knew how,

I can't keep carrying the weight of, the sun,

You know I wanted you to know you're, the one



I’m gonna try to be happy, for now

Even if I really don’t, know how

I’m gonna try to let the weight of, it all,

Not break me in two..



(bridge)

Gotta throw this sad story, overboard,

Gotta teach the blues how to be ignored,

Gotta reach for better things,

Not just look with dread, on what tomorrow brings....