“We’re Not There Yet."
Nearly every day in 2020 during the pandemic, some public official or journalist would utter these words. I was becoming both annoyed and amused with its overuse, and well, you can turn anything into a song, right?
This phrase is also evocative and made me think about where I was, where I'd been.
When do we get "there"? Where is "there" anyway? Maybe it just might be someplace we'd rather not return at all.
I scratched out this this tune and joined some friends here in Chicago to do a live recording and did a video. It felt pretty good to shake off some of the cobwebs.
Here's to all of us coming out on the other side. Where ever that is.
"We're Not There Yet", single from EP, "Tastes Like Fire."
"Watching The Day Go By"
During the lockdown in 2020, I was pretty low on energy and inspiration. Most days, I was focused on what was going on with family and friends and trying to help others to hold on until we could get to a safer place. So, I sat in my backyard a lot listening to the birds, admiring a neighbor's treehouse, and just watching the day go by. Good enough.
This track has Don Stiernberg on mandolin and Brian Wilkie on acoustic and pedal steel guitars and vocals. They make everything shine.
A guitar-forward and lyrical album, featuring eight original songs in the folk tradition of personal journeys, conversations, dedications and contemporary themes.
Dana Maragos is a superb songwriter with an excellent turn of phrase … wrapped in metaphor and allegory…pure Americana … superbly produced given crystal clear sound which showcases Maragos’ voice … a pleasure to listen to. - Americana UK - Allen Fitter
Produced by Brian Wilkie, who contributes pedal steel textures and dynamic acoustic, electric and slide guitar work and vocals, with outstanding local artists, John Abbey, Gerald Dowd, Jackson Kidder, Justin Kramer, Laurence Nugent, John Rice and Alton Smith.
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Earliest influences include her mother’s soaring soprano voice, and her grandmother buying that $25 guitar in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood when she was 6 years old. Harmonizing with her sister, Dara, and memorizing long lyrical passages of the songs of Bob Dylan, Odetta, Joan Baez, and Eric Andersen and singing in church choir, a commitment that is still part of her practice.
She released a 3-song EP, Dana, in 2017 and the album, October in 2020.
In 2021, she released Tastes Like Fire, an EP featuring 3 songs that carve into the center of uncertainty with sharpness and honesty.
On May 16, 2021, WLUW's Tom Jackson featured the song "We're Not There Yet" in a new releases show.
On November 6, 2021, "Tastes Like Fire" and "Watching the Day Go By" were featured on WDCB's weekly show, "American Backroads" hosted by Greg Easterling.
A south Chicago-born singer-songwriter, lives on the city’s north side, is married to George, and is a mom to two sons, Alex and Sam. A big fan of the open mic scene, you're likely to catch her out road-testing songs.
Photography by David Suarez, Steve Gubin and Roman Sobus