For the past thirteen years Mike has been on the move. He grew up in Chicago, attended Marquette University and after graduation, moved to Los Angeles to pursue something as a musician. While he was there he recorded an album entitled “There and Back”. A little while later he moved into his van with his dog, played all the contiguous United States at night, and then slept in parking lots and rest stops.
After a year and a half of that nonsense he moved back to Milwaukee and married his college sweetheart. At that point he started a band called The Union, and they began recording Mike’s second record, Tenebrae, in Lexington, KY. They then accomplished the third record called the Offering. Finally, they finished the fourth called, Red-winged Blackbird Man, in Iowa City, IA. All of that production was over the span of seven years.
Within that time Mike co-founded something called The Cor Project with speaker and author, Christopher West. He toured the country and traveled the world. That endeavor, combined with music and band, took him into places he never would have imagined he’d go. He gained some amazing friends, lost a few as well. He’s been lifted so high and let down so much. He’s have had a few accomplishments and many more failures. He’s met some fascinating people and some surprisingly toxic ones too.
In the past year and a half Mike had a few new projects while maintaining his music career. The first being his new record, recorded back in LA and due out sometime in the future. The second is his podcast, “Time and The Mystery: Conversations with Mike Mangione.” T&M is a conversational podcast where he sits down with public figures he has come into contact with over the years to discuss their inspiration, process, and ability to connect with others through their work.
Last, but not least, is Mike’s blog of the same name (sans the “conversations with Mike Mangione”). The purpose of this blog is to be the platform for what’s underneath it all: stories, reflections, conversations, and opinions. Mike finds himself in strange places and sometimes with incredible people doing fantastic things and so … he wants to share. He doesn’t consider himself very smart, opinionated, or an expert on anything. He sees and experience things around him, he’s affected and moved by them and so he creates. This is a product of that pattern meant simply to be taken, but never too seriously.
Mike is a husband, a father of three, a homeowner, and states he’s “perpetually tired”.
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