'...a Beautiful Mess,' is the culmination of a prolific eight-month writing period in San Francisco. With several of his original tunes and some friends, he retreated to an old Viking hunting lodge on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean to distill his music down to a few notable tracks: three days later, he'd recorded 12 songs. His musical cohorts include two bass players, two guitarists, a drummer, a lyric mezzo-soprano, a friend he calls 'the synthesist,' who composed all the ambient electronic textures, and a couple others who added tablas and accordion during mix_down. 'This CD is really about my coming to terms with the craziness of my life, the workings of my mind, my need for love and acceptance as a person,' says Dana. 'It's also an expression of my desire to be great at my craft and, most of all, to touch and move people. I thought the best way to do that was to be very open about me. I wrote about the conflicts of trying to deal with our inside and outside worlds, especially when those two things seem so contradictory. What a mess!! But that is what's real.'