Dan Mangan was having an awful day.
He had just arrived in Los Angeles to record his fifth album “More or Less,” and, while having a meal in a Sunset Boulevard eatery, his car was broken into.
Thieves got away with just about all of his stuff, including a laptop computer and his passport — everything but his 1957 J-45 Gibson guitar.
Mangan, a Juno-winning singer-songwriter from Vancouver, spent much of the rest of the day dealing with the police and the Canadian consulate, as well as searching through Dumpsters for his belongings. No luck
When he finally got into the studio to work on the song “Lay Low,” Mangan and the musicians were having trouble finding their groove.
Then Paul McCartney poked his head in the studio door. That’s right, Sir Paul — THE BEATLE.