Looking Glass

by Mason McDowell

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Katherine Foss The songs on this EP are a step above most music. Mason McDowell’s composition is diverse in both style and tempos, creating an ear worm you just might want to hang onto for a while. His stories are compelling, leaving the listener wondering and wanting more. That voice is like velvet with an explosive edge, with the caveat being that he is definitely a new piano man for his generation. Look out Billy Joel, there’s a new sheriff uptown. Favorite track: Looking Glass.
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1.
Skydiving 05:14
Love is like diving from the sky It’s nice when you’re falling Hurts when you hit the ground And I don’t know the reason why I try again And is the flying worth the fall Do moments above heal a life alone From high and low, I’ve seen it all And soaring love Is worth a broken bone The sky’s made for flying But fear keeps me lying on the ground Here I stand, open wide And yet still I can’t confide I want you to know, every day I meant every word that I didn’t say It’s been a while since I’ve tried Skydiving into the open air And it’s a figment of my pride To say I don’t care But in my dreams I see your face And only then can I find the words And then I wake up with a start And I’m lying alone The sky’s made for flying But fear keeps me lying on the ground Here I stand, open wide And yet still I can’t confide I want you to know, every day I meant every word that I didn’t say Didn’t say why your eyes can burn Burn into my mind which cannot unlearn Emerald eyes and auburn hair, a golden heart makes me aware The ground is in the rear view and I’m Taking to the sky again Here I stand, open wide And yet still I can’t confide I want you to know, every day I meant every word that I That I Want you to know I want you to know, every day I meant every word that I Every word that I Didn’t say
2.
When my alarm rang, I just hit snooze Sleep was the last thing I had to lose In my dreams was a face That I just couldn’t place I’d awake Into a nightmare Alone in my bed Planning my funeral just to Get a step ahead In my dreams, I was safe But when I was awake I was bruised, battered and scarred It was so hard getting out of the bed In the morning When I first met you, I knew your face From nighttime trances that I Could not erase I could see what they mean By the girl of your dreams But it seemed I would never hold you, Never feel a love so deep I thought the only way that I could ever have my dream girl was When I was asleep Every dream I’d replay My alarm took away So it lays broken in shards ‘Cause it was hard getting out of the bed in the morning Oh but then one night, Before daylight was forming, You woke me from a snore At 3 in the morning, Knocking at my door You just watched my surprise With a smile in your eyes So I said “Tell me, what’s your reason To wake me up at 3?” You said you’d rather Lose sleep with me It was then that I knew Maybe dreams do come true Now that you’ve taken my world And turned it upside down I find it strange, Though things have changed, Something has stayed the same In one regard You make it hard getting out of the bed In the morning
3.
She had the softest smile I had ever known But a razor-blade gaze That could cut through bone- she had Dark eyes that were black as coal They lit my skies, when she burned my soul Like a fine violin, I would soon regret Being played like a fiddle in a String quartet- I have Felt the pain of a slamming door But I can’t heal the hurt the simple way I would before... I used to say Let them out, let them in, Never let them in your skin But this time, I don’t feel so sure Just ‘cause it’s her Like a fool, I thought I was immune To those deep dark eyes In the month of June July and August, they quickly passed I never thought her spell would last I had always known how to fly above ’Til she clipped my wings And I fell in love She was the only one, I was sure But I was only one of many others at her door... I watched as she Let them out, let them in, Never let them in her skin But I can’t seem to walk out the door Just ‘cause it’s Hurtful to admit I’m not as strong as I thought But I guess I know It’s just the way things go Let them out, let them in, They will still be in your skin Even though I have tried to Let her out, let her in, She is always in my skin And I cannot forget a love so pure Just ‘cause it’s her
4.
Sarah and Jack, a couple of two, Married as one with no clue Of what was to come, of what was to be, Of what could be saved if they could see... They rise with the sun, their feet hit the floor Soon they'll be out the front door She whips up some eggs, the sunny side up, The cloudy side is their prenup Sarah and Jack are fine if You dismiss What's amiss But closing the doors that show any faults Strikes up the Bigamy Waltz Weekly on Fridays Jack's good friend Ray Joins in a poker soiree He's slick with the deal, has Kings in his cuffs But after Jack's folded Ray still bluffs How, you may ask, could Sarah betray The man that she wed that fine day? Sarah's not evil, nor is she kind; she acts in spite yet waltzes Blind to the fact that Jack may Feel the same…. So now who's to blame? By closing the doors that Showed any faults They struck up the Bigamy - Waltz to work Jack, be back soon- She meets your friend Ray at noon…. Ray plays Poker with Sarah under the sheets The telephone rings as she cheats Jack, on the line, won't be back today He's playing cards with his friend Ray…. Ray is with Sarah, so where's Jack, I pray? Not with Ray... She suddenly finds this dance quite the chore Now that she's not alone on the floor What could have been saved by words now defaults As long as they close all the doors to their vaults They'll dance the Bigamy Waltz
5.
The heat that melts a heart Can also burn the skin Her body sets the spark And then the flames begin Don’t say you weren’t warned Of dangerous desire You wanna love her You’re gonna play with fire Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm for one night Set a man aflame and he’ll be warm ’till his soul is free One girl can set my blaze, but it just feels right ‘Cause if I am TNT then she is a match for me The lesser part of me can only feel the joy her laugh brings, while the wiser half sings: The heat that melts a heart Can also burn the skin Her body sets the spark And then the flames begin Don’t say you weren’t warned Of dangerous desire You wanna love her You’re gonna play with fire I’ve been told to lock my heart when she comes knocking The latch slips, the tumblers click, ‘cause she took the master key A seamstress that seems to stress patterns interlocking a thread of velvet in a weave of steel, so no one can pull me free The lesser part of me can only feel the joy her laugh brings, while the wiser half sings: The heat that melts a heart Can also burn the skin Her body sets the spark And then the flames begin Don’t say you weren’t warned Of dangerous desire You wanna love her You’re gonna play with fire The heat that melts a heart Her body sets the spark I have been warned, bring on the storm, I wanna play with fire The heat that melts a heart Can also burn the skin
6.
Once upon a time, I would pass All my time in the looking glass Watching my reflection I thought I would stop feeling small If the man in the mirror would stand up tall It never is that simple when there’s Someone who’s broken and counting on you A mirror can’t supply the view I couldn’t see past the glass on the wall As others around me would fall Oh but now I know It was hard to see That life is larger than me Take a moment to think about All the ways that you’re down and out It seems to many to number If it isn’t the interest rate, The coffee’s cold or the bus is late But little things don’t matter when your Own living mother, so sick and so pale Gives her strength so her sister can sail I tore my eyes from the glass on the wall ‘Cause mirrors don’t matter at all Oh but now I know It was nice to see That life is larger than me I tore my eyes from the glass on the wall ‘Cause mirrors don’t matter at all Oh but now I know And it’s nice to see That I am small But aren’t we all?

about

First of all, thank you for listening. These songs mean a lot to me, and I sincerely hope you can find pieces of yourself in these 25 minutes.
Very special thanks are owed to Corry Loveday, Darryl Rahn, Darryl Tookes, Genesis Gonzalez, and of course, Mom and Dad. Without their ears and constant encouragement, you would not be holding this right now. You’d probably be holding something else, like a sandwich or something.

Thank you to Sam Starobin for being the best damn Engineer/Co- Producer a guy could want, and for fighting with me for hours over the word ‘The’. I’m lucky to have him in my corner. A big thanks to the amazing Jimi Button, the photographer and artist responsible for the mirror-laden album art throughout. To my brother Taylor, for spending countless nights on the album and booklet design, and for being a photoshop wizard. I’m sure glad you’re my brother, because Lord knows I couldn’t afford to pay you. And to all my friends, thank you for always being there, and for helping me see the world beyond the frame of a looking glass.

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released August 17, 2019

Written/Arranged/Co-Produced: Mason McDowell
Co-Produced/Engineered/Mixed: Sam Starobin
Mastering: Jeremy Kinney
Album Art: Jimi Button
Additional Digital Design: Taylor McDowell

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Mason McDowell is equal parts storyteller and songwriter. He creates intricate stories from a theatrical perspective, and delivers them with a powerful voice and piano rock edge. ... more

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