“The Wind on Your Face EP” Review by www.indieislands.com

April 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Jake Down

The Wind on Your Face (2010)

by Indie Islands

Recall the songs of Dylan with his harmonica wailing against a lyrical backdrop of meaningful messages? What about the story lines of Harry Chapin? That was real music. In the middle of this digital revolution, music for the most part has become an unreal overpolished, mesmerizing mess. Then you stumble upon Jake Down’s The Wind on Your Face, and you’re hit with a refreshing breeze of genuine art.

Jake’s debut EP will “Mend Your Heart.” It is as a real as “The Wind on Your Face” and it is “Deeper” with meaning than most. You have only just seen three of the titles on an EP that is suitable for the upcoming “Warm Summer Nights.”

Sure, most in the music business would identify Down a “greenstick” or a novice –and Down is the first to admit he is still an amateur with room to grow. However, how far he has come, just a year after learning the guitar, is a tremendous indication of where his talents will take him in the future.

The Wind on Your Face is the first fresh gust of real acoustic music from this songwriter. It is a true and valid measure of Down’s potential. The EP is an eclectic mix of folk and acoustic rock set to Jake’s genuine acoustic guitar performances. Tracks such as “Tongue Tied” and “David’s Lament” feature deep lyrical metaphors and moody soundscapes. “Warm Summer Nights” evokes a Dylan-esque harmonica and hint at Petty’s stylistic presentation all within a reminiscent trip through a story of lost love.

With all original compositions and lyrics, Jake Down displays his ability to convey deep emotional messages and delve into the human condition. There’s plenty of computerized, over-polished and over-produced music out there, so it is refreshing to see a songwriter like Jake Down with music as fresh and awakening as The Wind on Your Face.

Key Tracks: “The Wind on Your Face”, “Warm Summer Nights”, “Tongue Tied


WEBSITE: www.jakedown.com

CONTACT: jakedownmusic@gmail.com


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“Tongue-Tied” Lyrics and Story

March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm (Lyrics and Stories) (, , , , , , , , , , )


The fourth song I wrote “Tongue-tied” started as some lyrics I thought up will walking around at my old job about a year ago.  It was a food service job and I would usually sing or do something to keep my mind occupied.  I thought up a few of the lines at work and scribbled them down on some paper and wrote the song when I got home.  This song was pretty revolutionary to me at the time because it used a wide range of chords and had a pretty dynamic sound.  I also like the structure of the song; I was able to break away a little from the standard format I usually (though unintentionally) use.
The song is about how sometimes for me it is difficult to express myself.  I am usually very well spoken on paper, and when I organize my thoughts I can write very well, but in the heat of the moment it is hard for me to tell people what I’m thinking sometimes.  That is basically what the song is about.
The song is track #3 on “The Wind on Your Face EP.”  It was also one of two originals I played at my first live show ever.  It is also probably the song I have played most often live so far because it appeals to a wide audience because it is not one of my expressly Christian songs.  That coupled with the fact that I now have a  lot of practice with the song helped cement it as a regular on the set list.



I’m writing a book that’s already been written
already been read
already been ripped to shreds

I’m biting my tongue though it’s already been bitten
’cause i know that the words
won’t come out right


My tongue and my mind
think differently sometimes
and most of the time
it just doesn’t come out right (x2)

i’m sailing a ship but in the wrong direction
the wind at my back
pushes me out to sea

as the tide swells
i lose all discretion
the floodgates of my lips
can’t hold back the flood


Video from when I first recorded it:

Video from my first live set:

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“Ezekiel 16 (Harlot You Adore)” & “Scales Fall”

March 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm (Lyrics and Stories) (, , , , , )

After playing around with a few song concepts, Ezekiel 16 was the next to emerge as a complete song.  My inspiration came directly from scripture (as well as a little from my own failings.)
Ezekiel chapter 16 is on of the most heart wrenching chapters in the Bible.  It is an allegory of unfaithful Israel and God’s unwavering faithfulness.  I really like the lyrics to this one.

Ezekiel 16 ( Harlot You Adore) might be track 6 on “The Wind on Your Face EP.”  I say “might be” because, though I love the song, I think the recording I ended up with is the weakest of the 7 songs we tracked.  I am debating whether leaving it off the release will give my disk a more solid and complete sound or not…  We will see.   I might make the track an Internet download exclusive or something since I paid to get it mastered.

Video from when I wrote the Song:


Verse 1:
Naked and Bloody You found me
A mere infant on the ground
You picked me up
I feel your great arms surround me
Dry my tears
heavenly father hold me close now and fill my cup

Forgive me Father for i have sinned
turned my back on you again
And I’m not worthy to be called yours
Guess i’m the Harlot that you adore

Verse 2:
With Gold and Silver You crowned me
Dressed me in linen and Silk
and even after all your kindness
i still hunger for filth
I can’t seem to keep my eyes
from the right or the left
i’m so unfaithful and loveless
yet you still haven’t left


I feel your great arms surround me
dry my tears
heavenly father hold me close now
take my fears!

“Scales Fall” was the third song I wrote since learning guitar and it was a bit of a departure from what I had written before it.  This was the first where I tried something like plam-muting.  This track was inspired by a few stories.  One was of Jesus healing a blind man.  The other is an exchange between Christ and Paul where Paul asks that this “thorn” that is plaguing him be removed.
Scales Fall did not end up on the EP and I haven’t really played it in atleast 6 months.  It was a good learning experience, and I like the lyrics, but I’ve just chosen to invest more in other songs.

Video from When i first wrote the song:


Verse 1:

Blind From Birth
created to display God’s glory
Saliva and Dirt
i can feel my eyes caked with Earth

Wash in Siloam
I hear Him say to me
little did i know
my God was about to set me free


Now i’m free from this prison
and i see the glorious Son

Verse 2:

I prayed three times
for this thorn to go away
not what i had in mind
my God chose another way

Lord i am weak
and desperate for your rest
then He said to me
“My power’s made perfect in your weakness!”


Now i’m free from this prison
and i see the glorious Son (x2)


Now i’m free from this prison,
free from this prison yeah
and i see the son, i see the glorious son
Now i’m free from this prison,
free from this prison yeah
And i know that the battle
know that it’s already won

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“Mend My Heart” Lyrics and Story

February 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm (Lyrics and Stories) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This song is track 4 on “The Wind on Your Face EP” by Jake Down

Video I recorded shortly after writing the song:

The Song “Mend My Heart” was the first complete song I wrote since learning guitar.  I have written lyrics for a long time, but I never played and instrument and hadn’t been able to keep a band together so I was excited.

I actually have no idea what the chords are.  You only need two fingers to play each one, and they are “slide-able” but they only work on certain frets.  They sound good to me though!

It was inspired by a talk I had with a friend… one of those “DTR” talks – you know, “Define the Relationship.”  Yeah, pretty much she wasn’t in to me like i was into her… fail.   I took it worse than i should have and even though i already knew this for the most part i began to pay attention to the fact that i was not guarding my heart very closely when i was interested in someone.  I have learned a lot this year and I can thankfully say i am getting a lot better at that.


verse 1:

My feet can’t touch the ground
Any more than they used to
My head so far in the clouds
That all I can see is blue

Verse 2:

It’s taken me so much time
To try and forget you
I want to change my mind
But all I can see is you


I’m so good at breaking my own heart
I should have known right from the start(x2)

Verse 3:

Lord, I can be so blind
At your path that’s ahead of me
I get someone in my mind
And assume she’s your will for me

Chorus 2:

I’m so good at breaking my own heart
I should have known right from the start
Lord, I know you can mend my heart
I should have prayed that right from the start

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Listen to 2 songs from my upcoming album!

February 3, 2010 at 1:30 am (Uncategorized)


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