The Wind on Your Face (2010)
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 over–polished, 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”
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: