Damon McLaughlin

Damon McLaughlin

 Tucson, Arizona, USA
BandAlternativeAcoustic

Damon McLaughlin's poetic songs resonate with lovers of folk and rock alike. His music is melodic and moody, his lyrics full of images and emotion--no surprise since he's a well-published poet. But it's McLaughlin's voice that truly captivates, that calls back an audience for more.

Biography

Frontman for alternative group Red Star Rebellion, Damon McLaughlin is an artist whose moody music ranges across genres, staking its claim only as his own. While an audience will hear folk in his music, will hear rock and jazz, he maintains a lovely flavor of song that rarely strays into the stereotypical and predictable. Some listeners prefer his straight-ahead pop tunes, others his progressive work. Influenced by bands such as the Grateful Dead and Blind Melon, by solo artists such as Tom Waits and Larry Meyers, McLaughlin is an original mix of the many artists who have come before him.

Originally a singer in a host of college bands, McLaughlin picked up the guitar when one such group collapsed, and he was suddenly in need of a new guitarist. Like many musicians, McLaughlin is self-taught. As a consequence, his feel for rhythm and melody is rooted solidly in his fingers and throat -- not in tablature -- and you can hear it in his music. His songs are idiosyncratic and interesting while maintaining good ear-appeal.

Although McLaughlin has not put out any albums of his own, several of his bands have, as recently as November 2009, released full length and EP length albums. Additionally, he is a well-published poet with work in several anthologies -- such as "The Best New Poets of 2005" and "Red, White, and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America." His first poetry collection, "Exchanging Lives," was published in the Spring of 2008 by The Backwaters Press.

Lyrics

Eurydice

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

There is temptation—how I know
In every garden—I've seen it grow
I'll alter rivers just to see you again
I'll charm the gods to bring you back again

But I won't, no I won't...look behind
I promise you

My song was heard—made gods cry
I made a deal to bring you back alive
I'll charm the viper and his poisonous tongue
I'll sing his words until they come undone

But I won't, no I won't...look behind
I promise you

And I'll journey through to hell
Just to hold your hand
And I'll sing my song to Him
Make Him understand

No matter what—I know He's letting you go
No matter what—I know you'll follow me home

But I won't, no I won't...look behind
I promise you

Jena's Song

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

A song I can't write—so I grab my red pen
Put's you in my veins—and my body's burnin
Tossing I'm turning—I'm losing sleep
With visions of you—I want to keep

Holding onto for the rest of my days
Through the wind and the snow—the coldest blowing rain

And when I see you again—on a nearby cloud
My body is floating—in a world without sound
But music she's laughing—like she's never laughed before
Sun will shine—rain will pour

We'll know right then that we're finally...coming home
Our skin will shake with a love...we call our own
And I'll look into your eyes 'cause it's you...that I feel
You're in my heart, you're in my bones...I believe I will
Want you...a long, long day

So taste my skin—just wrap me tight
Discover my body—in every light
I'll start with your neck—to trace your back through your hair
Sculpt your hips—to fly you through the air

Like a bird—over the mountain range
Over the earth in her seas—the stars in their cage
We'll fly and fly—like we've never flown before
Sun will shine—rain will pour

We'll know right then that we're finally...coming home
Our skin will shake with a love...we call our own
And I'll look into your eyes 'cause it's you...that I feel
You're in my heart, you're in my bones...I believe I will
Want you...a long, long day

Movin' On

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

well i been to San Diego, i been to Tucson
don’t know where i’m going, but i’m getting out of this town
goin to Colorado where the rocky waters flow
don’t you know, i’m movin’ on, i’m livin

well i’ve been to Eldorado, seen Catalina through a haze
been up to see them redwoods, i seen San Franscico bay
i’ve been yellow with cornfields and flatlands every way
can't you say, i’m moving on, i’m livin

and i’ll disappear…like the wild frontier
i’ll sing another song, it won’t be long, i’m movin on

i’ve been to Lakeshore Drive, i been all around the world
seen a lot of happy men, seen a lot of pretty girls
i been to Miami, and i been to L.A.
wouldn’t you say, i’m movin on, i’m livin

i been to Bourbon Street, i seen that Ol Oprey
i been to Appalachia with no soles on my feet
been to the desert where all the lonely people sleep
wouldn’t you see, i’m moving on, i’m livin

and i’ll disappear…like the wild frontier
i’ll sing another song, it won’t be long, i’m movin on

i know you’re listening to me with your eyes coal gray
don’t know where i’m going, it don’t matter anyway
been all around the world and i got no place to stay
can't you say, i’m movin on, i’m livin

i walk across these tracks like so many men before
i been looking for life but that don’t matter any more
don’t know where i’m going but i been there before
don’t you know, i’m moving on, i’m livin

and i’ll disappear…like the wild frontier
i’ll sing another song, it won’t be long, i’m movin on

The Way

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

she keeps the hours—in a jar beside our bed
a glass reminder—what she can do with time
an invitation—to journey through her dreams
these fenceless spaces—these meadows of her head

upon waking—the world does seem strange
I smell wildflowers—I smell rain
nostrils flaring—wild horses run
she keeps the hours—my world rearranged

where can we go from here
moonlight all so clear….so near to me
our feet never touch the ground
only way to fall is down…to earth

she unlocks the door—that opens on a field
she makes me amber—running through her hair
is that the ocean—opening with stars
event horizon—a vision so unreal

where can we go from here
moonlight all so clear….so near to me
our feet never touch the ground
only way to fall is down…to earth

The Sky Is Falling

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

do not despair—you only left a light on
and there’s nobody home—melting in the tv glare
yes the water is running—and the bed’s undone
but wasn’t it fun

it’s safe in the backyard—I told you the gate was closed
there by the sandbox—you see your blue guitar
yes your child is singing, but she’s singing in an empty room
empty room

there’s a cover on your pool—you find your dog is gone
there’s a protestor on the corner—pretending to be a bomb
yes, the sky is falling, but it’s falling where it always falls
always falls

there’s no one at the window—no one at your door
your searching through the cupboard—for something that you lost before
yes, a voice is calling, as if there was someone there
someone there.

Discography

"Jim Robbie" (The Jim Robbie Trio, 1999)
"Laundry Tokens" (The Jim Robbie Trio, 2000)
"EP" (Red Star Rebellion, 2009)

The acoustic songs on this EPK were recorded straight into Garageband. Hope to be returning to the studio to record them properly...

Set List

Can play 2-3 hours worth of music if need be, mostly original music. Prefer two 45-50 minute sets.