Ian McGlynn

Ian McGlynn

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Having been compared to everyone from Badly Drawn Boy and Damien Rice to Death Cab For Cutie and Ben Folds, indie piano man Ian McGlynn crafts bittersweet pop songs, love songs and torch songs that grow on listeners like the dreamiest fungus ever.

Biography

Ian's album title is certainly a bold declaration, and one listen to the delicate swoon of the lullaby-like track that bears its name will convince listeners that its also an invitation. Ian's latest studio album is full of warmth, waltz, and his patented soaring chorus.

Ian has fashioned an album of 11 distinct sounding songs that somehow seem like they were always destined to exist on the same slab of plastic together. From the hyper-nostalgic pop hooks of "Memorial Day Parade" to the quiet hush of "Small Town, Big Hearts," "This Is The Sound" indeed sounds like little else out there.

It's full of Ian's signature piano sounds, not to mention lush organs, quirky synths, chiming guitars, and glockenspiel.

It also marks Ian's first time producing. Alongside John Mosloskie of Holler, Wild Rose! Fame (who not only co-produces but plays, sings and presumably dances on the record), Ian was determined to create something organic, cinematic and, well, catchy. That was the vision behind "This Is The Sound" when it was being written by Ian and his songwriting partner, Chris Newkirk.

Ian's songs have appeared in the indie film "Off The Black" starring Nick Nolte, the Meg Ryan/Antonio Banderas feature "My Mom's New Boyfriend," the extreme ski flick "One," as well as on an internationally released compilation that included Duncan Sheik among others and a Posies tribute album.

Lyrics

Play Dead

Written By: Ian McGlynn & Chris Newkirk

I never was alive
I never even tried

So used to playing dead
IÕd just empty out my head
Forget that you were here
I just want to make things clear

I never even cared
I was just always unaware

So used to playing dead
IÕd just empty out my head
Forget that you were here
I just want to make things clear

(instrumental break)

I never even died
I just have a spotless mind

So used to playing dead
IÕd just empty out my head
Forget that you were here
I just want to make things clear

I never was alive
I never even tried

© 2008 IEM Music (BMI) / Designer Music (SESAC) / 442 Music (SESAC). All rights for the world on behalf of 442 Music administered by Designer Music.

Peninsula

Written By: Ian McGlynn & Chris Newkirk

DonÕt hang your head like sundown
On the edge of your world
DonÕt drift away from me
DonÕt sink into the sea, girl

DonÕt wait to be discovered
YouÕre not so far away
There will always be another
Another wave, another day

YouÕre not an island
As long as I am
Holding onto your hand
Holding you

WeÕll navigate by the stars
A map to get away
Florida, itÕs not so far
Maybe someday

YouÕre not an island
As long as I am
Holding onto your hand
Holding you

(instrumental break)

DonÕt drift away from me
DonÕt sink into the sea

© 2008 IEM Music (BMI) / Designer Music (SESAC) / 442 Music (SESAC). All rights for the world on behalf of 442 Music administered by Designer Music.

Memorial Day Parade

Written By: Ian McGlynn & Chris Newkirk

A stab of light
Bright and blind
When the memory attacks
A glimpse into
SomeoneÕs future
WonÕt stop a blast from the past

No last words
No long goodbye
You just slipped into eternity
I never knew
WhoÕll ever know?
All that messy mystery

We all go on and we all go onÉ

And itÕs true
IÕm just like you
Destined to disappear too soon
Yes itÕs true
IÕm just like you
Destined to disappear

We all go on and we all go onÉ

Oh my God, where are you?
And where did he and she go to?
Oh my God, tell me true
Where did he and she go to?

We all go on and we all go on
And weÕre all so small

(instrumental outro)

© 2008 IEM Music (BMI) / Designer Music (SESAC) / 442 Music (SESAC). All rights for the world on behalf of 442 Music administered by Designer Music.

How Did I Get Here?

Written By: Ian McGlynn

ItÕs five in the morning
And IÕm half asleep
Without a warning
IÕm way in too deep

IÕll wait for an answer
IÕll wait for a sign
How did I get here
This new life of mine

The day is half over
In boredom I dwell
IÕm just one step closer
In losing myself

I wait for an answer
I wait all the time
How did I get here
This new life of mine, mine
La la la, la la la la

The nights are much colder
IÕm all out of sync
IÕm feeling much older
Too tired to think

I pray for an answer
I pray for a sign
How did I get here
This new life of mine
Oh, how did I get here
This new life of mine, mine
La la la, la la la la

© 2004 IEM Music (BMI)

No Time

Written By: Ian McGlynn

As I woke up early today
The sun was shining
so bright on my face
The joy of sleeping late had gone
I must find some way
out of this place

ThereÕs no time
To live my life so free
No time
To be where I want to be

Tomorrow always comes too fast
I feel as if IÕm losing the race
If I could find some peace of mind
I canÕt keep up
much more at this pace

ThereÕs no time
To live my life so free
No time
To be where I want to be
ThereÕs no time
To live my life as me
No time
To be who I want to be

© 2004 IEM Music (BMI)

This Is The Sound

Written By: Ian McGlynn & Chris Newkirk

Postcards and mysteries
Midnight and tangerines

This is the sound
of me thinking out loud

Old hymns and comedies
My girl waiting for me

This is the sound
of me thinking out loud

IÕm wondering
WonderingÉ

© 2008 IEM Music (BMI) / Designer Music (SESAC) / 442 Music (SESAC). All rights for the world on behalf of 442 Music administered by Designer Music.

Night Driving

Written By: Ian McGlynn & Chris Newkirk

It's late
And we have a date
To fall asleep
Side by side

Night driving home to you
Night driving home

It's you
The thought that gets me through
To be there
At your side

Night driving home to you
Night driving home
Night driving home to you
Night driving home

(instrumental break)

Night driving home to you
Night driving home
Night driving home to you
Night driving home

It's late
And we have a date
To fall asleep
Side by side

© 2008 IEM Music (BMI) / Designer Music (SESAC) / 442 Music (SESAC). All rights for the world on behalf of 442 Music administered by Designer Music.

Nowhere

Written By: Ian McGlynn & Chris Newkirk

We used to live
in the top half of a house
WeÕd climb up the steps
and shut the world out

We used to live
on a broken little road
WeÕd drive our broken little car
to our broken little home

But now the sky
has turned the color
Of angry ex-lovers
And thereÕs really nowhere left to go

Where toÉwith you?
Where toÉwith you?

© 2009 IEM Music (BMI) / Designer Music (SESAC) / 442 Music (SESAC). All rights for the world on behalf of 442 Music administered by Designer Music.

Discography

Lemon (2002) Ian McGlynn
Tomorrow's Taken (2004) Bailey Park Records
Tomorrow's Re-taken (2007) Bailey Park Records
Diamonds EP (2007) Bailey Park Records
Memorial Day Parade EP (2008) Bailey Park Records
This Is The Sound (2008) Bailey Park Records
Nowhere (Single) (2009) Bailey Park Records
I Took An Oath (Single) (2009) Bailey Park Records
Listening In (from "My Mom's New Boyfriend") (Single) (2009) Bailey Park Records

Set List

Burlap And Bean in Newtown Square, PA
(Opened for Laura Shay) ~ 3.14.09 (solo show)

1. Care Of Cell 44 (The Zombies cover)
2. Peninsula
3. Northern Lights
4. Set The Secrets Free
5. Listening In
6. Our House (CSN&Y cover)
7. No Surprises (Radiohead cover)
8. How Did I Get Here?
9. Memorial Day Parade
10. Lemonade And Dreams
11. This Is The Sound
12. Play Dead

Blue Light Sessions in Mt. Holly, NJ (Private Filmed Show) ~ 10.4.08 (full band show)

1. Abandon The Morning
2. Northern Lights
3. Peninsula
4. This Is The Sound
5. Memorial Day Parade
6. Set The Secrets Free
7. How Did I Get Here?
8. Lemonade And Dreams
9. I'll Bring You Diamonds
10. Night Driving
11. The Dirty Treasure Of Truth
12. Play Dead

Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square, PA ~ 9.10.08
(solo show)

1. Play Dead
2. Peninsula
3. Northern Lights
4. Set The Secrets Free
5. Our House (CSN&Y cover)
6. No Surprises (Radiohead cover)
7. Memorial Day Parade
8. This Is The Sound
9. Care of