On a heel

by Shining Mirrors

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about

I recorded this album mostly throughout the calendar year of 2018, with tunes such as ‘Goodbye’ occurring as far back as March of the year prior.
 

It all started in the one bedroom loft I shared with my betrothed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. After an unfortunate breach of trust, I found myself sleeping in the guest bedroom of a girl named Johanna for one magical night. She informed me the next day she would ghost on me once school started and I never heard from her again. 

From here I inhabited that curious headspace between searching and running. I sold, gave away, and threw out all of my possessions. I bought a 2004 Dodge Caravan and zig-zagged across North America. I couldn’t stand to walk on the same streets I once had with my betrothed, let alone the same burough.

I found myself in a small room in the Lower East Side of Manhattan where I stayed until the end of August. If you listen closely you can hear the door buzzer and refrigerator motor of that 6th floor walk-up throughout the album. 

After that, I fled to an old friend’s country home in the sleepy town of Freeland, Maryland. I tried to be nice but his wife and the dogs got sick of my drumming. I was back on the road making plans to move South indefinitely when a friend in Philadelphia offered me a room at his funeral parlor.

I figured I’d give New York one week to conjure up a counteroffer, but I was tired of sublets so I left anyway.

By December I wasn’t even sure if there was an album in this collection of memories. I bounced the rough mixes, and gave them to my mom on Christmas, as I usually do — and lo and behold, as I started playing these songs for select confidants I began to see through their eyes that what I was searching for was already there.

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released September 27, 2019

I (Drew Robinson) have to take credit myself for writing the songs and performing much of the instrumentation —
drums, bass, guitars, organ, piano, synth, violins, and vocals as well as some backing vocals; but I did have help from many momentous friends —
Shannon Minor - backing vocals on ‘Johanna’ and ‘Nothin to do’
Penneisha Love - backing vocals on ‘Without U’ and ’Nothin to do’
Eric Ordaz - cello on ‘New York looks good from far away’
Davis M Shubs - nylon string guitar on ‘If I Didn’t Have You’
Nick Hope - backing vocals on ‘If I Didn’t Have You’, synths on ‘On a heel’
Jeremy Willie Cox - guitar solo on ‘Without U’, clarinet on ‘Nuthin to do’
Wade Groom - cymbal crash on ‘Johanna’

These songs were mixed and mastered by Davis M Shubs, David Skovron, and myself at Drowning Fish Studios in Port Richmond, Philadelphia

The cover art is a still I edited from video footage taken by Shannon Minor.

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Track Name: On a heel
You know I fell and I did slip
I stood before a judge and jury
Judge said I acquit after I told him, I told him
This here story
On a heel

You know I’m messing with the dog hairs
My soul bares a resemblance to a desert
My confreres are the
Wings on my side and the face looking back at me
Uh huh
People find each other
I woke up on an alien earth
The fruit here tastes like oranges but
Screams while you eat it
On down the street I’m walking
There before me I was
On a heel

Feeding alright
The mind doesn’t cling it feeds
I got my head up in a motto
I was born, I was abducted
Suffocated in the womb
My brain was dead before I started
Well I’m not done baby
I’m not dead
And uh at times I feel
On a heel

Cal Ripken Jr. babe
Baltimore, Maryland USA
Been doing this shit a damn long time
And never ever ever even took a sick day
Ahh

On a heel…
Track Name: Johanna
She’s a resilient girl
She just wants to live
She just wants to live in her hometown
She just wants to live without you
Johanna
I get a feeling when you scratch my brain
Jo Jo Johanna
And are you ready for this
I feel like I could tell you anything

I’m gonna ghost on ya
I’m gonna ghost on ya
I’m gonna ghost on ya

Oh please

Johanna
She likes immigrants and natives
Forget suburban Americans
Unless your mother’s indigenous
A little bit
So just let her live in her hometown
Without the army of gentrifiers
Who fill up all the bars
Pushing out Johanna
I get a feeling when you scratch my brain
Jo Jo Johanna
And are you ready for this
I feel like I could tell you anything

I’m gonna ghost on ya
I’m gonna ghost on ya
I’m gonna ghost on ya

Alright
Huh

Johanna
I get a feeling when you scratch my brain
Jo Jo Johanna
I feel like I could tell you anything
Alright
Oh Johanna
The rents are going up in this here city
Funny how Manhattan is a lonely place
Can you take me back to the Bronx
Track Name: Without U
If I could get up on you bay 
A good would I do
And I could get one on you bay
A good without you
You can't brake me like a doll
I'm a human
You can't break me like a doll

I'm good without you
I'm good without you

No no no no no
Yea yea yea yea yea
Me me me me me 
You you you you you
Come on come on come on come on come on
Come on come on come on come on come on
Country

You can't brake me like a doll 
I'm a human
You can't brake me like a doll

(And I'm good w-)  

I'm good without you
I'm good without you
I'm good without you
I'm good without you
Track Name: Gone to heaven
Oh no if I go
If I hold my head for too long
If I run to her
Am I going home
I should have known
This world can’t decide
Whether I’ve gone to heaven

Every thought I had
Every thought I had was wrong
Now you’re begging me for mercy
But you couldn’t save my heart
No reply no reply no reply no reply no reply

Lord I awoke in a sea as a ghost
In a while crocodile

Oh no if I go
If I hold my head for too long
If I run to her
Am I going home
I should have known
This world can’t decide
Whether I’ve gone to heaven
Track Name: If I Didn't Have You
Once upon a time I lived outside
I never helped nobody
Rising in the night, getting high
I only cared about me
People passed on the street but
Nobody ever saw me
I was tough
I was mean
I was sad and lonely

Oh if I didn’t have you
I’d still be losing it all
Hurting is all I’d do
Oh if I didn’t have you
I’d still be losing it all
Hurting myself
Hurtin for certain but hurt isn’t working at all

As it is I did love you
Break me down another million times
It don’t change nothing at all
Once I thought without nobody
There would be peace in my heart
Rain or shine return in time
I’m already gone

Oh if I didn’t have you
I’d still be losing it all
Hurting is all I’d do
Oh if I didn’t have you
I’d still be losing it all
Hurting myself
Hurtin for certain but hurt isn’t working at all

Talkin miles of trouble
Rain in my veins and I
I’m feeling double when you say my mom was too kind
Gave me unreasonable expectations
I would be in paradise if you would ever change your mind
I can be there on the double
I need a friend of mine
That’s why I’m talkin bout you…

And music can’t save the country
And music can’t impeach the president
And music can’t fix health care
And music can’t untuck the tax plan
That’s why I’m talkin bout you…
Track Name: Nuthin to do
Oo la oo la
My baby
Welcome home

Nothing to do
Nowhere to be
Nothing to become

Nothing to do
Nowhere to be
Nothing to become

This moment I'm free 
Free from everything 
Free from passion violence and anger
Free from guilt 
Free from suffering
Free from wanting to have more

I never thought it was anything
A little savior left in a pot
Not the ruse of anyone
Playful as a jingle
And it's all gravy

Oo la oo la
My baby
Welcome home

Yesterday's pain is the soil of tomorrow
And it shows, ancient blood licks the earth
Before it drives the rose
When I saw her today
It was a memory

Nothing to do
Nowhere to be
Nothing to become

Nothing to do 
Nowhere to be 
Nothing to become

Nothing to do 
Nowhere to be
Nothing to become

Nothing to do
Nowhere to be
Nothing to become

This moment I'm free
This moment I'm free
This moment I'm free
This moment I'm free

This moment I'm free
Free from everything
Passion violence anger
Free from guilt free from suffering
Wanting to have more

I'm free
This moment I'm free
This moment I'm free
This moment I'm free
Track Name: No need to ask
No need to ask you if I love you
You know I already do
No need to ask you if I think about you
You know I already do

If something comes along
‘Tries to blow my body down
I could still be moving on to your place

You smell like the nectar bees you for honey
I wasn’t ready babe but I do
I can’t believe
‘Heard you say you love me too

No need to ask you if I love you
You know I already do
No need to ask you if I think about you
You know I already do
Track Name: Ballad No. 3
She hung out with The Strokes ten years ago
Five years after they broke our hearts
Fabiola said some misconception
Concerning how to pronounce a name

Her fables are worth anything
Sure to make light of a weekend
Her mountains are this here guitar
On a holiday

It’s a shame Anna Nordeen
To spend so much time thinking you’re ugly
Imagine how good life could be anywhere uhohoh…

And why do you say I’m not rich
And how do you know that I’m mean
And how do you know I’m not rich
You’re such a hm mm mm …
Track Name: Goodbye
If she doesn’t love me anymore I guess I’ll slip away
They were teenage lovers
How can I compete with that
If she should put on the break a hey hey
I guess I would say

So he reads Kafka, that’s just in books
You can say words like “didactic” baby but
I didn’t take that much school

So if you should put on the the break a hey hey
I guess I would say

Goodbye
Goodbye baby
Baby goodbye
Goodbye baby

‘Little town called Baltimore saw my cardiac get vandalized
Came down from the second floor
Nothing but a vacant frame
Singing ‘It’s so hard to be alone
There goes another one
Every time they fall in love with me’
So …

Goodbye
Goodbye baby
Baby goodbye
Goodbye baby

God damn, they do this shit again
At first it was a friend
And then it’s the end
So

Goodbye
(Goodbye)
Goodbye
(Goodbye baby)
Goodbye
(Baby goodbye)
Goodbye
Track Name: New York looks good from far away
Girls here they wear so much makeup
I wonder what they look like
Far away they look so pretty
Much like the earth from outer space
New York looks good from far away

I wanna get closer
Maybe I can break the glass

Over here plucked like a cello
I’m much nicer now
Girls don’t like that
Good to talk to versus talked about
I was far away now I’m far out

Girls here they wear so much makeup
I wonder what they look like
Far away they look so pretty
Much like the earth from outer space
New York looks good from far away

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