The solo endeavor of singer/songwriter Lear Mason, Some Days Are Darker illustrates a rich soundscape colored by hues of love, loss, and rebirth, an era-ambiguous amalgamation of goth-rock gloom and modern-day crooner.
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What is the importance of lyrical value? And how would you say you value lyrics in your music?
It’s everything. For me to really appreciate a song or an artist, I have to appreciate the whole picture. What it means, who they are, what they’re all about. I don’t mean I need to know all the weird social media details about their personal life. I don’t need a photo of their breakfast. But I want to know that I’m connecting with them in some way. So lyrics matter to me. And it shouldn’t be easy or lazy. It shouldn’t just be the word that happened to rhyme with the previous word. Make me feel something. Say something meaningful, something urgent.
Have you made any transitions in the way you write your music?
Somewhat. Fundamentally, I’m a guitarist. So throughout my career songs almost always start out with a riff or a guitar part and then build from there. Some Days Are Darker is much more vocal and lyric focused than anything I’ve done. It requires me to work a little harder at those elements and hone them.
Who or what inspired you to write this music?
Love. Loss. Rebirth. There’s a lyric in Demons on the new record that says, “the longer I’m here, the more I feel.” That could have easily been the title of the record. Life doesn’t get any easier with time. I always thought I would feel less as I got older and grew more cold, but it’s the opposite.
Do you think it’s important to change the way you write or the way you think about writing as you grow in your career?
Absolutely. Change is everything. You have to be fluid, adapt, and grow. You have to stay uncomfortable. The trick is to know yourself but also understand that you are changing. You have to find the most honest way to express that. It’s a moving target.
Who championed your writing sessions to keep you inspired?
My partner, Lauren, inspired many of the themes on Some Days Are Darker. Writing for me is less like sessions, though, and more like moments. It’s the late hours or the quiet time between things that I steal away and write. Solitude plays a big part in it. Typically at the end of the night is when I work best. After all the chaos of the day has died down and I’ve felt all of the emotions one can feel. I quiet that down and channel it.
How are you championing yourself as you release the new music?
I have a long way to go before I can champion myself. If I ever reach a point that I feel I deserve to be championed, I’ll know it is time to retire. I’d rather be the underdog.
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