Premiere: Aaron David Gleason’s Somber “Brooklyn at Dawn”

Brooklyn at Dawn - Aaron David Gleason
Warm, contemplative and slow, “Brooklyn at Dawn” finds Aaron David Gleason at a particularly poignant moment of reflection and truth.

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The thing about the “singer/songwriter” is that, much like the minstrels of yore, singer/songwriters often tell us stuff we already knew: It’s all about the packaging – the composition of a song that relates a lesson or idea we were aware of, but not necessarily adhering to. It is precisely in this manner that Aaron David Gleason’s introspective “Brooklyn at Dawn” moves listeners, offering  the clarity and contemplation that only the morning’s earliest hours tend to provide.

You say you’re undecided
You don’t know where you belong
Somewhere I can find ya,
Gone.
“Brooklyn at Dawn” – Aaron David Gleason

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Brooklyn at Dawn,” the latest single off Aaron David Gleason’s sophomore album, Wry Observer. The somber final cut off an emotionally intricate and musically expansive record that’s been years in the making, “Brooklyn at Dawn” feels much like the setting sun: Warm, contemplative and slow, the mature finale sends us off into a world we cannot see clearly, but we can step into it with a kind of silhouetted confidence.

Wry Observer - Aaron David Gleason

Wry Observer – Aaron David Gleason

Say that you’re divided…oh
Did you lose someone?
Some… One…
Or is it just me now,
In Brooklyn at dawn?

Aaron David Gleason needed some time to live life after his last record, before he could once again put pen to paper: “I couldn’t write another song without repeating myself,” he says. He moved from Los Angeles to New York in pursuit of an acting career, only to dive back into music headfirst. Wry Observer takes him through personal and professional obstacles, unique and universal life changes that are not only relatable, but also incredibly impactful and moving: For a man who felt he didn’t have anything to say, he’s found quite a lot to share.

“Brooklyn at Dawn” finds Gleason at a particularly poignant moment of reflection and truth. “It’s a song about not knowing if the morning after thoughts are clarity or paranoia,” he explains. “Sometimes the beauty of daybreak can also be overwhelming, especially if you rarely see it. For me, it’s a kind of discomfort, but also I know I have to embrace it.”

I’m waiting for your say so
Oh, I can be undone
Waiting for the train now
Go… Run…
I might not ever get it, oh
Have you moved on?
I never really was told.
And it’s a long walk home
In Brooklyn at dawn
If I can beat the sun
In Brooklyn at dawn.

Wry Observer is out October 27. Dive into the passion and heat of an artist who’s found his voice once more, exclusively on Atwood Magazine.

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com