They really are. None of us actually look like our reflections, though for some of us that’s probably a blessing. I hate mirrors. I hate cameras, too. If I never had to see myself again I’d be a pretty happy guy.
But mirrors make for great music metaphors, whether you’re taking a look at yourself to make that change or watching the past recede in your rearview mirror.
So here we go, songs from my personal playlist involving mirrors:
“Fractured Mirror,” Ace Frehley. Don’t let the artist fool you — this is a tasty little instrumental. Open your mind and give it a listen.
“I’ll Be Your Mirror,” The Velvet Underground. What a beautiful thought, until you remember that mirrors are dirty liars.
“Go to the Mirror!” The Who. Tommy’s big breakthrough, quite literally in the Ken Russell version of the film. Also: Ann-Margret rolls around in chocolate and baked beans, so there’s that.
“Deep Dark Truthful Mirror,” Elvis Costello. Now here’s a mirror that isn’t a dirty liar. Preach it, brother Elvis!
“Mirror in the Bathroom,” English Beat. One of my favorites.
“The Boxing Mirror,” Alejandro Escovedo. Such a great album. Did I mention this is Sheila E.’s uncle?
“Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are,” Meat Loaf. I love Meat Loaf in a completely unironic way. I love his voice. I love his big, corny Jim Steinman songs. I love the fact that he seems to throw himself into every performance. But what I really love is that he strikes me as a sad, damaged, vulnerable, fucked up guy just trying to make it through each day. You’re the man, Meat. Hang cool, teddy bear.
“Hall of Mirrors,” Siouxsie and the Banshees. From Through the Looking Glass, a mirror song on a mirror album. Howzaboutthat?
“She’s Too Much for My Mirror,” Captain Beefheart. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Trout Mask Replica is a brilliant album. You heard it here last.
“Room Full of Mirrors,” Jimi Hendrix. This one never got an official release during Hendrix’s lifetime, but it’s popped up quite a few times since then. It’s on both the box set and First Rays of the New Rising Sun just to name a couple, not to mention quite a few bootlegs. Sometimes it’s fast, sometimes it’s slow and bluesy, but it’s always brilliant.
So there you have it — I have reflected upon some mirror songs. What did I miss? I’m listening.