"Something half the songs are about."
Mason wrote "Feelin' Alright" on the Greek island of Hydra (pronounced Hee-dra). He added, "which I remind people if they're looking to buy an island, now would be a good time to make an offer."
Mason, though, isn't ready to settle down.
At 67, he's just bought his first tour bus, his new home on wheels, he said, where he can drag along his lifestyle while trying to earn a living on the road.
The 21st century has been hard on guys like Mason. Classic rock stations might play the odd Traffic song or some of his solo material, like "We Just Disagree" or "Only You Know and I Know," but practically none of them play any of his latter-day recordings.
"They don't play anything new by the classic rock artists," he said, "which I don't get at all."
The Internet isn't doing him a lot of favors either, but Mason doesn't think his generation is in the minority. Popular services like Spotify and Pandora pay very little. Spotify, for instance, pays about half a cent for each play of a song. The only people making any money are the people who own the Web services, not the artists.
He laughed and said it makes him almost long for the old days, back when everybody was just getting screwed over by the record companies.
"At least you knew who was doing it to you," he said.
Still, Mason acknowledged, the Internet does give him some tools to reach people. People can find him through his website, www.davemasonmusic.com, where he can at least tell people he has new material.
Fans can subscribe for email updates, too.
"It's all becoming direct marketing," he said. "Very one-on-one."
Mason said he catches himself sometimes rattling on about the headaches of being a rocker with a classic rock pedigree. People don't always want to hear about it and, besides, he has other things to talk about.
Aside from new music, Mason said he's working on a music-television idea with actor Malcolm McDowell ("A Clockwork Orange").
"We're calling it '26/12' -- that's 26 letters and 12 notes of music," he said. "We kind of see it as a cross between 'Soundstage' and 'The Actor's Workshop' with music and storytelling."
He's also active with the charity Work Vessels for Veterans, a small, volunteer group he co-founded that helps veterans transition back to the civilian world and start businesses. They provide tools and equipment.
"We've helped a man start a blueberry farm in Jacksonville, Florida," he said. "We helped another start an office-cleaning business. We've given out a lot of laptops. I'm really proud of that."
Mason's music career is as much work as it's ever been. It frustrates him, but the other stuff he does helps to balance it out. He feels all right.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.