Today I write my post from sunny Cala Bona – a beautiful resort on the east coast of the Spanish island of Mallorca. It’s been a little bit stormy overnight and the wind is only just calming down. But before I head out for coffee, I thought I’d listen to John’s new album, Hiding in Plain Sight. It is a mix of folk, Americana and country and as I press play, I can tell I’m already going to love it.
I love the person walking into the mist as if the path is undetermined and unknown, and I think this reflects the album well. We don’t have all the answers as human beings and we may well spend a lot of time questioning our very existence.
About John Lovell
John, returned to actively playing guitar and performing 12 years ago and soon started writing his own material. With over 70 original songs to choose from, John found picking tracks for his first album harder than producing it!
I found a majority of the album to be melancholic and thought provoking. John writes of war, loss, unrequited love, regret and about coming to terms with our mortality. This is the type of music you could end up having a philosophical/political/existential conversation about. Every song has meaning and depth, forcing the listener to reflect.
To quote John, ‘living is more than just to survive,‘ from the song, Along the Glory Road. How many people are suffering worldwide due to war or civil unrest? A lot of people only live to survive in the hope that one day they can actually live. Living isn’t just having food and being warm, humans crave love, acceptance, art, music, enjoyment and John made me think about these things. John follows this song with, Syria, another thought provoker.
I really enjoyed Eight Minutes. Imagine only having eight minutes left? John quotes the title of a poem by John Donne (17th century author), No Man is an Island. Over the course of the song, he explores what it is like to face your end, the thought of dealing with regrets and saying goodbyes. Also, death is a theme John explores well in, The Old House. It is the death of an era where a house, once loved and housing happy families, now sits awaiting its slow demise. All the evidence of life still there to find, if one looks carefully for it.
Unrequited love is the theme of, Hiding in Plain Sight. You feel the sadness of a person who can only watch the one they truly love, from afar. A love that will never be.
Just to jazz things up a little, John has included a punky song, Run Frank, Run. This is a catchy one. Also, Dust and Run Frank Run, are set to be in the upcoming film John is writing the musical score for, Penny for the Guy.
John writes with sensitivity and love. This album may make you smile or it may make you weep. One thing’s for certain, you will think about the words for a long time.
Check out the links below and follow John’s Facebook page. He plays regularly in the Midlands and I’m sure you can catch him singing in a pub or at a music festival. He even played the Morton Stanley Festival this year in Redditch, playing on the same day as Hazel O’Connor.
Music video links:
That Empty Chair
Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.