One of the first albums I owned was the John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band debut LP. It’s one of the most intense, personal, brutal, revealing set of songs ever captured on vinyl. From “God”, “Mother”, “I Found Out”, “Love”, and “Isolation”, it’s a John Lennon therapy session we’re privy to listen to first-hand. This particular epic song describes the struggle to fit in this crazy world, challenge your fears, and ultimately hope to overcome them. When an artist of John Lennon’s stature opens with “People say we’ve got it made, don’t they know we’re so afraid, isolation,” it’s very eye-opening and relatable especially as his first solo CD after the Beatles monumental success.
“BRUISED AND SCARRED” MAYDAY PARADE
Part pop punk, part emo, Mayday Parade, based out of Tallahassee, FL have become “road warriors”. Songkick.com named them the #1 touring act of 2010 based on miles covered in one year. This relentless schedule, appearances on the Warped Tour, along with their emotive yet catchy lyrics have built up a huge fan base and increased their popularity exponentially each year. This song comes from 2009’s Anywhere But Here CD.