Spotify is such a beautiful thing. Not only is there a ton of music readily available at my fingertips, but by far, my favorite thing is sharing music with friends. I have two friends who regularly keep my inbox flowing and I adore it. They both have such great music taste that I’m sure to have an eclectic mix of songs in my inbox at all times. One of my favorite finds as of late is Ron Pope, a New York based singer-song writer-guitar player triple threat. He has the vocals of an angel and the lyrical abilities that are sweeter than Taylor Swift. It’s big. We’re going to listen to Whatever It Takes tonight.
Ron Pope opens the album with the incredibly beautiful If You Were a Stone, a more poetic version of a song like Blake Shelton’s Honey Bee. Pope’s voice has enough weather damage sound to it to make things interesting, but keep it melodic at the same time.
I Believe comes in strong with more movement than it’s predecessors. The vocals and pickup in this song remind me remotely of The Spill Canvas in early days.
There are some people who are just better love song writers than others. From the limited taste that I’ve gotten of Ron Pope, he’s on that list. A Drop in the Ocean is a beautiful song with some beautiful things going on musically and lyrically. It’s just a drop in the ocean, a change in the weather. I was praying that you and me might end up together. It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert, but I’m holding you closer than most cause you are my heaven.
Home Again dredges up beautiful images in the listener’s mind as Pope displays his beautiful talents with emotion and imagery. The feelings are so intense, it’s sure to conjure up a smile from the most cold-hearted of us. This song is more uplifting and about the support of love or from a loved one than necessarily love itself. Pope’s guitar skills are also quite present in this one with an electric stringed for a change.
Whatever It Takes wraps the album up on a softer note with an acoustic guitar once again in hand. Gentle lyrics step in one last time, asking a lover to stand by your side no matter what happens. I miss your face whenever you’re gone. Whatever it takes, tell me you’ll stay with me forever. Don’t turn away – tell me you’ll stay cause when we’re together I see stars from the headlights – they don’t seem so far away.
This album is far more beautiful than the three tracks I had previous listened to of Ron Pope’s. This man has a gentle take on music, both with his vocals and his guitar playing. While you can tell he’s talented, he remains accessible and something that you could put on to please a wide variety of listening tastes. Sometimes he picks up an electric guitar, sometimes acoustic. One thing I cannot deny are his beautiful lyrics – sickeningly sweet on some occasions, but oddly enough, they always come off as sincere. Wouldn’t you like to be the person they were written about?
Tightrope (track 11)
If You Were a Stone (track 1)
A Drop in the Ocean (track 5)