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Jon McLaughlin - Heís from Indiana!

Guest Author - Michelle Anne Cope

Letís see, I think itís been a couple of weeks now that Iíve been listening to a song called "Beautiful Disaster". I first heard it when I found a website about the upcoming movie Georgia Rule. I love Jane Fonda and in this film she is complimented by Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan. The film opens in theaters on May 11th, but you wonít have to wait that long to find out who sings one of the songs from the movie.

Itís Jon McLaughlin. The same Jon McLaughlin who released his debut CD, Indiana, last week. Indiana features ďBeautiful DisasterĒ along with 12 other songs that chronicle Jonís feelings and emotions on a plethora of topics. He has penned lyrics on subjects such as love, girls, faith, family, friends and music.

Before I finished listening to the entire CD, I would have told you that ďBeautiful DisasterĒ was my favorite; now Iím perplexed and canít give you a concrete contestant for the honor of first place. ďIndustryĒ is a powerful song that explores the business that Jon has chosen as a career and his hopes and fears on what it might hold.

ďIndianaĒ, the albumís title track, is special to me because Iím a Midwest girl. Iím a native of Columbus, Ohio Ė a town with no real discernable geographic attributes Ė the largest body of water Iíve seen in Ohio is Lake Erie to the north and the nearest mountain range Iíve climbed is the one at the putt-putt golf course on the east side of town. Given the assignment, I donít know what kind of song I would write about Ohio. Jon had no such problem when it came to the state of Indiana. He puts the geography of his home state into perspective with these poetic opening lyrics.

Iím glad Iíve never lived next to the water,
so I could never get used to the beach.
And Iím glad I never grew up on a mountain
to figure out how high the world could reach.

I felt that this piece was an ode, a tribute and a love song.

The third cut on the CD, ďJust Give It TimeĒ, inspired me. It was one of those moments when you think youíve found something that could change your life. Now, come on, you all know that Iím not being over dramatic, we're all looking for a book, a poem, or a song that gives us rhyme and reason Ė the lyrics in this song did that for me.

Jon McLaughlin is creative. That may sound clichť Ė so let me explain. Not only does Jon have a crisp melodic sound to his voice, the music and lyrics to the songs were written and composed by him. Thatís talent Ė a talent that fascinates and mystifies me. I can play with words, rearrange them on pieces of paper and shuffle them around on computer screens, but with music, itís different. Iíve always held musical artists in extreme reverence because itís as if they have magical muses that go beyond the meaning of the words and bring to surface the true understanding through sounds arranged in notes and chords. Jon has found that muse.

My hope for Jon McLaughlin is the best of success. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked every song on this CD. That doesnít always happen for me and Iím sure itís the same for many of you. This debut is so different. On Indiana, the music and lyrics are like a virtual blog of Jonís life and I felt like I was listening to him sing the words in each entry.

For tour dates and more information on Jonís CD, check out the links listed at the end of this article.

Have a great week and Iíll talk to you in a few days.


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