“Of all the young lovers there are in this world, which kind of lover are you?”- John Beacher

The answer to that question for me is “music lover.” Specifically, music that speaks the language of power, passion, and politics. John Beacher’s self-titled album demonstrates fluency in all three with a voice of raw emotion.

The album itself contains 12 tracks, providing 45 minutes of lyrical and spiritual intimacy between you, Beacher, and his guitar. Opening with Love and Please You, the familiar acoustic landscape is overtaken by Beacher’s messages of love, fear, humanity, and war.

What I particularly enjoy throughout the experience is the feeling of joy and playfulness that exists amidst the richness and depth of Beacher’s music. He displays a talent for spontaneous scat, spoken word, and role-playing dialogue in songs like Stop the Bleeding, Dance With Me, Head on My Neck, and Betty Lee.

And even after laughing along and goofing off with him, there is the opportunity to be swept away into the haunted lyrics of Bald Lenny. “God I’m here, please don’t let me fall asleep. I am so afraid of giving into fear, losing all my faith, forgetting why I’m here.

As a lover of words and meaningful songwriting, I appreciate Beacher’s range of intellectual questioning, political commentary, and spiritual longing. The song Action tells a story of control, personal empowerment, and institutional imprisonment in which Beacher encourages fighting with paintbrush, pen, education, and music, followed by a rallying cry of “we got soil, we got seed, action is the thing we need!

Beacher’s voice has a somewhat rough and unrefined texture, injected with a soulful influence that blends into a folky, smoky, fireside sound. I can simultaneously hear the voice and style of John Legend, John Mayer, Chris Martin, Bob Dylan, Citizen Cope, and Jason Mraz—though all are masked by John Beacher’s unique vocal execution.

I encourage you to listen for yourself and fall in love with guitar strings attached. Check out johnbeacher.com and John Beacher on Facebook.

John Beacher