It’s no big secret that John Mullings is one of independent music’s most dedicated and hard-working songwriters, so it should come as no surprise that this latest release “Santa Cause Blues” is just one of the most amazing tracks. This is not a Traditional Christmas Song but however a Christmas song with a yearning for love.
The music has the potential to leave you feeling a little like something is missing from your life once the track has stopped. This effect is quite rare, and it’s a great one to have on an audience – inflicting upon listeners this undeniable desire to press play once again. There’s a feeling of safety in the sound, a comforting warmth that surrounds you and tells you about the world – without you having to go out and face it yourself; perhaps one of the more personal reasons why we love music so intensely and need it to be in our lives.
It appears to be the case that the song expresses exactly what the artists felt and intended to express. What we receive as strangers discovering it, is something hugely emotional and raw and real – whether our minds wander to the same place or not is unknown, but the feeling is strong, and that’s where the genuine power lies. The hook section of this song almost hides within the music, but it somehow grabs you nonetheless – it’s not a significant change in melody, there’s just something about those two lines that hit hard.
As a song, this track has everything music fans crave; the melody is in form, and the lines are simple and concise, really leaving space around the lyrics for you to stop and take it all in – a clever touch of songwriting, making sure you notice every line and remember every idea. Then of course you focus in on the sound of the artist’s voice, the style of performance offered up, and the character that comes through with every string of notes sung.
John Mullings has a brilliant voice, the kind of stylish and confident leading vocal that can effortlessly carry this sort of catchy and attention-grabbing pop record through any and every sound system, with great smoothness and swagger. The overall vibe of the music, the final effect initiated by all of these things work so well in one place, is this undeniably uplifting experience – the good vibes are out in full force.
The music makes you feel amazing. As mentioned, this particular track fuses a little of the raw and the real, with some of that alternative heaviness, so at first, you’re drawn in by the vibe, the structure, the formula, then later you’re held captive by the personality and the flair that pours out with every line expressed. And there’s so much more where this came from.