Get on the Ron Pope Bandwagon
The song has been played numerous times in TVs and movies, and it is likely to be heard at weddings in 2007. When the song “A Drop in the Ocean” was released ten years ago by Ron Pope, it was quite the success. However, he never reached that success again. Releasing an album almost every year is tough, but Ron Pope has been doing just that. Numerous bands have played with him, and he has traveled the globe. He keeps pushing, but he never reaches the success he once had.
Ron Pope’s music isn’t Justin Bieber or any other pop musician, while he might fall under the category. He likes to slow down his music, matching a close Sam Smith. He dives into other music genres, like rock and country. There are headbangers and there are songs to sing in the rain. Emotions and memories come with any song he has. His talent and work ethic are there.
In 2015, Ron Pope guest starred on ABC’s “Nashville.” His country roots came out a bit, but he isn’t a country singer in normal. While some songs have some twang, he likes the piano. His southern roots of coming from Georgia give some soul to the show as well. His songs are not just the romance and sadness type, while many focus on these ideas. He makes connections to all daily life activities, and he doesn’t repeat the past.
His international fame has brought him into the eyes of some, but his music isn’t heard much on the radio so his fame doesn’t smell too much. I never knew of Ron Pope until my dance teacher designed choreography to it that we did for a competition. Since that moment, I was struck by his ability to be fun loving but also make whoever it is fall in love. Whether it be crying in your car on a rainy day or speeding down the highway in the sun, there is a song for that. With ten years under his belt, he has quite the arsenal of songs. It is easy to sing along and be surprised.
One of the many things Ron Pope is known for his stage presence, and as someone who has been to his show, even if you are not familiar with the song, the moment still lasts. He runs across the stage, changing from guitar to a new guitar. He jumps up and down. He shows off his current band, and he gets to know the audience well. Unlike many performers, Ron Pope isn’t burned out by the touring life, but it makes him stronger and better. His voice doesn’t fault for a second, and he grows as the audience does.
While “A Drog in the Ocean” has been his most popular song, Ron Pope has come a long way since then. While there are love songs that are easy, like “Perfect for Me” and “You’re the Reason I Come Home,” there are also complex songs of “October Trees” and “Back to Bed.” Romance comes and goes, and Ron Pope knows that well enough. Any time a song plays of his, it is like falling into his head and bed. With his honest choruses and even more honest vocals, he will shows all the bad things about love, but he loves to show what true love can do.
Not all of Ron Pope’s albums are treated equality, but all of them are worth the listen. Some of them earn more respect, but many of them deserve more respect. On every album, there are hidden gems. His first album of “Last Call” has the enormous gem of “A Drop in the Ocean” but “Porch Light” and “You Lift Me Up” are great too. The whole “Daylight” album is a masterpiece as Ron Pope goes down to the core of any relationship, and the songs “Daylight” and “Fireflies” will have you singing along. The “Whatever It Takes” album will make you believe in love again with songs like “Tightrope” and “Our Song.”
One of his most popular albums came out in 2012 with many fast and easy to relate songs, it is a crowd favorite. “Atlanta” being the title track is a crowd favorite, but if you go a bit deeper into the album with singalong songs of “One Grain of Sand,” “In My Bones” and “Tears of Blood” you’ll be in love. He does have his slowed down songs of “Bitterness or Sympathy” and “A Wedding in Connecticut.” There is the love song of “I Do Not Love You,” which the title doesn’t do it justice. My favorite song to this masterpiece album is “October Trees,” which will leave you feeling dramatic.
The 2014 album “Calling Off the Dogs” deserves more justice as six of the eleven songs on the tracklist are my favorites of his. This album was a bit more slowed down and darker as it deals with some drug abuse as well. Ron Pope dives into these areas, and you become one with him as he opens his heart yet again. “Signs” and “Push Me Away” are just some of the many gems at this beautiful album that didn’t get the respect it deserves.
With his new album due out this year, making it thirteen albums in ten years, Ron Pope is not worn down, but he is reborn and ready to run free. It is a question of what direction he will take as his 2016 album took some lefts in rock and country, but the soul and heart will always remain.