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  • Bryon Harris

Bongo Boy Rock n’ Roll TV Show ‘Episode 9 FALL AHEAD’

Bongo Boy Rock n’ Roll TV Show ‘Episode 9 FALL AHEAD’ is a show you can definitely fall into. Featuring some of rocks legends and fresh new artists, the show is captivating from beginning to end. Currently in heavy rotation on 66+ TV channels including Nashville Channel 9, Los Angeles Channel 36 and many others, ‘Episode 9 FALL AHEAD’ is one of the best music video shows we've watched this year.

First up is the talented Mandy Brooks from California singing the classic song “People Get Ready” written by the one and only Curtis Mayfield in 1965. Brooks presents a down-to-earth and clear vocal performance that is subtle enough to draw you in and keep you mesmerized. Brooks is a natural in the R & B, soul and gospel genre. The song features nice background vocals that bring you back to Church (in a good way) and tasteful guitar leads filled with soul. The picturesque video has an old-school reel-to-reel feel with shots of trains and tracks from years past while Brooks embarks on a journey. Without a doubt, you will want to join her.

From Long Island, NY, Patent Pending is up next with “Wasted/Wake Me Up” off their new release “Other People’s Greatest Hits.” Patent Pending delivers a fun, high energy electronic-punk version of two great songs meshed together - Tiesto's "Wasted" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up.” The transition between the two songs is as smooth as a DJ in a club spinning both cuts. Joe Ragosta’s performance is impossible to take your eyes and ears off of. The highly entertaining video features splashes of paint in blue, pink, green and more flying onto the walls and even into Ragosta’s face. Jello shots are smacked by tennis rackets and fly through the air. Even the instruments get splashed, but don’t worry it’s all cleaned up in the end.

Hailing from New Jersey Ben Lorentzen’s ‘Dead Man In The Closet’ changes the mood dramatically. ‘Dead Man In The Closet’ is intriguing, mysterious and moving. The video, filmed by Johan Anderson, is shot in black and white like an old noir movie. The music fits perfectly, starting off with ambient keys and percussion. Ben appears to be in a dimly lit bar, having a drink alone then becomes the bar’s performer for the evening singing under dim lights. As the story unfolds and new shadowy characters arrive, the lyrics examine the destructive forces in relationships. Ben’s haunting vocals are subdued, yet very intense.

Track four features Travis Marsh’s “Don’t Call Me.” This catchy song combines rock and pop with melodic verses and a very strong chorus. Guitar is at the center along with Travis’ radio ready vocals. The song is about a relationship where one person only calls the other when they are lonely. A favorite scene is when Travis' cell phone rings and the name “Crazy” pops up. The video flips back and forthe between Travis’ engaging performance to scenes of a beautiful woman walking in and out of his life, appearing nonchalant. “They use up until they’re through. And every time I’m the one you run back to. If only once, shame on you. After that there’s no exception to the rule.” This is a song that has universal appeal in both sound and meaning.

From New York city, veteran singer-songwriter Richard X Heyman is up next with the upbeat song “Gleam.” Richard is not new to the music scene. He is the original member of the legendary garage rock band the Doughboys and has many credits to his name, too many to list. “Gleam” begins with folk overtones, Dylan-esque acoustic guitar that develops as the song progresses. The song is about a nostalgic journey of a life experienced to the fullest, “traveled far and wide” and the realization that everything “pales compared to the gleam in my baby’s eye.” The video is remarkable with nostalgic shots of John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles and more. Heyman, once again, demonstrates that he is an extremely noteworthy song-writer.

John Tracy’s “Midnight Moon” is lovely ballad that opens with John sitting at a table milling through a pile of bills and the news on TV in the background. Opening with lovely acoustic picking accompanied by simple percussion, John immediately sets the tone for the video. Switching from scenes in nature to playing guitar surrounded by hanging lights and a nice full moon, the video perfectly paints the song. The arrangement takes off with additional production including a soothing string section adding more depth to the track. You won’t forget John’s bright voice singing, “But The Midnight Moon came out this evening soothing all the worries of the day.”

Next, from Honolulu, Hawaii is Wai Lana singing her song “Oh My Sweet Lord” from her album ‘Alive Forever.’ The video opens with beautiful cinematic-like shots of Wai sitting outside about to write in her journal. As the camera moves in closer, a lovely arrangement of strings and piano compliment the imagery of the video. With whisper-like vocals, Wai sings ambient melodies in two different languages throughout the song. Capturing scenic images from day to night, each scene features lively colors that engage viewers while they are entranced by the melodies and arrangement of “Oh My Sweet Lord.”

Last on the TV show is award winning singer-songwriter Les Fradkin with his song “Black Gypsy.” The song kicks off with layered guitars accompanied by percussion and bass leading into the first verse. Les showcases his classic sound and impeccable songwriting with this clean arrangement. The duration of the video is shown jamming out on his twelve-string, singing along to the track. With his timeless sound, there is no wonder why he has become an award winning songwriter and a fan favorite.

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