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Guiding through the Highs and Lows of Turbulent Youth and Emotional Instability Gary Dranow reminds us - “18, It's All Right!”

Gary Dranow | Credit: Time Punk Pet Photography

In stark contrast to the raw power of Gary Dranow's "Mother's Angry," which we reviewed last week, his newest offering, "18, It's All Right!" invites listeners on a more introspective and personal journey. Dranow's signature blend of heartfelt lyrics and melodic prowess promises to captivate and evoke a myriad of emotions. So, join us as we unravel the layers of this soulful composition and discover the profound insights it holds about the human experience delving into the complexities of youthful desire and the journey towards maturity and true love.

From the opening lines - "I like my water cold, I like my women hot, Nothing is in the way of what I desire..." the song establishes a tone of over-confidence and recklessness, capturing the essence of youthful bravado and lust. The song bursts to life with engaging guitar melodies and pounding drums, creating a fiery and energetic atmosphere that mirrors the excitement and passion of being eighteen. Reveling in the freedom and desires, embracing the thrill of the moment without considering the consequences, offers a candid reflection on Dranow's personal struggles with promiscuity and emotional instability stemming from untreated Bipolar 1 disorder, providing a raw and honest exploration of his tumultuous journey.

As the song progresses, however, there is a subtle shift in tone, as he reflects on his experiences and the passage of time. Lines like - "My mission hasn't changed, I'm not that little man anymore, I've left two wives behind, Lord knows I'm paying the price..." hint at a deeper sense of regret and introspection, as he grapples with the consequences of his actions. But despite the trials and tribulations along the way, there is a sense of redemption and growth in the song's conclusion. He finds solace and fulfillment in the stability of true love, as they reflect on the journey from impulsive youth to mature adulthood.

Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions

Behind Dranow's composing, guitar-playing, and songwriting lies a talented ensemble comprising his bandmates Chris Zoupa and Jason Jones, collectively known as "Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions", whose instrumental proficiency and production expertise significantly contribute to the song's uniqueness. The tight musicianship and cohesive sound showcase a band that's clearly in sync, elevating the track to new heights. So, until our next rendezvous with his captivating melodies, let's carry the spirit of "18, It's All Right!" with us, the essence of real love and the bittersweet journey toward maturity. Please listen below.

Listen to "18, It's All Right!" on Spotify here:

You can check out Gary Dranow’s (band) website here:

A brilliant addition to the repertoire -

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