John O'Brien | The Love You Need

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The Love You Need

by John O'Brien

This album is John’s eighth and his best effort to date. The style is popular rock with a strong element of jazz mixed with strong female harmonies. The songs are about love.
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1. The Ultimate Rebop
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2. Phoenix
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3. But You're Gone
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4. I Feel You Struggling
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5. Every Time I See Your Face
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6. Happy to Love
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7. Leaving in Your Own Time
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8. California Wildfire
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9. Hey Sweet
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10. By the Throat
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11. Right to Be Here Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All Songs Written, Arranged and Produced by John O’Brien ©John O’Brien 2019
The Ultimate Rebop - There was this woman who was wonderfully beautiful and very, very nice who I just adored. We got along so well and did so many things together, but every time I tried to get close to her emotionally, she would back away. Whenever I found myself giving up, she would come back to me and beg me with her stunning eyes looking into mine to “just give it some time”. It lasted so long that I made up a word, “Rebop” to describe the yo-yo I felt like while trying get close to her. It was the ultimate frustration.
Vocals: John O’Brien, Amy Hendrickson
Guitars: John O’Brien, Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Bass: John Alessandrini
Keys and Synthesizers: Mark Connolly
Drums: David Matthew

Phoenix - In the 1960s I traveled with a touring act named the Crystal Revelation. Mark, my keyboard player on this album and very close friend, was in the act with me and we were often just tired of traveling, but we knew what it felt like to suddenly come into a town and people on tour that you’d really to end up loving. Years later I visited Phoenix and when it was time to leave, the lyric and progression for this song just flew down on the pad in front of me. Mark and I tried it out in a jam session and the honky-tonk piano he played just made it come to life. To this day I mess Phoenix!
Vocals: John O’Brien
Guitar: John O’Brien, Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Bass: Dennis Jones
Keys and Synthesizers: Mark Connolly
Drums: David Matthew

But You’re Gone - We’ve all had the feeling of falling hard for someone and thinking “hey this is it!” The boundless passion and warm, happy friendship are overwhelming, and then, here comes the letdown when they find their way back into their old life with their old lover and their old habits. I lived in a summer tourist town for a while and found myself in that situation for the summer into the fall when suddenly…she just left…GONE. This song is about what I felt after it happened.
Vocals: John O’Brien, Amy Hendrickson
Guitar: John O’Brien, Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Bass: Ray Ploutz
Keys: Mark Connolly
Drums and Congas: David Matthew

I Feel You Struggling - A tale of a very short-lived love and passion with a woman who was amazing to be with, but then found out she had had a fight with her lover, left him and then decided, without a word, to go back to him. I was feeling mad, hurt and angry, but I really did want her back. I thought we had it all, the style, the energy and everything else and then “poof”.
Vocals: John O’Brien
Guitar: John O’Brien, Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Bass: John Alessandrini
Hammond B3: Mark Connolly
Drums: David Matthew

Every Time I See Your Face - This song is about being head over heels in love with somebody and the intense heat and emotion that you feel when in that state of mind. We decided to do this song as a duet because both men and women can feel this way. The song is meant to “celebrate the love we make”. We all know that feeling and wish so much it would last.
Vocals: John O’Brien, Amy Hendrickson
Guitar: John O’Brien, Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Bass: Ray Ploutz
Keys: Mark Connolly
Drums: David Matthew

Happy to Love - I wrote this song mostly about my son and his partner and their three children and how happy they are. The way that they love each other, help each other out, counsel each other when they need it and give each other everything that they can is inspiring. They just seem so happy.
Vocals: John O’Brien, Amy Hendrickson
Guitar: John O’Brien
Bass: Dennis Jones
Keys: Mark Connolly
Drums: David Matthew
Saxophone: Chris Kearns


Leaving in Your Own Time - A song about two people who are in long-standing relationships that are no longer happy or satisfying, but they feel helplessly caught in their existing world. They have an affair with each other and fall in love, then starkly facing the inevitable question of whether they should leave the world they’re in and venture into a new world with each other or stay where they are. It can’t happen suddenly because they are unsure and the consequences so deep, but they are both waiting and wondering whether they should leave “in their own time” or stay in their unhappy relationships.
Vocals: John O’Brien, Primrose
Bass: Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Grand Piano: Mark Connolly
Saxophone: Chris Kearns

California Wildfire - I was so struck by the death and destruction of Paradise, California that was reported widely on TV. It seemed like no matter where you were the images of that horror were in everyone’s face. The incredible pain of the people who were there moved me deeply. I read numerous news reports of how the people felt when they awakened from a deep sleep only to run for their lives. I wrote this song from my attempt to comprehend how they felt. It is also a call to action to fight the cause of these fires -- climate change.
Vocals: John O’Brien
Guitar: John O’Brien, Ray Poultz
Bass: Ray Poultz
Keys: Mark Connolly
Drums: David Matthew

Hey Sweet – I lived with a woman who I ended up having an on-again off-again relationship with for
about 10 years. The nickname I gave her was “Sweet”. After living with her for several years, I moved from upstate New York down to Long Island and lived alone on the ocean beach there. After a while she came and joined me, but it was not going to work out because we had grown so far apart. I remembered where we lived previously and had beautiful artwork and paintings in our house. We were so happy then. This song is about missing her and missing that time and place and how sometimes you have to just give it all up and move on in life.

Vocals: John O’Brien
Guitar: John O’Brien
Bass: Jim Stafford
Synthesizers: Mark Connolly
Congas: David Matthew

By the Throat - One of my brothers passed away from an opiate overdose. He was wealthy, had a wonderful son and an ex-wife who still loved him dearly. He started his addiction with a doctor’s prescription for foot pain and ended up catastrophically addicted as has happened to so many people. My family tried to talk with him, but like many addicts, it was impossible to get through to him. After he died, like others who go through this with a family member, I asked myself over and over again; what could I have done? Why did this happen? This song is my answer to that question. Please go get help.
Vocals: John O’Brien
Guitar: John O’Brien
Bass: John O’Brien
Synthesizers: Mark Connolly

Right to Be Here Now - Sometimes you can fall in love with somebody and you know you shouldn’t, but you can’t bring yourself to do anything but love that person. This song is the wish that a person has when they know they’re not in the right relationship, but they want it to work so badly that they’ll do anything to make it work. What they know is that they may not be in the right place with that person, but it’s right to be there wherever they are right then.
Vocals: John O’Brien
Guitar: John O’Brien, Dwayne “Chubby McG” McGregor
Bass: Ray Ploutz
Keys: Mark Connolly
Drums and Percussion: David Matthew

Recorded and Produced at:
Eclipse Recording Studios
St. Augustine, Florida
Engineer: Jim Stafford
Photography: Monarch Studios and Eclipse Photography
Video Production: Home Team Productions, Victor Zimet
Publicist: Music Promo Today
Special thanks to Jim Stafford because he was much more than an engineer in this production. His thoughtful guidance truly made this project come to life.

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