After weeks of Miley Cyrus, Bookmarks, the new album from Five for Fighting, couldn’t come soon enough. The twelve songs remind us pop music can be about family, love and life rather than twerking.
John Ondrasik’s latest project follows previous tunes woven into American memory such as “100 Years” and “Superman.” That’s where Five for Fighting always shines – capturing that sense of life, joy, and small moments which taken together are grand. Bookmarks is no different.
Ondrasik always seems to be up to something grand, even if it isn’t obvious. His music, like Bob Dylan, U2, Van Morrison, is about bigger things, in everyday form and gently presented.
The album beings with the explosive and uplifting “Stand Up“:
If your dreams put you asleep/ If you have to paint your face/
and you’re not a clown/ If you’re naked lost in space/
and all you wear’s a frown/
Stand up Stand up/ Cause you’re falling down.
“What If,” the song’s first single is a story of empathy:
Imagine all the pain that might be forgiven/
What if I had your heart/
What if you wore my scars. . . /
What if your hand was my hand/ Could we hold on and let go?
Bookmarks is about permanent and good things, not vain and transient ones.