Don’t be surprised if you look up the word “prolific” in the dictionary, and there’s a photo of singer songwriter Ron Brunk there. ‘Five Lights’ is the first of three singles we’re going to review today, and we can guarantee it won’t be the last.
Ron Brunk grew up in West Virginia, ingesting with his meals the stories of the local coal-miners, as well as the Yankee folk tales, poetry, and good old fashioned rock’n’roll. Ron would often skip class and instead go to the library, where he educated himself by reading the classics, and in so doing, learned all about the human truths within their pages. He memorised hundreds of chords on a guitar that his father sent to him, and quickly learned how to set lyrics to music.
Ron Brunk’s songs tell the stories that are common to all of us; his music is written from the stories of his own life.
Already with 20 plus albums under his belt, and genres that go from folk, to rock, to electronic, and country, yet Ron Brunk is still able to find new ways to express himself.
The first of three tracks we’re writing about today, ‘Five Lights’ is just one of many thought-provoking songs from his massive catalogue. The song riffs on a theme that’s to be found in Ray Bradbury’s classic, ‘Fahrenheit 451’, that of internally revolting when the world demands we submit to the “truths” it’s constructed. If the world says there are, for example, “five lights”, we must keep to the truth that we know, that there are actually only 4.
The music video for ‘Five Lights’ brings together war footage as well as high-tech imagery, as Brunk explores what can happen when we allow ourselves to deny what we personally believe.