Freshly released from 2020’s EP Through Old Glass, Wing and a Prayer showcases the organic pop-rock setup and songwriting of Johnny May in a catchy, poetic and deeply personal manner.
The personal aspect allows the song to connect from the outset, but this is also well-balanced alongside a clear edge of accessibility. The melody and the live-band sound draw you in, and the words slowly but surely weave a web of intrigue, later embracing you with these moments of multi-vocal chorus as the ideas resolve and the guitar solo takes over.
Featuring a somewhat raw, authentically organic production and recording style, the song tips its hat back to the music makers of a simpler era, making fine use of the natural building blocks of live musicianship and familiar, comforting progressions.
The ideas of the song linger after listening, just as effectively as the melody does – the final questioning aura resounds and provokes thought as the whole thing comes to a sudden finish.
Beautifully crafted, from the heart and lyrically pure, moving, impressive yet humble in style – Wing and a Prayer speaks volumes on the integrity, talent and purpose of Johnny May.