Jackson Maloney is an American poet and singer-songwriter living and creating art in Colorado, USA.
I came to know him through a mutual friend and at online community gatherings held early in the 2020 lockdown, including early-morning poetry sharing sessions. He released his first collection of poems, Becoming, in 2018, and the ten-song album Things to Live For late in 2019.
In addition to being a talented artist, Maloney is a gentle, kind and generous human. Underneath the light drawl of his vocal, there is great wisdom, reflection and soul in his words. These attributes are evident in all his work, whether playfully exploring the joys of life or coming to terms with grief, fear and loss. He also brings much hope to the world through his storytelling in song.
Today, I’m featuring the title track from his album. Another favourite is the solemn, contemplative and masterful “I’m Ready for to Pray,” the character of which is reminiscent of a country-western ballad.
“Things to Live For” is a song of love and hope amid the joys and challenges of life: “I’ve had lovers who held me close / And I’ve had friends die young and haunt me with their ghosts… ” It’s beautiful writing, playing and singing.
At the end of the song, Maloney is joined by other voices who amplify and add their joyous exclamations to his optimistic chorus:
“And it’s all good
It’s all great
It’s strong until it’s gone
Before too late
And I am happy to be around
And when I’m down
I lay my burden like a boulder
On the ground”
(from “Things to Live For,” by Jackson Maloney)
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. And if you like the music, please buy it to support the artist who made it.
Here’s the audio for the song from Jackson Maloney’s Bandcamp album page: