With today’s music industry often inundated with generic pop songs and forgettable melodies, it is always refreshing to stumble upon an artist who not only creates unique and heartfelt music but who also uses their craft as a platform for change. Enter Pam Ross, a singer-songwriter whose latest single, “Falling Off the Merry Go Round,” is a stirring tribute to the victims of school shootings. In this review, we take a deep dive into the single, exploring its themes, production quality, and overall impact. It becomes clear that Ross’ single is not just another song, but a poignant call for change in a world that desperately needs it.

Hailing from Houston, via Pittsburgh originally, but now living in North Carolina, Pam Ross has been a constant presence in the music scene for many years. With her roots in Americana, country-rock, and folk music, Ross has honed a unique sound that effortlessly blends these genres while still maintaining a universally accessible appeal. This distinct sound is evident throughout her discography, brief as it is, with just 6 single releases. While Ross may not be a household name, her passion for music and her dedication to using her talent for a greater purpose is something that should not be overlooked.

“Falling Off the Merry Go Round” is a shining example of Ross’ musical versatility, as well as the depth of her songwriting abilities. The single features a mix of genres, including roots rock, country, blues and folk, as well as a few jazz-influenced moments. This blending of styles results in a dynamic listening experience, with each moment offering something different while still maintaining a cohesive overall sound. Ross’ smooth, emotive vocals are the backbone of the single, drawing listeners in and delivering powerful messages that linger long after the last note has faded.

The production quality on “Falling Off the Merry Go Round” is top-notch, with each instrument and vocal part shining through the mix while never overpowering one another. This balance creates a lush and immersive sonic landscape. Despite the heavy subject matter, the track maintains a polished and professional feel throughout, ensuring that the music remains accessible to a wide audience. The quality of the recording is a testament to Ross’ dedication to her craft and her message.

The musicianship on “Falling Off the Merry Go Round” is nothing short of spectacular. While Ross’ vocals are undoubtedly the centerpiece of the single, the work of the backing band is equally impressive. From the skilled guitar work to the rich and complex keyboards, each element of the music is thoughtfully executed and expertly performed.

The rhythm section serves as the foundation of the music, providing a sturdy backbone that allows the other instruments to shine. With a solid groove and tight, intricate drumming, the rhythm section drives the music forward and keeps the listener engaged throughout.

Falling Off the Merry Go Round” tackles a difficult and painful subject, but it does so with grace, compassion, and sensitivity. By focusing on the human stories behind the headlines, Ross brings attention to the true impact of gun violence on individuals and communities. She reminds us that these tragedies are not just statistics, but real people whose lives have been ripped apart. “Falling Off the Merry Go Round” serves as both a heartbreaking reminder of the need for change and a rallying cry for collective action.

It is through the single’s lyrics that Ross truly shines. This is a masterclass in storytelling, with Ross painting vivid pictures of the emotions, experiences, and heartaches of those affected by gun violence. By giving voice to these stories, Ross humanizes the issue of gun violence and encourages listeners to consider the true cost of these tragedies.
At times, the lyrics can be gut-wrenching. However, Ross also includes moments of hope and healing, emphasizing the importance of love and unity in the face of tragedy. Overall, the lyrics on “Falling Off the Merry Go Round” are powerful, poignant, and incredibly moving. They serve as a testament to Ross’ skill as a songwriter and deliver a message that is both timely and timeless.

In a world that often seems increasingly dark and divided, Pam Ross‘ “Falling Off the Merry Go Round” serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of empathy, understanding, and collective action. With its heartfelt lyrics, expert musicianship, and thought-provoking theme, the single stands as a shining example of music with a purpose – a purpose that is both deeply personal and undeniably universal. While the subject matter may be painful, Ross handles it with grace and compassion, creating a track that is not only musically impressive but also undeniably impactful. “Falling Off the Merry Go Round” is a must-listen for anyone who has been touched by school shootings or who simply wants to experience music that resonates on a deeper level.

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A music industry veteran of over 30 years, Michael Stover is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree specializing in the Music and Video business. Michael has used that education to gain a wealth of experience within the industry: from retail music manager and DJ, to two-time Billboard Magazine Contest winning songwriter, performer and chart-topping producer, and finally, award-winning artist manager, publicist, promoter and label president. In just 10 years, MTS Records has released 40+ Top 40 New Music Weekly country chart singles, including FIFTEEN #1s and 8 Top 85 Music Row chart singles. MTS has also promoted 60+ Top 40 itunes chart singles, including 60+ Top 5s and 40+ #1s, AND a Top 5 Billboard Magazine chart hit! Michael has written columns featured in Hypebot, Music Think Tank, and Fair Play Country Music, among others. Michael is a 2020 Hermes Creative Awards Winner and a 2020 dotComm Awards Winner for marketing and communication. Michael has managed and/or promoted artists and events from the United States, UK, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Australia and Sweden, making MTS a truly international company.