Jon McLaughlin — “We All Need Saving” (from OK Now) — We All Need Saving - OK Now (Bonus Track Version)

As a daily viewer of more than one ABC soap opera, I have been subjected of late to a continual barrage of commercials advertising the network’s upcoming prime time series Off the Map, which premieres Wednesday, January 12, and whose typically telegenic cast features one Zach Gilford, late of Friday Night Lights, NBC’s extraordinary epic about small-town ordinariness. A fair amount of said commercials feature this stunning scorcher — the triumphant closing track from McLaughlin’s strong second album — reminding me anew of the graceful, exquisite yearning that lay beneath McLaughlin’s uniquely tender tenor. (If Wikipedia is to be believed, this tune also popped up in ads for NBC’s The Event earlier this fall.) Apropos of the man and the song: utterly gorgeous.

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