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Justine Lynn – “I’ll Leave The Porch Light On”

Yes, there’s a truck — and tumbleweeds — as the Vancouver-based country singer brings Dolly, Tenille, and Shania energy.

On the single “I’ll Leave The Porch Light On” by Vancouver-based country singer Justine Lynn, yes, there’s a truck. And there are tumbleweeds. A “tumbleweed heart”, in fact. And it’s not “ready to roll away”.

Lynn has a co-sign from Kyla Rawlyns of local country trio The Heels on her website prominently, and she’s bringing Dolly Parton power-ballad energy today. But also Tenille or Shania power.

All that said, there’s one more thing that bugs me just a bit about the song. But then, it’s personal anecdote time:

Listen to Justine Lynn

The bass drum is so intense.

It sounds like it could have come from a metal album, or at least something harder than Nickelback.

Lynn’s previous single “Bad” breaks from a kind of 90s Backstreet Boys beat into upbeat country-pop. So, that doesn’t tell us why this bass drum is as massive as it gets on this song.

I digress.

I get what this song is about, but I’m not veteran enough to fully relate. My own anecdote for leaving the porch light on, is simply this:

I lived with my mother in Vancouver for my formative career years. Newly nineteen, I’d be out late all the time.

Last weekend I had to attend a gig, stay late, and come home — and I used to do that all the time. Back then, the porch light was always on. Thanks, mum! And it wasn’t even in a persevering way, looking to patch things up with a rebel child. It was help.

Now the experience of running around town gigging knocks me out a bit. Sometimes I must remember to leave the light on for ourselves, and I usually don’t.

Ain’t that the truth!

Justine Lynn, you can have your ballad and rock away into the night. Hope all’s well.

By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.