John Shaughnessy has had a lifelong fascination with the catchy tune. This proclivity for pop provides the source of an inspired musical passion. Shaughnessy's 2009 release, 'Re-occurring Dream,' represents the realization of his 'melting pot' artistic vision. Growing up around Philadelphia, John developed his style organically by soaking up all the local sounds, creating something unique while drawing liberally from his influences. A self-described "avid listener", it's that penchant for listening that shapes what he creates. The resulting product is rhythmic and melodic, influenced by classics like the Beatles, as well as today's singer-songwriters. This broad-ranging CD is multi-faceted, at times riveting, and in the next breath, "just plain fun." But whether singing a heartfelt ballad or a silly pop song, John's warm, engaging style connects with an audience. Shaughnessy's themes and moods range from cynical to inspirational, from deep and spiritual to obliviously unaffected, from expressions of desire and yearning to simple celebrations of the mundane and the humorous sides of life. But while eclectic, it's all very "accessible", with it's strong foothold in pop tradition, and John's pleasant, emotive vocals at the forefront. The albums tracks are masterfully produced by top tunesmiths, including Smash Palace's Stephen Butler and Brett Talley of Ike, both mainstays on the local Philadelphia scene. And as for the CD, 'Re-occurring Dream' is most definitely aptly named. It's a tour-de-force of pop music gems that will stay with you, and play on over and over in your head. Enjoy.