Why Josh Dorr’s “Ready or Not” is One of the Best Songs of the Year

This year has seen some pretty amazing songs be released, some by major artists we know well and love and others by lesser known, up and coming artists who haven’t quite yet received the attention they deserve. One of those songs is “Ready or Not” by Josh Dorr, from his latest EP entitled Sundancer.

Dorr does an excellent job of perfectly describing what unconditional love looks like, no matter what obstacles need to be overcome. As the lyrics go, “Well baby I ain’t going nowhere, I’m still here/Hell yeah I’m scared, but you’re all that I’ve got/And we’ll get through it all, ready or not.”

“Ready or Not” tells the story of young love that ends up facing the challenge many couples fear, which is becoming parents before they’re ready. The story continues, describing the trials and tribulations that life often throws at us, and the feeling that we’re disappointing our partner and bringing them down with us. The song takes a heartbreaking turn as one has to watch painfully while the other slips away, leaving them alone and without their other half. Throughout the entire song, the theme of unconditional love is constantly present. The message is clear – ready or not, no matter what life throws at you, you’ll get through all of the obstacles and curve balls so long as you stay together.

Dorr could’ve have painted a better picture of what undying love is supposed to look like, and what it means to stand by your loved one through every single one of life’s tests. Good and bad days, in sickness and in health, true love always finds a way. “Ready or Not” will pull at your heartstrings and remind you what love is really meant to look like. “Ready or Not” is one of the best songs of the year and so important. I recommend everyone go download it.


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"MADD" Manda Walsh
Chicago native and Saint Xavier University alum (class of 2007), Amanda Walsh is an aspiring journalist with a strong passion for music and longtime love of writing. While in college, she spent her time volunteering as a radio DJ, working as the station’s Music Director, and serving as a regular contributing writer for the campus newspaper where she combined her love for music and writing. Between attending multiple concerts a month all over the city, interviewing various bands both in and out of the studio, and introducing her friends and show listeners to new artists (both local and national acts), it was during this time that Amanda really discovered her niche. Whether listening alone with her headphones or experiencing it live in person, music has always been Amanda’s safe haven and more like a religion, with concerts feeling more like going to church. Today the number of artist interviews under her belt continues to grow, as she strives to break new and up and coming artists before other outlets. She also continues to attend as many concerts as her bank account will allow. Her musical tastes range from “OMG you have to hear this” to “please don’t judge me,” and she is the person you want on your team in music trivia. She is also an avid enthusiast of the paranormal and anything in the realm of horror or the creepy and unnerving. With that said, she loves Halloween more than a normal person probably should and has a fascination with cemeteries. Aside from music and concerts, Amanda also enjoys reading, shopping and epic adventures. She's a sucker for a good mystery and anything acoustic. When she was a kid she wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. At the end of the day, if she had to describe herself with a song lyric it would be this – “I’m somewhere in between what is real and just a dream.”
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