If you're looking for a musical pick-me-up, John Hickman may be able to help. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Hickman has been making serious moves in the independent music industry during the last few years.

His recently released track "Hello Hello" embodies the sounds of classic and soft rock from the 1960s and 1970s - think back to the Beatles and Elton John. The song takes listeners on a somewhat romantic, light-hearted journey. It's refreshing and melodic, with Hickman behind most of its musicality. I'll cover more of this later.

And this song is part of his debut album titled Remnants, featuring 12 entertaining tracks.

The album was released on September 16, 2016, while the single was released on February 21.

Interestingly, he's not sure exactly how his love for making music got started. But he believes it all may have begun after being gifted a guitar one Christmas in the early 2000s. Over the years of making music, Hickman has grown appreciation and enthusiasm for the craft.

In his eyes, making great music that moves people has no age requirement. One just needs the right inspiration and skill set to successfully pursue musical dreams. As a retired aerospace engineer embracing his artistic side, he can say with confidence that the sky is the limit.

Music Video for Hello Hello

His optimistic single "Hello Hello" has a music video, and it's just as refreshing as the song itself.

At the core of the video is curiosity, adventure, friendship, and maybe some romance. It takes the viewer on a journey through the city as a man and woman explore the beauty it offers but separately.

In the process, the curiosity and adventure they enjoy bring them together in the end. It left me thinking they would embark on another adventure as a couple, or at least as good friends.

Hickman did a nice job of blending together real-world and animated visuals, giving the video a playful look. It adds a sense of child-like imagination to the music video, which makes it fun to watch.

Behind the Scenes

Besides the video itself, Hickman put a lot of effort into making the song. He sings lead and background vocals, in addition to playing the keyboard.

And it was produced by London Bridge Studio in Seattle, WA - worked with big acts such as Macklemore/Ryan Lewis.

As a singer, Hickman has a bright and clear voice that radiates optimism. The song's instrumentals are vibrant and harmonious, with a mixture of piano, guitar, cello, and drums. The lyrics are lovestruck and hopeful.

Overall, I give this song and music video a 9 out of 10 rating. It would have been nice to see more play out between the man and woman. I'm curious to know how their connection would unfold if the story continued. What are your thoughts on Hickman's work?