This week’s song is a unique choice in that it’s not rock, punk, alternative rock, power pop, or something else with two guitars, a bass, and drums. It’s a little-known selection by my favorite hip hop/R&B artist……John Legend. This song features just Legend’s voice and piano. It starts out expectedly slow, but eventually becomes surprisingly powerful, especially given the lack of drums or other instruments. It tells the story of two ordinary people trying to make a relationship work.I especially like the lyrics of the song: they paint love not as a fairy tale but as something real and familiar. This song is a perfect example of why I like John Legend: he doesn’t use the typical set of hip-hop lyrics, he makes something deep. Not everyone will like his style, but I think everyone should give it a shot.
In case you didn’t catch the song’s title earlier in the article, this week’s song is
John Legend’s Ordinary People is available on his 2004 album Get Lifted, available on Sony.