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I Got Soul – Nico Satryan by ajallen92

Over the past few years, the artist John Legend has crashed into my musical vision.  I discovered this artist on the soundtrack of the Will Smith movie Hitch, the track a soulful take on the Stevie Wonder classic, “Don’t You Worry Bout’ A Thing.”  Legend has a soulful voice, and an amazing mastery of the piano.  In many ways, you could say that he is much like Stevie Wonder. In fact, the two have played together on a few occasions, usually performing Wonder’s standard, “Higher Ground”.  Legend is great artist, and I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so because the guy has six Grammys under his belt.

Legend’s most popular song right now on iTunes™ is “Green Light” with Andre 3000, and although the track shows significant musical talent, it is not completely representative of his ability.  Many of Legend’s songs have uplifting lyrics, though some rely more heavily on melody than poeticism.  Regardless, you will be hard pressed to find a meaningless Legend lyric, whether they are about love, peace, or just dreams.

Legend’s first album, Get Lifted, was a great start to his musical career.  Before this album however, he did participate in a few collaborations with other notable artists such as Kanye West, but still put off recording any of his original creations until this album.  Personally, I think the best songs on the album are “Ordinary People”, and the title track, “Let’s Get Lifted”.  Some say that “Let’s Get Lifted” is about an experience he had while high (on drugs), while others suggest that it just discusses a feeling of happiness and love.  This second theory is backed by the fact that the song is a duet with a notable female singer.

Ordinary People” has a truly awesome meaning behind it, and it’s put into beautiful words.  (I suggest that you listen to the lyrics when you listen to any song instead of listening to just the music or the beat)  Before the first chorus of the song, Legend sings, “I know I’ve misbehaved,/ and you’ve made your mistakes,/ and we both still got room left to grow./ And though love sometimes hurts,/ I still put you first,/ and we’ll make this thing work,/ but I think we should take it slow/ We’re just ordinary people…”  Legend is stressing his thoughts on the necessity of taking things slow in love, and not rushing into things.  Legend goes on to describe how deep love can run, and how fragile love is.  On top of all this, it’s a beautiful song, especially when the 20 seat orchestra chimes in to his explosive last chorus.

These songs make Legend’s first album a hit, earning it multi-platinum status.

His second album, Once Again was another great album to follow up his debut album just two short years after.  The first single from this album was a song called “Save Room“, which had a very nice feel to it.  This song discusses the complexities of life, and how easy it is to get caught up and miss things along the way.  Legend tells us to “chill” and “save room”.  Legend sings, “Say that you’ll stay a little,/ don’t say bye bye tonight./  Say you’ll be mine, just a little bit of love is worth a moment of your time./…Save room for my love./  Save room for a moment to be with me.”

Another great track on the Once Again is a song called “Heaven” which again talks about another love related topic.  Other great songs on this album include “Show Me”, “King and Queen”, and (my personal favorite from this album) a song called “Each Day Gets Better.”

Legend’s most recent album, Evolver, has some really meaningful songs.  A song called “Everybody Knows” is about how truly clueless we really are on some things.  In “Everybody Knows“, Legend sings, “Everybody knows that,/ nobody really knows,/ how to make it work,/ or how to ease the hurt./ We’ve heard it all before, and/ everybody knows,/ just how to make it right./  I wish we gave it one more try.”  This song is about the word “if”.  We all use this word.  We all wish we could do some things differently now that we know something that could have helped back then.  This album also features a really cool remix of “Green Light”, that has a more reggae feel to it.

Check John Legend out on iTunes, or just youtube him.

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