One of my favorite, talented, music artists is John Legend. In my opinion, John Legend is a modern day musical genius. Legend does more than write songs. He writes, and sings songs with purpose. His lyrics possess meaning. Legend has the ability to capture the attention of lovers or teach historical truths to generations.
Recently, he and the artist/actor Common collaborated on “Glory.” Glory is one of the songs used in the soundtrack of the Civil Rights movie “Selma.” Currently, Legend serves as one of the executive producers and is responsible for the music on the new series “Underground.” Underground is the backdrop to a sequel about slaves on the run.
The opportunity to express versatility in different medians is one of the reasons I admire John Legend or any artist, writer, or musician who dare to explore creativity in the use of their talent.
Legend projects agility in his work and a sense he understands music speaks. While others may feel the need to have their work fit into a certain genre or classification, the works of Legend is demonstrative of his appreciation for diversity.
Legend owns his difference in style and conveys it with confidence. Therefore, his music easily compliments different genres. Clearly, Legend knows who he is- and he has a clear vision for the path of his craft. It is a path that is blazing trails and tearing down entertainment barriers.
By nature, Legend is a musician who skillfully crafts his songs. Possessing the mastery of sculpturing and tailoring his words suitable for any audience, his music transcends cultures and generations. The reason may be partly because he is an English major with a concentration in African-American literature. In other words, he is making use of his knowledge, and it shows in his music.
Among his growing plethora of songs, one of his songs, “All of Me” is contemporary but speaks to any generation. This song beautifully conveys and depicts the genuine love between him and his wife Chrissy. The lyrics to “All of Me” are pure and realistic. So much so, others have made this song and other Legend songs their anthem.
If you’re an artist, whether you’re a writer, musician, or skilled artist, do it with purpose. Use your talents even if the purpose is with only you in mind. More than likely you’ll obtain fulfillment. But, if you are an artist who understands the benefits of serving not only yourself but others, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment in knowing your contribution will make a difference to transcend beyond generations and cross cultural boundaries.
` Yvonne L