Erwin Lazaro Angels Among Us John Legend - All of Me (T. Gad, J. Stephens) ~ Erwin Lazaro 167
I have always posted music celebrating Easter, but this year my wife had a specific request for me. I can’t deny the woman of my dreams and the beautiful ballad she chose happens to be my favorite contemporary ballad. It’s the melody, the piano, and the fact that John Legend dedicated “All of Me” to his own wife expressing his devotion that makes this ballad so enchanting. I will be the first to point out that the details of the personality traits that John Legend uses to characterize his wife are far from accurate when describing the woman that is my wife, but the devotional message that the music delivers reaches deep into the hearts and souls of the people who would appreciate this song that is destined to be a classic, enjoyed for many years to come.
That devotional message ties in nicely with the intentions for the Celebration of Easter. Of course, the correlation between the song and Easter is far from literal. God is Perfection, before all. One’s love for another is a journey. And, John Legend’s devotion to his wife is admirable. That is my interpretative appreciation for the ballad.
As the most significant liturgical celebration of the religious calendar year for Christians, Easter serves as a renewal of Faith for the prayerful. Easter is the hope of the future for those who seek its promised salvation. The gates were opened for the imperfections of the human soul. If passage was granted for perfection, no human would enter Heaven. Instead, love and mercy is the hope for the imperfection of mankind.
I live and hope by Faith. I have Faith in the imperfections that make me weak. That awareness inspires me to strive. It is the devotion of Faith in love that gives this music even higher meaning for me, especially during this time of year. Even though I am constantly professing my love for my wife, I will always find as many ways as I can to express my devotion to her, in the same manner I do to express my devotion to my Faith in the promise that Easter inspires.
Happy Easter, My Love. Happy Easter to all who celebrate the most joyous of religious occasions.
"All of Me" is a song by American contemporary R&B recording artist, John Legend, from his fourth studio album, Love in the Future (2013). The song was produced by Dave Tozer and John Legend and written by Toby Gad and John Legend. The song is a dedication to Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen. "All of Me" impacted American mainstream urban radio as the album's third single on August 12, 2013. It has peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also peaked at number two in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. It topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands.