What attracted me to Jordin Spark’s latest single, One Step at a TIme, wasn’t the music, but the words. The encouraging lyrics speak to us who feel that life isn’t progressing fast enough; When we feel as if we are on the brink of a something great or want to skip over the little details of life to get to the big stuff. She reminds one that even the mundane stuffs of life are important and meaningful. There is a “life is a journey not a destination” quality about the song yet she captures the frustration/impatience of these moments so well that she doesn’t teeter over into cheesiness: We live and we learn to take one step at a time, there’s no need to rush, it’s like learning to fly, or falling in love. It’s gonna happen and it’s supposed to happen that we find the reasons why one step at a time.
Not normally a music video lover, I stumbled apon it at the local video rental store where it was on repeat. I was amazed by how heart warming the scenes were, all depicting normal people doing mundane tasks but all on the brink of something great. One set of scenes portrays a mother teaching her young son how to ride a skate board, one of a couple getting ready for the prom, one of a girl packing up to go to college.
Its a good thing that I didn’t know that Jordin Sparks was an American Idol winner when I first heard One Step at a Time. Actually I think the show itself is inspiring, funny, and one of the only clean shows on prime time television. The singers who come out of the show however, have a certain sound about them: highly produced, specifically manufactured for a certain demographic (whatever that particular singer’s is), good vocals but not great pop music. Jordin Sparks caught me without my usual skepticism radar, which is good because I would have missed out on a great song.
You can buy this song on iTunes, or listen to it on her Myspace page.