Rob Alexander’s “Long Road Coming Home”
We’re drifting down the highway of life. Hundreds of joyous moments – a thousand mistakes right there beside them. The persuasion of the exit that leads us to home is all too powerful for us to resist. Will the answers be there? Will we find the missing piece of ourselves that has been missing this entire time? The love, the hate, the passion and the yearning that has fueled our voyage to this moment; it all comes down to choosing whether or not we’re ready to go home again. These are just a few of the meaningful questions provoked in my initial observation of Rob Alexander’s “Long Road Coming Home,” the fourth single from his new album of the same title. Rob guides us along a cerebral melodic trip that sees us venturing into the depths of his disposition in ways most artists would shy away from, and the message of the song burns true on many levels. When he’s not practicing anesthesiology, he’s in the studio refining his aesthetic and shaping the parameters of his own creativity, and the fruits of his labor are on full display in this stunning slice of easy listening pop/rock.
Rob Alexander doesn’t employ lyrics alone to forge the emotional landscape of his songs. The music presented to us in “Long Road Coming Home” is just as intricately complex in its structure as the words are, if not more so. Pop music that relies on lyrical content alone to translate the feelings of an artist isn’t as captivating nor as memorable as this type of track is, and that could be why it sparkles as much as it does when juxtaposed with the recent works of his peers. Instead of overwhelming us with a lot of useless metaphors or tired platitudes, he’s speaking to us on a level close to stream of consciousness and allowing the music to add a texture to the words that makes the song feel complete. It’s often said that it’s easier to make adult contemporary-themed singles than it is in any other style of music, but I would beg to differ. Rob’s play in this song brings out many of the splendidly minute details in the genre that aren’t typically magnified by its more successful mainstream artists.
A reflective, bittersweet power ballad with a narrative that is almost universally applicable, “Long Road Coming Home” is as much about Rob Alexander’s experiences as it is many of our own, and though it’s only his fourth single to date it demonstrates the tremendous amount of potential that he has as an up and coming singer/songwriter. His primary line of work may be in anesthesiology, but he’s making a nice enough impact in the pop underground that it might someday convince him to focus on this part of his life full-time. It’s very early in his career still, but with modern music diversifying as much as it is right now, I think that there’s more than enough room for his style of adult contemporary – which is as tangibly connective as it is wondrously melodic.