Cost of Living-Ronnie Dunn (Arista)

An understated masterpiece. For anyone who didn’t get my email earlier this week recommending immediate add, here’s what I said: “The lyric is delivered via a job interview. He’s answering the questions. In so doing, he is telling the story of the American worker, a guy who’s done everything right his whole life and now finds himself on the ropes, desperate to clothe and feed his children.” Close to 25% of our population are now living in situations just like this; a truly astounding number here in the richest nation the world has ever known. The song is probably too sad to reach the Number 1 position, but I hope it does. It is a work of art and a truly important record to share with our listeners.