When music speaks to you

In this day and age when a large part of music popularity rides on the ability of the singer to strip, bump, grind and generally make fools of themselves, it’s refreshing to find an artist who actually speaks to people through their music, not their antics.

This young woman, Adele, is an English singer/songwriter and has released her second album. She’s 22, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her–she’s definitely one of those people you’d associate with the term “an old soul”. If you’ve experienced love and loss, heartbreak or abuse, certain songs of hers will definitely speak to you.

The first one I heard was “Rolling In The Deep”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw Cool video, too. (It doesn’t start playing automatically–click the play button). In an interview about that song, she said:

[The song is] my reaction to being told my life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish and that I was a weak person if I didn’t stay in the relationship,” said Adele. “So I was very insulted, and this was my way of saying ‘F* you.‘”

If you’ve ever been in a relationship (married or not) where you thought it was a good thing but it slowly morphed into something horribly wrong–where you were belittled, told you were nothing, worthless, no one would ever want you, you would fail without that person, you’re boring, ugly, stupid…or any other negative adjective you can insert in there, and there came that moment when something inside you flared up…in that moment enough was enough…this song will speak to you. For some that moment comes sooner, for others it comes later, but when that crystal clarity hits, that spark flares up in the darkness, you never forget it. “Rolling In The Deep” illustrates that perfectly.

On the other end of the spectrum is her song “Someone Like You”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAc83CF8Ejk In this particular youtube clip she’s being interviewed in her home, and she performs the song starting about a minute into the clip. If you’ve ever loved someone deeply and lost that love, it just didn’t work out for whatever reason, but you still wish them all the good things in life, this song will stir familiar emotions.

Very rarely do I feel moved enough by new artists to want to buy their CD (okay, I almost typed album, so you have an idea what generation I’m from, lol!), but this young woman definitely has ‘it’–a passion that’s in her music, not in the fluff most singers use to push their latest release. This is one CD I will be buying.

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