I discovered Adele in 2008 working as a nurse with the homeless community in Philadelphia, PA. My car radio was a steady companion. It didn't take long to get hooked on the soulful and sultry sound of Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
When driving, I can get lost inside my head thinking about what my day may bring. The homeless men and women I worked with truly touched my soul. I am reminded that some of life's greatest challenges for me are truly minor in the grander scheme of things.
One of Adele's songs will always remind me of these remarkable clients who taught me so much about survival, determination and grace. While some days I may have felt like I walked for miles, 'I' was always blessed enough to go home at the end of the day.
“Should I just keep chasing pavements, even if it leads nowhere...?”
Adele had a rocky childhood being raised by a single Mother. Yet, her passion for music was evident from early on at the age of three.
It seems Adele's romances, have been generally ill - fated. In fact, her first two block – buster albums were on the heels of these break – ups. She cleverly titles her CDs for the age she was at the time of production, '19' (in 2008) and '21' (in 2011) and soon to be releasd '25'(November, 2015).
Adele credits the late Amy Winehouse as being one of her biggest inspirations. In listening to both women, I am struck by such staggering talent. What a gift!
For me, both women have displayed public humanity and vulnerability. Sadly, Amy's demons took her life way too soon, as did Janis Joplinand other greats before her.
One thing about Adele is that she has quite a 'potty mouth'! I will give you one of her classier responses to British Vogue: “I've seen some people where vanity rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears down on them. And I don't want that in my life. I have insecurities of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” To me, this sounds healthy and balanced.
When listening to Adele's rendition of Bonnie Raitt's song, a clear message of her empowerment and inner strength shines: “I can't make you love me.“
Adele - I Can't Make You Love Me
Adele's vocal cords are her Achille's heel. During production of the song, Don't You Remember (21), she experienced severe laryngitis. She had roughly five months of canceled concerts due to ongoing throat problems, vocal cord surgery and resultant recuperation.
I think about my favorite CDs that start skipping from being overplayed. They may get scratched. It's ultimately my choice whether to 'go easy' on that poor CD or one day it will need to be replaced. In the end, everything and everyone needs a break.
In my Holistic class, I teach nurses the importance of self – care. We all must take time to meet our physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. To me, Adele was like the nurse who works too many double shifts to please everyone but herself. And it would be a tragedy to replace the voice of Adele!
To that end, after the 2012 Grammy Awards, better known as “The Adele Show“, she announced: “I am f___g off for four or five years. If I am constantly working my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy.”
Adele's version of The Cure's 'Lovesong' gives me smiles from the inside out... She is able to sing both sides of the spectrum with heart and passion.
Check this out - brand new from Adele!
I squealed when my radio station featured Adele's latest single last week. Take a listen if you've been under a rock and haven't heard yet... ☺
I'm not the only one who has missed Adele. This comeback hit is the UK's fastest selling single of 2015~ with this first week selling 333,000, downloading 259,000 and streaming 7.32 million copies.
I'll be front and center for my copy of her album, '25' ~ on the market this November 20th.
And thanks to my friend, Sannel Larson, who got me giggling at Ellen's hysterical 'memories' of this song's inception...
Ellen Inspired Adele's New Song
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