MUSIC MONDAY: When We Were Young by Adele

And so I’m back.  It’s been a while.  A really long while.

I’m pretty sure I am not the only one that thought of the brilliance of Adele’s new album.  I must have read her iD interview a thousand times, and I still can’t get over how optimistic 25 sounds like.  I’m so elated that we have new music to enjoy.

I was lucky enough to be online in YouTube when they released the live recording of When We Were Young.  At that very moment, I was in the middle of planning one of my life’s biggest events and the lyrics just rang true to me.  Everything from that point forward was a change and there was no stopping it.

From time to time, I am still overwhelmed.  I had no idea how big of a shift this would be until I was already in it.  A part of me feels like I’ve overestimated my confidence in surviving this change, but another part feels that this change is the most natural of all.

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It took me a while to write again because I had to yet again find my balance, and I’m glad to report that I am somewhat near it.  I’m not as stable as I had hoped to be, but I am absolutely overjoyed that I am not alone in this journey.  And because I am rhyming again.  Hah.

I heard this song while I was in the shower the other day, and took it as a sign.  It just might be time to start writing again.


MUSIC MONDAY: Hello by Adele

By the time you guys get to read this, I’m pretty sure Adele would have smashed the record for most number of views in 24 hours because this new single is not only most awaited, it is also as raw as she is.


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When she first started singing, I was just transported to when I first heard her, singing Bonnie Rait’s I Can’t Make You Love Me.

And Chasing Pavements.

And Someone Like You at the Brit Awards.

It’s just like what James Corden said:  “If you ever had your heart broken, you’re about to remember it now.”

While I love heartbroken Adele, I am even more excited with mature Adele.  And all the rest of the songs that lead up to this line:

At least I can say that I tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter
It clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

25 looks really good.  I can’t wait.

Day 16: Cry

Day 16 is a song that has made me cry.

I know this will seem like a cliche now, but if I happen to post this say, a couple of years ago, I would’ve appeared unique.  I have loved Adele since Hometown Glory and Chasing Pavements.  Sometimes, I find her fame annoying.  All of a sudden, everyone is coming up with a cover of an Adele song and everyone keeps listening to it and the jeepneys kept playing her song, and videoke bars keep having bad singers give their own rendition… I miss loving and adoring and admiring Adele like a guarded secret.

But brilliance and sheer talent cannot be contained.  I just have to live with it.  When she first released 21, I didn’t immediately gravitate towards Rolling in the Deep.  It was her Brit Awards performance that just brought me to tears.  I know I posted this before but what the heck?  Let’s post it again.

I would like to still believe that this is our generation’s I Will Always Love You.

Adele for Vogue

I want to evolve as an artist. There’s so much music I don’t know about yet. I want to go on the road with my friends who are artists. I want to go and see things as a fan again. I am a fan, but I can’t remember what it feels like to be a fan anymore. Because I’ve become an artist. I’ve become the artist.

Five questions

So I am still not over with Adele.  For people who constantly listen to her music (ehem), it is easy to assume that she has a somewhat serious attitude.  Somber even.  But really, her songs are usually of heartbreak and relationships, so it’s normal to think that Adele is a serious interview.

USA Today asked her five questions in this interview and I just doubled with laughter each time I hear her laugh.  She’s so down to earth, cooky and absolutely goofy.  And I believe I love her more because she’s like a sailor — curses like crazy!

(If I had an accent like this, I WOULD NEVER SHUT UP.)