The Adele 21 CD has pretty much been on repeat in my car and on my computer since last spring when I bought it. As a result, my kids know every word, just like I do. The other day, as Rolling in the Deep was cranking in the car, I turned around to catch them singing at the top of their lungs, and with feeling. It reminded me of the post I wrote last week about singing Janis Joplin with my college girlfriends.
As I looked back at my kids singing, I got a vision of them off at college someday, listening to “old-school artists” that their mom used to love. I could picture them, in 12-15 years from now, in a messy dorm room somewhere, hanging out with their friends, blasting Adele’s 21, remembering the lyrics from way back in the day, with accompanying fond memories of their childhood.
They will also have this YouTube video, taken last summer, to remind them.
That vision was comforting to me, just like the melody of an old, favorite song. Adele’s voice comforts me and it moves me in ways that I cannot explain, though I tried here in my review of 21.
I feel a similar sort of electric current pulse through me with Adele, as when I hear Janis. Both women have such a soulful way of making me feel passionately about life with their words, their voices and their melodies. And then there’s P!nk. Oh good lord, I love that woman. She’s another one who gets me goin’. The music of all three women have a way of making me want to either go on a long run or belly up to a bar with a bottle and a pack.
What artists get you goin’?