There’s no denying that I’m a big Adele fan.  Her voice, tone, delivery is jut spot-on and strong. I really love her to the bones.  If she’ll come here in Manila I wouldn’t be thinking twice to buy a ticket to her concert.  It’s a no-brainer.  She could actually be my one and only. (Just kidding Kelly Clarkson, you’d always be my first love)

Speaking of “One and Only” this is what my post is about.  This is another Adele song that I love.  The song is a simple love song but the voice is coming from someone who has been let down too many times before.  It’s a re-telling of someone who is starting to fall in love with someone.  She knows this even before but refuses to accept that fact because of too much fear from past relationships.  She’s trying to resist the feeling just to protect her from potentially getting hurt again.  But as the days go by she grows fonder and realizes that maybe the other person feels the same way about her.  Finally she gives in and she tries to convince him to take a chance on love.   She knows that it’s not easy to give his heart but their love for each other will make it worthwhile.  She assures him that she’s one who can walk the mile until the end starts.

It’s a song which I can totally relate with looking back at the past year.  This was actually what I was thinking.  I was too afraid to take the risk then when I started to tell him that I’m ready everything changed.  This song made me realize that.  But that’s a closed story now.  I have nothing to elaborate. Ha-ha! 

My only concern with this song is I think the second part is more appropriate to be sung by a guy.  It can actually pass as a duet. The girl who is hesitant and the guy will tell her that it’ll be all worth it.  I hope Adele gets to read this and consider it.  I just hope she won’t say, “Oh crap you didn’t understand what I was trying to point out!”

I’m ending this post by sharing the link of the song.  Adele sounds better live luckily this song has no video yet and I’ve found a good live version. Enjoy! 

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I love running not only because it makes me fit and healthy but it’s a perfect time for me to listen to songs and internalize it.

Earlier, I’ve run my first 5k.  As always I’ve run with a companion and it’s my iPod.  I’ve put it on shuffle so I wouldn’t overplay songs that I already like but I still ended up doing so.

So what song was the culprit today? It is Adele’s “Turning Tables”.  Based on the register I have played the song 9 times and practically almost half of the time I ran.  It isn’t your usual upbeat running song but I liked it because it was a tough-bitter song with angst.  I’m actually surprised to find out that the song was co-written by Ryan Tedder and he actually did the piano of the song.  I just really love these lines from the song and I quote,

“Next time I’ll be braver,
I’ll be my own savior,
When the thunder calls for me,
Next time I’ll be braver,
I’ll be my own savior,
Standing on my own two feet,

I won’t let you close enough to hurt me,
No, I won’t ask you, you to just desert me,
I can’t give you what you think you gave me,
It’s time to say goodbye to turning tables”

The song echoes the story of someone with a broken relationship, who’s unhappy with how his partner treated her.  Turning tables means manipulation and she’s saying good bye to this.  She has finally found her strength to be braver and to stand in her own two feet and rely on herself.  She’s keeping the distance from him so she could protect herself from more harm.  She just wants him to leave since she has nothing to give him anymore.

Earlier this year, I was forced to do what the character in the song had to do.  I had stood up on my own and started protecting myself from harm, from feeling more pain and anger.  I just had to end something that I thought I couldn’t live without which actually is just another case of being stubborn.  Sometimes, I tend to hold on to loving someone even if that someone doesn’t even care and know what my actual worth is.  But, it is just a phase I guess where everyone conveniently gets stuck with his own permission.  And like anyone who just came from a fall, I had risen above, stood up and shook every pain, anger, love and whatever’s left of it and started walking away.

I don’t want to sound bitter but I guess when you get hurt in the process the only way to go is to be numb.  I honestly couldn’t believe myself that I would be this strong and be cold hearted but I had to do what I had to do.  I just don’t want to be hurt anymore and I strongly believe that I’m my only savior and protector.  It’s hard to leave someone you’ve learned to love with all your heart but sometimes when the pieces don’t fit anymore it is pointless to be in that relationship.  It’s hard when you think about it but it’s the right thing to do, it’s the only way to do it.  Sorry but I had to say goodbye to turning tables, too.

 

 

I’ve been listening to Adele’s 21 for almost three weeks and I can still get enough of it.  One of the reasons is I can totally relate to her songs.  I can feel her bitterness.  It’s like she have written her songs because she knows me.  That’s how great of a writer she is.  You would and could relate to her songs’ sentiments.  Another reason is her voice is haunting in a good way.  Once you’ve listened to her you can sense her loneliness and emotion.  It’s like she’s voicing out the things you’d like to shout out to the world but can’t do so.

And one good example of this is her song “Don’t you remember”.  I further quote her lyrics below.

I gave you the space so you could breathe,
I kept my distance so you would be free,
In hope that you’d find the missing piece,
To bring you back to me.

These lines are truly touching.  The song is telling a story of how one’s ready to admit her mistakes, shortcomings and faults.  You know that she still loves him and she would like him to come back though she has no idea if he’s still willing to do that.  That’s why she wants him to remember the reason why he loved her.  She’s hoping that he hasn’t erased her from his memories.

You can hear her pain, her desperation, her want to win him back.

That’s how great as an artist Adele is and I love her so much.  I’m posting her live performance of this and you’d definitely love it.  I’m betting you a dollar.   Enjoy!

 

 

After 2 years of waiting finally Adele released a new single last year entitled Rolling in the Deep.  I didn’t like the song immediately but later on it grew on me.  The song’s tune is catchy and of course, her voice is just fantastic.  Currently, she’s my 3rd most favorite artist following Kelly Clarkson and Bethany Joy Galeotti.


I know that her sophomore album like her debut album 19 is something to look forward to.  True enough I wasn’t disappointed with her album entitled 21.  After Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted this is the only album that I had loved the 1st 5 tracks.  Rumour Has It, the second track is jazzy and tends to stay in my ears after minutes of listening to it.

Next song is Don’t You Remember, I can totally relate to its message because I was a victim of the same sentiment.  Here’s a link of the song so you’d appreciate.


One of the reasons why I love Adele is she performs very well live.  She sounds almost the same with her record and only few artists are like that.  As a proof here’s another link of her performance at the Brit Awards and I think this would be here next single, Someone Like You.


And here’s my most favorite song in the album and I think is her best so far, Set Fire to the Rain.  Actually there’s something in her voice that makes me feel her sentiments with this song and Don’t You Remember.  I’ll write more about these two songs in the next few days.  I’m just sharing these songs so you’d get an idea how great of an artist Adele is.

I just hope that she visits the Philippines soon.  And if this happens, I’ll be one the first few to buy her concert ticket.