No time for a proper post, but I am thinking of you.
Just stopping in at the end of an Xmasy weekend to post the new Adele video. You'll be hearing this song on your radios long about February and you'll be able to sing along already since you HEARD IT HERE FIRST. Oh, I just checked and actually this is not the (rather overblown and overproduced) video that they notified me about three days ago - I guess they're still sitting on that - but the song is right so give a listen). If you want to see the real thing,here's a link. But really, who cares what the video looks like?
I realize it may be wearying to a couple stoppers-in who don't share my enthusiam for Adele for me to keep blatting on about her. So, here's my little apologia.
***Caution*** Elevated Pretentiousness Levels Detected... (But If that last word didn't stop you it is probably safe to proceed).
First, Adele's songs and her voice a product of a genuine human being (as opposed to synthesizers, computers and a gang of producers). I have a 12-year-old daughter who keeps me right up to speed with the iTunes top 10 - e.g., David Guetta ("tryin to find a way to describe this girl without bein' disprectful. Damn girl, you's a sexy chick." (David, it's poetry but I am not sure you achieved your goal); Far East Movement,("Feelin' so fly like Cheese Stick," I mean "G 6"). So, I listen to lots of what is new and like some of it, dislike lots of it, and love almost none of it. Adele sings for some of the same audience but without a hint of the flash that is the first requirement and last refuge of so many of the modestly talented.
More important for me personally, is that at this stage in her career she sings from a spot right in the beating heart of that country I (and a lot of us) used to occupy. You know, that country that's not for Old Men? (or middle-aged women).
I don't want to go back to being 19 or 21, but once in awhile it's nice to revisit the young, in one another's arms, birds in the trees - Those dying generations - at their song and be pierced by it all - at least for the length of a song (or maybe an album). Of course I have "21" on preorder and I'll tell you what I think of it all once I get it. (Promise, until then I'll shut up).
Meanwhile, the first song is a winner - although the Understudy just informed me she doesn't like it - except for the beat.