We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Just like Stacy Charter once said:
Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the mad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants you to be different.
Yes, I admit. The last few weeks (or should I say months) I’ve been listening to Adele’s new album “21” and her slightly older album “19“ obsessively. I’m just in love with her voice - a mix of soul power, tender sweetness and scary emotional transparency. I remember listening for the first time to an Adele song, thinking she was a quite older Afro-American woman. Finding out that the woman who sang Chasing Pavements was the 19-year old, big, pale and beautiful Adele Laurie Blue Adkins from London was a bit of a shocker for me (not that it would matter in anyway). Adele’s voice fits perfectly in the list of singers such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Sade but also Etta James, Billie Holiday, Wanda Jackson, Dinah Washington, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
Adele knows what she’s good at and sticks with it. Pure vocal talent. Adele isn’t the kinda girl that makes the guys in the audience go crazy by jiggling her jelly or comes up to us with a show full of fireworks and costume changes. She just sits on a stool and gives you everything you wanted but you never knew you wanted.
Another thing I totally love about Adele is her bubbly personality and the fact that she doesn’t care about her weight. As she once said: “Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my tits and ass out for no one. I love seeing lady Gaga’s boobs. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.” I once heard a comment that Adele’s voice is just to big to fit in a tiny body, and I think that’s more than a 100% true. In a year of sex bombs and art projects on the pop charts, the biggest surprise hit of 2011 is a breakup LP that is the work of this earthy, full-figured 23-year old whose go-to outfits are billowy turtleneck sweaters.
As you can read, I completely adore the woman with the biggest voice of 2011 that runs on cigarettes, red wine and high-octane heartbreak. But how can you just not love Adele?