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.
My newfound obsession with Adele, the goddess of bittersweet soul
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?
30-Day Song Challenge – Day 30: My Favourite Song At This Time Last Year
Stromae’s “Alors On Danse”.
This euro disco song was one of the biggest hits of 2010 in Europe, topping Billboard’s pan-European Hot 100 Singles chart for 10 weeks. The song reachted #1 in 11 individual European countries, including Belgium, France and The Netherlands.
Weird, I really didn’t think this song is already over a year old! In my mind it has been only a couple of months.
30-Day Song Challenge – Day 29: A Song From My Childhood
When I was younger, I absolutely adored the Brittish pop girl group Spice Girls. Sporty, Baby, Posh, Scary and Ginger Spice were a worldwide phenomenon with their professions of “Girl Power”, sugary pop vocalizations and cutting-edge fashions. The Spice Girls are often credited for being the pioneers that paved the way for the commercial breakthrough of teenpop in the late 1990s. The 1990s saw completely manufactured acts achieving a credibility, longevity and unit-shifting power in the pop marketplace unanticipated even by the giants of 196s Motown. Mel C, Emma, Victoria, Mel B and Gerry sold more than 100 million records worldwide, what makes them the best selling female group of all time. In my opinion, the Spice Girls are the biggest cultural icons of the 1990s, making “Girl Power” an important subject of the 1990s.
An example of this iconic statement of female empowerment is their first single “Wannabe”, an catchy, uptempo pop song that incorporated a mix of hip-hop, rap and dance music. The lyrics adresses the value of female friendship over an heterosexual bond. This song went, besides the UK and the US, to #1 in 30 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Israel, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.