On the 28th of January 2008, a little 19-yr old girl’s voice released as an album constringed into 12 songs. Little did the world know, this voice would haul a million smiles and evoke a superfluous number ofmemories from the past. And little did they know her name could soon be used as a substitute for the word ‘phenomenon’ in the dictionary.
Singing was always Adele’s leisure time activity. But she had no proclivity to send it to one of those famous recording labels like the 200,000 unsolicited CD’s it receives every year. Some such as me would even state that was the reason or should I say the irony, that made people lionize her including the label. She recorded and sent her one of her demos to her friend. Being amused and startled by such a voice, her friend posted it on a social media page. And therein lies the exposure, the inception, the inexplicable door that would define who Adele is, or moreover, what she is and why the world needs her. As soon as the song was shared, a recording label called XL Recordings gave her a call; a call of destiny, a single phone call of eternal success, a phone call of endless magic that would open doors for her to share this magical sound. Not that I don’t believe in fate, but that would’ve been a fateful call for her that she needed. Or a call for her, that we all needed the most. And for that, I Thank the Label for discerning and spreading such a phenomenon. And more particularly, I Thank her Friend, the unsung hero in this distinctive process, in which we would have missed the gorgoeusly talented singer, if not for the Friend.
I’m going to speak ingenuously here. I had no clue who Adele was, initially. Despite the release of the alluring album, 19, I did not get to indulge in it. Now please don’t hold me culpable. I was just 11 and hardly interested in music. On the contrary, after I got passionate and obsessed with the different themes of the music industry, 21 released. And boy, did it mesmerize the imagination in me!
The moment I heard it, an amalgam of thoughts and memories and emotions instilled in my mind. This peculiar mixture was accompanied by a voice, a voice of strength overlapped by its deep touché of vulnerability. A voice, I could not sit ordinarily and listen to, that I had to get up and go for a walk with an upbeat zeal. This voice, so inexplicaible, was the melody of sweetness deepened in a harsh overtone that according to me, only a few singers possessed. And for letting us listen to this voice, I Thank You Adele.
Your songs. The amount of emphasis you put in your lyrics and tunes prove how meaningful and honest your message is. Whenever I listen to any one of them, a cluster of memories rush from the long term memory part of the my brain and gets adhered to the core memory portion, as they had interpreted the mechanism in the animated flick, Inside Out. These memories amplify and persist for a while, reminding me about the true significance of time. And for provoking those long forgotten instances and bringing them back to life, I Thank You Adele.
Memories which are risen do trigger a specific emotion when your songs are played. Now, I am a man who rarely exhibits sad and melancholious emotions, but then I hear your voice. Your extravagent and interminable pitch is all that is enough to signify a past moment of glory, of tenderness, of excruciating pain, of deep sorrow or of the wonder of life. And for reminding us the noble and evanescent emotions that passby our transient lives, I Thank You Adele.
The way you connect to me or to the teacher who’s lost her job or to the homeless man or to the depressed girl from a break-up, is portrayed perspicuously in your songs. You make us feel what you feel. No matter the place, no matter the time, no matter the mood, your voice aids us through. There are days when a person feels downright upset or dissatisfied, but you heal that pain from within and let us us know that we are not alone and there is hope. Your extramundane vocal cords lift us up in troubing times and ameliorate us progressivly while enduring the pain. You know how to divert the border between fame and happiness as manifested in your song ‘Million Years Ago’. You miss your life as a mainstream British girl hanging out with her friends and cherishing her own circle of happiness with her mom. As much as you enjoy it, you regret fame. And that is the reason why we can connect to you and you to us, as a human being. And for that, I Thank you Adele.
I could state it down hard that I am your biggest fan, but I may be not. I can’t deny that there are much more bigger fans around the globe who almost worship you. But I can say this unflinchingly and clearly: You have been a prodigious inspiration to me, dragging me out of hardships and disheartening moments, showing me a speck of light during atrocious days and allowing my mind to process the fact that I am not the only one. Throughout your lyrics, pitches, tunes and messages invoked your song, I know that you are with me. And for that, I can’t Thank You Enough ADELE ADKINS.