Adele is back and singing the soundtrack of our lives.
I know your weekend plans may not find room for much, what with raking all those leaves and quelling twinges of panic about the world we love changing into a scary armed fortress. I hear you. Most of us can think of little else and all the yammering pundits just produce noise and breathless play-by-play. What is the real story? How will these millions of migrants find new lives? Will we welcome them here in proper fashion? And what exactly is proper fashion?
Is it surprising, on this first real day we can feel winter’s breath coming, to feel nostalgic for a time before the word terrorist became everyday parlance?
Visiting my old campus of McGill with my kid as she ponders university choices surely produced plenty of lovely nostalgic strolls through my past.
Now we have our best songstress suiting us up for proper bittersweet melancholy. This is the terrain mined in Adele’s new release, 25
Adele manages superhuman feats: releases music, sells millions, then retreats back to a quiet space and hang with the people she’s known all her life; has a son and goes about the business of raising him without any fanfare.
Resisting enormous pressure from an industry desperate to save itself, Adele stubbornly refuses to be anything but the girl from Tottenham.
For all the fangirls and fanboys, I suggest you follow me into a cosy parlour and watch a wonderful interview with this thoughtful talent. Hear how she makes decisions about music trends she won’t follow. Hear an astonishing vulnerability that shows up in every quiver of her remarkable instrument.
I’ve got a few years on Adele and my initial reaction upon first listen was to dismiss her nostalgia at age 27 as somewhat premature.
Here, in this interview, Adele explains the leap from life before becoming a mom to her life now with her young son. And suddenly I understood everything.
I think you will too.
See Zane Lowe’s full interview with Adele here.