Monday, December 5, 2011

In My Ears

Music, art, wine ... I think appreciating any of them is about finding something you love and being unapologetic about it.  Who cares if it's cheap?  Who cares if it's mainstream? or offbeat? or imperfect? simple? lavish?

Adele sits at the top of the charts, with music snots looking down at her listeners for bandwagon jumping.  "Overplayed!" They cry.  But the truth is that her voice hits me in the gut. I cry.
Someone Like You isn't my trail of ex-boyfriends anthem, though I imagine that I would have identified with it almost a decade ago.  During my heartbroken-over-a-boy time, my song was Cheryl Crow's The First Cut is the Deepest.

No, Adele doesn't speak to man woes, but she does touch my sigh filled heart.  The moving melody validated my sorrow and I felt solidarity in her pain.  Through the symbiotic nature of music, the empathy passed between us.  I played it on an endless loop, settling in with the lump in my throat until it felt normal.

Then I stopped.  I heard Moves Like Jagger.

For a few seconds at a time, I forgot the tears.  I crooned about mooOOOOooooOOOOoooOOOves.  My head bobbed with the beat pulsing through ear buds at my work station.  I taped my cat's smooth moves.  The correlation was a coincidence, but my mood changed.  The soulful ballad lost ground to my inner dancing queen.  Both chart toppers, popular and decidedly not Mumford and Sons.  I'm unapologetic.

I'm participating in WEverb11 this year, a series of writing prompts focused on reflection and future.  Join us and learn more at WEverb11!  Today's prompt was: What song did you listen to in 2011 to completely change your mood?  Think about ways you can you add more music to your life in 2012.


  1. LOVE that Adele song (especially since I sort of lived it). Anyhoo. She's great!

  2. I love that Adele song too, and I just heard this version today, that I think I like even better!
    It's "Someone Like You" By Charlie Puth & Emily Luther

  3. Hey, what's wrong with Mumford & Sons? (That was my choice for the Listen WEverb) :)