Here's an article on the science of why Adele's Someone Like You makes so many people emotional and even cry.
It's a very cool analysis and I like the song and the performer a lot. But I think there's more to its appeal. One obvious thing is that nearly everyone has a "someone like you" in their past. And I love the beautiful melody with the soft piano. It's perfect.
Don't go by me though. I still get choked up when the F16s do a flyover at a Titans game.
People Get Ready Is one of those songs for me. It came out in the sixties and I'm a child of that era so it's a natural thing for me. Forty plus years later and it still moves me.
Most people don't realize it but it's a gospel-based song that sprang from the March on Washingon in 1963 led by Martin Luther King and highlighted by his I Have a Dream speech. Two years later Curtis Mayfield wrote People Get Ready. It's lyrics go far beyond its original basis.
The song has been covered by hundreds of artists including Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. I have several versions of the song on my ITunes but my favorites are by Al Green who sings it with Heather Headley. Youtube won't let me embed it so here's link. Check it out: People Get Ready
I happened to catch the American Idol finale a week or two ago.
I used to watch every AI episode but I haven't watched it for at least two years. When I flipped the channel to Fox Christine Aguilera had just begun to sing. That's when I figured out it was the finale. I have to tell you that I have never been a fan of Miss Aguilera. In fact I probably only knew of her from her skimpy outfits. I certainly didn't listen to her music.
That changed last night. She blew me away with her performance of You Lost Me. Everything just worked for me in that performance. The lights, the costume, everything. It's a haunting song for anyone who has loved and lost. And that's everyone. Apparently it's a new song being released next month. I'll be picking that one up from ITunes or Amazon. Check it out below. I hope you like it as much as I did. The lady has some pipes.
I've been watching the Masters live on-line today as I worked.
As a child of the fifties and sixties, I continue to be amazed by our current technology. Watching the Masters today made me think about growing up in the fifties and sixties without the technology. Back then I felt lucky to hear the music I liked once a day on the radio. And I never knew when it might be playing.
Now I can get any music and videos anytime and it's free more often than not. All because of the net. I continue to be amazed at the amount of free music and videos that are available on the web. Keep your eyes open because I'm going to start reminiscencing with some of the music and videos. There's a whole generation that's missed out on some great music. Like this one. That guitarist looks very familiar...