Adele, the Phenomenon

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Lobelia

Hello, but am I missing something?

I asked my neighbour how he was. It’s the usual way to start a conversation. Sometimes, we talk but only if mutuality allows it. No obligation to talk. It should be free choice. It really is a matter of observing the other person and likewise the other way.

He said, ‘I’m fine and we are going to see a concert in Sydney tonight.’ ‘A concert, I replied. Where are you seeing the concert?’ I expected, the Opera House or some other venue, may be a Private school or Art gallery. You have to remember that to me a concert is something that includes Beethoven with an orchestra, possibly a grand piano, violins and a conductor with baton. It was nothing like that.

He said, ‘it is held at the Olympic Park and fully sold out. We are taking all the kids as well.’ Our neighbour’s kids are grown girls. The Olympic Park is at Home-Bush and was specially built for the Sydney Olympic games in 2000. ‘It’s Adele, he added.’ The ‘missing’ part is that I know very little about fame and its people. Never heard of Adele. I have heard of The Gypsy Kings and The Beatles, but Adele is well below my radar. That is not surprising because I don’t watch much TV or read newspapers. With both forms of media I generally don’t read or watch sport or brush up on any fame. The only recent pop star that I remember is Bieber. ‘Can you make me look a bit like Bieber?’ is what I habitually  ask my barber.  And that is starting to fade as well.

I lack the honesty to admit to my neighbour I had never heard of Adele. There is no lie really. Can omission to not know of a well-known thing be a lie?  I went inside somewhat ashamed for not having continued the neighbourly conversation. He was also in the process of washing his car. The noise of the  garden hose hitting his ducoed car wasn’t helping much of me hearing what was being said. I decided to go inside and seek the help of Helvi in clarification of ‘Adele.’ She is much more on the ball than I.

‘Of course, I have heard of Adele,’ she said. ‘She is a singer and writes music as well.’  I however, had never heard of her. It is well-known that snobbish people often state that their superiority has reached such stellar heights and is so far above everyone else’s, they proclaim, to everyone still patient enough to listen , they know nothing about sport or pop stars.

With me it is not so. I am just quickly dulled by sport or famous pop-stars. My dad was the same. I have his gene. I also don’t know about much else as well, it’s not only sport or pop! In any case. I went back to my neighbour and told him the last concert I went to was a concert of The Gypsy Kings, a long time ago. He was nice about it and told me he still has all their music. So, that was nice. I did not come through the total ignoramus.

Just now I put on a song by Adele and it’s called ‘Hello.’ The neighbour said that at the concert thousands were in tears, sobbing. That’s the power of that  song by Adele. I put it on for Helvi’s benefit. After 20 seconds she asked me to put that screaming woman off.

So, there you go. Different strokes for different folks.

 

 

 

 

 

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27 Responses to “Adele, the Phenomenon”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    May I join the “I don’t know, and I don’t care” club, also? That goes for Adele, sport and quite a few other probably famous things.

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  2. auntyuta Says:

    Gerard, I also had never heard of Adele. I let the video run for a bit. I agree with Helvi, too much screaming! Maybe the lyrics are not that bad, however not sung clearly enough for my liking. The whole song kind of seemed to be dragging . . .

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I thought our neighbour was talking about an opera singer. Helvi did know about her. Our neighbour said; ‘she ( Adele) is a terrific talent.’ I might have to listen a couple of times more.
      I am no connoisseur of talent, Uta.
      I had no trouble liking Leonard Cohen’s music. It came instantly.
      So much of singing by pop stars is linked to video-art and all sorts of image trickery.
      It makes me nervous.

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  3. Big M Says:

    Gerard, I’m in the same boat. People tell me that me head is stuck up my arse. I tell them that it can stay there, if all there is is Adele, cricket, AFL, My kitchen rules, and celebrities on an island.

    Perhaps that IS hell??

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Could well be, Big M.
      I am now content to be within 40 seconds running to a loo. There is nothing more soothing than that. The bowel needs have overtaken pop concerts and amplified jigging around a stage.

      It is not hell, Big M. It is heaven.

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    • Big M Says:

      Yes, Gerard, there’s a neurogastroenterologist from America, who did some lectures in Australia some years back. He claims that our only reason for being is to make stool. I guess you’ve got that right!

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        That neurogastroenterologist made some prophetic claims in my case. Only today I saw a shelf full of medications at the local chemist for ‘stool- softening.’ An elderly man was reading the instruction. He had a furrowed brow and was in deep concentration.

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  4. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I liked Adele singing without the videos. I detest singing videos that are trying to tell a story. She does have a great voice but not when it is loud screaming. She has won many Grammy’s here in the states and is considered an excellent singer.

    I bet the tickets to her shows are very expensive. I think she is British but lives in California part of the time.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Ivonne.
      You are on the money there. So much of the concerts are dazzling us with gimmickry and flashing lights.

      She might have a great voice but she then gives us all those meaningful glances. What does she want? I am married to a good woman already.

      I could not go to those concerts in case of a bout of intestinal hurry. Those concerts out in the open are strictly for those that are young with super-strong bladders and bowels. Toilets are miles away and chockers.

      The tickets costs between $150.- and $250.- each. Last night was sold out and 100.000 crowd ensured a return of $ 18.000.000 ( 18Ml)
      Another concert tonight!

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      • petspeopleandlife Says:

        She keeps getting richer by the hour

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        I don’t mind her making money. I bet it brings lot of work to set it all up, most of it goes to incidentals and props. The electricals alone are mind blowing and complex. Then the selling of tickets, advertising.

        Even so, I bet Adele pockets a couple of millions each night she performs.

        I am happy to have a fridge with some cheese, butter and jam. We have a bowl full of bananas, apricots with another bowl containing onions and garlic, lots of chillies.

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  5. jennypellett Says:

    I’m heartened that you know – and have even seen – the Gypsy Kings. I love them. Saw them at the Albert Hall here in London and it was joyous.
    Adele is strangely magnetic. I saw her televised set from last year’s Glastonbury festival. She knows how to work an audience. Her songs err on the miserable but there’s no doubting that the girl is pitch perfect.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We saw the Gypsy Kings at a brand-new Entertainment centre in Sydney. This centre, which was the most up to date, has now been demolished.
      It is very like fame, so fleetingly short of duration.
      Adele might well be a genius. Time will tell. It always does.

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  6. Christine Says:

    Thanks for that, Gerard. Oh yeah

    Well, I really hate that sort of singing.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      A friend told me Adele is very popular with the much younger generation. The friend also told me that I belong much more to Leonard Cohen.
      But, how can those young ones afford $ 180.- 250.- tickets?
      I thought they are sleeping under bridges and sipping chicken broth from the Salvos.

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  7. Happy Go lucky Says:

    “concert Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    concert meaning, definition, what is concert: a performance of music by one or more musicians or singers.”
    Come on oldies, give popular music a fair go ! On top of the few thousand that come to Homebush, there are hundreds of thousands that regularly turn up at open air performances to listen, see, dance, have fun, make friends etc. Are they not concerts ? I do agree that it’s the video that now dominates and most are gastly.
    I must agree, Adele has a great voice. Pitch perfect is how Jennypellette discribed it. I agree.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I think you are on something there, Happy Go Lucky. I was just showing my prejudices about concerts. We had concerts at school too. I remember, when a long time ago, I read out a poem in front of the class. The teacher was most impressed. It was at primary school back in The Hague, Holland. It too was a concert.

      By the way, the Homebush concert by Adele had a hundred thousand fans, not just a few thousand. Traffic was held up for hours and helicopters overhead directed the police on the ground to direct the crowds.

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  8. shoreacres Says:

    There are plenty of today’s so-called stars that I don’t know or don’t enjoy. I have heard of Adele, although, when I first heard of her, I had to do a little exploring of my own to see what the excitement was about.

    I’m not especially fond of that video you posted, but just for grins, if you want to get a better idea of what she can do with her voice, give this a listen. The woman can sing, there’s no doubt about that — she’s got great control, and sometimes reminds me of Streisand in terms of technique. I really like this track and keep it on my playlist — although you’re perfectly free not to like it.!

    Now, the Gypsy Kings: that’s music, too. When I was in Berkeley, the Klezmorim were just getting started, and we used to go down to the place where they played and listen to them whenever we could.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We both admit that your chosen Adele song is really good and catchy. She can sing and when recorded in a studio without gimmicks it is a better way to appreciate her art.
      She is certainly doing well right now in Australia, and all concerts have been sold out.
      As always, it is time that filters out the everlastingness of art. I do hope her music and singing will overcome the fickleness of the mere fashionable.

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  9. gerard oosterman Says:

    Another very good point is that Adele sings her songs without acrobatics that so many pop stars engage in. There she is, solidly doing her singing without jigging around the stage. This forces us to really listen to her music. Of course there are electronic wizardry but, by and large, she sings simply without any gymnastic manoeuvring about.
    If making a choice is available I rather listen to her than watch the Andre Rien circus. The mostly classic music that is being played is shown so over the top, so polished and so manufactured it reminds me of a circus. The close ups of tear stained faces and all that all premeditated pre-digested stuff. Far too slick!
    What do you think? Am I being elitist?

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  10. Happy Go lucky Says:

    Sorry about you youngsters being called “oldies”.
    Quite right. That phony Dutchman with the plastic smile, I can’t stand him but he is a big hit with the millions of extreme beige club people around the world. I wonder if Geert likes him ! Talk about concert numbers – Rod Stewart drew 2.5 million, Woodstock in 1969 drew 400,000, Toronto in ’09 drew 450,000 etc etc

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I don’t mind being an oldie. We are the majority now and I see old people everywhere I look. Some are so frail yet bravely continue on. Many seem to be drawn to collapsible walking sticks which they fold up before slowly clambering into their cars. You can see their faces contorted while folding their stiff bodies behind the steering wheel.

      There is a whole industry in old peoples paraphernalia. Hydraulic toilet seats that help getting upright, all sorts of aids in improving hearing, sights, mobility scooters. Quite good choice in nappies, stool softeners or hardeners. Yes, there has never been a better time in being old.

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  11. reocochran Says:

    I like that Adele started young. She is a simple woman and never really seems pretentious. There is a British singer, comic and late night host named James Corden. He features many famous singers riding in a car with him singing. Including Madonna and Adele. It is amusing to see these tapings. My Grandfather’s parents were born in Sweden and met my Grandmother on a street corner. She was born in Germany. They felt staying current with American musicians was a good way to be while talking to my brothers and me. They liked the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Barbara Streisand. They enjoyed musical theatre, too.
    Thanks for this interesting conversation with your neighbor and I peeked into a few posts. Smiles, Robin

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the quality of music stars that survive the time are those that are the best. Elvis sounds as good today as he did while alive. You have a good blog reocochran. Enjoyed your pieces.
      My dad met my mum while bumping into a tram in Amsterdam which gave him a nose bleed. She helped staunch the flood of blood, the rest is history.

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