Spotlight: Adele

This evening I should have been at a concert.  Adele.  Wembley Stadium.

She cancelled for all the right reasons but I am still majorly disappointed as I’ve never seen her live before, there are rumours that she may never tour again after this and despite being a Londoner I’ve never had the occasion to go to Wembley Stadium.

So instead I am sitting morosely at home in front of the laptop listening to her dulcet tones through my headphones.  Not quite the same experience and also kind of depressing that I am reminiscing about the songs I would have loved to hear live …. but I live in hope that she’ll reschedule these two concerts before she goes into retirement.


Chasing Pavements

I build myself up
And fly around in circles
Waitin’ as my heart drops
And my back begins to tingle
Finally, could this be it

I know it might sound crazy but when I first heard this song it just didn’t click for me.  Suddenly the world was beginning to rave about this new singer and all I could think was golly gosh she’s got such a strong South London accent – how this does not grate on everyone’s ears!  This was back in 2008 and now almost a decade later, this is one of my favourite songs of hers.

He Won’t Go

Wake me up, wake me up when all is done
I won’t rise until this battle’s won
My dignity’s become undone

This was the first Adele song I became obsessed with.  Love the drumbeat and the piano throughout the first verse and then the vocal build up to the chorus.


I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt
Before the world fell at our feet

I have not yet reached the overplayed stage of my love for this song yet.  The first line of the chorus still gives me chills.

Hometown Glory

Round my hometown
Memories are fresh
Round my hometown
Ooh the people I’ve met

Just the Voice and the piano and London.

I Miss You

Bring your heart I’ll bring my soul
But be delicate with my ego
I want to step into your great unknown
With you and me setting the tone

Such an atmospheric intro.

One And Only

I don’t know why I’m scared, I’ve been here before
Every feeling, every word, I’ve imagined it all,
You never know if you never try
To forgive your past and simply be mine

Favourite bit is at 3:30 and the repetition of I know it ain’t easy, giving up your heart

Right As Rain

Who wants to be riding high
When you’ll just crumble back on down
You give up everything you are
And even then you don’t get far
They make believe that everything
Is exactly what it seems
But at least when you’re at your worst
You know how to feel things

A little upbeat number that belies the fact that the lyrics are saying that it’s better not to be happy.  Being naturally pessimistic and anxious, I really like the lyrics to this.

River Lea

Everybody tells me it’s ’bout time that I moved on
And I need to learn to lighten up and learn how to be young

After Hello, this is my favourite song from Adele’s latest album.  It’s got a chorus that just sticks in my head.

Rolling In The Deep

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all

This song just doesn’t need any waffling to accompany it

Set Fire To The Rain

My hands, they’re strong
But my knees were far too weak,
To stand in your arms
Without falling to your feet

Man I bet this song sounds EPIC live.  Sigh.

Skyfall Soundtrack

For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them

This song so suits the film

Someone Like You

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

Unfortunately this is inching towards the torridly overplayed category for me but I had to include it on this list because, gah, her voice.

Water Under The Bridge

It’s so cold out here in your wilderness
I want you to be my keeper
But not if you are so reckless

Only Adele could make cold a one-syllable word into as many syllables as she does.


11 Responses

  1. While Adele generally falls outside the music I typically listen to, I have no doubt she is one of the most amazing female vocalists of our time, right up there with the likes of Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.

    The thought of damaging your vocal chords must be terrifying as a singer. I hope Adele will fully recover.

    As for her performing again in the future, I’d stay optimistic. Understandably, she feels exhausted after a long tour. And now with her vocal damage, she might take an extended break – in fact, one would hope she does, so she can make a full recovery!

    But I can’t imagine she’ll give up giving live concerts for good, so hopefully you’ll have a chance to see her at another time in the future.

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  2. I have a friend who flew out from Ireland for this show and is also bitterly disappointed.

    I’m all the way South Africa, so I know chances of me seeing her are little to none. So, with you being in London, you definitely have a chance! 😉

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  3. I count myself SO lucky to have been able to see her! It was just by luck that I scored tickets to see her as her shows sold out within minutes! I know she has had her problems with touring but it would be a shame to lose her voice just for two shows. Given that you are in England and so she won’t have to travel far, I’ll bet she’ll make up those dates when her voice recovers. Crossing fingers you get to see her!


    1. By the way, when she sang Fire to the Rain she was standing in the middle of the arena and I swear it looked like there was rain coming down all around her! It was magical. We kept looking for puddles of water! I used her as my “A” in the A to Z challenge this year and you can kind of see it in the pictures there.


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