Adele: Am I the only person that found out about her via the 51st Grammys?

Adele at 51st Grammys - www.upi.com

Adele at 51st Grammys - www.upi.com

Before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony this year, I’d never heard of the 20 year old, British (now two time Grammy winner) artist Adele.   Naturally, I’m curious as to how many of you knew of her before the Grammys and how you found out about her.   Did you find out about her on radio in your city? Did you find out about her from a friend?

I’m curious about this primarily because TODAY, I finally listened to her music and was moved to tears.  I am  AMAZED that I’m just now HEARING this!

OK… for those that have not heard her, please don’t let my reaction cause you to over expect.  As we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case, in the ear!  With so much talent and soul coming from a British female artist, and the fact the she won best new artist of the year, I couldn’t help but think of Amy Winehouse and hope Adele’s personal life goes much smoother.

Check out Adele’s video for “Make You Feel My Love”  ( also known as “To Make You Feel My Love“, written by Bob Dylan, appearing on his album Time Out of Mind)  and let me know what you think.  Her voice was so striking to me in this song that I had to listen three times to finally focus on the lyrics:
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The World’s Universally Funniest Joke

good for the soul!

Laughter: good for the soul!

I have to credit Marketing guru Mark Joyner (www.simpleology.com) for sharing this joke…

“In September 2001, The Laugh Lab project (run by Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire), tested over 40,000 jokes across the globe to discover the world’s universally funniest joke.  Here it is: :

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”. The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?’

Head of Russian Orthodox Church believes in enlightenment via Rock Music

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Its nice to see the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, acknowledge that Rock Music can be a path to enlightenment, as quoted in a recent RIA article “Russian Church leader may attend rock music gig”:

Even if 100 or 200 people get their religious enlightenment from rock music, can we forbid it? A few words from rock musicians at a concert could have a greater effect than a long church sermon!

Granted, religious enlightenment may differ from non-religious enlightenment, but only by the words, rituals and social constructs involved.  The desitination is the same.   His Holiness Kirill was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on January 27, 2009, and appears to be pretty forward thinking, so perhaps he’s a U2 or Switchfoot fan.

Has any music enligthened you

Will U2’s New Album improve their legacy? I hope so.

U2  (Rolling Stone Magazine)

U2 (Rolling Stone Magazine)

I’ve always admired U2 for the band’s staying power and innovation.  You may remember the Zoo TV and Pop Mart tours, Bono’s phone call and message to the original President George Bush, the Apple commercials, the recent performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration and so many more great memories!

Its no secret that the band has touched on politics and spirituality over the years, and with The Edge’s trademark sound and Bono’s charisma and powerful lyrics, they’ve done so in a very moving ways.  The band has remained relevant longer than most and I’m really hoping that their latest album, No Line on the Horizon will further bolster their legacy as icons of music with meaning.  No Line on the Horizon comes out in the US on March 3, 2009 and the band is allowing pre-orders online (at 36% off – U2 Store at Amazon.com) in 5 different formats ranging from a standard CD to a fully-loaded box set.

The latest single, “Get On Your Boots,” which received comparisons to Vertigo from Rolling Stone Magazine, was a bit of a surprise to me, mainly b/c I didn’t like it until watching the video and their live version of the song during the 2009 Grammy Awards:

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What’s your take on the first single?  How about the rest of the album?