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:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0put0_a–Ng]

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

A Capella Innovation: Vocal Play

Naturally 7

Naturally 7

Thanks to a recent article at ZDNet covering the latest TED Conference, I got to hear the remarkable A Capella sounds of Naturally 7, a group of seven musicians who practice something they call “vocal play.”

As ZDNet reporter Daniel Sieberg explains, “It’s hard to describe their act other than saying each of them used their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars.”

Watch this video to discover them for yourself:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5MkNOXSdkA]

Petition President Barack Obama to support the Arts

AP photo of Barack Obama on Foxforum.files.wordpress.com

AP photo of Barack Obama on Foxforum.files.wordpress.com

I received this announcement from Moses Avalon’s newsletter and thought it was well worth sharing.  If those who participate (creators and appreciators) in the Arts would sign this petition and share it with friends, could turn out well for all concerned!

“Announcement:

Dear Friends,
Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts.  While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position.  We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts–now more than ever.  Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html