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Please watch this video.

It’s amazing. She is amazing.

Adele – Someone Like You

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl
And you’re married now

I heard that your dreams came true
I guess she gave you things
I didn’t give to you

Old friend why are you so shy
Ain’t like you to hold back
Or hide from the light

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over

Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me I beg
I’ll remember you say
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead

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

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over

Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me I beg
I’ll remember you say
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead

Nothing compares
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They’re memories made
Who would have known
How bittersweet
This would taste

Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me I beg
I’ll remember you say
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead

Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me I beg
I’ll remember you say
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead

What can I say? I love Adele. I always have. Her debut album, 19, blew me away. Her second album, 21, is doing the same. This song floors me. Her voice floors me.

Adele’s performace of this song at The Brit awards was phenomenal. James Cordon (the host) said it perfectly – who needs fancy pyrotechnics and backing dancers when you have a voice and a talent like Adele.

On a more personal note I also love Adele because her album was number one the week my niece, Natalie, was born and I bought a copy of the album to give to her when she grows up. Natalie is turning three next Monday (WOW!) and Adele’s newest album is number one this year. I can see my “time capsule” for Natalie getting another addition.

Please watch the video. It’s amazing.

xo
A

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dear joel

Take all your chances while you can
You never know when they’ll pass you by.
~ “Chances”

Dear Joel (& Athlete),

Regarding our conversation outside the ABC in Glasgow last night

You may remember me as the American in the red jacket, or perhaps as the girl with the unmistakable air of lunacy about her. I can assure you that I am, most of the time, actually pretty sane. I am also, on occasion, able to form complete sentences and even string them together into what could be considered a conversation. I apologise, I don’t know what got into me – I think it may have been early stages of frostbite!

The point of all of this is that yes, I did wait in the snow and bitter cold for 1 ½ hours last night just for the opportunity to tell you my story. The way I figure, I’ve been waiting for over 4 years; a few extremely cold minutes weren’t going to stop me in the end. So, considering the wait and my determination you think I could have told you the story I’ve been wanting to tell. I fear I failed here, but I did try. I am very glad I waited to speak to you. I am very glad that I met you. You are as kind as I hoped; not to mention humble. The story, though, the story was lacking. To make up for that, this is how it should have gone:

In May of 2005 my friend and I made the 5-hour trip across from Cleveland to Chicago to see you play live. The finer details of the evening are mostly lost, having been eclipsed by what happened after, but I do remember that you were bang on form and I was very glad we’d come.

Sometime during your set (and I don’t know why, which makes the story even more compelling, perhaps the lack of a why is the real moral…) and completely out of the blue I was overcome with a need to call my grandmother. Something in your voice or in the lyrics to the songs… Whatever it was, whatever the why, the songs you were playing compelled me to action. Which song was it? I can’t say. Maybe “Wires”, although I like to think my subconscious mind is a little less obvious. My most likely guess is “Chances”. Either way, after you finished your set, off I went to the lobby to call my grandmother. The contents of our (quite lengthy) conversation are mostly personal, but we said we loved each other and to take care and, most importantly, we ended with goodbye.

Just come back for one day
‘Cause there’s so much I never got to say
Just come back for one day
So I can remember your face
~ “Lay Your Head”

This conversation would turn out to be the last time I ever spoke to my grandmother. Without you it never would have happened. There may not be many things in life I am certain of, but this is one of them. Who knows why? If I hadn’t been at your show, if I hadn’t been really listening to you guys that night, then I wouldn’t have had that last conversation.

All of this is a round about way of saying thank you. Really and truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. My grandmother was one of the most important people in my life and thanks to you, although I didn’t know it at the time, we got to say goodbye.

I’ve been racing the clock and I’ve run out of steam;
I am ready for my final symphony.
Oh, my body is weak, but my soul is still strong;
I am ready to rest in your arms.

And the rain beat down on the rooftops:
But there was no sound, there was no sound.
And all my friends and family carried me,
They carried me home, carried me home.
~ “Black Swan Song”

I’d also like to express my thanks to you for the comfort your songs provided me with over the crazy days that followed. Music means different things to different people at different times in their lives. What I needed that horrible May in 2005, was Tourist. I used that album to effectively drown out the worst of the grief and focus instead on memories, something I fear I would have been unable to do without your songs.

So, there you have it. My thank you. I hope you enjoyed the show last night in Glasgow. I can’t decide which I enjoyed most: your conversation with the fan who travelled THROUGH BIG SNOW TO SEE YAS or the part where the audience wouldn’t stop singing long enough to let you sing your own songs. It was an excellent set. It was the sixth time I’ve seen you live and every time gets better. So, thank you for that as well.

Thank you for stopping to talk to me. I really did enjoy our chat last night even though I bolloxed my story. Thanks for the hug, too, I hope you didn’t catch my frostbite! I’m looking forward to the next time you come to Glasgow, maybe by that time I’ll have mastered the art of conversation. Or maybe even just “hello”.

Very Sincerely,
Allison

p.s. I’m sorry there’s no photos of the others – they were all blurry and indecipherable, so I didn’t post them. I did take loads, though…

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tunesday!

Hey! Guess what! It’s Tunesday again!

I know, right?! How exciting!

The Song: Dixie Road

The Man: Lee Greenwood

This is a throwback to one of my favourite Country artists of all time. My Mom bought his Greatest Hits album years and years ago and I have been hooked ever since.

The song I have chosen is “Dixie Road” and I can’t get enough of it, ever. We played it enough in my childhood that whenever I hear it it takes me right back to being a kid again, singing along with my Mom and my brother. If you listen to the song, you’ll understand why that’s important.

    Dixie Road by Lee Greenwood

I would pick and we would sing
To the rhythm of that front porch swing
The moonlight holds the spotlight that we shared
I found new notes on that old guitar,
She believed I could be a star
She told me that she wanted to be fair

She said, I love you more than to hold you down,
Boy you’re glory bound
We can’t share a world with different dreams
So I chased mine and she found hers too,
But someone else made hers come true
Now I’m a star, but every time I sing

My heart goes drifting down a dusty dixie road
Taking my mind, back in time
L.A. lights burn like hell once you know
You left heaven waitin’ down the dixie road.

Every night I’m in a different place
And I’m searching every stranger’s face
Trying to find the girl that’s just not there
She’s back there in Montgomery
And I’m clear across the country
But whenever I’m alone I go back there.

My heart goes drifting down a dusty dixie road
Taking my mind, back in time
L.A. lights burn like hell once you know
You left heaven waitin’ down the dixie road.

Just as a side note I would like to say that, while one of my favourites, this album is probably the most depressing album I own. No joke. Five out of the ten songs are about the man’s woman cheating on him or leaving him because he doesn’t have enough time and/or love for her, and he just sort of accepts it because, well, he had it coming to him, really. “Ain’t No Trick” is about how love may come easy but it’s impossible to keep. “Dixie Road”, as you can see, is about a singer who pines after his old sweetheart for his whole life.

“She’s Lying” is the most depressing song in history. He knows his wife is sleeping with someone else, but he doesn’t want her to leave him so he keeps the secret, all the while wishing she were lying with him instead of to him. Really.

The only positive song on the album is “I.O.U.” when he argues with his woman about which of them bring more to the relationship, but it’s still pretty tear-worthy. And don’t even get me started on “God Bless the USA”, sheesh! I can guarantee I have never once listened to that song without tearing up at the end when the massive cymbal crashes kick in.

So, if you’re feeling depressed and fancy listening to an album where you can cry along to all 34 minutes, then boy, is this ever the album for you! Still excellent, though!

xo
A

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tunesday!

Hey everybody! Guess what?

It’s TUNESDAY!

Yes, that time has come again where I pick a song I’ve been listening to a lot lately and force you to care about it even if you don’t! Aren’t you excited?!

The Song: Eat That Up, It’s Good For You

The Band: Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club is another band I discovered with help from XFM radio. About a month ago I heard their song “Something Good Can Work” and went straight to iTunes and bought their album, Tourist History. I can tell you now; it was well worth what I paid. This is a fantastic album that I can listen to all the way through, and I am very, very glad it is summer because there is something completely wonderful about driving around town with your windows down, listening to this album and enjoying the sunshine! It has become my go-to sunny day album.

The song I have chosen, “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You”, was not immediately my favourite on the album but now it is the track I play more than any other. It’s upbeat, it’s fun and it sure is catchy. Look out for the change at the end – it’s the best!

Eat That Up, It’s Good For You by Two Door Cinema Club
You would look a little better, don’t you know
If you just wore less make-up
But it’s hard to realise when you’re sky high
Fighting off the spaceships

And so you’re drinking in your room (To make it all go)
It didn’t end too soon (You’ve got the next one)
You’re holding on too long (You’ve got to let go)
Your other love is gone
And you know

It’s too late, it’s too late
You’ve got another one coming
And it’s going to be the same
(x4)

I tried to find a quiet place that we could go
To help you make decisions
But I didn’t find it easy to tell them apart
With double vision

And so you’re drinking in your room (To make it all go)
It didn’t end too soon (You’ve got the next one)
You’re holding on too long (You’ve got to let go)
Your other love is gone
And you know

It’s too late, it’s too late
You’ve got another one coming
And it’s going to be the same
(x4)

It’s not the same
It’s not the same
It’s not the same
You’re gonna tell me that I’m right
You know you’re gonna come back down
And find yourself where you are again

You didn’t know
You didn’t know
You didn’t know
So don’t pretend you saw it now
It’s not something you’d want to happen
Now you know who you are again

It’s not the same
It’s not the same
It’s not the same
You’re gonna tell me that I’m right
You know, you’re gonna come back down
And find yourself where you are again

So, that’s my second tune for Tunesdays. Do yourself a favour and check these guys out. Listen to the song then listen to the album and then buy it. I promise you will not regret it!! (If you like their album, check them out on their upcoming tour. S and I are going to see them in September, and I can’t wait!)

xo
A

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