Monday, May 16, 2011

Rolling in the Deep

My favorite song this week is Adele's Rolling in the Deep.

I love how its not just her voice that's strong, her attitude is strong too. This sounds like a woman who knows her own worth and is not afraid to demand respect. I like that woman. I want to be that woman. I wish every woman could be that woman.

There is a long history of English artists taking their love of African-American music and fashioning their own versions of blues and soul. This may be the best example since Dusty Springfield recorded Son of a Preacher Man. It's a song that gets under your skin, with its powerful, confident vocals and a driving martial rhythm. It makes you want to play it loud, clap along. Its near-gospel intensity makes you want to testify.

No wonder an artist like John Legend was attracted to doing his own version.

This acoustic cover will blow the doors off your stereo. The best music - whether blues, soul, rock and roll, jazz, or country - always has one foot in the sacred and one in the secular. This is a perfect example. I love both versions of the song, it is impossible for me to pick a favorite between the two. What I'd really love is for Adele and John Legend to perform the song together.

Legend's version is available as a legal free download here. Go get it!

What song are listening to over and over lately?

1 comment:

  1. I'm apparently not the only one in love with this song at the moment. I hear it on the radio and think of Haley from American Idol. She did a terrific version of this too :)