B.A. (Before Adele)

Long before I discovered counseling, I had my own version of therapy. It was called “listen to this song because it’s about exactly what you’re going through so someone GETS you right now, it’s like they KNOW.”

And then I turned 16 and wised up.

Just kidding.

Throughout my teenage years, then college to now, I’ve always been one to find that song or that playlist that just fits. It fits my mood, it fits my life, it fits my situation, its like someone looked inside my head then wrote it.

I have like, 4 CDs from college I made when I was on the low side of the depression spectrum and I listen to them now and know exactly what was going on then. And, strangely, a lot of them were full of country music. (The Roommate will be so proud.)

Nowadays, most of the songs I listen to or have on my selected playlist are for their quality. Or their cool lyrics. Or the fact that they are rap songs from back in the day and I still know all the words and want to sing them loud in my car.

Every once in a while one will come along that I really grab on to. It seems to read my mind.

And sometimes, my mind, like almost anyone else in the world unless they are a robot, is angsty. Not about any one thing in particular really, but when it’s love-related, it’s Adele. Except, B.A. (Before Adele) nobody did angsty like Maroon Five. And they’re apparently still at it.

Because I am hooked on “Payphone.” Not because I’m hung up on a boy or because it brings back memories of having to use an actual pay phone once upon a time, like when I needed my parents to come pick me up from the movie theater.

Nah. It’s just a catchy, angsty song. And it has my two favorite curse words in it. And Adam Levine’s sweet, sweet voice. So that can’t hurt.

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On repeat this week

Bon Iver.

Prior to like, Tuesday, what I knew of him consisted of the news story where it mentioned that Bon Iver won one of the only Grammys Adele DIDN’T win (and rightfully so, I love that girl), and also the skit where my boy JT played him on SNL.

But yeah, heart him right now. That song’s just one of several of his I am enjoying. On account of he’s all over my Florence and the Machine Pandora station (a.k.a. The Second Best Thing I Ever Did) and I ain’t mad at it.

Her songs are the words you can’t say

Adele can do no wrong.

If I hear a song of hers and don’t fall in love with almost immediately, well..that’s not ever gonna happen. But if it does, I will pay each of you $20.

Current favorite: Set Fire To The Rain

Seriously, just check out some of the lyrics…

I let it fall, my heart,
And as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me

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

But there’s a side to you
That I never knew, never knew.
All the things you’d say
They were never true, never true,
And the games you play
You would always win, always win.

You speak for my heart, Adele. You speak for my heart.

Press play. Listen. Be amazed. Repeat.

What’s better than one Adele song? Two put together. And done amazingly. And downloaded onto my iPod so I can listen to it whenever I want.

Yes it’s Glee. But forget that for a minute if you’re not a fan – in which case, really? Have you heard ANY of the music from it? – and just pay attention to the mash-up. And how awesome it is.

I can’t stop playing it. And if I lose my voice soon it’s going to be because I sing along to it as loud as possible on my drive home from work.

day 01 – your favorite song

There’s this thing going around Facebook called the “30 Day Song Challenge.” I’m doing it. Get ready.

Day 1 – Favorite Song. GO.

OK, first of all – this whole CD is amazing and I am addicted to it. Find a song on there you don’t like, I dare you.

I am loving Adele, especially her song “I’ll Be Waiting.” She’s ridiculously talented and is coming nowhere near Louisville for a concert anytime soon. Except for the Ryman. And it’s sold out. Anyone in Nashville with super-awesome connections that loves me and can help a girl out? Please and thank you.