On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my top favourites from November…
Adele is the music industry’s quintessential Queen of Heartbreak, with thanks to her efforts of providing emotional ballads and powerful anthems to the world’s brokenhearted. Her newly-released third album, 25, is sure to strike yet another personal chord with listeners, and this time around, she may as well be hailed as the Queen of the Quarter-Life Crisis.
Whereas her previous age-based albums, 19 and 21, were all about the ups and downs of love and relationships (with 21 being THE break-up soundtrack of our generation), 25 is more of a make-up album that goes beyond the realm of romance. In 25, Adele reflects back on the actions (and mistakes) made by her younger self and draws on the clarity gained and lessons learned from getting older.
Sound familiar? That’s because Adele has essentially created an album articulating the quarter-life crisis. This is a time well past your coming of age, right at that phase in the middle of your turbulent twenties when you’ve reached the crossroad between adolescent and adulthood, just before you hit that roadblock of a question, “What the hell am I doing with my life?”. Here, you find yourself ruminating over the things you did and the things you didn’t do, your wins and your screw ups, and your (dashed) hopes and dreams, soon realizing that you’re far off from where you envisioned yourself being right now back in your teens.
In chapter 25, Adele channels all of the thoughts and feelings of young adulthood into 11 songs that deal with themes of aging, uncertainty, restlessness, longing, regret, and forgiveness. Track by track, here are the lyrics that can be interpreted in relation to the quarter-life experience.
“Words have a way of opening us up, stirring our souls and bringing people from around the world together.” – Tania Hussain on the cathartic power of writing
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Ever since I was a little girl, I found a bounty of beauty and learning in the simple art of writing. I was one of those trouble-making children who would write on her mother’s walls, on the new shoes her dad bought, and all over desks at school. Writing is and always has been the best outlet for my creative self. From writing stories at the age of six, to completing an unpublished manuscript at the age of 21, to my current job where I write for a living and love everything about it. Writing has been a blessing and an effective tool in my growth. I believe in words and the power they have not just on others, but ourselves.
Words have a way of opening us up, stirring our souls and bringing people from around the world together. When thinking back to one of my favorite books by Aldous Huxley, it’s interesting to…
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Serendipity. A word that brings forth a wave of calm with an added spark of curiosity. The tranquil term refers to those “fortunate coincidences” and “pleasant surprises” that present themselves to you when you don’t even anticipate them. It’s these moments of happenstance – unsought discoveries, encounters, and experiences – that can lead you to enlightening revelations and promising opportunities which can add value to or fill a need in your life, and even ultimately change the course of your journey.
On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my top favourites from October…