Rolling in The Deep came out November 16, 2010, and every time I hear that song it strikes a cord somewhere deep within my heart. I’ve never gone through a painful breakup, but I have known an indescribable pain–the loss of my grandmother to breast cancer.
It’s not that her death was recent when the song came out either; there is just something about the power and emotion of Rolling in The Deep that reminded me of my own sorrows.
I guess it’s because Adele is a soul blues singer and my grandmother loved ‘”music that you could feel right down to the core of your being” as she would often say when I Got A Women came on or A Change Is Gonna Come.
When Rolling in The Deep first came out, there were moments when I saw my grandmother’s face and tried my best to hold back my tears. Now that the song has been playing for a few years, I don’t fight back tears, but it still reminds me of her.
I think that’s the power of soul blues music; it captures you in a way only it can. Pop music is meant for fun, dance music is meant for dancing around with your friends on your way to a night out, techno is meant for clubs, classical is meant for studying, jazz is met for swing dancing, but soul blues music is met to feed the soul.
Soul blues music tells a story, it paints a picture, and it relaxes you. Soul blues music is the music you listen to while you read a book, soak in a bubble bath with a glass of red wine by your side.
Depending on who sings it, eyes are closed, and heads are bobbing in that sense of comradery sort-of way, you understand what that person is going through you went through it too.
When Joss Stone sings Stop Dragging My Heart Around, you know what she means. It’s not the same when heartache is sung in pop music. Pop Music is the story after we’ve been through the storm. The rheumatic guitar riffs and deep vocals that come from personal experience is what soul blues is paved with.
There’s also the soul blues that tells of redemption and making a lifestyle change. Everyone can relate to that, no one is immune to personal growth.
In a cover of ‘Change is Gonna Come’ Gavin DeGraw sings of ‘It’s been too hard livin’ but I’m afraid to die.’ Who doesn’t know the agony of defeat? Yet there’s a part in the song where he comes back from despair ‘ I thought I couldn’t last that long now I think I’m able to carry on.’
We sell ourselves short lots of times. Those very words and that very song has driven me to continue going when I was sad many times. All it took was a press of a button and a tweak of the volume button after a long day.
India Arie’s I Choose is another personal anthem of mine. It reminds me that I have a choice I can either allow my past and problems to dictate how I live my life or I can start fresh and allow my mistakes to be something I learn from. It also reminds me that yeah sometimes life throws you lemons but hey as the saying goes yes free lemons.
I adore pop princesses like Katy Perry, Jessie J, Carrie Underwood (who is more Country pop) and Miranda Lambert (who’s also more country pop) but there is something about soul blues music that speaks to me. Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer and I love a good story. I also love music so when the two interconnect I found it creates something beautiful.