NPR's On The Media

Nothing Like Live Performance

I went to a Broadway show this weekend and I realized something very important. Media can converge and advance as much as it wants, but it will never be able to take away the power, the force, the effect of a live performance.  That, thank goodness, will never change. A huge part of what makes Adele, well, Adele is the emotion that she projects through her music when she is singing.

Last week’s On The Media had an interesting perspective on how her music’s composition is and how it is perfectly projected to catching our attention and keeping us involved. Don’t get me wrong, I thought this explanation was fascinating– especially in its comparison to the Moonlight Sonata– but to only remark on the impeccable composition of her music was, in my opinion, not enough. What about the actual lyrics, that everyone can relate to at one point or another? What about the simple yet eloquent performance she gives each and every time she sings? To me, she is one of a kind. And I agree completely with what they said: her music will be around for a long time.

I also want to comment on Russia and how in 2012 we’re still talking about censorship in a seemingly democratic country. I had no idea about Vladimir Putin’s commercials on his opposition leaders travelling nor that TV Shows could be cancelled in Russia if they spoke openly against the government. Russia, along with China, India and Brazil, is one of the most promising countries economically and it strikes me that there are still issues such as there.

PS: By the way, isn’t the presenter, Brooke Gladstone’s, voice so lovely?

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