Adele's 21 is an album for the ages -- top to bottom powerful songs ranging from ballads to pop. Her voice carries so deeply across each track. It makes you wonder how big an idiot the guy was that left her for someone else. Such an immense talent. She rumored her new album in 2021. She says she won't name it after her age. It's too bad since we're about the same age. I love how I grow up with her.
When I think about 21, I think of a boy dreaming of big things and drinking himself into a stupor every night. Thus, was college at Wisconsin-Madison. Such a miserable way to spend the day, but it's what all the students did, or, at least, my friends. We didn't concern ourselves with the future or how we could manifest anything we want instead of just cheap vodka and keg parties. So it goes.
At 21, Adele released a smash. Obviously, she's talented in voice. Yet, she would be nothing without the cast around her. Who is playing horns, guitar, drums? She knows. Without them, she would have nothing just a singer in a smoky empty room belting out words. With her crew, she elevates. A backing beat, a backing cast, belief in her prowess to steer the listener wherever she wishes to take them. In the depths of a captivating voice, backed by a group, she becomes Adele.
Much in the same, I feel now that truth. My work is nothing without a cast of characters behind them. I am the talent and they are the ones who believe. With the new band, Ruff & Tug, and the new writer's group, I'm building something bigger than the sum of its parts. That's true alchemy. If only Newton would've known that it's collaboration that creates gold from coal.
I will never be Adele. I'll never be Hemingway. We won't be The Beatles. Shakespearian plays will not arise out of our group. Nor do I want to be. I am and we are a product of these things, but we can never be them. They are where they are because of who they were. They had their own algorithm of people who built them into their respective names. Without those believers, I stays I.
It is impossible to succeed in this world without the help of a community of friends, family, and strangers. From the moment we are born, we are born in the arms of others.
-- Eric Maus
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. - Isaac Newton
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