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‘The Stars Aligned’

Posted on | November 22, 2015 | 29 Comments

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is one of those songs I never get tired of hearing. I seldom listen to contemporary pop music, preferring old rock and soul classics of the 1960s and ’70s, but “Rolling in the Deep” is an exception. In a BBC interview, the British singer explained how she suddenly gained worldwide fame in 2008:

“The week I was doing Saturday Night Live, it was meant to be a normal week but the week after, Sarah Palin was supposed to do it, . . . Because something came up in the campaign, she came and did the week I was doing it with Josh Brolin. So it was one of the most watched SNLs ever, and then it was two weeks before the Grammy ballot, which is when people decide what songs they want to maybe nominate, so, like, literally the stars aligned for me. . . . All thanks to Sarah Palin.”

After Adele performed for that huge audience, her album hit number one and she was nominated for four Grammys. Sarah Palin recently sent Adele a copy of her new book, Sweet Freedom: A Devotional, penning this autographed inscription:

“Adele, You look so great! So beautiful! So . . . Rumor Has It you recently threw me some credit for your amazing success — very kind coming from Someone Like You! Congrats on motherhood. Keep Setting Fire to the Rain.
Love, your fan
Sarah Palin”

As Paul Harvey would say, now you know the rest of the story.

(Via Memeorandum.)



29 Responses to “‘The Stars Aligned’”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    Unfortunately the stars did not align for America. We got stuck with Obama and Biden.

  2. Fail Burton
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Don’t like Adele. She’s the Michael Bolton of her generation. A lot of noise and technique and no emotion.

  3. Arthur hembree
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    At least Biden is sorta’ reasonable

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    Biden is Squeaky Fromme to Obama’s Manson.

    (am I being too over the top)

  5. Finrod Felagund
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

    I’ve discovered that the only actual pop music I like is either by the Beatles or by Simon & Garfunkel (including Simon’s solo stuff).

  6. Vicky Fisher
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

    Adele’s OK.My favorite English female singer songwriter the beautiful Kate Bush.

  7. postaldog
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    Unless you’re a woman who doesn’t like a “handsy” old man groping on you at press conferences.

  8. DeadMessenger
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 2:33 pm

    Maybe Squeaky Fromme, but I would’ve thought more Susan Atkins. (No, not over the top.)

  9. CrustyB
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

    Sarah Palin gave us Adele and Barack Obama gave us the Weather Underground Organization.

  10. RKae
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

    Try some Al Stewart. He has all the tune-smithing powers of the Beatles, but with the greatest lyrical ability in the biz.

    If you can find a copy of “Between the Wars” it will blow your hair back.

  11. trangbang68
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 5:01 pm


  12. Steve Skubinna
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    Oh, c’mom, they all like that. Some of them may say they don’t, but everybody knows better.

    Right, ladies? Can we get some Tumblrinas to weigh in?

  13. Steve Skubinna
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

    Al Stewart is just a trend follower. I swear, if I hear one more formulaic song about the Roehm Purge or Admiral Jackie Fisher I’m gonna puke. Done to death, man.

    I mean, jeez, break some new ground here. Try singing about a car or a girl.

  14. Finrod Felagund
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 7:55 pm

    I have a song on cd called Henry Curiosity by a local Indiana band, about Henry David Thoreau.

  15. Adobe_Walls
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

    You are not.

  16. Adobe_Walls
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

    Wrong ”Al” entirely.

  17. darleenclick
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

    Now I like Adele because of her technique. She doesn’t sound like the interchangeable popsingers taylormileykatytwerkingmediabeforemusic little girls with little girl voices.

    In many ways she reminds me of my fave woman singer when I was a little girl listening to my parents’ records — Peggy Lee.

    Adele is young, IMO she will grow, mature and those years & experience will just enrich her craft.

  18. darleenclick
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
  19. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

    Peggy Lee was great.

  20. Durasim
    November 22nd, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

    At least Michael Bolton can laugh at himself.

  21. Fail Burton
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 4:16 am

    Maturity has little to do with it. The reason Amy Winehouse was great at 20 is because there was scarcely an obscure jazz or blues album she didn’t know about. It’s a matter of education as your base. She used to routinely stun old school black jazz and blues artists with her knowledge and they openly speak about that in Winehouse documentaries. Watch the Jools Holland show with video of Winehouse at 20 standing with her guitar, playing and singing songs she wrote. Adele is of the Aguilera/Carey school of over-souling improvisation which is mimicry. Winehouse was a true jazz singer and when she sang it was like a history book on stage. It’s not a question of one being “better” than the other but a question of taste and what you appreciate.

  22. Ilion
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    EXACTLY!She doesn’t sound like the interchangeable popsingers taylormileykatytwerkingmediabeforemusic little girls with little girl voices.”


    I’d heard *of* her, of course, but had never heard her. She has an awesome voice.

  23. Bob Belvedere
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 8:20 am

    With Benny Goodman – a double treat!

    I highly recommend the 2-CD collection of everything those two recorded together.

  24. Ilion
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    Nice voice.

  25. Steve Skubinna
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    Winehouse was terrific but obviously doomed. Every time I heard something about her my reaction was always “She’s still alive?”

    Until inevitably, she wasn’t. Some people just hang that “Going Over The Cliff” sign on their neck.

  26. Steve Skubinna
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    He also plays, and is the only genuine musical talent, with Dave Barry’s band Rock Bottom Remainders.

    So far as I know they only perform at ABA conventions and other venues for professional writers.

  27. Quartermaster
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    Back in the mid 70s, we used to play Panzer Blitz to “Roads to Moscow.”

  28. Quartermaster
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

    Is that all there is?

  29. Steve Skubinna
    November 23rd, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

    “General Guderian stands at the crest of the hill…”