Songstress Adele has just been on New Zealand shores. In truth, not all famous singers make it to our part of the world, put off perhaps by the logistics of coming so far for so small a country. If Adele’s visit is anything to go by, others probably shouldn’t be deterred. She held three concerts and performed to over 130,000 people, with tickets selling out for each concert within minutes of going on sale.
I’ve long been an Adele fan. I love her voice, her songs and the emotion she conveys. There’s something raw and honest about her lyrics. Of course some of her songs are far from uplifting - something she quite openly admits – but that might be why they get inside your soul in the way that they do.
I hoped to go to one of her concerts but missed out on tickets. My FOMO (fear of missing out) turned to IDMO (I’m definitely missing out) and I was quite surprised by my own level of disappointment. Every mention of Adele or her upcoming concerts gave me pangs of my regret. Oh, what might have been! What I didn’t know at the time was that my daughter had successfully got tickets for the two of us to see Adele’s first Auckland show for me for Christmas. When I got this most unexpected gift I literally got teary.
And so last week the big night finally came around. The balmy night, the expectant crowd and the prospect of finally seeing Adele all combined to make a quite delicious sense of anticipation. This anticipation grew even more when we entered the venue and experienced the buzz of shared expectation as the hordes descended.
And in the end we were far from disappointed. The concert was “wow” from beginning to end, made even more special by what Adele brings to her performance in terms of her own personality. She speaks in such a real and conversational way that you feel as though you’ve in some way connected with her, adding humour and honesty about some of her feelings and motivations behind her songs. It’s hard to believe that she’s terrified of the stage and contemplates giving up live performances.
Every so often a gift comes along that truly blesses. Adele's concert was just such a gift. And the tickets from my daughter to go to see the concert – priceless!