Saturday 25 Oct 2014

Adele Quits Music For 4-5 Years After Winning 6 Grammy’s to Find Love – Don’t Let Life Pass You By & Cherish Those Around You

Shocking right?! It is absolutely true though.
According to countless articles on the internet, and a new interview with Vogue, the adored female vocalist Adele, reveals that she is now going to step away from touring and releasing music for at least the next 4 or 5 years. “I am [leaving] for four or five years,” is what she told Vogue reporter Jonathan Van Meter.
In a nutshell, she said that she feels too busy and isolated when on tour, and she hates that she is missing out on her friend’s and families lives while she is away. She feels like she will never be able to truly fall in love and start a family with her current schedule the way it is.

 

“So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.” said Adele, just 2 days after she basically clean sweeped the coveted Grammy Music Awards, winning a record tying 6 in one night as a female vocalist. She tied with Beyonce.

Here’s 3 articles I found about it right away:
http://global.christianpost.com/news/adele-to-take-break-from-music-for-four-or-five-years-69484/

http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/adele-quits-music-for-love-1.1234301

http://www.noise11.com/news/adele-quits-showbiz-20120215

I watched the Grammy’s on TV on Sunday night, and have been a fan of most of Adele’s work for the last year or two. Pretty much every time you heard the nominees for a category and Adele came on, you just knew she would win. She won over America with her voice, and then people just started to fall in love with her cute British “I am who I am” style of image. She’s not your Hollywood model pop star who is 5’6″ and 110 pounds, but she sure does boast an immense amount of talent, and she sings brutally honest love songs that unfortunately way too many people can relate to! This is why America fell in love with Adele, because she’s good, and she’s real. At the VMA awards while other performers were announcing they were pregnant in their performance (Beyonce), or coming out with extremely extravagant light & video shows, Adele came out with 1 spotlight on her and nothing else but a piano and sang “Someone Like You”. You couldn’t help but get goose bumps watching that video.

The official video of that, can be seen here:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/684907/someone-like-you-live.jhtml

She did say in the interview that she wanted to be able to write a happy album this time, and that she wouldn’t release a new album until she had written one better than her current chart smashing album “21”.  Both strong statements that will set Adele up for huge anticipation for a new release – whenever that might be.

 

Being in the music industry myself it’s really hard for my brain to wrap around the idea of being 23 years old (which I am!), and having your new album literally become one of the biggest albums out at the moment, win 6 Grammy’s, be on top of the world, and then when everyone in America wants to see you live and know everything about you, you pull the plug, call it quits, and go on hiatus for a minimum of 3 or 4 years!!

However, on the flip side, being in the music industry I also understand all of her points about wanting to find love, start a family, be there as her friends and family continue to grow up and get older. With For Today’s touring schedule (my band, see ABOUT ME), I’ve always felt like I’m just visiting friends, or just visiting family. I don’t ever get to have a constant relationship with any of my friends or family in person. Thank God for the digital age conveniences of Skype, Facebook, texting, & smart phones so I can stay in contact, but it’s still not quite the same.
So Adele, I can relate in a way, and I applaud your boldness to do what is right for YOU, and not listening to what all the music industry people want you to do. You know that in the long run, they’re only trying to make a quick buck (or million) off of you.

 

It’s interesting that this gets announced around Valentine’s Day when people are thinking a lot about love and cherishing the people around the time. I’m sure that had a role in her decision.

 

What can we take from this news from Adele? Many things:

  • Money doesn’t bring true happiness

  • We all want to be loved

  • Cherish your friends & your loved one’s

  • There’s no value that can be put on true friendship

This can be applied in a miles & points view 100 times over. I’m sure many of you reading were wondering when I would mention anything about mile, points, or travel, considering the website IS called “Travel and Credit”, haha. Well here you go:

 

  • Don’t get so caught up in the act of EARNING miles, that you have too hard of a time SPENDING your miles on travel that will bring you joy as you spend time with loved one’s & see some of the amazing earth that God put here for us to enjoy.

  • DO use your miles to visit loved one’s and friends

  • Use your points & miles to book trips for friends to come with you somewhere, or for them to come and visit YOU instead of vice versa all the time.

  • Truly cherish the time that you have with loved one’s when you are traveling, visiting, or even living amongst each other. Someone shouldn’t have to live 2,000 miles away for you to realize how much you care about them.

  • No award is worth more than time spent with those you care about. If you put a mileage price on your loved one’s, then you haven’t learned what love really is yet.

 

I think Paul said it best:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I was able to use 25,000 Delta Skymiles in January to take a break from recording our new album in NJ to fly to North Dakota to spend 2 and a half days with my family for my Mom’s birthday. It was short, and the round trip travel time to get there was almost half as long as my time with my family, but it was worth every second!

Cherish the small things, don’t put work over relationships, use your miles to visit friends & family, & learn how to love!

 

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11 Comments

  1. Great post David! So true. We always miss you when you're gone!

  2. Could not agree more. For years I’ve been telling people that life & happiness is not measured in money and fame – there’s no greater joy than to love the people around you and cherish the connections you have. I respect her decision very much so. Great post reminding people to stay grounded!

  3. worldtraveller2 says:

    loved this post! So often I read the ff blogs, but don’t usually get this kind of good read!

    • admin says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! Since I work in the music industry, it definitely peaked my interest. Plus, in general it’s pretty wild for her to step away at all with her success right now. Good lessons to be learned though.

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