Alden Boon

How to Channel Your Inner Adele. Literally.


Adele is back and the world is turned upside down. Unlike a certain female singer who’s off the deep end, Adele came in like a tidal wave. Her single, “Hello”, is breaking all kinds of VEVO records and sales records. And she hasn’t even done any heavy lifting!

It’s always frustrating when an Adele song is just ~slightly~ out of your vocal range. How am I supposed to put my heart and soul, my entire weight into the song? But not to worry. After days of putting ‘Hello’ on loop, I’ve discovered ways to channel my inner Adele.
I’d also like to take this chance to announce that I’m changing my name from ‘Alden’ to ‘Aldelene’.

Adele’s voice is distinctive: raspy, powerful, and tinged with a melancholic sweetness. It’s impossible to pattern her husky quality, so instead, get a husky. A dog is a man’s best friend, they say. There’s a reason why Adele’s songs resonate with everyone. They are simple yet poetic, and they hit all the raw nerves. In lesser hands, the same songs would however fall flat. But there’s a reason why her words bring the chills: Adele’s feeling all the emotions simultaneously. It’s an overload of joy, disgust, anger, sadness, and fear and even Bing Bong all at once.

Adele has a penchant for singing powerful notes and then exercising restraint the next second. Her songs are replete with interplays of rising and falling tones. That chest to head voice/falsetto is not a technique every one can master. So prepare for the next inflection by pinching yourself.

Need to belt out a note? Punch yourself in the stomach. You can call those blue-blacks your emotional bruises.

Adele over-enunciates every consonant but she hates her g’s. So be French and drop ’em g’s.

“They say that time’s supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healin’.”

“We could have it all, rollin’ in the deep.”

In fact, go ahead and punctuate every vowel. When singing an Adele song, it’s customary to gesticulate like Mariah Carey. Like a matriarch dismissing help. Like you flailing your arms when you’re late and trying to flag down a taxi. Like you’re doing air bicep curls. Just study her Rollin’ in the Deep performance at the Grammys. But why stop there? You gotta whip your hair back and forth a la Willow Smith.

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Alden Boon
Alden Boon is a Quarter-finalist in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. When he's not busy writing, he pretends he is Gandalf.

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