British songstress, composer, and all round gift to the music world, Adele, need hardly do more than sit and watch her “25” collection collect record sales figures, even before this Thursday’s final count for the week, but like a sport, she’s been game to share her soulful, lilting voice in every manner of venue. Late last week, she made herself just one of the girls, just a little less gorgeous, pretending that she might pass out at a singing competition in her honor, until her voice gave her away, and with Jimmy Fallon last night, November 24, she, the host, and The Roots, performed “Hello” on the most rudimentary, regular classroom music instruments there could ever be, and the result was something that could be released in a minute!
Admittedly, Adele could sing the telephone book, and transcend it into a Top 40 hit, and The Roots under creative watch of Questlove could likely divine musical tones from mere dust, yet, to witness the artists never missing a beat on tools that are less than thrift shop grade, and having such glorious fun, as Ms. Adkins carelessly tosses that playful green phone, is sheer delight. Fearless Fallon never missed a beat on his woodblock, and the drumming front man matched his host’s pink tie with his pink hand clapper. Naturally, the multicolored xylophone, kazoos, a ukulele, and even banana shakers added greater sonic texture, so much so that Adele herself only had one instant of a near crackup, amidst harmonies that were true perfection.
Continuing with her media blast in conjunction with the release, the singer sang indoors on the “Today” show this morning, but not braving the weather didn’t lose her any adoration, as fans were seven strands deep, and wrapped around the windows of NBC studios at Rockefeller Center. They were rewarded for that presence and loyalty with the lush performance of “A Million Years Ago.” The longing ballad of reminiscing youthful days, yearning to “look up at the sky, not just the floor” has the feel a stroll along Parisian cafés, and showcases the superstar’s skill within the lower register. “25” has already been declared to have surpassed NSYNC’s 2.4 million sales record set for “No Strings Attached” back in 2000, and she’s doubled the sales of Taylor Swift’s 1989 in its first week. Roughly, this third release alone accounts for one-third of all music sold across the country this week. The boy band has already sent a loving note of “Bye Bye Bye” on Twitter, so there’s no hard feelings. As for the singing toddler mom, she keeps life in perspective. “I’ve got a kid, which is the most grounding thing,” Baby Angelo will have years of pleasure looking back on his mum and the boys playing those instruments, and being so cheeky!