Tuesday 7 December 2010

TUUUNE - What Adele's "Someone Like You" can teach us about writing

Thin sound or layered?
In singing there is pure sound when the voice rings with a single tone. This sounds good, if a little hard on the ears. 
Then there are the tonal qualities when chest voice and head voice blend to produce magic. It takes work to learn the skills to produce the depth within a sound, when singing.
The same applies to writing. Power – in writing, and in singing - is not about shouting. It is about control. Depth.
Adele could sing a shopping list and sound mellow and soulful. Like good writing, her craft isn’t about over-emotional delivery. Singing this way - and writing -  is about suppression and control. 


  1. I like the way you enjoy teaching & singing. most people consider teaching a job like any other! keep on writing!

  2. What a beautiful voice - thanks for sharing!

  3. Suppression and control -- perfectly said :)

  4. Hi Smita
    I do enjoy singing. It would be harder to define the teaching role I prefer - fact delivery verses learning guide. Both strands are necessary but the ratio in the blend is shifting too far.

    Hi Susan
    Adele does have an adorable voice.:)

    Hi Sherrie
    Very difficult to master the subtlety, the portrayal of emotion is essential.

  5. Thanks for sharing the video.

    As far as writing is concerned, long ago I was a shouter. It is about control.