The Christmas holiday has become just about the only time when people gather in each other’s homes to raise their voices in joyful song. Everyone’s getting into the spirit: First Lady Michelle Obama, planning a party, requested Christmas music–along with some of her favorite songs, including one of my new favorites, Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
Adele– just nominated for six Grammy awards is a fabulous musician! Her blog is full of charm, too. As my heart is unusually full of her songs, I was stricken by the news that Adele is recovering from surgery for a vocal cord hemorrhage. And as she’s recovering, this lifetime London resident is talking about moving to the country. Why?
“The idea is for her to live in the countryside, away from the capital’s smog and pollution.”
A source told the British newspaper, The Mirror that she is “deeply invested in her health at the moment.”
“Smog is a type of air pollution that results from a mix of gases and particulates reacting with sunlight. The particulates found in smog can include smoke, dust, sand, and pollen…American Lung Association says that more than 175 million people — about 58% of the population — still live where pollution levels frequently make it difficult for some people to breathe. Ground-level ozone is a pollutant that contributes to smog… it aggravates asthma, irritates the lungs, and makes it difficult to breathe. Long-term inflammation from breathing in too much ground-level ozone can permanently scar lung tissue.”
I love the video of Adele singing–and talking about the inspiration for the song–“Someone Like You” in her home. However, as a mom, I have to add: Ditch the cigarettes, too, please, darling. You’re just sucking concentrated, toxic air pollution right down your precious throat–and being a bad influence on girls.
We should always be able to make a joyful noise unto the world–whenever the spirit moves us. We want our children to grow up singing their hearts out, too. Who would have thought that singing would be yet another reason to fight for clean air? Adele is right. But let’s clean up our air, rather than force people out of our cities.
I’m raising my voice–and a toast–to clean air! Happy Holidays!