Anyway, one thing led to another, and we found ourselves at the Adele concert at the Staples Center. I'm going to say right now that I'm more of a casual fan than a hardcore fan. I like Adele, know some of her songs, own an album, but that's pretty much it. I know nothing about her, other than she's British and she can sing like nobody's business.
So anyway, the concert starts, and of course she opens with her current biggest hit "Hello." The crowd went wild at the first sound of her voice, and went wild again as she came rising up out of the stage in the center of the arena. And it was nothing short of amazing.
I actually got a chill watching and listening to the whole thing. There's something truly amazing about someone having such an effect on 20,000 people. It's inspiring, really. I actually got a bit choked up, and since then, I've been wondering why it would have such an effect.
But the truth is, it's not just about Adele. She's great. People love her. But I think what got me was the feeling that all those people are connecting, not just to her, but to one another. That was twenty thousand people who share a fondness, if not all out love for someone they've never met. They love the way she makes them feel when they hear her music. And for those two hours, everyone there is connected.
When you think about it, it's these small connections that make such a difference. If we could all connect in some small way every day to the things and people around us, it seems like our lives might be a bit easier. And maybe even just a bit happier.