I was lurking around on the internet and came across this article that’s been making the rounds about the singer Adele’s performance on her song ‘Someone Like You’. In short, the article reminded me of just how influential phrasing is – or can be – to a melody. I don’t think much of the song; I find the pitches in the chorus particularly mundane and mostly ill chosen. Despite this, her performance has the power to move me and other people in profound ways.

There is a lot of content in the article that I think composers/performers/improvisers would be wise to keep at the forefront of their practice… it’s those little things…

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