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How to Set Fire to the Rain

Adele is big news recently. She won a shit-ton of awards in the Grammy’s and she had the fuck you moment on the Brit Awards (where she was cut off while giving her album of the year speech).


I love Adele. Even if listening to her makes me feel old (Really?! She’s only 23? Shit I’m old.). Her album, 21 was awesome. It reminds me a little about Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill. I guess heartbreak, anger and frustration really are good inspirations for writing great music.

I love Adele’s lyrics. For me it shows that there’s hope for the music industry going forward. I wouldn’t say the lyrics are deep or poetic. But they effectively convey an emotion that the listener can relate to. It’s descriptive and beautiful. Like how the song Set Fire to the Rain describes the heartache someone feels during an end of a relationship. It’s raw and powerful. Moving.

But I Set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name

Good right? At the very least, it’s loads better than:

Baby, baby, baby ohh
Like baby, baby, baby noo
Like baby baby, baby ohh
I thought you’d always be mine.

Fuck you Bieber

Moving on. Set Fire to the Rain is my favorite song in the album. It’s a great song with a catchy chorus. I think setting fire to the rain is a metaphor for crying in the rain. You know, imagine crying in the rain, the tears are welling up and rolling down your eyes and the tears make your eyes burn.

Set fire to the rain = Eyes burning 'cause of tears

At least I think that’s what it means. But the great thing about music, it can mean anything for anyone. It can even mean this:


Which, come to think of it, is fucking awesome. Starting now, this will be what I picture when I listen to the song.


I still didn’t use a scanner when digitizing both pictures, I used a smart phone camera. Yes, I should really get a scanner. For the picture of the crying girl, I tried digitizing the drawing without inks, just the pencils. That’s why the lines are all over the place. I was going for a “sketchy look” but it didn’t turn out that well. Oh well. 


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