“Please stop calling here, Adele.”

A dialogue with Adele, from the perspective of the person she should not be calling. All of Adele’s lyrics are from the song “Hello.” The Audience’s lyrics are invented for this dialogue.


Audience: Hello?

Adele: Hello, it’s me.

Audience: Adele?

Adele: I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet.

Audience: Why would I want to do that?

Adele: To go over everything.

Audience: I don’t think that’s a good idea.

Adele: They say that time’s supposed to heal ya, but I ain’t done much healing.

Audience: ….

Adele: Hello, can you hear me?

Audience: Yes. But I, um, I think I’m gonna hang up. Continue reading ““Please stop calling here, Adele.””

“Yes, Jason, it is kinda weird” : A dialogue with Jason Derulo

The song “Trumpets,” by Jason Derulo, has been around for a while now, but I can’t help but think about the strange questions it asks of its audience, every time one hears it.   It’s the tale of a first person narrator and a second person, the beloved, a female companion of the love-struck narrator who he has already wooed and is now in the process of praising.

But instead of simply being a Petrarchan catalogue of all the things he loves and admires about his beautiful beloved, it is instead a description of the things that Jason thinks about and hears when spending time with her.  Not only that, but he tells us about the things he hears and imagines and about which he thinks through a series of questions, each beginning with is it weird…

Which requires an answer.

And that answer is yes: yes, Jason, a lot of what you are saying in this song is pretty weird.

So let’s take a look at the questions you are asking, whether or not the answer is yes, and why.  If you aren’t familiar with the song, here you go:

But first, what do we know before the questions begin?  We know that a) he often sees her get undressed b) when he sees her get undressed, he hears symphonies in his head  c) he wrote this song while looking at her, although it’s not clear if she was dressed or undressed when he wrote it.  (Note: all of Jason’s dialogue is actual lyrics from the song.)

Jason:  Is it weird that I hear violins whenever you’re gone? Continue reading ““Yes, Jason, it is kinda weird” : A dialogue with Jason Derulo”