grammy, grammys, adele, appoggiatura In 2012 Adele ruled the Grammys. One could say the basis of her appeal is how her songs can make the tears flow.

Music undeniably has an impact on our emotions and can even evoke physiological reactions – like goose bumps and tears. Does this impact come from the lyrics or from the notes themselves? Psychologists have been trying to figure this out, and it turns out it’s the music, not the words. So if you’ve cried listening to Adele’s song “Someone Like You,” it’s not your fault. The Grammy-winning song has all of the signatures of emotionally provocative music.

In particular, Adele embellishes the song with unexpected notes called appoggiaturas, or grace notes. Appoggiatura means “a propping up.” Musically speaking, it is a note that is not essential to the harmony or the melody. The appoggiatura contrasts the melody and creates tension, according to musical psychologists. This tension is relieved when the singer returns to the melody and provides emotional relief to the listener.Then the tears start flowing.

For a more in-depth analysis of the “Anatomy of a Tear Jerker” see this article at the Wall Street Journal.

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  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 24, 2013 - 7:20 am

    “American Dream” by Casting Crowns (my fave band) makes me cry. it’s the lyrics, not the music, tho. So sad… :(
    2 scenes from the Warriors series by Erin Hunter have brought tears to my eyes. The 1st is when Graystripe leaves ThunderClan to go join RiverClan with his kits. The 2nd is when Cinderpaw is in the medicine den because of her injury, and Fireheart is visiting her, and he says, “We’ll find the oldest, slowest mouse in the forest and catch him together. He won’t stand a chance.” Both scenes were really sad. (Although I have to admit, there’s a lot of heartbreak in Warriors…)

  2. Ben -  January 31, 2013 - 4:48 am

    She doesn’t make me cry. Her lyrics are trite, her singing overwrought and she just smacks of soullessness. Ohh poor little millionaire had a break up. If anybody cries to an Adele song they have some serious sensitivity issues.

  3. Lovaduck -  June 18, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Adele’s songs diminish women.
    Look at the lyrics for “Someone like you”… Honestly, is that the kind of women you’d want to be? One that gets dumped and still worships the guy that screwed her? Please…. Or even worst, is it that she promotes passive-aggressive behaviours with her lyrics, making a stern critic sound like it is just pure love… pick your poison….

  4. RealMusicLover -  May 18, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Ummm.. is everyone on here deaf? Her music is bad, her voice truly sucks, she is NOT talented what so ever. Like the article said, it’s not her words or voice that touches your hearts, is the music.

    She’s extremely annoying and can’t wait till she’s off the radio.

  5. Mr. Jay -  April 29, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Adele’s music is so pleasing to both the ear and the heart. One of the main reasons behind the effectiveness and the ability for most to relate to the situation is personal experiences. Who hasn’t been in a situation that she describes in her songs? She is also a strong supporter of equality and has a voice to really help shape the intolerant nation into one that is more fair and equal.

  6. Rachel-Arianna -  April 14, 2012 - 11:12 am

    ttylxox (by bella thorne) is just stupid. something to dance for (by zendaya) has meaning.

    At first I hated Adele. I thought that since she couldn’t sing high notes (well i cant either but shes a real singer) she was a really bad singer and her voice would break and stuff like that. but i payed attention to her lyrics and they are awesome. but shes not my favorite.

    @mary torres so swagging, uh, it’s great that ur 16 and ur turning 17 in october………….what the heck?!?!

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