Yesterday, when we were busy getting on our adoration for Adele and her every-climbing Billboard feat on the 200 chart, a story broke in the Telegraph about the R&B dynamette’s apparent life-saving skills. Seven-year-old Charlotte Neve, who suffered a brain hemorrhage in her sleep back in April of 2011, was reportedly awoken from her coma when the young girl’s mother sang “Rolling in the Deep” to her in hospice.
Ms. Neve, 31, on the serenade: “I started singing it to her because she loves her and we used to sing that song together. Charlotte started smiling and I couldn’t believe it. It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again. The nurses said it was like I ‘unlocked her’ and from that day she started getting better and better.”
Though Adele laced the songs’ themes with despair, regret and failure, there’s something miraculously cathartic at work to get a human being to get woken up to an opening verse like so: “There’s a fire starting in my heart/Reaching a fever pitch it’s bringing me out the dark.” Which got us thinking, what other song/lyric would you attempt to cure somebody of something with? And don’t shooting any fish in the barrel with “Let it Be” or a cheeky Cure tune. For slick starters – The Shins bittersweet take on Tenement Halls‘ “Plenty Is Never Enough,” yelping, “You know hate we’ve got plenty of/It’s love that’s never enough:”