QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“But whether Adam can quite believe it or not, his determination, boundless talent and unwavering resolve to be nothing but himself has seen him achieve more in six years than many musicians achieve in a lifetime.” – Hunger TV interview
Adam Lambert on iHeart Music Awards
Poised for World Domination!!
Hunger TV – The Interview: Adam Lambert. Outstanding!!
I definitely feel both a personal and professional evolution over the past five years. I think I’ve become more well adjusted to the strangeness of fame and more grounded in my personal life. I don’t overwork my performances as much as I once did; as an entertainer, sometimes less IS more. Personally speaking, I’ve tried to take a similar less is more approach to life. That being said, I still have extravagant tendencies but I think I’ve managed to balance things out a bit better. I’m still my own worst critic, but I’m giving myself better reviews these days. This has all lead to me feeling more comfortable in my skin and more willing to reveal a more authentic, honest self to the world. Read more.
The evolution of Adam Lambert from theater kid to singer-songwriter-superstar
I have been a most ardent Adam Lambert fan these past five years, but as you faithful readers of my scribblings well know, my passion for him has never blinded me to his human failings and limitations. I was smitten by his godlike talents as a vocalist, by his stage personas and his charisma, but I think that what really fuels my obsession is my conviction that he could be so, so much more.
If only. If only he hadn’t lost American Idol. If only America wasn’t so antigay. If only he hadn’t kissed a guy on the AMA. If only 19E/RCA/Sony had marketed him properly. If only radio would play his music. Perhaps. But in my honest opinion, these are distractions from the real issue. To put it bluntly, Adam’s rise to fame was propelled by his voice and command of the stage. But his ambition is to succeed not simply as a singer, but as a music creator. And that is a goal for which he has had nowhere near the training nor the preparation needed. Read more…
My Torah study master likes to begin a session by having us read a line or two of text, a fragment that initially seems to relay almost no information. But then over the ensuing two hours, we would fill in the context–the story in the scriptural passage as well as to the larger historical, religious and literary background–examine the multitude of ways in which those dozen or so words could now be interpreted, and connect them to our own lives and spiritual experience. I love these sessions. They turned grains of language into boundless universes of meaning.
So now Adam has released his own version of a scriptural fragment, and until April 21st when the single drops, all of you Adam Lambertologists are invited to submit your thoughts and interpretations below. What do you see and hear in this?
How is this much adorableness even legal?
…with song lyrics?
VOCAL MASTER CLASS
The gift that sets Adam apart and above any of his peers is his voice–that impossibly rich timbre that enfolds your heart, and that lissome legato that pulls you along an emotional arc with such assurance–it’s a voice that breaks you open. And too often, his producers have chosen to bury the crown jewel under layers of gilt and rhinestones. As we enter Era 5 of Adam’s journey, we see Adam stripping down (literally!), and we hope his next releases will be stripped down as well. Check out this acoustic version of “Better than I know myself.” We wish RCA had released something like this:
Adam Lambert – Better than I know myself – hr3 unplugged
It’s starting… Era 3, or 5, depending on how you count ‘em
There has been a lot of angst in the fandom lately over tactics to get radio play for Adam. The subject of audience demographics has touched an especially sore spot. Chill people! Enjoy being a fan, enjoy the music when it comes out, support it through positive energy. Radio veteran Lisa G. offers some excellent insight and advice here:
Simply show interest in our [your local] station. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Read/share content on our websites! Tell us you love our on-air personalities and bits! Show interest in other artists. Enter our contests! Come to our appearances! Support our advertisers (many of them, after all, are a part of YOUR local economy)! All we ask is that you are polite. Don’t go overboard, spam us, or tell us “you guys suck and need to play XYZ…” or, worse, “I never listen to the radio, but…” Honestly, in my opinion, I really don’t care if you’re 16 or 43, as long as you’re nice and tell me you love my station.
DEPARTMENT OF EYE CANDY
Thanks to @tattoojo91!! Happy Sunday!
HOME FIRES BURNIN’
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MORE FROM KYM
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants “…I’ve already spoken about how much joy it has bought me to see Brian and Roger play with smiles on their faces, and I really believe that Adam has helped both of them work through their grief over the death of Freddie. Brian and Roger seem so relaxed in Adam’s company; they laugh with him, hug him and everyone in the audience can feel the connection between them. There are some wonderful photos and videos from the tour of their interactions; Brian and Roger smiling as Adam touches the vocal sky in STL, and Roger kissing Adam’s hand at the end of Under Pressure. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see them like that. For me as a member of the audience, it looks like they really love each other; they’re obviously captivated with each other’s musical abilities and they’re having a complete blast performing together…”
Why *this* voice? – a bit more technical insight “…Anyone who went to one of the QAL gigs or have seen the footage on YouTube will have been blown away by Adam’s delivery of Save Me. It’s simple, but it is packed with mostly understated drama and anyone who has ever been dumped will identify with it. He delivers the tune and the sentences with dramatic awareness and sensitivity, and the audience are transported…”
Performance 101 – singer to artist “…So you can sing; in fact, you can sing really well and you can make a beautiful sound. Is that enough? What else do you have to do to be a good performer? How does the singer become an artist? Does it happen automatically? Can anyone do it? Or is it a gift? The difference between someone who is “just” a singer and the performer who is a true artist is performance skill and this is where things get brilliant, or you miss the target completely…”
DEPARTMENT OF EYE CANDY
Excuse me, I had passed out for a few seconds after laying eyes on this image…can’t tell if it’s because all my blood rushed to my head or in the other direction. If one can call this a mere image. Brian May stereograms move over…WAY over!! This is Crouching-Tiger-Not-So-Hidden-Dragon-take-you-down-the-wormhole-into-dimensions-you-never-knew-existed stuff. Really, Adam could be locked up for unleashing such a disruptive force on the world.
Just LOOK at it (maybe put on sunglasses first if you are of frail constitution). The light flows from those burnished biceps, the arching thighs with that corona of fine hair, the firmly rounded but not too bulging calves. A rich pelt, iron annealed to copper, hangs languidly over his brow. He is steel and softness. A coiled tiger ready to leap upon the world, his powerful pectorals collide with trapezius to form two symmetric valleys that frame his face, which is hidden in shadow. The effect is at once vaguely menacing yet contemplative. His dragon eyes, piercing and gentle, are obscured, mercifully. There is only so much hotness we mortals can absorb.
This is what Adam sees in the mirror. He is appraising himself, iPhone poised delicately in his hand, the polished fingertip hovers over the button as he ponders whether to share this. With whom? A lover? With us? This is a selfie to end all selfies. He teases and tempts with his incomparable physical beauty, but he is no mere hot posterboy. There is so much more roiling under the surface. Ambition. Hope. Self-doubt. His aura of confidence tempered by vulnerability. Godlike yet so very mortal.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“…the difference with QAL is that they perform with LOVE – it’s not just about doing the music to entertain themselves, or because they think they’re good at it, but it’s because they truly love what they’re doing and want to share it.” – Kym Smith
GETTING READY FOR WORLD DOMINATION…
WHAT HAS OUR BOY BEEN SMOKIN’?
SIGH…WE HAVE SUCH AN ADAM HANGOVER. WHAT ABOUT YOU?
And we wanted to share this fabulous Facebook post by Kym Smith (the classical singer who carried on that great tweet dialog in last week’s post):
QAL Sheffield – 27th Feb 2015
Going to the last night of the UK/Europe tour was rather like spending a final night with the perfect lover you know is emigrating the next day. It was astounding, poignant and painful, all at the same time.
There was a much more highly-charged atmosphere than in Birmingham. I was down on the floor again, so my view wasn’t the greatest as I’m not that tall, but could see most things via the giant screens. The Motorpoint Arena is a bit smaller than the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, but it was packed out. I’d talked to a couple of people on the tram who come all the way from Suffolk as a result of seeing the televised NYE concert. I told them they were in for a treat, so I hope they agreed with me by the end of the evening.
The place erupted from the opening chords of One Vision as the curtains billowed away. The guys were really ripping into the music and Brian was clearly having the time of his life as they cruised through SCC. Adam was at his saucy best in FBG and there were screams of delight from the women (and some of the men) as he twerked and flirted with the audience. We were also treated to a full-screen microphone lick during KQ for extra naughtiness. He was even doing a bit of flirting with Brian and giving him the “come on” looks
STL was also stunning, with even more high notes incorporated into it. It’s always been one of my favourite Queen songs, but the QAL version of it is just incomparable, and it’s almost, almost a different song now.
Adam’s homage to Freddie was greeted with delight and the first teary moment was LOML. Brian was clearly overcome – he spoke about how this had been the most enjoyable tour they’d ever done. Roger sang DOOL beautifully – the croakiness from a couple of nights previously was gone and there were a lot of teary eyes in the audience at the video montage of Queen in days gone by.
The audience were transfixed by Adam in Save Me and WWTLF – I could almost hear them holding their breath. It’s almost impossible to pick out the best bits from a set that was so immaculately put together, but Brian and Adam’s improvisation before IWIA was… organic. It takes special skill and rapport to do that in front of a live audience of thousands, and do it slightly different every time.
RGG dissolved into its usual audience frenzy when Adam went down into the crowd, but we were nearing the end too quickly. I’m sure heard a subtle change when Brian introduced Adam – for the first time, I don’t think he called him the “new guy”, but the audience went WILD for him.
Bo Rhap was immense, as usual, with huge cheers at the “Freddie” footage and the interchange between him and Adam. When WATC started, I think it had started to get to Adam that this was the last performance, and I saw on Twitter that there are pics of him in tears (which I haven’t seen yet, for reasons of sanity). He missed out a couple of lines and this was probably because he was too choked to get the notes out.
There were huge amounts of hugging at the end and I think all of the guys were really overcome (I’m tearing up just thinking about it).
All of the guys were stunning throughout – Adam’s voice, Brian’s guitar, Roger and the lovely Rufus on the drums and not forgetting Neil and Spike. This show was every bit as spectacular as Birmingham and all the other footage I’ve seen on YouTube. It was the Queen experience that I’ve known and loved for decades, but with something more.
As I’ve already spoken about on here, I’ve been involved with music since I was a teenager and I’ve seen and heard thousands of performers in classical music, rock, pop and a few other genres as well. But the difference with QAL is that they perform with LOVE – it’s not just about doing the music to entertain themselves, or because they think they’re good at it, but it’s because they truly love what they’re doing and want to share it.
There’s been loads of stuff on here in the last few weeks about how Adam has given Brian and Roger a new lease of life, and he truly has. I think the thing that made last night so emotionally charged is that we were all aware of the love that there is between them, and how much they have all treasured this experience.
And we have treasured it – I know I’ve already mentioned that I never thought I’d hear Queen’s music live again in such perfection. I think a lot of us are never going to be the same again (and I’ve tweeted copiously about this!). There are now thousands of us who are now fans of Adam’s as well as Queen’s and those of us who have been lucky enough to get to the live shows have been able to witness what an astonishing performer he is.
And of course, we now know that this isn’t the end of QAL – it’s the “pause” button. There is going to be Rock in Rio, and Brian has already acknowledged that the fans (us!!) are mad for more. There *is* space for the things that they all want to do as well, but it looks as though there may be opportunities for us to have more of the wonderful, life-changing experience that is QAL.
Oh dear, I’ve written a lot. Sorry chaps, I needed to emote as I’m smile emoticon and cry emoticonall at the same time. Just tell me if you want me to go away and write a blog instead…
And this too: Read more…