Adam, you said your heart is full on Ryan Seacrest’s show yesterday. Is this a contagious condition? Because my heart feels full to bursting today. I think a few heartstrings popped watching you tonight on American Idol. You killed me softly with that acoustic “Aftermath”, your voice a rolling river of melody – your incomparable legato like a large, strong hand gently cradling my soul and carrying me to a place of peace, healing and hope.
You nailed every detail. The stripped arrangement framed the beauty of your voice perfectly. You sang with exquisite control, letting flow your dulcet tones to comfort a broken heart, and then effortlessly shifting to a fierce gravelly sound in the anthemic chorus.
Tonight your job was to reach out and ensnare new fans, and remind millions of viewers why you so captivated them two seasons ago. You went for that understated, “Tracks of My Tears” styling in that exquisite suit, your hair upswept and soft, only a touch of eyeliner, and I must say you looked as beautiful as I’ve ever seen you. (And my husband approved!) You inhabited your song, animating it just the right amount. You gave us a master class in how to make love to the camera. And you flashed that megawatt smile. Was it good? Oh yeeeesssss, that was amazing baby. The. Best. Ever.
And after slaying us with your song, you delivered the coup de grace: You spoke about your message – the message in the song you co-wrote – and you eagerly proclaimed to the world your support for the Trevor Project. No more hiding. You took a trip into the glitter, and all you feel is love. Excuse me, I gotta go grab a tissue…
OK, I’m back.
You keep getting better and better, and for me that’s what elevates you into a league of your own. You have a huge desire to be great, and a capacious mind and heart to take in what life gives you, consider it, consume it and grow. You have been so generous about opening up your life to your fans, that we can partake vicariously in your journey. It’s our journey too, and you have given a voice to so many who did not have one.