Multi-Sensory Conception – Adam Debuts “Better Than I Know Myself”
I’ve been calm, I’ve been patient, I’ve been distracted by almost every type of personal life activity including, moving homes, illness and the death of a close family member. Last night Adam debuted Better Than I Know Myself on the Tonight Show. This morning I awoke to a brand new reality and outlook. Along with millions of other Adam fans, the juices of anticipation for Trespassing and a whole new, fresh album of Adam’s music, flow like hot lava.
My normally sanguine serenity has been blown to smithereens and all it took was one performance of Adam singing Better Than I Know Myself on TV. Lights up! and a chiseled Adonis stands at a microphone, bringing his authoritative, red carpet look to the performance stage. Oh, that stripped-down formal look is a killer! The backlights give his startled hair a halo quality and occasionally burst across his shoulder in shards. Altogether a holy preacher-man facade. Look down at the floor – can you see the light-through-stained glass effect?
As the camera moves in, my eyes direct my hand to stroke the sleeve of his suit – I would say shoulder, but I’d need a leg-up. Cashmere/silk blend? When he sings and stretches his arms wide, a broad expanse of his pristine, tab front, formal shirt is exposed. The entire ensemble so appropriate for an evening show where the host dresses in suit and tie.
In keeping with the elegant simplicity of his appearance, his movements are spare as all his energy goes into the vocals. So too, the band’s actions are tight and primarily in semi-darkness, so serve no distraction from Adam’s highly expressive visage.
Will this year’s tour require an investment in a new LBD? Simple eyeliner, strong brows and subtle accessories – allowing our personalities to beam through without competition from glitzy rhinestones and sequins? Well, maybe just a couple of sparklers.
All this and no mention of voice and music – Adam is a such a multi-faceted performer, he’s more than “The Voice”. The first notes of pipe organ hearken us to potentially sombre, “serious music follows”, but when Adam’s voice joins with “Cold as Ice and more bitter than December….” he starts low but rises to “…go I’d have gone by now…” in the first of several crescendos. The message is serious and authentic but far from sombre. The classic emotional roller-coaster ride as only Adam can drive the car. I tested my reaction numerous times – without the visuals to direct my responses. Perfect.
This song and his voice truly invaded my dreams until I awoke with that chorus raging in a loop at the top of my mind. Knowing what’s to come in the delicious final note, delivered unaccompanied, the song plays on to the end.
Note perfect in look, sound and expression, our young Adam is all grown-up now. Or is he? He revealed some interesting observations and revelations in recent interviews which appear to indicate his evolving acceptance of his place in the world. But, we are sure to hear and see the playful “light side” of the dichotomy he’s teased us about as this “Year of Adam Lambert” unfolds. The video should inform us even more, but that’s it for me, patience worn thin, I might have to start nagging for more. When’s the video coming? Next single? Next performance? The album! The tour! Maybe after tonight’s show, I’ll get that out of my system and return to my normal, cool patient self. Until I hear BTIKM again.