OK, by now the media about Adam’s new CD is in full frenzy and our glambert flail is, too. It’s going to be a great CD, isn’t it? Adam’s voice is sublime no matter what he’s singing.
The current single, “Never Close Our Eyes,” takes me right back to the “Poison Apple,” the first disco in my college town in the mid-70’s. Jumping up and down, hair and feet flying all over the place, drinks (and whatever) waiting at the table, dancing with all our friends at once. Yeah, those were some serious clubbing days! And then moving here, with even more clubs to choose from and lots more friends to group-dance with. (The drinks—and whatever–were better, too.) This song reminds me of Donna Summer singing, “love to hear percussion.”
But remember when the first snippets came out? I didn’t always like this song. The snippet never got me, maybe because I couldn’t hear enough of it. It sounded too fast. And when Adam performed the acoustic version of it? It sounded too slow. Yes, I know, Goldilocks comes to mind. Anyway, “Never Close Our Eyes” wasn’t real high on my list of favs. I wasn’t the only one, either (come on, be honest). And lots of people confused Adam’s voice with Bruno’s. But he kept saying, “Wait ‘til you hear the finished one!” So we waited, not happily I might add. But we did. And was he right!
I think a part of NCOE’s appeal to me is that it’s got something for everyone. The kids are going to dance their booties off, singing along, hair and feet flying, etc. etc. The middle-aged fans are going to be bobbing their heads, tapping their feet and embarrassing their teenagers doing all the dances from the “old” days. And those of us who really are “seasoned” will just be bobbing our heads, tapping our feet and singing off-key. But that’s OK.
Plus, NCOE moves like a body dances. As much as I love “BTIKM” I always thought it was more of a head song than a body song. I was always emailing, “But it’s hard to dance to unless you know how to do the ‘bop’.” That’s a kind of slow/fast cha-cha. No one knew what the hell I was talking about.
You know what else I like about this song? It speaks to me as an older woman who’s beginning to have a whole lot to look back on and not quite as much to—now how do I say this without sounding maudlin?—see ahead. My trainer told me before I started going to the weight room a couple of weeks ago that, if I really start to exercise and watch what I eat, he thought I’d have around ten more relatively-healthy years. And I want EVERY ONE. I saw somebody’s comment the other day that NCOE reminds them of “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” And I saw somebody else say that the human voice doesn’t mature until you’re 36. I don’t wanna miss Adam and his voice when he’s 36.
And there’s one lyric that I think really speaks to being young at heart, that line about “no consequence.” Sweetie, it’s a great line but that’s not how real life works. I read in “The “Washington Post” a few days ago that had something that describes it: “Connecting actions to consequences is rarely a bad place to start.” It’s just how it is. It’s what keeps us all connected. Sometimes there are consequences we never even see, they’re so far away. But they’re always there.