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What is a Muse?

By Juneau, excerpted from On the Meaning of Adam Lambert

[Muse is] one of my current favorite rock bands, as it happens (thanks to Adam), but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the Muse who is making me stay up late at night tapping away eagerly on my keyboard. The Muse who inspires me. That sexy, teasing Pan figure who I find myself so rapturously wanting to please with my stories, my sensibility, me. The phantom with whom I carry on witty and provocative conversations all day long. How am I doing? Were you impressed by how I just described that scene? How about with the way I look today, the way I just walked into that restaurant? Aren’t I worthy of your phantom adoration and love? Can we be friends? I have an adult imaginary friend! Sheesh…

What is a Muse? It’s such a hackneyed Romantic concept, but I don’t know what else to call this phenomenon. A Muse is a Being who compels us to create. That feels different from the support and encouragement that comes from one’s real life partner, the one who is in the trenches with you, paying the bills, repairing the plumbing, waiting up for teenage children to get home safely, negotiating whose family to spend the holidays with – all the unglamorous, unending and essential tasks that go into building a life together. A Muse on the other hand is an idealized being who inspires expression. It’s hard to embody that ideal when you’re up at two a.m. clutching a screaming baby and covered in projectile vomit. It seems quite unfair to ask one’s life partner to add being a Muse to the job description.

I understand for the first time why Picasso took so many lovers and wives. Duh!! A Muse must be gifted but also young and fresh — not a peer, but one whom you can instruct and impress, and whose radiance reflects back a flattering image. (Of course Picasso was a jerk who used up and disposed of his Muses.)

So what makes someone a Muse? What makes so many people find a Muse in Adam Lambert? It has something to do with his approachability and humility combined with swoon-inducing beauty of voice and physique.  It also has something to do with his having struggled, been in pain, searching for love. You want to create something that will amuse him, comfort him, seduce and excite him. You want to meet him, become his BFF, become his lover. And you want never to meet him, to preserve him as a perfect being who can continue to stoke your engine. He can be the object of an exalted, pure and uncomplicated love, because he is created by Art.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Priscilla permalink
    February 18, 2010 9:05 pm

    Dearest Juneau:

    Your analysis is so well-written and rings true for me but I’ve been thinking about one thing you wrote in this excerpt: “and you want never to meet him”.

    At first, I thought that there would be absolutely no question about wanting to meet him.

    Then I realized that I am in such a great place right now…our muse has stirred up so much passion and it is such an exciting time for all of us who share this obsession. I am so grateful to be sharing this journey with you and all the wonderful Adam fans I’ve met. The anticipation of each new adventure and the delight in the pursuit and discovery Adam-related treasures brings back feelings that had long been buried beneath years of “…all the unglamorous, unending and essential tasks…”.

    So perhaps meeting Adam and becoming his new BFF might mark the end of this “pure and uncomplicated love”. The end of this exciting ride that we’re all on together. I’m not ready for that just yet. Everything is perfect just the way it is!

    I look forward to reading more of your insightful posts.

  2. MidnightWhispers permalink
    February 21, 2010 11:57 pm

    ADAM has been my muse for the last year while I’m up late at night trying to perfect the scenes that I’m writing for my vampire romance series. I can’t explain how he inspires me with his music, his pictures, his videos but he just does. I find myself being much more creative than when I’m not listening to his sweet voice during the ballads and then rocking me out to the pre-IDOL songs; the songs he sang on IDOL and on the tour and now with FYE. All that I know is that he just makes the words flow and the love scenes more hot and vivid.

    It’s just a writer’s dream to have ADAM as a muse to keep me inspired. He makes me want to sit down with him one-on-one and have an endless conversation about whatever pops into our heads. ADAM makes me laugh and brings a smile to my face when I think that it’s impossible to smile that day. He brings me to tears with the emotions that he portrays in his music and then he flips me upside down/inside out straight up onto Cloud 9 Million as he sweeps me off of my feet with that voice of an angel that can either send chills up my spine or rocking me out and making me forget to act my age. I have found that it’s not easy or simple to explain how ADAM affects me but I have found in the last year that I’m not alone in the way that I feel. Thank God for that! LOL

    I can’t wait to get to Fantasy Springs and see this beautiful man and hear his voice taking me away from the RW for one glorious night on Feb. 27th. Ohhhh I could spend 365 days and nights in his company and it would never be enough. He just envelopes all of us in his love and warmth and never ever makes us want to leave.

    Thank you for all of the beautiful things that you’ve said about ADAM in your blogs! I got your book “The Meaning Of Adam Lambert” and I’m taking it with me to read on the plane while I fly across the country on my adventure this upcoming week! LOTS OF GLAMBERT LOVE & HUGS! MUAH!

  3. Jeane permalink
    February 22, 2010 2:14 am

    You nailed it. This helps define it all. There is such an ethereal, mystical quality to Adam that at once inspires and tantalizes. I thank you.

  4. annehedonia permalink
    February 25, 2010 4:02 pm

    You are articulate, you are eloquent, you are da bomb!
    Adam is jalapeño peanut brittle: hot/sweet.

    He’s my muse too. I’ve written poetry with Himself as inspiration – mostly humorous (one hopes), occasionally otherwise – since the R.S. cover. That seems to have been the clincher. You write poetry, too. At least that how I sees it! And you’d never use that cheesy peanut brittle metaphor. 😉

    • February 27, 2010 6:53 am

      Dear Annehedonia (love that!),
      Glad you liked my “musings” (See? I’m not immune to cheesy metaphors!) This is a safe and supportive space to get creative. Hope to see more of you here. – Juneau

  5. annehedonia permalink
    February 27, 2010 9:36 am

    Yeah, Juneau ~ nice cheese! 🙂 And thank you so much for your kind encouragement. A friend of mine (I just typo’ed “fiend” – yeah, that too…) has a poetry blog on WordPress. Perhaps I’ll follow suit. Per the anhedonia thing: Adam gives the lie to that. Evidently I am capable of experiencing pleasure. I definitely enjoy your “musings”!
    Note to self: obtain a copy of “On the Meaning of Adam Lambert”. Cheers!

  6. annehedonia permalink
    February 28, 2010 8:58 am

    ummm, I wasn’t sure if it might be ok to post one, but here goes – the initial attempt – about the R.S. cover
    (with promises not to become a stalker/pest!):

    Ode to the Cover: Issue 1081
    by a Woman of a Certain Age

    Buy a copy. No, buy three.
    One for me… and one for me,
    And one for fellow lady frien’
    Who might not get to B&N
    Before the final one is gone
    (shortly after break of dawn).

    He’s got the voice that makes our hearts
    Race with lust, tho’ we’re old farts.
    Golden pipe’d and glittered eye
    Chiseled features, pythoned thigh,
    Who’d think that hot could be so sweet?
    Rather knocks us off our feet.

    Merchandisers, use your heads:
    Make life-size prints to hang by beds.

    And then, thou Beauteous Glamboy Rage,
    Hither come… Step off the page.

  7. Cyndy permalink
    June 9, 2010 5:30 pm

    To Annahedonia I say, what a wonderful muse powered expression your poem is.
    To the question of whether we want to meet him…we know he is approachable within the structure that celebrities must have to keep their sanity and safety. He talks about his imperfections on camera as he is wondering how he became who he is. Self deprecating and charming as he admits his insecurities…that he was overweight and an outsider as a kid. We all know he doesn’t have perfect skin and is a redhead from the neck down, but he creates himself into this otherworldly being for our pleasure and his own, yet remains our friend, always thankful of everyone who put him where he is. So, yeah I’d love to meet him, because of what Juneau said… I read the top post and laughed out loud, because just yesterday I did have the plumber fixing things and then waited until my daughter got home at 1:30 am after driving to a concert with three friends.
    I am a yogi and wondered if we have a sub group: Adam loving, single parent of teenagers, yogis who live near Boston. I’m going to Cohasset show …anybody else?
    Namaste, Cyndy

    • June 9, 2010 5:56 pm

      Hi Cyndy, I live in Boston. We should have a Boston get-together! Xena and I are meeting up with the wowowow Glambertinas at Foxwoods on June 24, and I have tickets for Providence on August 17. Xena and I are contemplating a road trip to follow Glam Nation from Montreal down through New England in mid-August. Just trying to figure out how to break the news to my family that their summer vacation has morphed into a Glam Caravan…
      Cheers, Juneau

  8. Cyndy permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:05 pm

    Juneau,
    I would love to go to the Foxwoods show, but I am leaving on vacation next week to Italy, so have a delightful reason to miss out on that one. This is wonderful that you are Boston based, because I have gone by myself to AI last year, and the Kiss concert a few weekends ago, and it would be nice to meet up with folks. I am hoping the Cohasset show will have a lot more acoustic, as it is in the round and a smaller place. Actually, I’m thinking I will have to find the money to go to another performance, as the cool background effects we see in Adam’s tour so far, might not be possible in the tent like venues.
    Maybe I will try to pick up a ticket to Providence…sometimes you can get a single in a good location, even for a popular show. Then I am really indulgent seeing him both on Aug. 17th for Providence, and Aug. 20th in Cohasset.
    Do you have a caravan going to Providence…if I score a ticket maybe we can meet up. I live in Acton, MA.
    Otherwise, I would enjoy meeting you, talk about all things Adam…do lunch or dinner.

    Cyndy

  9. Cyndy permalink
    July 5, 2010 6:51 pm

    Adam at Lupo’s in Providence…who’s going? Do we have to sleep on the street for the open floor ticket?

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