1st roundtable discussions
It brought tears to my eyes watching Adam singing Tracks Of My Tears again. The part that I love is when Adam asks Smokey what had inspired him to write the song……Adam’s reaction was one of those moments for me, when I knew the heart of Adam Lambert even a little better. I remember when that happened, my husband and I looked at each other and said…..Wow no one else asked a question like that…..Adam wanted to know from where the feeling came from when Smokey wrote this song, and wanted to convey that feeling, thus honoring Smokey’s intent and letting the audience feel what had inspired it……that is that special talent Adam has…. connecting with his audience on such a personal and emotional level.
The McDonald vid was nice, first time seeing this young man for me…..nice, entertaining and he’s cute……but not does not convey the words of this song in the emotional way they should be conveyed.
I remember Adam said in one interview ( I don’t know which one) that for the longest time he didn’t know what everyone was talking about in songs. He was referring to being in love.. But once he was in love he said oh, that’s it. At that point once he was in love he knew what the feeling felt like and could relate to that feeling, that emotion. I think it’s good we were introduced to Adam after he experienced love so we get the benefit of the feeling he is conveying
I wanted to express some other thoughts about Adam’s emotions in his songs. Today MamaH and I have talked about how Adam just glows. I know others have talked about this in the past. Adam’s second tattoo was the infinity sign and he said it was a symbol of how our energy and his just feed off of each other.Well Adam I believe has an aura which goes out and picks up the auras of his audience. He has said that he gets caught up and lost in some of his performances. He talked about this in one of his interviews after he performed on Idol this month. He said some of his best performances are when this happens. His soul seems to come forward during these performances and it connects with our soul. He said he gets caught up but many a fan of Adam’s has commented how they were mesmerized when he performs. It’s as if time is suspended. I remember talk about him coming to at the end of several of his performances on Idol. It was like he was coming out after being hypnotized. Adam is the only one in my 61 years I remember being so connected to. That’s why I think we support Adam so much. In a way we have all become one in a spiritual sense. Had to post these thoughts when it came to me.
There is definitely something to the … when Adam sings. He oozes with feeling!! It is genuine and believable unlike other singers where you know they are just singing the song. The tears he shed when he sang. The expressions on his face where so telling. All I know is when I hear his voice it makes me happy and I smile. That is why I love him. I can listen to him over and over and over and never tire. There definitely is some kind of light or aura around him that just draws you too him. He makes you feel at peace when you meet him. He has a rather calming effect. When you see him live you can’t take your eyes off of him. There is that something!!
I feel that Adam draws from experiences in his own life and is singing about that. Here is an example. Rob C. (I think it was him) was working with Adam on Can’t Let You Go. When Adam was in the studio recording that song – he blew Rob away. Rob said in an interview, and don’t ask me where it is….maybe I could find it…. but he said Adam was on HIS KNEES singing that song , near the end. Rob has NEVER seen or heard ANYTHING like it – it was like Adam put his whole heart and soul in that song. Now was Adam singing that about his EX? Probably – Adam has such feeling – that is what makes him such a good singer – he gets it across and we FEEL his pain
I too, agree that it was good that Adam had discovered love AND even heartache. It moulds you and can make you feel so deeply. I do think Adam “Feels” much more than some people. Maybe being an artist it helps. They say people who are artistically inclined feel things more. My daughter is a good example. She is very talented and feels things like Adam. Adam is a performer and some of that comes through, but you can’t pretend with feelings.
When I listen to Adam sing
All I hear is what he is speaking to us
Adam sings each note with his whole heart
He never sings anything half heartedly
There is not one emotion he cannot stir in us
Adam awakened me from a lull that I was in
The difference between Adam & many of today’s artists
He believes and he feels
What he is relaying through his music
He makes the ultimate connection to all
When I hear many artists today there is no connection
For me the connection to Adam was instant
The connection came even before he sang
His beauty radiates through him from the inside out
There is this vulnerability in him that melts my heart
Adam has seen both sides of the coin
Love & heartache…when he sings of heartache
There is not a dry eye to be seen
There is a river of tears left behind
When he sings of love…there is not a smile missing
There is nothing but a ray of sunshine shining
Then the river is dried up
And a beautiful bloom of flowers springs forth
As I’ve said before
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
But by the moments that take our breath away
Adam does this to me each & every time
He truly is the brightest star we see in the sky at night
Adam is our shelter in the storm
Adam will not miss an opportunity
For he is spreading his wings and soaring. There is a common thread in our feelings. It is that of Love, Joy & Happiness Along with pride . We are so proud of Adam. For he stays true to himself in his personal life . Along with who he is as an artist. Just as @dylangirl said…it was not always easy for Adam. Adam said himself you have to learn to love yourself . Adam is at that place in his life. I believe that is where his beautiful aura comes from. For he is at a peaceful happy place in his life. It comes out through his music and his genuine beauty. That smile of his…so sexy playful and gorgeous. That laugh of his….what a wonderful heartfelt laugh. You can do nothing but smile when he laughs\
What can i add to that except a ditto. Some of you talked about a glow that comes from Adam and you are so right. When Adam first sang BR on AI my mother said “There is your winner”. I asked her why would she say that when she hasn’t heard the others. She said ” It’s more than the voice, he has a light coming from him.” I’ll never forget it as long as i live and she never did not even after she had a stroke. Ahhh I’m all misty now so I’ll go vote
When I was Tokyo GNT, I was in the front row, very close to the stage. I saw Adam’s tear when he sang Soaked.I thought first I was mistaken it to sweat, but he was crying.and witnessing that made my heart ached so much for him.For the past 2 years pretty much all I listen is Adam and never got tired of it.I still get teary eyes when I listen, Broken Open (which always remind me my late mother), Soaked, Can’t Let You Go, If I Can’t Have You, SleepWalker, WWFM DTRH and Strut never fail to make me giggle, IIHY, SFW and Pick U Up I sing along loud and it make me happy!All those emotions Every and Each time for 2 years! What can I say about that? Obsession? Addiction? Madness?Don’t care whatever it is, because I feel alive when I listen to him.I drew strength from his songs and voice. Feel saved by his existence. I really do think, he is an Angel in disguise, that’s why we see aura around him. And I thank to the God that he has given Adam to us
I even find that Adam is not only one true artist with huge talent and deep desire but also that what he performs on stage is nothing then the truth. I never feel like that he is just acting. No actor can be that good. There have been many, many unforgettable minutes for me since the first time I saw Adam on the AI stage, but for me the ones I will never forget are when He performed WLL at Fantasy Springs. He was in His own world and just pulled all of us into one epic moment. There was a magical energy in every note he sang. He later had many more moments in more concerts like that one, but this was the first time, and I never thought it could be possible. They are still times when I feel like being in a fairytale and all that is to good to be true. He definitely did put a spell on me!
Just got home and decided to stop by…@MamaH thanks for posting all those wonderful feelings……everyone touched on so many beautiful feelings that we all feel in our hearts, how Adam personally touches each and every one of us. @MamaH, I too believe Adam comes from a place in his own life.
The path Adam has been on in life has not always been kind to him. People other than ourselves could very well look at Adam and be mislead in their own minds by outward appearances. Adam is handsome beyond reason, although it was not always so. Adam is self-assured, although it was not always so. Adam is comfortable in his sexuality, although it was not always so.
Adam can and does feel what others feel. Upon seeing Adam up close, my husband made a remark to me…….”He’s so kind, so empathetic, it’s like he has an aura around him”…… As so many of you remarked.
Empathetic:….. of characterized by empathy
Empathy:……….. the projection of one’s own personality into the personality of another in order to understand the person better; ability to share another’s emotions, thoughts or feelings.
It is my belief that what Adam has endured during his life has made him able to empathize, to touch each of us with emotions. Those emotions tap into whatever we ourselves have had to endure, we look at ourselves and say… “Why am I crying?”…….you’re crying because Adam knows you and you know him. Adam comes from a REAL place. He conveys to us his heart and we listen so openly with ours.
Not many artists can achieve that connection with their audience, they are few and far between….Adam happens to be one of them.
Thanks @milkywayfairy for inspiring us to touch on this subject and your wonderful idea. I have a weird schedule and never know when I’m working until the last minute…..but would love to hear everyone’s ideas and thoughts on Adam whenever possible…..it’s so fascinating and you all are so passionate….it makes for good conversation and exchange of ideas.
OMG, I just read thru the roundtable thoughts from today. You all found so true and wonderful words for Adam! There is really nothing left to add, I only feel what everyone said. It seems to be our all story how we did fall in love with him and never getting tired to stay in it!
Mama, what you said about the difference between a singer and an artist it is something I once wrote to Leila, and sending a mail back with very nice words she totally agreed. I even find that Adam is not only one true artist with huge talent and deep desire but also that what he performs on stage is nothing then the truth. I never feel like that he is just acting. No actor can be that good. There have been many, many unforgettable minutes for me since the first time I saw Adam on the AI stage, but for me the ones I will never forget are when He performed WLL at Fantasy Springs. He was in His own world and just pulled all of us into one epic moment. There was a magical energy in every note he sang. He later had many more moments in more concerts like that one, but this was the first time, and I never thought it could be possible. They are still times when I feel like being in a fairytale and all that is too good to be true. He definitely did put a spell on me!
I see that you’ve had discussions about Adam and how he expresses the emotions of the songs… I could say ditto to all that’s been said so far, and here’s what I have to add, in my own experience & believes… I hope I’m able to express it well…
I think it’s a combination of many things, some of which we can’t express in words, we can only feel it… Part of what makes him so special I think is his life experiences, the way he was brought up, and the fact that he’s a true artist in his heart… I also believe, and that’s me, I’m not asking anyone to believe in that, but I think that Adam has an old soul. We can see it in his eyes, we can feel it when he sings. All of that makes him who he is today, and that’s why he’s able to reach deep within to feel each words of the songs. That’s also why he has this ability to bring you in his world and to make you feel at peace when you meet him. Add to everything his amazing theatrical skills and omg…
The first time I heard Soaked, I wasn’t expecting that… I stopped everything, listened to his voice and the words, and started crying when I heard “…and you’ve had enough, searching for love…” omg how that speaks to me and I wasn’t able to hear it without crying for a long time… I saw 4 concerts and the one that was the most intense for me was the balloon festival in St-Jean because I was up front… When he sings Soaked, I go completely quiet (really have a hard time with people screaming during that song) and concentrate on him and his voice. At that concert, when that moment came, I felt I went in a trance, blocking the screams around me (and you all know there was a lot of screaming there). Towards the end, when he walks up front, I’m looking in his eyes, my arms on the gate and my hands under my chin in a prayer like position, tears in my eyes, completely silent… he looks around and he catches a glimpse of me, you can see him look down a few times in this clip, I’m probably the only one there that doesn’t move or say a word and I’m sure he saw that… it was sooo intense….
Chat, I wish I can express as well as you did of those moments when you listened to Adam sings live. Trance is exactly what it was for me, the physical world disappeared around me, I was in a different place where his emotions become mine, I could feel his different kinds of emotions ~ sadness, happiness, frustration, excitement, playfulness, heartbreak and many more, no real world exists around me, I am the feelings. I don’t think I even realized I have a physical body in those moments, LOL. It was a pretty wild experience. That may explain why I was so emotionally drained after his concerts.
I just watched Broken Open from FS again. I remember how much he moved the audience with it. It was the night when Hking told us her husband did fall in love with Adam because of this performance.
The one He is crying during soaked – when I remember it right – is the one in LA on Dec 15th on his second last show. I found that concert one of his most emotional ones He ever did. He was back in His home town and it seemed so aware of the faced that the concert tour did come so close to end. The audience was amazing that night sharing those shivering vibes He was sending out. I have downloaded that whole concert as one of my most favorite ones.
When Adam sings, he puts his heart
and soul in each and every performance.
He feels the songs and expresses
his emotions, whether pain, happiness,
When Adam performs, he is not in this
plane. I think he goes into a different
zone ~ He remembers / re-lives the
experiences he went through when he
sings a song and he puts his heart out
there for all to see. Nothing held back
When I saw Adam perform “Soaked”
in Singapore on the second day of F1,
we were very close to the stage and I saw
his every expression, and tears were
running down his cheek. I cried with him
and for him because I could see and
feel his pain. @Milkyway, was at the Tokyo
performance with you when Adam became
really emotional singing Soaked and
had to go off stage for a bit. My heart
broke for him too.
And this one, gets me every time.
It never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
You just want to go up there and give him
a big hug!!
I agree with what each and everyone
of you has said. @debbielynn, your
post is poetry and it was so beautiful
I cried when I read it. All I can say is
Broken Open during Singapore Promo
stopped my heart. It was breathtakingly
beautiful. Even with just his voice (we
were a bit far to see all the expressions
on his face), the tone, just the pure emotion
he carried through his voice only..
just soared from and to the heavens
Some of you have said that Adam has an old soul and I agree because he is so perceptive, sees and understands so much. But at the same time, he is sometimes so innocent and childlike and so trusting that you just want to shelter and protect him from everything. Adam reminds me so much of The Little Prince. I shared with some of you that at my last M&G with Adam during the GNT in Tokyo, I gave Adam the book, The Little Prince. He, like The Little Prince, goes around trying to spread love and understanding across the Universe and yet, people are so blind and refuse to see. And worse, say bad and hurtful things about Adam. I can’t stand those
I wrote in the flyleaf that Adam is our (the voting Glamberts) Glittery Prince from Planet Fierce and that he has our unconditional love and support (and as @adamaze mentioned ~ we are his soldiers).
So, when I look up in the sky and see a bright, beautiful star, it always makes me think of The Little Prince and our Glittery Prince, Adam.
I also believe Adam has an old soul. He has so much knowledge, vision, patience, understanding, etc. that seems to belie his age in years. When I was commenting on how Adam conveys his emotions to us I mentioned that I think his aura or soul or spirit, which I think is his inner energy, comes to us and catches our own aura or soul or spirit, in essence our energy and we fuse and become one in that moment. This is why so many fans comment about being mesmerized during his performances. He has a special gift and we are the recipients of that gift. It can sooth our own soul and that’s why we want to see and hear him repeatedly. It is like an addiction but a good addiction. An addiction of love and understanding. Like I said in my other comments we become one in spirit. I truly believe Adam is a gift to the world and I hope the whole world will be open to the gift he is giving us.
Testing…testing…1…2…3…! This is so long already and it’s not even done, but I wanted to put something in here and I’ll be back to finish up!
Those of you that know me well, realize a question like “How does Adam make you feel?” will typically elicit a response something along the lines of “UNF”, “thud”, or “flail” and inevitably degenerate quickly into a discussion of the epic qualities of his eyes, hair, or even more often, the glambulge. But in the spirit of a more in-depth discussion on the REAL reason we all love Adam I’ve given this question quite a bit of thought. Originally, I started thinking about how each individual song made me feel and the emotions Adam is able to convey. WWMF makes me feel pensive. FYE makes me feel sexy. Sleepwalker makes me feel broken. Pick U Up makes me feel free. Voodoo makes me feel dreamy. WLL makes me feel…well, see above. OK, great. Adam can make us feel all of these varied emotions, but we already knew that. So I started thinking about the common thread in all of these feelings and realized that it’s not what he makes us feel, but that he makes us feel. And feel deeply. How? He transports us. Ultimately, when I listen to Adam’s music or watch Adam perform, I feel transported; transported to another time, to another place, to another world. Many of you have touched on this feeling and I’d like to explore it more as I believe it is truly the essence of why we are so enchanted with this incredible man’s voice.
So, when I say that Adam transports us, what do I mean?
Late 14c., from O.Fr. transporter “carry or convey across” (14c.), from L. transportare, from trans- “across” + portare “to carry” (see port (1)). Sense of “carry away with strong feelings” is first recorded 1509.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
1) To transfer or convey from one place to another
2) To carry away with strong and often intensely pleasant emotion
The idea of being taken to another place by Adam’s voice isn’t a new one in this fandom. Our “glittery alien” has taken us to “Planet Fierce”; we’ve gone “down the rabbit hole”, and “fallen into the glitter”. We love it and we never want to come back.
So how does he do it? How does he cast this spell over us time and time again? Sure, he has a beautiful voice with an incredible range wrapped in a gorgeous package, but there must be more to it than that…
Adam himself talks about this phenomenon when describing his Infinity Tattoo:
“It is all about energy and the energy I get from my fans. When I am onstage and the fans feed me their enthusiastic energy, I am able to feed off of it and give it right back to them…it’s all about the energy flow”.
When Adam performs, there’s a true exchange of energy and emotion between him and his audience. That’s why he’s so much better live. He shares his gift with us, we graciously accept it and in turn inspire him and throughout this exchange his music is elevated to new and dizzying heights. When Adam sings, he goes there and he takes us with him.
I first became aware of this phenomenon during Adam’s Gridlock performance of Soaked. He literally appears to go into a trance while performing the song – I remember even feeling a bit uneasy watching this performance the first few times because of the intensity of the emotion he displays. (Sorry for the poor audio quality. See especially 2:35 – 3:18):
Granted, many of you probably recognized this much sooner than I did. Confession time – I don’t watch AI and I didn’t “discover” Adam until I stumbled upon him during some AI reruns. This phenomenon is most clearly displayed during his AI performances with Mad World. You know, the one that left everyone, including Simon Cowell speechless? Adam begins quietly, seated all alone – a mere ghost enveloped in a pale blue glow. Slowly, the music builds and he wraps us all in this wet, foggy sonic blanket and as the song crescendos he stands and his voice soars transporting us all to his Mad World.