Finally, Part II of the Jill and Olga Adventure on the Oprah Show! Read Part I here if you need to catch up first. Thanks, Jill and Olga, for sharing your story and pictures with us! -Dana, Glamb #6
The Adventure, Part II:
So I’m going to say right now that the whole afternoon was a bit surreal. I’m going to apologize in advance if I don’t do our boy justice because I read your “stuff” out here all the time and even though I’m enthusiastic, I’ve never bedazzled a piece of clothing, or put on dark polish until today – nor do I have time to blog on sites all day long, but it is my indulgent outlet after my daughter is down at night. We all have our different “levels” of fan-dom, and again, he’s what gives us all a common thread and binds us together in such a beautiful way – with a non-judgemental unconditional love and support like no other.
So Susan Boyle kicked off the show…she had full orchestra behind her, and a brief interview with Oprah. Oprah, by the way, is hilarious…she walks barefoot around the studio and then kind of motions for staff to bring her her heels, her flats, etc…her staff is pretty much at her beck and call.
Then FINALLY the moment we’ve all been dying for…stage change, setup for Adam’s band, setup for interview, at a more laid back pace since this taping is not live.
Yes – WOW – I’m sure you felt it too…so exhilarating, touching, heartwarming…seeing Adam as almost a shy guy – but oh so real…adorable beyond words. How do I describe being there? Digging deep all I can say is that it felt like dying and going to heaven. Just hanging out with Adam and the band all afternoon…so relaxed, low key. After the interview, they did sound checks first. What you didn’t see is that Adam performed each song TWICE…Oprah just sat back and let him “entertain us” as we danced & sang along!
As you have seen the interview was a lot of the same questions we’ve heard Adam answer a gazillion times, but his character, his charisma, his essence of just being who he is sitting up there talking we were both on the edge of our seats, hanging on every word. My face hurt from smiling so much.
I was in utter awe and couldn’t have asked for more. I was seated maybe 10+ rows back (no seat is a bad seat), but Adam still felt too far away. I wanted to be able to reach out and touch him…not in a weird crazy fan way. But it’s just the feeling of not being able to ever get close enough to the energy that emanates from him. You just want to bask in the glow of it and never want it to end!
So how did it all end?
When Adam was done, followed by much frenzied dancing, clapping, and screaming “we love you adam,” we lingered in the studio as others left until security asked if we were waiting for something? Duh?! Of course we were waiting to meet the man himself – LOL! He apparently went to Oprah radio for an interview. We slowly left drinking in every last second of our unbelievable day.
Well it’s never an end – only a beginning. Not ready to “leave” the magic behind, we thought we’d take a chance at Adam leaving the hotel to get that “meet and greet” we never had the opportunity to get at the AI concerts. And then we came upon Monte & Longineu! They were headed to the Oprah store, but took the time to sign our CD covers, and listen to us rant on and on how grateful we were they were Adam’s band, how much we enjoyed the music, what it’s done for us. etc.
We bambled like a bunch of idiots, I’m certain of it, but in the end, they were the most down to earth, receptive, genuine guys who we probably could have gone over to the Oprah store with In fact when we were ready to walk away, if we hadn’t asked for a photo opportunity, I’m thinking they would have offered it to us without asking?! LOL!
We get to the area where the limo buses are waiting, with only a handful, maybe a dozen fans waiting for Adam, then Tommy walks out! Again brazen Olga jumps out in front of everyone else and we get his autograph and photos with him…another super awesome approachable guy! Should we go for broke?!
Olga asks Tommy if Adam is coming out? He tells us he’s in a separate limo coming out of the basement garage shortly…darn – we are this close?! It would have been the shortest “meet and greet” line in history for him! Two minutes later the limo made it’s way past and he was gone. Our hearts sank – but what more could two blondies ask for? Didn’t we almost have it all? We decided to “strut” out of there full of adam “fever” – but wait…Leila and a friend emerge from the building next…should we or shouldn’t we?
As Mom’s ourselves, we weren’t certain what to do. Leila headed to the Oprah store and we just kind of chilled for a bit. I mean we got to see Adam on Oprah, meet the band…who would have ever thunk it?
Olga & I just looked at each other – ya’ only live once! Before I even knew what I was doing – & WITHOUT wanting to appear like some stalker fan, I simply said – “excuse me, Mrs. Lambert?” – and with that she turned and gave us the biggest smile. I’m not sure if she’s not used to being called Mrs Lambert, but she was so cute. I launched in to how we didn’t want to be disrespectful of her time, but as mothers of 2 year old girls who loved Adam as do Olga and I that we just wanted to thank her for giving us the gift that Adam is. She was so very receptive and just nodded and thanked us for telling her. By then her friend had hailed a cab and we were so wanting to ask her for a photo, but did not want to tarnish the exchange we just had with her. She told us how sweet we were, how much she appreciated our words, and actually blew us kisses, and smiled. Talk about classy! Now we know where Adam gets it from – his proud Mother!
We walked to the car, got in, and just breathed and laughed and kind of didn’t know what to do next. Feeling like we couldn’t have made more of this day… riding on a high no drug could give us, I was ecstastic and couldn’t wait to share with all of you who “get it.” How incredibly spectacular this adventure was for us…a once in a lifetime experience we’ll carry in our hearts forever.
Parched with dehydration from not eating or drinking practically all day – we pounded chocolate shakes and literally blasted FEVER singing and smiling all the way home…SOAKED with emotion, allowing Adam’s music to “pick us up”, as we were like “sleepwalkers” – but today was our TFM!