As one of Adam’s old(er) fans, I’m always interested to read the comments of others, who like myself, are a generation (or more) older than Adam. It’s heartening for me to know I’m not alone in my feelings, and it’s just more proof that Adam’s appeal, like his music, is universal, or as I like to like of it, “inclusive.” Just as his music embraces many different genres, I feel that his magnetism as an artist and as a person is meant to attract not just the young, hip, and trendy, but all of us.
For some older fans, I’ve heard that Adam reminds them of Elvis, or perhaps that he’s “retro,” a throwback to the glam rockers of decades past. For me, it isn’t really that – Adam is so unique in my mind that I don’t compare him to anyone else. He’s simply the most talented singer and dynamic and sexy performer I’ve ever seen and heard.
But I’ve found that being an older fan has its challenges. We all like to copy the style of those we admire. So when I look in the mirror at my skin I smile. Freckles, just like Adam! Then I realize they’re age spots. I try to squeeze into skinny jeans and have to admit I’m a few pounds overweight. I try to put on eyeliner, but it disappears into the wrinkles around my eyes. But then I see Adam in an interview admit he’d like to lose 15 pounds. Maybe I don’t have to have a perfect figure! And in another interview he states that the eyeliner looks best if it’s been slept in – all smudgy. I feel better! It doesn’t matter that I can’t apply eyeliner perfectly.
Joking aside, I don’t *really* need Adam’s comments to feel good about myself, but he does remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. And he reminds us that the “smoke and mirrors” is just that – it’s all in the name of fun, but outward appearance isn’t as important as who we really are inside.
Besides, being an older fan does have its pluses. When Motown week rolled around, I didn’t have to wiki “Motown” to know what the word meant. When Frankie Avalon and Thelma Houston came on the show, I didn’t have to ask, “who is THAT?” When Rat Pack week came, the members of the Rat Pack meant more to me than the fact they were “dead guys.” My memories of their greatness live in me. And finally, I’ve been around long enough to really, really appreciate how rare and special Adam’s talent is.
So it’s my opinion that no one should need to apologize or feel embarrassed for being an older fan. We’re just another of the many demographics of fans united by love for Adam. I’m 56 years old, by the way, and I know for a fact there are many Adam fans older yet. If you can relate to this post, please comment.