I spent this afternoon with my mother. Yes, the one who's been driving me crazy because she refuses to accept the fact that she can't live alone any longer and she's a risk to herself. (But) I was going easy on her, because she turned 82 the other day and I didn't want to be too much of a c**t, er, bitch.
Anyhoo... the conversation drifted to pop culture. My mother (and if I'm honest mayhap it's a inherited trait, as per #7 on the Eight Random Things meme from a couple years ago) is a pop culture trivia expert. She was lamenting the fact that she missed all the performances of this good looking kid Adam who she caught on Regis and Kelly that could sing like nobody's business.
So I pressed play on the CD that was already loaded, and while she enjoyed most of the songs she absolutely flipped for Ring of Fire.
OMFG (yes, my mother does use that type of verbiage, albeit with the entire words) that is the sexiest song that I've ever heard and promise to make a copy for me. Promise, And bring it over asap.
Now, as my mother is a pop culture wizard - and with Lambert's sudden celebrity and accompanying references in all manner of tabloids - she is aware that Adam's gay. And it's funny, as much as she's a product of her generation and its prejudices, she's also in agreement with Adam himself when he states that sexy's universal. Of course, I don't know how much of this stems from her wild and woolly days and ways when she was a part of the Hollywood of more than fifty years ago.
What I do know is that as a very young child I was
taught not to pay any attention to the men who wore makeup at The El Coyote (which ironically, drew protests recently at the height of the Prop 8 fight).
But I'm going off on a tangent (once again).
I was going to segue into the rather diverting phenom about the part of Lambert's fan base that's manifesting as the Cougar Brigade. Newsweek has an article discussing it, although I found Huston's essay much more amusing. Even if I don't relate in any way to the urge to throw my underwear onto any stage where Adam's performing.
I'm certainly old enough to be typecast into this category. However, the fact is, I don't lust after Adam. I stopped lusting after unattainable celebrities when I was in junior high.
But this marvelously talented and sexy young man has certainly awakened the joy and yes the sexiness within me, which was communicated through the conduit of his electrifying performances and the songs he sings.
As much as I may have disdained Idol in the past I'm glad for what - and whom - happened this past season. And I can't wait for his original CD/album to be released. Who knows? If there's vinyl perhaps I'll invest in a turntable once again...