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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
InRock Magazine translation (thanks to Terra):
Adam Lambert Speaks on His Thoughts on His New Album
"Meeting my present boyfriend was an extremely powerful and important event"
On 11 January, at Adam Lambert's management office, we were able to have an early preview of six tracks off his upcoming album Trespassing (due 28 March). (With the exception of "Better Than I Know Myself", his first single due 22 February, the songs were still in a rare, pre-mastered, rough-mix state.) Although the single this time is a gorgeous and dramatic ballad, the other five songs are quite varied.
"Kickin' In" and the album's title track, "Trespassing" – written with N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams – are dance numbers with extremely funky bass and beats that make one want to get onto one's feet. In both songs, Adam's vocals are a little reminiscent of Michael Jackson and uplift the spirit. "Cuckoo", written with Bonnie Mckee (Katy Perry's "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream"), is an extremely enjoyable dance-pop piece.
These songs are balanced out by the other tracks: For instance there's the slightly dark ballad "Broken English"; and there's also "Underneath", which is a really gorgeous song that begins with just Adam's vocals accompanied by piano. The songs are all brilliant. It seems that Adam has decided to split the songs in Trespassing into two halves of light and dark songs. Both these sides of fun as well as serious, soul-penetrating songs will surely make the album an enjoyable one.
Later in the evening, a media event was held in a room of a stylish hotel near the management office. Adam had been fielding questions as well as getting photos taken by media from Japan and Europe all day. We were last and by the time it came to our turn, it was already past 8PM. Despite all that, Adam was cute and smiley as he answered our questions.
- In the latest press release, you said, "[Trespassing has been] an exciting journey through the past two years of my life. It's been a transformative period." Let's talk about events that have stood out to you in the past two years. What comes to mind?
Adam Lambert: I think it would have to be meeting my present boyfriend. That was an extremely powerful and important event. By building a relationship with him, my life has really changed. It's really enriched my life; it's inspired me and made me feel really good. It's really exciting. I've been seeking a relationship like this for the longest time. My boyfriend feels the same way too.
- Which song in your new album Trespassing reflects this experience?
Adam: There are a few songs that do that. I don't think you've heard it yet, but "Broken English" is a song that reflects the challenges and rewards of this relationship; "Naked Love" also reflects my relationship. There's also "Shady", which is about the night I met my boyfriend. There's also "Outlaws of Love"; well, I've found love – but there are others who are in similar relationships yet face adversity. This song talks about that.
The gay and lesbian community faces many obstacles that crop up in different forms. There's lots of positive things for sure, but there are also some very troubling, sad things. I've heard that even in Japan it's difficult to come out. This song is about that. By being open about the love you've chosen, you become an outlaw. Because of this love, you'll never find peace of mind. It's really difficult. And that's why this song is very honest and very real. I hope this song will cheer and uplift people, because it is a song that evokes emotions, and that people can relate to. By bringing these feelings to the forefront, perhaps people that carry this burden of sadness would come to realise that they aren't alone.
- I've heard that the theme of "Outlaws of Love" is on gay marriage. I guess it's not just about that, is it?
Adam: Well, it does include that aspect. But it's not just about marriage, it's also about what it means to be gay. Yet, what's cool about this song is even though I wrote the song with that meaning in mind, when I let friends and family listen to it, their interpretations of it were quite varied. The song is written in a way that's open to interpretation. And that's why, it can be a song about a "Romeo & Juliet"-esque pair of unfortunate lovers; or it could be about the judgement and persecution one faces because of the person one's chosen to love. The song's message is really universal.
- It's something that no matter who you are, you'd be able to relate to, isn't it?
Part 2 of this interview will be continued in the April edition of INROCK.
Adam Lambert INROCK Japan Pics With Lyrics:
@ToxicLED Jenny Woo ain't shady!!— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) May 21, 2011
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ghosts of Dorm Rooms Past
by Alison Leigh Cowan
"The most detailed reports came from people associated with Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania.
Lauren F. Friedman described her freshman-year dorm in Pembroke West as once having belonged to Katharine Hepburn. It was “a huge jealousy-inducing double, with lovely details and large fireplace,’’ Ms. Friedman wrote. She dimly recalled the number on the door as 103; other alumnae remembered its being 102.
“Having that random connection made her seem more real to me, less like an utterly untouchable movie star,’’ Ms. Friedman continued. “At 18, I had no idea where I was headed, but maybe Katharine Hepburn hadn’t known, either, and she sure turned out O.K. There was small comfort in that.”
Luann Wilkins Abrahams noted that the actress “actually had two rooms at Bryn Mawr.”
“Her freshman year was spent in Pembroke West,” Ms. Abrahams said, “but she moved to the Tower Room on the second floor of Pembroke East for the rest of her time at Bryn Mawr. It was room number 34B until the dorm was renovated and the rooms renumbered in the mid-1990s. I had this room my senior year. A friend who had the room two years prior wrote to Ms. Hepburn” to “ask if the campus folklore was true.”
“Ms. Hepburn responded,” Ms. Abrahams continued, “with a note confirming that it was indeed her room and that she remembered it fondly. The room had a small balcony overlooking Thomas Hall and she was able to climb in and out of her window bypassing the matron at the front desk, when she wanted to sneak out after curfew.”
Thursday, February 23, 2017
🎧 Adam Lambert is recording new music at Pink Satellite Recording Studios in Joshua Tree CA February 22, 2017
Sarah Hudson, singer, songwriter and old friend of Adam posted an Instagram story of Adam Lambert recording February 22nd, plus other stories from the studio.🎧 Adam Lambert is recording at 🏜️ Pink Satellite Recording Studios in Joshua Tree CA. sarahhudsonxx IG story: "A queen of many talents" pic.twitter.com/gbR1vEIlQe— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
Peter Dyer, Adam's keyboard player and musical director for his The Original High Tour posted an Instagram from Joshua Tree. Pink Satellite Studios matches Sarah's video and was co-founded by Spike Edney, Queen's keyboard player.
🎧 Adam Lambert is recording at
🌵 Pink Satellite Recording Studios
in Joshua Tree CA. GIF edit
🎸 Co-Founders of Pink Satellite Recording Studios Spike Edney and Chris Haines https://t.co/57H9Jswuc9 pic.twitter.com/h9fblu7oNn— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
💎 Pink Satellite Studios - Images by David Blank https://t.co/9J3tTxAUyp https://t.co/dX612DlbLH pic.twitter.com/69HMfboIll— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
👑 Versace spoon hunnay - sarahhudsonxx IG story pic.twitter.com/8TOYGCqOxq— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
🎹 Peter Dyer, Adam Lambert's TOHT music director 2/23 Joshua Tree CA peterkeys88 - The Outer (out here) Limits.https://t.co/IXd2PwWap4 pic.twitter.com/IFD1C1oSPh— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
🌸 Pink Satellite Recording Studio Tour - Joshua Tree CA - Aug 2016 via sheree lilliehttps://t.co/gsRlmxU6Ulhttps://t.co/qRycOOcUyw pic.twitter.com/9bfYdRWhqd— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
🎷 Spike was music director of Freddie Mercury tribute show.— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
From Isle of Wight to Joshua Tree The Spike Edney storyhttps://t.co/uiPUtNWlH2 pic.twitter.com/N3kK1LkMur
Singer, songwriter, tarot reader & mermaid, @SarahHudsonuvs is one of our artists to watch in 2017: https://t.co/anzo80Npqa pic.twitter.com/LLua6zQxSI— idolator (@idolator) January 27, 2017
💖 Wicked Hot Adam Lambert
🏜️ Peter Dyer IG story - peterkeys88 pic.twitter.com/asKYQAJcu6— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
This time it won't be a "MOO" 😂 pic.twitter.com/mXSASbX99a— Gelly (@14gelly) February 23, 2017
☀️ 2/23 around 11 am Joshua Tree time— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 23, 2017
👩🍳 sarahhudsonxx ig story "Look mom I'm cooking!" pic.twitter.com/7595QawFKT
😛 I didn't recognize Ferras cooking!
👨🍳 Lentil soup at Pink Satellite Recording Studios "Bro is cooking!"— Lilybop (@lilybop2010) February 24, 2017
sarahhudsonxx IG story video 2/23 8 hours ago https://t.co/mN43HT0ehn pic.twitter.com/Qz8Qt6rjgK