Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Adam Lambert Talks About His Tattoos: Article Excerpt + GIFS & Video & More Photos

Adam Lambert's arms may be covered in tattoos now, but he didn't get his first tattoo until he was around 27 years old. In fact, he got his first tattoo, an Egyptian eye, right before he started "American Idol," thinking that maybe it would protect him while on the show in front of the camera.

On his first tattoo - the Egyptian Eye:

"My first tattoo was this Eye of Horus Egyptian thing, and I got it actually right before I started '[American] Idol.' I always have ... like I make up a reason for things, and I was like, 'yeah, I need like an eye of protection, because I'm going to be seen on camera, and this will protect me.' And I also like really love Egypt. I've always loved Egypt."
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Adam tells us he got most of his tattoos in order. For example, above his Egyptian Eye is an infinity tattoo, which Lambert says represents an exchange between him and his #Glamberts while he's on stage performing.

On his Infinity tattoo:

"That to me kind of symbolized the exchange you have with an audience in performing. It's like an energy thing. You throw them something, they throw something back to you. It's this like ... I don't know, it feels kind of like an infinity loop."
Above both the Egyptian Eye and Infinity tattoo is a Key, and his inspired by a piece of art he bought from a friend. That piece of art, turned into a work of art on his right arm.

On his Key Tattoo:

"This one, the key, it was from a piece of art that I bought from a friend, this guy named Hans. And this was one of the elements in the piece, that I thought was just really cool, and I was like, 'I'm gonna tattoo that. I like that key.' So I did!"
Adam Lambert
Aside from spiritual and artistic inspirations, Adam also has tattoos of quotes that have meaning. On his left arm, he has a tattoo that reads "Musica Delenit Bestiam Feram," which is Latin for "Music Soothes The Savage Beast." Adam tells us that he got this ink while in Japan.

On his "Musica Delenit Bestiam Feram" tattoo:

"I feel like music has this thing in life, where it can like alter anything. It can alter your mood, like no matter what it is. If you're having a bad day, you can put on certain music that makes you feel better. If you're stressed, and you just need to relax, you can put on relaxing music. You can put on sexy time music. You can put on workout music that motivates you. It changes you. And this says it soothes the savage beast, so it can kind of calm the fire inside, or whatever."
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On Adam's right shoulder/upper arm, he has a tattoo inspired by Greek mythology -- Dionysus to be exact. And what connects the surrounding tattoos to Dionysus is Baroque-inspired

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It represents my Astrological Birth Chart, along with Pagan, Buddhist, and Greco- Roman Archetypes related to balance and the life cycle.

On his Greek God tattoo & Baroque-inspired design:

"I got this in Hong Kong. It's kind of like Dionysus, sort of. It's like a Greek myth. And that was the God of -- there's a lot of different interpretations of it. It's like kind of a she, kind of a he. It's kind of like whatever, because Dionysus was like the God of parties and good times, and art and creativity, and wine. Then he's blowing this air, or water, rather. Then this girl named Kim in LA created all of this other art to kind of connect everything." He adds, "I was really inspired by like baroque imagery, like old, kind of like ... a lot of stuff you see in Paris when you walk around. A lot of the architecture and the carvings and things like that."

Out of all of the tattoos Adam has, the singer tells us that the Baroque-inspired design is the ink that hurt the most -- especially around his elbow.
"We got into this elbow area on this baroque thing. The reason why it's so rich in tones is because she does a lot of different ... like we did five or six different sittings for this one. She'll let it heal and then she'll go darker or lighter so that she can pull out the depth of it. And so when we got into this elbow area it was pretty hardcore. I was sweating. My balls were sweating."

On his "Q" tattoo & touring with Queen:

Of course, given his time with iconic rock band Queen, Adam had to commemorate going on tour with the guys by getting some ink. So he got a "Q" for Queen on his right arm, according to Adam, is possibly one of his most meaningful tattoos. 

"Oh it [touring with Queen] was crazy. They're so cool. And actually Roger [Taylor], the drummer, and I, we ... Actually he has a lot of tattoos on his legs that he got only over the past like 15 years or so I think he said. So he's kind of just getting into tattoos as well, in his life. We definitely talked about tattoos a lot and things like that."

Adam Lambert
While on tour with Queen in London, Adam got a diamond-shaped tattoo -- a very intricate piece actually designed on Adobe Illustrator, and tattooed on in a really unique way.

"I was in London last year rehearsing with them [Queen] and I got this one. This guy named Maxime, and he works at a shop called Sang Blue in London and his stuff is so cool. I started following him on Instagram and I was like, 'what is this guy's deal?' I love his stuff. And so I sat with him and he ... Like he generates all of this on Adobe Illustrator on his computer. I did it with him. We came up with a design we liked and then he prints it out on the contact paper and puts it on and then tattoos it. And when he designs it, it's all just line work and then when he puts it on the skin he kind of like, does a lot of the shading and a lot of the nuances by hand."


Edited Video of Adam Lambert talking about his latest tattoo May 6th, an Enneagram. Original video by 

 Adam talks about his OOFTA tattoo.  Video:

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On his Mosaic artwork & upside-down triangle:

"It's just like a really cool pattern. I'd seen a lot of pattern work he had done and so we just looked at some different options and I found one that I liked and we did it."
"An upside-down triangle represents gay. So it's kind of like a statement. You know. I'm a freak, I love it." 
Adam's tattoos are mostly on his arms, however, he does of one on his collar bone in honor of his latest album The Original High, and it's title track. In the chorus of "The Original High," Adam sings "Chasing The Original High" -- which is what he got inked.

On his "Chasing The Original High" tattoo:

"This is probably the most relevant one. This is the last one, when we did this, it's 'chasing the original high.'"
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On his Crescent Moon tattoo:

"It's a little crescent. Just, like, for the moon. I like the nighttime. It's the right time."
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On his plans for future tattoos:

"I don't know. I think, I mean, this one kind of continues up on my shoulder. I think if I do something I might continue on to my like chest or on to my back from here. Somewhere up in here. I think I'm going to keep this [his left arm] more of a half. And keep this arm free. But eventually, kind of like I said, maybe the back of my neck, upper back? Not like super high up on the neck, but the upper back. I might do something around there. I don't know."
And while it sounds like he's definitely open to getting more tattoos, he's not quite sure what exactly he would get. But he loves abstract design.
"I don't know yet. I haven't figured it out. I like these kind of abstract ones that aren't necessarily specific, but they just look really cool. I like that. I think it's like decoration." 


Article by Nicole Mastrogiannis

GIFS by me.

Adam Lambert's Teenage Singing Coach & Mentor Lynne Broyles

Vocal coach Lynne Broyles mentored young teenage Adam Lambert.

"One day Adam came into my studio and he had a hard day and he said, 'Can I sing my emotions out for you Lynne?' I said, 'Sure' He started singing. I looked at him and I said, 'Adam, you're gonna be a star'."

Source: "E! True Hollywood Story" November 21, 2010

“Adam was always a mover; he was someone who wanted to make people feel things,” said Lynne Broyles, Lambert’s former vocal coach. “The stage is home to him. It’s like he’s always been there.”

Adam mentioned Lynn on the red carpet at Logo's Trailblazer Awards June 26, saying she gave him his "gay card" teaching him about gay music history as a youth and wished her a happy birthday:

At age 12, Adam performed the role of the Russian tenor in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof". In the group number "To Life", he had to hold a very high note for quite a long time before launching into a solo. The audience was flabbergasted. Adam's parents realized at that moment how gifted he was as a singer. 

They decided to send him to work with a private vocal coach, Lynne Broyles, who taught him vocal technique and really helped him develop his incredible instrument. Adam was very curious and enthusiastic and would ask her a million questions, soaking up her knowledge. A few years later, Lynne founded her own theater group, called "Broadway Bound Youth Theatre Foundation". Adam performed with that group as well as the CTN.

During Adam's "E! True Hollywood Story":
"Lynne Broyles, Adam’s first vocal coach, reduced to tears just thinking about Adam’s performance of “Mad World” during Idol’s eighth season. (Awww.)"

What did you learn from taking voice lessons? 
I reconnected with my voice teacher because of “Idol” and I invited her to come to the show. I asked her, “What was it like when I first came in? What was going on?” And she said, “You had this seamless sound to your voice, but you wanted to understand it. You wanted me to explain physically how it worked all the time and when you couldn’t hit a note, you wanted to know why and you wanted to fix it.” She told me, “You were really intense about it,” and that was very interesting to me. I remember [bringing her] the “Jesus Christ Superstar” recording and all those high screams that they do, and I said, “Teach me how to do this,” and she replied, “You don’t teach that sound. That’s something you just make. I think you might have to get older to make that noise.” So I waited. 
From Adam Lambert: The ultimate interview, Part One
by Fred Bronson of The Los Angeles Times. http://adam-lambert.org/

Adam Lambert Interview by Jan Gradvall published in Swedish Di Weekend June 26, 2015

When did you begin to sing?
“I started doing different musical theatre productions when I was about nine. I loved it.”
Did you take vocal lessons?
“Yes, I started doing that when I was about 13 years old.”
In what way? Singing scales?
“Yes, all of that. But I had a fantastic vocal coach who taught me not only techniques but singing overall. She became like a mentor to me, and introduced me to all the classics: movies, musicals, recordings.
She taught me about the great singers, the great composers. In a way, it is like I got my education from a previous generation.”
Even without knowing that, that shows in your artistry.
“That is probably true. I carry things with me from the old golden era of entertainment that she taught me.”
So you sat and watched videos during your vocal lessons?
“Yes. She also taught me about gay history, all the iconic stuff.”
You mean like Judy Garland?
Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand. I got that entire education from her. I hadn’t even come out of the closet at that time. I told my parents first when I was 18. But my vocal teacher knew without even asking. She knew.”
“I have also continued sharing the knowledge she gave me. I have gay friends who think everything began with Beyoncé. I mean, hello. So I teach them, ‘this is Bob Fosse, this you have to know’.”
There are actually details in the production that feel a little bit Bob Fosse. Finger snapping. Whistles.
“Definitely. The things that are a bit dramatized. Very Fosse.”
Translated by Adam Lambert Sverige 
Source: http://adamlambert.se/adam-lambert-interview-in-di-weekend/

Original article: Jan Gradvall


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Adam Lambert "The Light" Lyrics The Original High

Adam Lambert "The Light" 
Track 10 from the album "The Original High"
Unofficial Lyrics

I'm the rush of a bleeding heart

I'm the bruise of a rough start
I'm the dust that ignites the spark
Oh, man, I was dark
They say that I'm blue like the night sky
That I'm too weird to live, too rare to die
I tried to blow my mind a million times, but I got a light

And it's burning still
And it's burning still
Yeah, it's burning still
And it's burning...
I am the light, I am the light, the light, the light, the light, the light, the light

I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out, you drown my flame
I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out
I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out, you drown my flame
I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out

I'm a prisoner on the run
I am the moon that reflects the sun
I am unbeaten and I am unwon
Oh, man, I was alone
They say that I'm new, that I'm never green
That I will rage against the machine
I am never something in between, but I got a light

And it's burning still
And it's burning still
Yeah, it's burning still
And it's burning...
I am the light, I am the light, the light, the light, the light, the light, the light

I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out, you drown my flame
I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out
I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out, you drown my flame
I am the fire and you are the rain
Washing me out

I am the fire, I am the light, the light, the light, the light, the light, the light


Adam Lambert UK Promo June 11, 2015