I had the privilege of meeting a top of the charts artist. The day was November 17th, 2011. The venue was the House of Blues in Cleveland Ohio. My amazing neighbors Patty and David took me to meet my idol. Adam Young. I couldn’t believe it. When I got the confirmation
message, “You have an appointment to meet Adam Young at 5:45pm November 17lh 2011,” I was in shock. It wasn’t until that night that it sank in.
I didn’t know what to expect waking up that sunny morning. Never the less, the pictures I paint in my head never turn out the way reality does. Anyways, the night before I wrote a song called “Dreaming Wide Awake” because I was so excited. They picked me and my suitcase up in the car then rented just for the trip. To set the mood, I brought along the record ATBAB that I was hoping to get signed to play during the car ride. Throughout the entire ride, I was thinking of things to say to Adam. I, for one, am not great at conversations to begin with.
After three hours of driving, we finally arrived at the hotel. Actually, the massive hotel was originally a bank, half remodeled into a hotel. After getting situated it was time for dinner. I don’t remember the restaurant we went to because I was still in shock knowing that I’m actually meeting him in T-Minus 2 hours. Therefore, I couldn’t eat anything. I’d say it felt like the butterflies you get around your crush times 1,000,000. No exaggeration there.
T-Minus 45 minutes until 5:45. Yes, I had a countdown on my phone for the past 2 months ahead. Eventually, it was time to get ready to meet him, oh, and the concert. I could not phantom the fact that it was almost time to stroll down Euclid Avenue. As we approached the venue, we saw countless anxious people lined up outside in the frigid November air accommodated with hats, blankets, and coats all in hopes to get front row. Wait, where did they
put all of their blankets inside? Anyways, we merrily strolled past them all with all eyes on us.
After some issues and phone calls we got our passes and got in line. We got scanned by security then were lead down a flight of stairs. It felt like a dream. Adam doesn’t charge for meet and greets and there was only about 6 other people there. After all my rehearsing of what to say, it was going to be perfect. I was at the front of the group. Then he walked out. I was shocked. I was breathless. I was wonderstruck. I clammed up and backed up to the end of the line. Eventually it was our turn and David stepped up and shook his hand. Then he introduced me.
“Hey I’m Dave from Heard it on the X back in Buffalo,” Dave said.
“Oh, yes, hi,” Adam greeted.
“And this is Lyndsay, she sings and writes her own songs,” Dave announced as I went to
shake his hand.
“Oh cool!” Adam exclaimed.
“Hi,” I said awkwardly. “I know you like Blink-182 so I got you this bracelet,”
“Oh I love Blink, thank you!” Adam said humbly.
“Are you going to wear it on stage tonight?”
I asked hopelessly.
“Ha, we’ll see,”
“How about some pictures?” Dave stepped in to prevent awkwardness.
“Sure!” Adam agreed graciously.
He never wore it.
I put my arm around him and Dave took a picture with his iPhone. It didn’t turn out too great. Then I gave him my good camera and he took another picture. The flash didn’t go off…
“What happened?” Dave asked curiously.
“Oh, um, the flash,” I said awkwardly as I took the camera and fixed with Adam looking over shoulder. Dave took the last picture.
“Could you maybe sign this?” I asked shyly as I took out a sharpie.
“Sure.” Adam said as he already had a sharpie.
“Prepared I see,” I say as Adam chuckles adorably.
“It was nice to meet you,” Adam said as we shake hands and say our goodbyes. Then the
staff had us take our places in front row for the concert. Such a perfect night.
A couple of days after the show, I was still in shock about the event that I still could not
remember what happened. Dave restated everything that happened and I took notes. Not until now that I remember what happened. This will always mean a lot to me because Adam Young saved my life. Just remember, anything is possible.