I know Iâ€™ve have had more than my share of adolescent crushes when growing up either on actors, teen idols or singers.
By the time I reached my thirties all of those girly crushes were behind me–so I thought, until a young singer came on the scene by the name of Michael Buble. I told myself that I really admired this young manâ€™s singing. The energy he put in his songs reminded me a lot of Bobby Darin. His style was a throw back to the â€œRat Pack, letâ€™s be cool â€era. So I know for a fact, if he had been popular when I was in my teens or early twenties, he would have been the devilishly charming, bad boy type that I would have had a crush on.
Because Iâ€™m such a fan of big bands, and of the Great American Song book, I always have, either on my computer or my satellite radio, a station that plays the standards. So when Mr. B. first came out, I like to think I discovered him before anyone else did. At least it felt that way, since whenever I asked anyone about him or his music, nobody seemed to know who he was.
By the time his first CD came out, he was doing small concerts, and I made a point to see most of them.. Then one day I got word he was doing a free outdoor concert, right next door to where I work, at The Grove. You know I wasnâ€™t going to miss that. As it turned out, it was one of his best showsâ€¦not that Iâ€™ve ever seen a bad Michael Buble show.
After his performance, he was escorted a few yards away, over to the third floor of the Barnes & Noble. If you had bought his CD that night, you were given a paper bracelet, which granted permission for you to stand in line to meet him on a one-to-one basis. I figured I was ahead of the game, as I had bought my CD at B&N two weeks earlier, even before I knew there was going to be a concert. Unfortunately, B&N didnâ€™t believe meâ€¦they wanted a receipt. One that stated that I had bought the CD that night and at their store. I wonâ€™t bore you with all the details, but after much negotiation, Barnes & Noble finally saw things my way and at last I was permitted to stand in line, not only with a different colored paper bracelet than the rest of the people, but with one stipulation. I had to be at the end of the line and every time a new group followed me, with the right colored bracelet, I had to agree to move to the back of the line.
Okay, for anybody who knows me really wellâ€¦the word patience and Bobbie, just donâ€™t go together. So after being asked to move to the end of the line for the third timeâ€¦it was now renegotiation time. A settlement was reached, whereas if the manager asked me to move one more time, he wasnâ€™t ever going to see his next birthday.
As I waited in line, I was captured by two things: First, how the buzz of excitement around you can become infectious and secondly, how all the fans in line were so much younger than me.
Thatâ€˜s when I asked myself, â€œWhat the heck was I doing here, acting like a groupie?â€ But as the line moved, and we snaked around the aisles of books and I got closer to Michael, I saw more and more women my age ahead of me. Some with their daughters, some alone and some even older than me. Which made me realize, that there is no age limit for someone to enjoy good entertainment. Would we have someone in their forties, fifties, or sixtiesâ€¦even seventies, not read one of our books because it was about some twenty or thirty year old hero and heroine? Or think it was silly for a fan to stand in line to have their book signed and tell one of our authors that they loved her/his work? There is no age limit to enjoy someoneâ€™s talent–no age limit to receive praise or be given admiration.
Finally my moment with Michael B. was upon me. As I handed over my CD for him to sign and was babbling on about how much I enjoyed him and his work, I suddenly found myself saying, â€œI feel a little bit like Mrs. Robinson, here.â€ The next thing I knew, Michael had taken my hand, and began to sing the words of Simon & Garfunkelâ€™s hit song from â€œThe Graduate,â€ Hereâ€™s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Coo coo ca choo, Mrs. Robinson. Then, without any prompting, he leaned into me as a picture was snapped of us together. I heard some oohs and aahs, from the girls standing around us. And I walked away, one happy fan.
To be honest, â€œMrs. Robinsonâ€ was never one of my favorite songs. But now when I hear it on the radio, I turn up the sound, smile, and inwardly growl like a contented cougar. Grrrrr