Why I Will Continue to be a P!nk Fan Even When I’m 90.
I still remember the moment I became a P!nk fan. It happened circa the I’m Not Dead era. I was of course familiar with songs from M!ssundaztood, her magnum opus, but following the dismal sales — and a decidedly different musical styling which I could not appreciate at the time of release — of Try This in 2003, P!nk had but become an afterthought for not just me but the pop milieu as well.
I’m Not Dead, the follow-up album released in 2006, rekindled an interest long fizzled out. I was going through a holier-than-thou phase (which has yet ended), and so Stupid Girls and Cuz’ I Can were my anthems. The ballsy, politically-charged Dear Mr President had me tipping my hat to her. The poignant Nobody Knows is basically the soundtrack of my life, and the eponymous I’m Not Dead, which raises goose bumps with its poetic lyrics and soaring guitar riffs, remains her best track to date in my opinion. She also taught me my first Spanish words *wink wink* (inside joke).
But it wasn’t until the very moment I saw this performance at the accompanying tour that my entire life changed.
P!nk is known for her confessional, oft-lacerating lyrics, and here she is singing — LIVE — what she literally is doing: “I’m coming up, I’m coming!” My eyebrows were knitted, my nostrils flared, and the floor had a dent the shape of my jaws. And mind you, I was watching it on a 22-inch TV monitor, and it was a 360p video.
And today P!nk celebrates her 36th birthday. And so I thought to write her a tribute and why I foresee being a fan even when I’m 90, and that’s assuming I die at the age of 90.
She said I’m awesome in front of 12,000 Australians.
Okay, this is a given, but it’s hard not to extol someone who thinks you’re awesome.
She is already immensely talented, but she never rests on her laurels.
The 2010 Glitter in the Air Grammy performance will go down in the annals as one of the most spellbinding performances ever. Even as a fan I waited with bated breath to see what she would do next, and I, like so many others, was just gobsmacked when she performed Try at the AMA 2012. Even while executing some very strenuous pas de deux moves, P!nk sang live the entire time.
Her high-profile Somewhere Over the Rainbow performance at the Oscars was lauded. Longtime fans would know that she had never, pardon me if I’m wrong, sung with such gusto and powerful delivery. Her 11-second belt (yes I counted) at the end roused the crowd and it was yet another standing ovation in the win column for her.
This is certainly commendable, seeing how these days the musicians we idolise and put on the pedestal can’t even sing on key. In the old days, only writers like J R R Tolkien could sell books by the millions. That an artist should continuously attempt to best herself is simply unheard of these days. Even though we operate in different circles, P!nk inspires me to be better at what I do: writing. She inspires me to never stop honing my craft.
She is an underdog.
Despite all that talent, P!nk isn’t quite the household name that she should be. Anything her counterparts can do, she can do better. But do you know she has only won 1 solo Grammy award throughout her career? Now, I’m not a blind fan who worships the ground she walks on, but when you hand out a pop vocal album award to auto-tuned Black Eyed Peas over her… we have a problem.
But I guess that’s part of her charm. Who doesn’t love and root for an underdog?
She is insanely funny. She needs to have her own talk show.
She has the best outlook on life, and hence very quote-able quotes.
“It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and
shutting up even if people would like you to.”
“‘Sexy’ doesn’t have to come with the price tag of being dumb.”
“You can’t move mountains by whispering at them.”
“I think that the best day will be when we no longer talk about being gay or straight — it’s not a ‘gay wedding’; it’s just a ‘wedding’.”
Her covers are, wait for it, amazing.
So happy birthday P!nk! Thank you for being you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alden Boon is a Quarter-finalist in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. When he's not busy writing, he pretends he is Gandalf.