Day 21: Recount your own personal journey of becoming a fan and identifying as a Hooligan.
Now here’s a story that I love to recount (I’m sure there are those of you who have heard it a countless amount of time aha).
My journey started very distinctly with Grenade at the start of December in 2010. A friend of mine had posted the music video on facebook and being curious about this name that kept cropping up everywhere, I clicked to watch it. In doing so, I understood why he was getting recognition. Bruno Mars had an incredible, high soaring voice that was full of passion. I would definitely say that I’m an incredibly picky person when it comes to what I listen to and Bruno had managed to win me over in just one song. At that point, I was had not much awareness of the Top 40 as I was listening solely to Michael Jackson (plus Idina Menzel and a select number of Broadway musicals - my other obsessions). So I went on to check if Bruno could really deliver that same talent elsewhere. YouTubing led me immediately to his live cover of Dirty Diana. Not only what this a song from MJ, but DD is also one of my all time favourites in the world. Bruno, of course, absolutely nailed it. I had never heard of a MJ cover that impressed me in such a way. He could reach all the notes and put in all the emotion that was required - and he could play the guitar while singing like that. My jaw was most definitely hanging open in wonder and shock by that point.
So from that moment on, I started following his career as a fan and did my research about him by googling. I downloaded the EP and then the album - loved them - and listened to DW&Hs pretty much every day for a very long time. But the moment I became obsessed (same as for both Idina and MJ) was when I started youtubing for videos of him in interviews and being his funny self. The different Funny Moment compilations were definitely a great help in that. For me to really love an artist, there’s got to be the creative talent as well as the heart and personality to go with it. If someone can make me laugh and feel so incredibly happy both on and off stage, that’s so worth being a dedicated fan for.
I was following his website/facebook/twitter updates (his weird goofy tweets were always the things I looked forward to) but I was pretty much fangirling by myself. I had no clue of the “insider” behind the scenes knowledge. That part of it came when I joined tumblr. The blogs I followed helped me to learn more about Bruno and everything related to him. There’s only so much you can learn by yourself, you know? I’ve always had community forums to go on with my previous obsessions - Bruno doesn’t have them. Everyone’s on tumblr and/or twitter, which are pretty hard to keep up with as there are no individual "threads" for topic discussions. I don’t remember when I made my own tumblr but I was beginning to reblog a few pretty graphics in December 2011. I started posting my own things and getting active in the tumblr world around May/June 2012 when I found some new Bruno things of my own (I remember it started with finding the ‘Count On Me’ video with Jaimo and the discovery of the private Genentech concert).
So it was sometime in my beginnings on tumblr, I thought that I thought that I could identify and actually deserve to be labelled as a proper Hooligan. Prior to that, I felt more like an “outsider” fan who just looked in on the truly obsessive fans (which is what I am now aha).
And that’s my story :)