This is going to be one of those sentimental posts, so consider yourself warned in advance.
Almost 10 years ago, I was watching television when they suddenly played a song on a tv show. I was instantly hooked on the song and the artist was going to appear on the show for an interview. That artist was MIKA. A tall, curly-haired 23-year old who was charming, funny and a bit geeky. 15-year old me was in love and I went on the internet right away to discover more about this artist. At that time, there were only 3 photos. On the day the album was released, I cycled to the record store (which still existed back then, oh nostalgia!) and bought his first album, Life in Cartoon Motion. And I haven’t stopped being a fan ever since. I have been to many concerts and I have met Mika many times. I have had some incredible experiences both with other fans present and in private, which I will cherish forever.
Being a fan of an artist is so much more than just buying their music and going to concerts now and then. It is almost a way of life and because of Mika, I’ve met many people whom I now call my best friends. I’ve also met people who will never be my friends, but when you’re dealing with so many people, you can’t expect everybody to get along and that is ok. After all these years I am still here because of the happiness it brings me to be at a show and to dance my ass off. Because of the roadtrips with my friends where we sing songs as loud as we can because nobody is listening.
So, here’s a happy birthday to Mika, who changed from the geeky 23-year-old in a stylish 33-year old. Thank you for inspiring me to be creative. Thank you for the music and the madness. Thank you for your kindness. I hope this birthday will be the best you’ve had so far and I am looking forward to more music and memories made in the future!