I’m what I like to call a passionate Corey Hart fan – as I’m sure all of you who read this column can relate to. Some of my friends mistaken that passion as being a stalker or just plain insane. I laugh about it because, frankly, I don’t care. I’ve been passionate about Corey for years and I really don’t see that coming to an end. There are much worse things in life to worry about! However, a friend recently raised an interesting question. Am I fan or a groupie?
It’s funny because groupie has such a condescending, negative quality to it. If I was thinking of a groupie ten years ago, I would have imagined someone who was just trying to get in bed with Corey. I might even imagine someone looking for a deranged kind of love from Corey. I think there are “groupies” like that out there. I don’t think you see them in the Caravan – at least I haven’t. We all have our own healthy relationships!
At the same time, I do think the word “groupie” is used loosely today. Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” are groupies and there are many more: Beliebers (Justin Bieber), Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffet fans), Lambs (Mariah Carey), Deadheads (The Grateful Dead), and Blockheads (New Kids on the Block) just to name a few. Everyone’s got their group, and the new fan seems especially fueled by social media.
Social Media – the savior of fandom! Fans can follow a musician today in ways that they couldn’t have been imagined twenty years ago. Celebrities/Musicians/Rock Stars take on a more accessible quality and fans love that! How can you not? Online, fans can keep up to date as to what’s going on (Corey recently posted how he’s working on his book), get new music (we can go to Corey’s website and get songs that have never been released before), we can reach out and try to get him nominated for awards (Canada’s Walk of Fame, which I submit to everyday), and fans can, in some cases, actually offer input in the creative process. Corey does listen to what his fans say and that makes us feel part of a world we never dreamed of being in – at least that’s how it makes me feel! Our fellow Caravan-er 1Love wrote to him and ended up working with him! That’s dreams coming true right there, and I love being a witness to it! Is this being a groupie? I think not! Who doesn’t like to have a conversation – albeit by text on a computer screen – with someone they admire?
I don’t mind that my friends think I’m crazy. I’m passionate about a man who writes music that empowers people. His music always resonates with positive messages – themes of perseverance, chasing your dreams, truth and honesty. His music is as relevant to me now as it was almost 30 years ago when I first began listening to him. And that’s a lot more than I can say about today’s artists unfortunately. My friends can sigh or roll their eyes at me, but let them. One day, I hope they have the same kind of passion for a musician and songwriter as I do for Corey.