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Happy Birthday, Stefani Germanotta!

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy birthday, Stefi! Wow, you’re 26 already. Can’t believe you’ve grown up so fast!

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Stefi!

Oh, and happy birthday to that Lady Gaga character, too… XD

(Thanks to andPOP for this gorgeous photograph!)

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Decade of Different Concert – Artist Profile: Lady Gaga

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Lady Gaga, obviously, needs no introduction. Mother Monster is riding high on the fame right now, and she’s never been as popular as she is right now. She’s made a lot of new fans with her latest record, “Born This Way” and with her collaborations with such legendary artists as Sting and Tony Bennett.

She’s performed “Stand By Me” with Sting before, but her duet with Tony Bennett of the remake of Sinatra’s “The Lady is a Tramp” is particularly notable. We all know about the relationship between Bennett and Amy Winehouse, and what a great musical pair they made. It seems to be the opinion of some people that Gaga was taking advantage of Amy’s death by stealing the spotlight with that performance. I don’t see it that way at all. If anything, Lady proved that she is far more talented that many of her detractors seem to give her credit for, and she did a hell of a job with that song. I could envision that record being played back in the ’40s, although Gaga’s attire probably would met with a little curiosity (understatement of forever.)

But what I really want to discuss here is the fact that as famous as she’s become, with all of her crazy outfits and impromptu cameos and outrageous acts, she’s really the same New York girl she’s always been. She does what she does because she loves it. She can take all of her talents in music, dance, and drama and roll them up altogether into something wonderful (at least her fans think so, most people seem to just think she’s insane, but love her anyway). Above all, she works to use her fame for positive things. She’s always been looking out for the underdog, praising and glorifying the underdogs, as she herself was one just a few short years ago. This is a concert about Difference. Look at what a difference was made with her in just 4 short years. (Yahoo has a great profile of how she looked just a few years ago, and she was so cute!) It’s not like we’ve never seen a star rise like this before, but the difference here is, this Lady is going to be around for a long, long time.

What makes Gaga so unique is her raw talent and her ability to constantly reinvent herself (that is, the character of Lady Gaga). Yes, Madonna reinvented herself all the time, but she tended to follow trends, rather than be a trend-setter (perhaps not earlier in her career, but certainly later.) What Lady Gaga does is trend setting, but ignoring popular trends almost entirely. If anything, she pokes fun and parodies pop culture, rather than abide by it. But, what made me a fan in particular was not her outrageous costumes or dramatic live shows or her often very “exotic” dancing, but when it all comes down to just her and a piano. You truly realize what a true performer and musician she is, and how dedicated she is. In those moments, you see little Stefani showing through her Lady Gaga facade, sometimes with tears in her eyes, truly overwhelmed by all the love people show her. It’s when she shares a story, when she connects with her audience that she really shines. They are always her most emotional, most intimate, and most beautiful performances. Those are what make her so different. I can’t remember any star that could go from being so outrageous, to simple and wonderful.

Of all the performances there will be on Saturday night/Sunday morning, Gaga’s is obviously the most anticipated, because you just never know what she’ll do next.

The Clinton Concert

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m pretty stoked for this Saturday night, as it is the night of the Clinton Foundation’s Decade of Difference Concert. It’s a shame that the concert doesn’t start until 10pm eastern time, but I think it will be well worth it. Kenny Chesney and Usher are pretty good, but it’s The Edge, Bono, and of course, Gaga, that I’m looking forward to.

Honestly I haven’t paid much attention to Chesney or Usher in recent years. The only thing I know of Usher is “OMG” which was very popular a few months ago. I do, however, definitely recommend tuning into Yahoo! on Saturday night.

Mother Monster at iHeartRadio Music Festival

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

It was really great to see Stefani being a little more herself the other night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. It’s not that I mind her being outrageous, even if she does go a little far sometimes… Considering how much her beautiful voice was clearly hampered by illness, it was still a fantastic show, even if most of her hits were played in abbreviated versions. It was just great to see Stefani without all the wigs and crazy costumes and make-up. I know that’s just how the character of Lady Gaga is played, and I don’t have any trouble with it. But honestly, she’s prettiest and sexiest when she’s just herself.

Obviously, the most touching moment of the night was her dedication of “Hair” to poor Jamey, who took his own life at the tender age of fourteen. “Bullying is for losers,” she said. It really is. It’s really awesome that we at least have one person in this world who gives a shit about how fucked up things truly are and uses her fame to speak out against them. All of the haters need to shut up and really listen to what she has to say, because she’s made a difference in so many millions of lives, including mine. Just a few months ago, I thought she was just going to be another flash in the pan pop sensation, but clearly that is not the case, and I am so glad that God blessed this world with her.

Her two songs with Sting were absolutely fantastic, too. Even most musicians are freaked out by her, but as is no surprise to anyone, Sting is awesome. Just hearing her sing “Stand By Me” made my life…

Forget iHeartRadio. I heart Stefani ❤

God bless you, Mother Monster!

Lady Gaga: Save Our Stefani!

August 25, 2011 1 comment
The beautiful, sexy (not ugly) and talented Stefani "Lady Gaga" Germanotta

The beautiful, sexy (not ugly) and talented Stefani "Lady Gaga" Germanotta

For quite some time now, I’ve been absolutely disgusted with the state of popular music. That is not to say that there aren’t any artists that I’ve come to respect a great deal. I’ve stood up for a lot of popular artists that despite all of the production and glamour that surrounds them and all the hatred they receive, they’re actually decent people with decent amounts of talent, albeit misused and still with great untapped potential. But there is one who we are all familiar with, whether or not we’d like to be, and I will say right now, that she is no doubt the greatest talent of our generation.

I was never quite fond of Lady Gaga. I couldn’t really stand her, actually. I thought “Poker Face” was a disgusting song whenever I heard it on the radio. This is not the case, now, but I will say that I really thought she was just another pop icon whose bubble would eventually burst.

However, everything changed for me when I came to know a very sweet lady friend of mine who absolutely loves Lady Gaga, has all her records, and sings along with all of her songs whenever they come on the radio. It perplexed me a bit when I heard her singing along with Paparazzi, and I found myself enchanted. This friend of mine actually is quite a talented singer (why she does not pursue a career best utilizing her talents is beyond me, but that’s an entirely separate topic altogether) but for some reason, that song just connected with me. Even though she’s supposedly happily married now, it’s like she still hasn’t found the right someone, something that definitely was the case for me until I heard her sing that song.

I’m not sure if it was out of my deep affection for my lady friend, or just pure curiousity as to why I was so enchanted by the song, but I started actually paying attention to Lady Gaga’s songs. I started finding the meaning behind them, and started realizing, maybe this girl is actually truly good.

And then I learned about Stefani Germanotta. I heard her sing “Paparazzi” for a radio station, and fell absolutely head over heels for her. Granted, she was still Lady Gaga, but I didn’t see the Gaga we all hear about at all. I just saw a very talented and very beautiful young lady playing a mean piano and belting out beautiful harmonies. She just wants people to love her and respect her, something that was very difficult for her in her younger years. From that moment on, I became one of her Little Monsters, but it wasn’t until Born This Way that I truly realized her potential.

That album is filled with so much heart, and so much meaning, and it’s all Stefani pouring her heart and soul into it. Her live performances are vastly superior to the outrageous overproduction of her records. Granted, her live performances are pretty outrageous, too, but you can appreciate the time, thought, energy, and effort she puts into them. She wants to put on the best show possible, and she wants to show up all those people from her past that didn’t believe in her. I can understand that. That’s not what I have trouble with. It’s time she practices what she preaches…

What took place at the VMA’s the other night just absolutely kills me. It’s absolutely embarrassing to me. That wasn’t Stefani. That was a monster, and the wrong kind of monster. I hate to say it, but I feel sorry for Britney having to experience that. Sure, as we all know, Miz Spears has come a long way recently, and damn, she actually looked really, really good at the Awards ceremony. I don’t care about these Awards very much at all, really, but seriously, we Little Monsters want to see GAGA, not drag king Jo! I mean, I can forgive her absolutely monstrous need to show up and try to kiss Britney (I can’t really blame her, honestly, as she looked quite kissable). My point is, her actions recently have made me wonder how much Stefani is really left.

Gaga can’t exist without Stefani. I’m not going to psycho-analyze her every move, but I’m really, really concerned for her. She’s become so obsessed with her characters that she seems to be forgetting who she really is. It’s no secret that as much as she may say she loves herself, it’s all “positive talk” bullshit. She’s really confused. She’s just channeling everyone else’s confusion, she may say, but she’s not. She’s really fucked. And I’m scared for her. Honestly, I really wish she’d just go back to being plain old Stefani. She can still be Lady Gaga by name. She can still do outrageous things, but she needs to stay true to herself, because really, that’s what her true fans want. They want to see their beautiful Mother Monster. I’m not disrespecting the drag kings and queens, not at all. My point is what she tried to do, and epically failed in doing. Katy should’ve given her a ginger ale for that epic fail…

Please Lady Gaga, save our Stefani. Yes, Stefani, you’re the one that we love. Yes, we love watching Lady Gaga, but we love you more, because without Stefani Germanotta, there is no Lady Gaga.

God bless you, Mother Monster. Be yourself. You were born this way.