Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Obsession: Lady Gaga

The fact that Lady Gaga hasn't been a Monday Obsession yet is kind of appalling to me. She's probably one of my main obsessions in life and such a constant inspiration for me. I know that officially completes my transition into a gay man, and I'm totally okay with that. I bow down to the glitter and glam that is Lady Gaga and worship at the alter of her Alexander McQueen shoes. A lot of people don't expect me to love Lady Gaga like I do. In fact, most everyone expects me to make fun of her and her "silly pop music." But to me, Lady Gaga has transcended pop music and has really become one of the defining voices of our generation.

Before we get to the awesomeness of Gaga as a human being, let's start with what she started with: the music. All three of her albums have been completely solid albums from start to finish. Are there songs on each album that I skip when I'm listening through? Sure. But the same goes for many of my favorite albums. She delivers more singles per album than almost anyone (next to Katy Perry.) I'm not actually a big believer in singles at radio being an actual barometer for great songs on each album, particularly when it comes to Lady Gaga. There are SO MANY songs on both of her albums before Born This Way that could have been made singles. More than anything that's probably indicitave of her wanting to get back in the studio and release new music as opposed to continuing releasing singles from a current album. Homegirl is mad creative, so I get it. Off of The Fame her singles were "Just Dance," "Poker Face," "Lovegame," and "Paparazzi." In my opinion, they totally missed the boat on some of my favorites off of the album- "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," "Boys Boys Boys," and "I Like It Rough." I die for those songs. The Fame Monster was technically intended to be a re-release of The Fame. But because Gaga is such a badass, she wasn't down with the concept of a re-release, so she added new songs to the original 14 from The Fame. Let me tell you, that album was chock full of singles. She only released "Bad Romance," "Telephone," and "Alejandro," as singles. Totes missed the boat on "Speechless," "So Happy I Could Die," and "Teeth." That's almost every new song on the album. So bitchin'. (Can we bring back bitchin' as an adjective to describe things? I think I like it.) After that, she released a Remix album, which is cool but whatevs. Same underlying Gaga awesomeness.

Then....... the day of all days came. The release of Born This Way was the first time I really realized that I can TOTALLY love a pop artist because this bitch is doing more than strutting around in rhinestones. Born This Way showed Gaga really standing up and sending a massive message. In the past, she had been discussing her beliefs in concert and in the press, but Born This Way really showcased her message through her music. The lyrics of the title track still give me goosebumps. I'm a sucker for music with a message, so Gaga really reeled me in with this album. So far the singles have been "Born This Way," "Judas," "The Edge of Glory," and "You and I." OBSESSED with all of those songs. Other faves off the album are "Hair," (which I think will be the next single), "Bad Kids," and "Marry the Night." But seriously the whole album is epic and amazing. I'm sure everyone that has access to the internet has pretty much heard the whole album by now. If not- 1. you should be ashamed of yourself! and 2. go listen now plz! It's on Spotify, Youtube, Grooveshark, Pandora- all of the above! I know a lot of people who aren't really "pop princesses" that actually LOVE this album. It's not the typical so sweet it gives you a toothache kind of pop. Born This Way makes me want to get off my ass and chase after my dreams, while loving myself and ignoring haters every step of the way. (I'm not a pop star so I don't have haters, but still!)

Second only to my obsession with Gaga's music, is my obsession with Gaga as a person. (I mean because we're obvi BFF. Didn't you hear?!) Over the past year or two, she has consistently stood up for what she believes in, and delivered this message through her music and entire persona. A lot of people who take issue with the fact that she's always "on" and never really steps out of character, but I don't think she sees it as being "on." I watched this interview with her where she explained that her fans wake up every single day and love her. The least she can do is wake up every day and be Lady Gaga, and put forth effort into being herself for her fans. I LOVE that idea. She's so right. I mean, I wouldn't want to wake up every day and put on 10-inch heels, but more power to her. Gaga is such an inspiration to her fans- she constantly encourages them to stand up for what they believe in, and be themselves, no matter what people say. She truly identifies with them- particularly those who are bullied in school. Gaga has been such a driving force behind the backlash against bullying in the past couple years, particularly because many of he fans are such targets of bullying.

Last week, one of Lady Gaga's gay fans, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, committed suicide after years of bullying. This past weekend, Lady Gaga dedicated a song to him during her performance at iHeartRadio Festival. In this video, you can really see how much she truly does care, and how deeply this affects her. That's a true artist, my friends.


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