As a senior citizen, most of my music tastes are in Broadway musicals and Italian operas. As for popular music, I’m still mourning the end of the Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin era of crooners. However, just lately I’ve found a new singer and performer, brilliant both in talent and costuming, to be my new favorite, much to the surprise of my wife and children.
It’s Lady Gaga. As a senior who has seen a lot of singers and performers come and go, I admire her bold tenacity with a song and for setting her own unique style in her way of dressing, performance and attitude. She stands there and challenges as if to say, “Here I am, world. You got a problem with that?” Are there any like Lady Gaga in show business today? Quite obviously, and Lady Gaga admits it with admiration, Madonna has had a great inflence on her. In an interview with showstyle.com, Lady Gaga said “Madonna is a wonderful wonderful person. She is so full of the most wonderful freedom and spirit, and is so kind. Working with her has always been very exciting and very fun. “
As for similar reflections from the past, there are some resemblances to her bold approach to life, at least for this very old senior fan of Lady Gaga. While she’s performing, dancing and preening, the images of Mae West, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Merman, Marlon Brando, even Charlie Chaplin all come to mind. Just as Lady Gaga has invited controversy and then ridden its fickle wave with great success, another of my favorite female artists, Mae West did the same thing, almost 100 years ago. In the 1920’s and 1930’s Mae West’s over the top sexuality, racy wit and words got her news coverage in the same way Lady Gaga does today except Mae West did it thru film, Lady Gaga does it through her music.
How did this newest show business phenomenon, now at the tender age of 24, suddenly burst upon the music scene and bend it to her command? According to her official bio on her website, ladygaga.com, Lady Gaga comes from an East Coast Italian-American family. Her birth name is also quite a mouthful: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Like Madonna, early in her career Lady Gaga decided to enhance her image and go from dark to blonde hair, and from ordinary stage make-up and costume, to her all-out appearance she makes today, whether on stage, in the airport or anywhere else her loyal fans find her. Although she looks ten feet tall in her stage and video appearances and her stiletto heels, she’s barely over five feet tall. I also learned from her bio the Gaga name comes from a song by Queen, “Radio Ga-Ga”. I know the band Queen from their the song “We Are The Champions”.
Lady Gaga is just getting started. My favorite song is “Poker Face”. As a poker player, I know the literal meaning of the title, but as a human being, I can also relate to what she is trying to convey. We all have a poker face we use to hide our true feelings and I think people can relate to that message, whether they are 8 or 80 years old. I truly believe that some day, Lady Gaga’s hit songs will become classics alongside my other favorites like Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”, and the feisty singer will especially be remembered because her attitude is exactly like like another favorite of mine and other seniors, Frank Sinatra’s, “I Did It My Way”.
In Camera Interview Series Interview with Lady Gaga showstyle.com
ladygaga.com official website