Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lady Gaga Grammy Monster and D'yer Maker

The Anchoress studied Lady Gaga for NPR,

and I've been learning, slowly but inevitably, who Lady Gaga is. And she is, kind of ... Madonna ... and David Bowie. And there's nothing wrong with that. All three are/were excellent artists/performers/entertainers (though not necessarily excellent vocalists). Once Lady Gaga sat down at the Grammys' piano (at 3:10), I enjoyed her medley with Elton John. Lady Gaga does have a voice, is an actual musician, and is a veteran professional performer. Points for her.

Lady Gaga & Elton John perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards from Zach Johnson on Vimeo.

The Anchoress says Gaga's major subject matter is the inner monsters we all have. This is worrisome. Does Gaga have the philosophical depth to bring the subject matter full circle: to a satisfying and responsible conclusion? I want to say I'm doubtful, but the truth is I just don't know. Stephani Germanotta might surprise us. I hope so. She's playing with fire.

Stephani Germanotta pays some dues (and rent):

Women who can sing and perform:

Earl Scruggs and Joan Baez

The End Zone likes girl singers:

Maria McKee
Desiree Bassett = best girl guitarist
Imelda May:
1) "Don't You Do Me No Wrong", & "I've Got a Lover"
2) "Johnny Got a Boom Boom", & "Big Bad Handsome Man"
Joan Baez:
1) w/ Earl Scruggs: "Love is Just a Four Letter Word"
2) "Diamonds and Rust"
Lisa Hannigan: "I Don't Know"
Daniela Mercury
Jenny Silver
Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile and Norah Jones
Kelly Clarkson
Carrie Underwood has perfect balance in her batting stance
Julianne Hough has booty
Susan Boyle: Les Miserables, "I Dreamed A Dream"
Lady Gaga: 2010 Grammy Awards with Elton John + "D'yer Maker"


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