All of the interwebs were aflutter this morning as Lady Gaga’s new song was released. The amazing business woman that she is, she previewed it live while winning an award a few months ago and has since encouraged others to join her in the countdown to its release. Under this kind of pressure, it’s a miracle if the song doesn’t implode. But, somehow, she pulled it off. Take a listen.
Gee, I wonder who she is talking about when she says “Born This Way?” Everybody knows how much Lady Gaga loves the gays and I genuinely believe it. Unlike some divas who don’t agree with the gay lifestyle but love the gay money, Lady Gaga has surrounded herself with fabulous gay men her whole career. Although her bisexual ways reek of sensation, I do believe she loves the gay community. What I want to hear is which gay men have affected her life. I think that would be an amazing story to tell to better connect to the gay community but also to humanize the gay lifestyle to mainstream culture.
As far as the song. It’s a self identity anthem which I am always skeptical about. Pink’s anthems have a facade of being independent but it always has undertones of separatism (underdog vs popular) and I like how Born This Way seems to be a positive song without being negative toward other groups. As far as the melody, it is reminiscent of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” but not so much that I’d think it was a steal. It’s also a departure from her grungy Manson feel from Fame Monster and seems to be closer in tone to 90s pop ala Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson. Is this a trend that will be appear throughout her album? I hope so.
It’s going to be EVERYWHERE for the foreseeable future. And you know what, if everyone is singing along to a song that is this uplifting, I don’t have any complaints.