Happy Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for. One thing we all can and should take pride in is that we are all unique. There’s only one of you and me. Be thankful for being who you are. 🙂

 

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“Heavy Metal Lover” is Heavy Good

I have an addition to my favorite tracks list of Lady GaGa’s Born This Way: “Heavy Metal Lover.” For some reason, it reminds me of the Bee Gees’ “Jive Talkin'”….and I love it. “Heavy Metal Lover” is so good, it very well may be the best track on the album…

 

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My favorite tracks on “Born This Way”…now posted!

On my previous post, I wrote a short ‘n sweet review of Lady GaGa’s new album Born This Way. I embedded my favorite songs on the album in the post…..and now I’ve posted them here on my blog. Enjoy! 🙂

“Born This Way”

“Government Hooker”

“Judas”

“Americano”

“Scheiße”

“Bloody Mary”

“Bad Kids”

 

I’m GaGa for “Born This Way”

I am lovin’ Lady GaGa’s latest album, Born This Way.

The 25-year-old superstar’s second studio album is simply amazing (I thought it was third, but apparently The Fame Monster is considered an “extended play” on her first album, The Fame). In my opinion, it’s her best work to this point in her career.

The retro dance beats seem to pay homage to ’80s icons like The Human League, Madonna and David Bowie. One track, “The Fashion of His Love” sounds a lot like Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” The title track, “Born This Way,” follows the same chord progression and style of Madonna’s 1989 iconic “Express Yourself.” The tracks leave you wanting to “Marry The Night” by going out to dance with friends (yes, “Marry The Night” is a track on the album).

The album is available in a standard edition (14 tracks) and a 2-disc special edition (includes the 14 tracks from the standard plus three bonus tracks and five remixes). I bought the special edition and LOVE it….and have been listening to it non-stop since it came out yesterday.

My favorite tracks (so far) are: “Born This Way,” “Government Hooker,” “Judas,” “Americano,” “Scheiße,” “Bloody Mary” and “Bad Kids.” Listen!

My two cents: Buy Lady GaGa’s best work yet, Born This Way. It will have you dancing with your hands above your head “like Jesus said” (reference to another amazing track, “Bloody Mary“).

 

“Judas” – Like a Prayer 2.0

In 1989, Madonna received scorn from the Vatican and various religious groups after she debuted the music video for her song Like a Prayer. The video featured Madonna kissing a black saint, dancing in a field of burning crosses (symbolizing her refusal to be intimidated by racism) and stigmata. The lyrics were rather tame, however. If it had not been for the controversial video, I doubt anyone would have complained.

Chorus to Like a Prayer

When you call my name it’s like a little prayer

I’m down on my knees I want to take you there

In the midnight hour I can feel your power

Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there

scene from

Fast-forward 22 years. On April 15, 2011, Lady GaGa released the second single from her third studio album Born This Way. Titled Judas, the song is about a “bad boy.” According to the lyrics, Judas (yes, THAT Judas from the New Testament of the Christian Bible) is a guy that she just can’t get over. GaGa uses elements from the story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas Iscariot to essentially say that the guy she loves is a back-stabbing betrayer.

Verse from Judas

When he comes to me I am ready

I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs

Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain

Even after three times, he betrays me

Official cover for Lady GaGa

Some in the religious community have taken offense to the song (even though the video hasn’t even come out yet). Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, had harsh words for the superstar. “This is a stunt… Lady Gaga tries to continue to shock Catholics and Christians in general… She has now morphed into a caricature of herself…” It should be noted that GaGa is Catholic (as was Madonna when she made Like a Prayer). Before any more self-righteous zealots claim she’s just doing this to shock, they should hear what she has to say about it….and actually listen to the song before making a judgement. GaGa had this to say to the Hollywood Reporter:

“It went through several changes and late-night debates because at one point, there were two completely different views and I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me! I believe in the gospel and I’m not going there.’ And it was amazing because to have that conversation about salvation, peace and the search for the truth in a room of non-believers and believers, to me, that was saying God is active in a big way. And the place that it came to is surreal. We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light. So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up… We’ve created a new Jerusalem.

Listen to the “controversial” song: